Is Rick and Morty based on Back to the Future?
Rick and Morty began as a Back to the Future spoof called The Real Animated Adventures of Doc and Mharti, and Rick still retains the lab coat and wild hair look of Lloyd's Back to the Future character, Doc Brown. ... I know it's some kind of parody of Doc and Marty.” Rolling StoneChristopher Lloyd Goes Dimension-Hopping as Rick Sanchez in New ‘Rick and Morty’ Teaser
06 September, 2021 - 11:10am
About an hour after all the other new music releases arrived this morning (Sept. 3), Drake dropped his long-awaited LP, CLB. The album contains a slew of features from some of the rapper's fellow peers, production from a number of beatmakers, including some from his hometown of Toronto, and on one song in particular, "TSU," the disgraced R&B singer is acknowledged for his contribution to the track.
It appears that the beginning of "TSU," around the :20-mark samples the :14-mark of Kelly's 1998 song, "Half on a Baby." While no words from R. Kelly's track were used on Drake's record, he borrowed the introductory music from Kellz's 23-year-old single for the beginning of his own.
"TSU," which was produced by Harley Arsenault, Noel and Houston's own OG Ron C, presumably explaining the chopped and screwed elements on the song, also interpolates *NSYNC's "Sailing."
In the midst of Drake handing a writing credit to R. Kelly in exchange for a few seconds of the Chicago crooner's record, the singer is currently on trial in New York City for a number of sexual misconduct charges, racketeering and violations to the Mann Act, which is a federal law that criminalizes any woman or girl being transported for prostitution-related purposes.
Kelly has been accused of sexually assaulting several underage girls and as recently as July, he was also hit with accusations of sexually abusing underage boys.
R. Kelly not only has cases in New York, but he has a trial looming in his hometown as well. Kelly was arrested in 2019 and is currently housed at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn with an unknown release date. If he is found guilty, he is looking at between 10 years to life in prison.
Last month, prosecutors in R. Kelly's New York trial shared their belief that Kelly married singer Aaliyah in 1994—when she was underage—because he found out she could've been pregnant and wanted to prevent the possibility of her testifying against him if anyone was to find out.
Aaliyah, someone whom Drake has spoken highly of over the years and has even gotten a tattoo of her face on his back, was married to R. Kelly for six months until her parents annulled their union. However, in order for Aaliyah, who was 15 at the time, to marry Kelly, who was 27, she was reportedly given a fake ID which fraudulently stated that her age was 18. Aaliyah's marriage to Kelly was public knowledge throughout her career, which tragically ended in 2001 after she died in a plane crash.
Check out Drake's "TSU" and R. Kelly's "Half on a Baby" below to compare for yourself.
06 September, 2021 - 11:10am
Looking back, the strongest episodes in season five have tended to be those that push the canon forward in ways that fans have long begged to see. Take the most recent episode where we finally learned more about Birdperson's past (and that the original Beth is no longer with us!) Or how about the season-five premiere which provided us with new hints about Rick's own back story?
Five seasons in, the need for serialized storytelling has become more and more obvious to Rick and Morty fans who have long grown tired of seeing the lore essentially reset each week. That doesn't mean writers should always pander to their viewers, but in a story where nihilism reigns supreme, there needs to be at least some attempt to help us invest in these characters. What's the alternative? Just more Giant Incest Space Babies and whatever else the writers will try and shock us with next?
Character development hasn't always been at the forefront of Rick and Morty, and while that's understandable to some degree — humor and escapism is arguably key to this show's appeal — one early casualty of that approach came in the form of Jessica.
From the get-go, Morty's classmate was barely a character at all. Instead, she simply existed as something for Morty to lust over and fantasize about. And although it's Morty who comes off badly in these storylines, not Jessica, the fact that she's barely developed at all doesn't reflect well on the show itself.
It's also rather telling that Jessica became less involved as time progressed. Prior to season four, she appeared in three to four episodes each season, but then even that was reduced to just two appearances in the fourth season. Jessica isn't a core character, so of course she's not in every single story, but it does look like the writers either tired of her flat persona or just struggled to figure out where to take her next.
And then season five happened. In the premiere, 'Mort Dinner Rick Andre', Morty and Jessica were pulled into a Narnia-like dimension where time ran much faster. After Morty pissed off the local inhabitants, they captured Jessica and trapped her in a crystal for many eons.
When she was finally released, Jessica's perception of time itself had altered, essentially making her a "time god". Gone was the old Jessica, an empty vessel of lust for Morty, and in her place stood a transformed deity, someone forever altered by their experience with another reality.
"I have nothing but time," said Jessica at the episode's end. "Endless time, madness, then enlightenment, then madness again… I wondered have I lived? Am I just an object in another story? Still time, no answer, time with no purpose is a prison… I think we should just be friends. F**k off, I'm a time god."
It's rather telling that even Jessica says that she's been a mere object in someone else's story up until now. This wouldn't be the first time that the writers have acknowledged their own complicity in shaping the overall narrative either, and although it took a while to reach this point, this story certainly suggested that Jessica's personal arc would now be heading in a more positive direction.
But then nothing happened. Most of season five came and went without so much as a mention of Jessica and the life-changing events that she went through in the premiere. Rick and Morty does have a habit of randomly dropping characters like this — where on Earth is Space Beth? — but this omission feels particularly disappointing given that the writers now finally have an opportunity to rectify their own mistakes with Jessica.
Yes, it's entirely possible that Time God Jessica will end up playing a huge role in the season five finale, undoing some of what we've just said, but regardless, it does seem odd that Rick and Morty would still take this long to acknowledge her growth.
Still, what should we expect from a show that continues to sideline its main female characters or even kills them off without us even realising? But perhaps Rick and Morty will one day fix this at some point in the many upcoming seasons that have already been confirmed. To paraphrase Jessica herself, "we have nothing but time."
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