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
05 September, 2021 - 03:32pm
05 September, 2021 - 03:32pm
05 September, 2021 - 03:32pm
“Who is Rick without Morty?” That’s the tagline for this weekend’s Rick and Morty season 5 finale. However, the real question may be “Who is Morty without Rick?” Adult Swim has released the cold open for the two-part season finale, and it shows us another side of Morty’s adventures.
Rick and Morty tend to leave disasters in their wake. Regardless, Morty is taking it upon himself to clean up some of their messes. He also doing a pretty good job by himself, at least until something goes horribly wrong.
Additionally, Adult Swim has teased a live-action Rick and Morty that may debut tomorrow. However, it’s unclear if it will be a separate short, or if it will be integrated into the season finale. Whatever it is, Adult Swim cast Christopher Lloyd as Rick Sanchez, with Jaeden Martell as Morty Smith. Lloyd was a particularly inspired choice, because he played Doc Brown in the Back To the Future trilogy, which was one of Rick and Morty‘s primary inspirations.
The two-part Rick and Morty season 5 finale will premiere on Adult Swim this Sunday, September 5.
What do you think about the latest Rick and Morty cold open? Let us know in the comment section below!
05 September, 2021 - 09:33am
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05 September, 2021 - 09:22am
So with Dan Harmon & Justin Roiland's Rick and Morty wrapping up its fifth season tonight with a two-episode, one-hour finale, Adult Swim continues giving fans what they've been craving since they got their first taste earlier this week. That's right, we've got more live-action Rick and Morty with Christopher Lloyd going full-on Rick once again while Jaeden Martell remains in fine form as Morty. And this time around, it's time to revisit an Emmy-winning winner, "Pickle Rick" (and btw… "C-1.21"? Something coming January 21, 2022? Live-action special? Season 6? Hmmm…).
While the last clip was an introduction to the live-action duo, this clip finds Morty ready to drop a major lecture on Rick over not learning anything from the last time he turned himself into a pickle. Except Rick didn't throw that switch (this time), and as for him "learning anything" from his least pickled adventure? Well, we'll let Lloyd's Rick answer that one in the clip below:
Here's a look at the original live-action scene filmed for Adult Swim's 20th anniversary:
Meanwhile, the cold open to this weekend's season finale reveals that Morty has been using the portal gun to clean up Rick's mistakes. At least that is until he gets a little portal fluid on his hand. Yup, it's as disturbing as it sounds…
So with that in mind, here's another look at the extended trailer for this weekend's finale. In the following clip, the season-long tension between the dimension-hopping duo appears to have reached a boiling point. Morty dares Rick to replace him, with Rick apparently more than willing to oblige. Thus, the crows. But what would Rick really be like without Morty, and could the universe survive it? Here's a look at "Forgetting Sarick Mortshall" & "Rickmurai Jack":
Last month, Takashi Sano (Tower of God) returned with the new short (produced by Sola Entertainment and animated by Telecom Animation Film) Summer Meets God (Rick Meets Evil)– following up on his previous short, Rick & Morty vs. Genocider.
Here's a look at the newest short, with a focus on Summer and Jerry that goes in ways we didn't expect- and stick around after for a rundown of the previously-commissioned shorts:
Directed by Sano, produced by Sola Entertainment, and animated at Telecom Animation Film, the anime short Rick and Morty vs. Genocider finds Morty going on an adventure to Tokyo, Japan to try and help stop "The Genocider." And yes, it's beautiful, emotional, and some really weird stuff happens:
Written and directed by Kaichi Sato, and produced by Studio DEEN, "Samurai & Shogun" finds Rick WTM72 (Yohei Tadano) and Shogun Morty (Keisuke Chiba) in a Lone Wolf and Cub-themed dimension. A nasty group of Ninja Ricks isn't willing to let go of Shogun Morty without a fight – an option that Rick WTM72 is more than willing to oblige:
In the creative spirit of Samurai & Shogun by Kaichi Sato and Rick & Morty vs. Genocider from Takeshi Sano, here's a look at Rick and Morty in the Eternal Nightmare Machine– where even the "Rick-mobile" can prove deadly and you'll wonder like we do why Scary Terry isn't a downloadable character for a fighting game like Mortal Kombat:
05 September, 2021 - 09:16am
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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