The Rick and Morty Universe

Rick and Morty is a show on Adult Swim that airs on Sundays at 10:30 pm. The show is about Rick, an alcoholic scientist, and his grandson Morty, who goes on crazy adventures across the universe.

The story follows the duo as they go through their adventures in space with some of the most iconic characters in TV history, like Pickle Rick or Bird Person. The two have been best friends for 30 years now (they first met when Morty was only four), and although they bicker constantly, it’s obvious there are deep feelings between them. It’s not always easy to tell what will happen next, but if you’re looking for something new, this might be just what you need!

 

The Show’s Premise

The show’s premise is simple: Rick Sanchez (Justin Roiland), an alcoholic scientist and his grandson Morty Smith (also Justin Roiland) go on crazy adventures across the universe. Episodes usually start with a human problem, which leads Rick to make a ridiculous invention that goes wrong, sending them off into the galaxy. This simplified premise is very successful in establishing the show’s humour and mood.

It seems that every episode has a flyover song with a unique beat, which does not last very long but is fun to listen to nonetheless. I’m still on the fence if they’re necessary for keeping the mood of each episode consistent, but I think it helps.

 

The Animation

The animation is very vivid, and colours are used to depict the mood. For example, in one of my favourite episodes, ” Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind,” an entire scene takes place solely on a planet filled with nothing but grey cubes to mirror the dull life the inhabitants live.

 

Why Do People Follow Their Misadventures?

Why the show has such a cult following lies in its wildly unpredictable storyline. Every episode is unique and ever more absurd than the last: from the “Meeseeks” to Rick’s intergalactic fights, every episode delves deeper and deeper into the weird and dopey world of Rick & Morty.

Its formula is simple: take a topical sci-fi topic, take Rick’s ego and run with it. If you’re not familiar with the show, here are some examples of what you can expect from the show:

  • ·         Rick is an alcoholic who likes to make bromides and pass out in Morty’s room
  • ·         Morty is a fourteen-year-old boy who gets into various adventures with his grandfather Rick (the aforementioned alcoholic scientist)
  • ·         Most of the show’s humour involves Rick and Morty going on a random adventure, which often ends in disaster for Morty.

The answer is simple: they watch it not just because it’s funny or exciting, but mainly because it’s satisfying.

Let me explain: throughout each episode, everything is fine. It seems like there isn’t going to be an issue next time either but then BOOM! The conflict comes out of nowhere, and you’re watching Rick beat up intergalactic bounty hunters with a crowbar as they try to take him.

 

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