Wubba Lubba Dub Dub!!! Howdy squanchers, I’ve been meaning to make a thread about the greatest show in the world for awhile now, and decided it’s finally time to get Schwifty.
Rick Sanchez is possibly the most brilliant man in the universe, even the entirety of the multiverse. He is cunning, ruthless, and very rarely doesn’t succeed at anything he attempts. He will take drastic measures to get his way, although he is burdened with infinite knowledge of the universe. Why would it matter if you are kind towards others, when the universe is full of millions of planets, and there are an infinite amount of dimensions and timelines that your actions won’t effect whatsoever? Why give a crap about anything at all?
Cue Morty. Morty is Rick’s Grandson, who had never met Rick until his Grandfather showed up at his house to live with him. His mother, Beth, is Rick’s daughter, who he loves more than anything in the Galaxy. Her Husband, Jerry, generally doesn’t approve of Rick showing up unannounced to live with them rent free. Jerry is very self conscious of his intelligence, and typically worried about his marriage. This isn’t helped by the fact that Rick loves messing with him, at every opportune moment. But back to Morty.
Morty loves his adventures with Rick. They explore the Universe, and Morty is literally the polar opposite of Rick. Where Rick would never think twice about helping a stranger (because why would he? They could be an outlaw, a space demon, or helping them could inadvertently kill thousands of people), Morty always goes out of his way to help anyone in need. This oftentimes comes back to bite him in the ass, but if he didn’t try and help people, he wouldn’t be Morty. Where Rick is crass, opinionated, and has a very dark outlook on life, Morty is a dreamer. He try’s his best to stay positive, he is impressionable, and is almost always kind towards others, even when he’s always getting picked on.
Because of Morty’s overbearingly generous personality, he gets Rick into situations he would normally avoid. Although Rick is always getting Morty into awful situations, so it’s very balanced out. The duo make for some incredible adventures, traveling between planets and dimensions. It’s one of the funniest shows I have ever seen, personally for me it’s the funniest show out there. They did an episode where they sat and watched Interdimensional TV the entire episodes, and the voice actors improvved every commercial and TV show from the different dimensions. No planning, just random improv, but it was so hilarious.
But more than just comedy, and space adventures, Rick and Morty has feeling. Rick comes off as a dark, depressed, alcoholic scientist. And he is, but as the show unfolds, you start to understand how truly pained this man is. He knows how insignificant everything is, how little any one persons actions really mean. He has a very dark and murky past that is shrouded in self loathing, and loss. It’s never been revealed what really happened to Beth’s Mother, Ricks wife. It’s never revealed why he ran out in them, or why exactly he decided to come back. But it is more than obvious he is still haunted by his past, and feels the need to numb himself. As the episodes progress, he starts to rub off on Morty as well, and not in the best of ways. Morty in the beginning of the show was a very ignorant, shy kid. But he’s becoming slowly more and more snarky and crass, learning how huge the universe is and how insignificant everything inside of it is. It’s these developing characters that give the show so much depth, and seperate it from every other cartoon in my opinion.