So, Rick turned himself right into a pickle to get out of household remedy. We’ve all been there.
It nearly appears like a wager, proper? Like everybody was setting round within the writers’ room they usually got here up with the dumbest doable storyline—after which some poor bastard needed to make an episode out of it. However that’s the hook, no less than in the beginning. Rick turns himself right into a (largely) inanimate object after which has to make use of his genius to determine a method out of the scenario. Two seasons and alter into the present and we already belief the oldsters concerned to know no matter occurs subsequent will make sufficient sense to be satisfying. Dangerous writing takes probably good ideas and turns them into shit. Good writing takes seemingly idiotic ideas and turns them into, effectively, pickles. It’s a enjoyable journey for everybody.
A enjoyable journey that doesn’t fairly handle to cowl for the aching vacancy at its coronary heart. As talked about, Rick isn’t simply goofing round; he’s doing his greatest to keep away from going to counseling with Beth, Summer time, and Morty. So whereas he’s adapting to occasions at lightning pace, the remainder of the household (minus Jerry) is sitting down with Dr. Wong (Susan Sarandon!) to speak about their issues. It seems, and that is going to shock you, that lots of their issues revolve round Rick.
However no matter, what actually issues is Pickle Rick, bitches! PICKLE RICK! Issues are a bit tough at first, as a result of Rick is a pickle and Beth took the syringe filled with the dear goo that will change him again right into a human. The household cat (Izzy, who I’m unsure we’ve actually seen earlier than?) is afraid of Pickle Rick as a result of, per YouTube movies, cats assume pickles and cucumbers are snakes. So the cat knocks Rick out into the driveway, the place a sudden rainstorm sends him floating out into the street, down a drain, and into the sewers. There are cockroaches within the sewers, and Rick manages to kill one along with his mouth, and use the factor’s brains and limbs to construct himself a physique swimsuit.
After spending a couple of minutes establishing the preliminary helplessness of being a pickle, “Pickle Rick” doesn’t belabor the purpose. As an alternative of a gradual escalation, as quickly as Rick will get some legs and arms and a cutaway, he’s in a position to construct elaborate machines of loss of life and wipe out the whole rat inhabitants of the sewer. For those who don’t like rats, you might be undoubtedly in luck right here, as a result of Rick kills lots of them. He additionally kills lots of European physique guards (I don’t assume the nation of the embassy is ever particularly established, which is a part of the joke) with lasers and loss of life traps and explosions. Pickle Rick will not be fucking round.
Actually, he’s so good at this, and but seemingly incapable of creating a brand new model of the serum that can change him again into human type, you form of surprise why he bothered within the first place. All he needed to do was sit down for an hour remedy session with Dr. Wong, who appears to know her shit (ha ha), and no one needed to die for it. As an alternative he lays waste to lots of, endangers his personal life within the course of, and leaves his daughter and grandchildren to as soon as once more wrestle with the data that an individual they care about who’s purported to care about them can’t be bothered to spare 60 minutes of his time to assist them really feel a bit higher about how he’s fucked up their lives.
No, wait, sorry, dropping the thread right here. Pickle Rick! Jaguar! Anyway, Pickle Rick shoots himself out of a rest room into afore-mentioned unspecified embassy and actually goes to city on the place. The pinnacle of the Embassy (who’s British, so you recognize he’s evil) releases a badass named Jaguar to go after Rick, and after a hardcore battle—which ends with them each having to patch themselves up—it seems like Pickle Rick killed Jaguar and is coming after the British man subsequent. The British man shoots the one guards left on the compound and heads to the roof, however it seems that Pickle Rick and Jaguar are literally working collectively, and Pickle Rick helps Jaguar get his revenge by blowing up the whole compound and the British man with it, are you able to fucking imagine that?
Though in the long run Rick winds up at Dr. Wong’s in any case, as a result of he wants that serum, and it’s actually bizarre how his fully philosophy of life (a philosophy he reiterates as soon as once more, as a result of as irritated as he at all times sounds when he does it, there appears to be little Rick enjoys greater than grumpily telling everybody how he’s too good to offer a shit about something) additionally places him ready of by no means having to do any of the arduous and painful work of being a human round different people. Like, to the purpose the place he’d willingly abandon his daughter to a world filled with Cronenbergs simply because it’s simpler to deal with each connection in your life like an countless sequence of revolving doorways, every one the identical because the final, and nobody individual that means greater than some other. However you’d assume that Rick, being an excellent genius, would additionally notice the last word futility and despair of dwelling a life the place all you’ve gotten left is distraction, and that nihilism, whereas intermittently superior, is actually only a sequence of cul-de-sacs which at all times put you proper again the place you began.
Much more, you’d assume the actual fact that Rick continues to be dwelling with any model of his household would recommend that on some degree he does acknowledge a primary want for these relationships, and but even with that, his insistence on viewing them as interchangeable spare elements will finally serve to deprave any official affection or sense of residence he would possibly really feel. It’s nearly as if the principle cause he prevented going to remedy wasn’t as a result of he thought it was silly or meaningless, however as a result of he’s good sufficient to know that Dr. Wong—who additionally helps folks cease consuming shit—is correct; that being an excellent genius able to turning himself right into a pickle after which turning that pickle into an unstoppable killing machine doesn’t take away the necessity for “repairing, sustaining, and cleansing.” It simply ignores it. And you then could be essentially the most highly effective man within the universe and nonetheless have an offended, despairing daughter, a granddaughter who huffs pottery enamel, and a grandson who pisses himself at school.
However hey, Pickle Rick, proper? …Proper?
- Dr. Wong serving to folks with their coprophagia is an excellent joke.
- Morty: “Can you progress? Are you able to fly?” Rick: “Wouldn’t be a lot of a pickle if I did.”
- Danny Trejo does the voice of Jaguar, and Peter Serafinowicz is the evil British man. The present goes all out with the voice casts this season.
- Beth: “Properly, Dr. Wong—by the best way, racist title…”
- “That’s as a result of to me, you aren’t particular.” -Rick, to a rat
- The post-credits sequence has Jaguar paying again his debt by saving Rick and Morty from the villainous Concerto. In order that’s the place that scene within the opening credit comes from, if anybody asks.
- “As a result of the factor about repairing, sustaining, and cleansing, is it’s not an journey.” —Dr. Wong (I dig it when this present backs a bit away from full despair. Though it was surprisingly unhappy listening to each Summer time and Morty ask about going again to Dr. Wong as Beth and Rick ignore them.)