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'Rick and Morty' expands minds

By Mike Thomas, sports editor
On April 26, 2014

  • The extraterrestrial environment brings out Rick’s wit and cynicism and forces Morty to take part in his mad schemes of science, which is only complicated by the fact that he is also an alcoholic. Special to / The Advocate

When you get a snarky intoxicated genius scientist and a timid young sidekick, it's a recipe for disaster. "Rick and Morty" has given Adult Swim viewers something fresh to watch. Four episodes into the season, Cartoon Network has already renewed it for a second season.
The show has a lot of hilarious moments with raunchy comedy, but it gives viewers a lot to think about when it comes to a parallel universe.
It also proves that poorly drawn animation does not make a difference on how good a show can be. This might really be the best show on television today. The show has a science-fiction focus, especially on how space is the final frontier.
The comedy in the show is what makes the show fresh. Rick's witty ways in outsmarting his foes, including the way he mentally bullies Morty, are hysterical. He knows Morty's weaknesses and uses them to his advantage on the show.
Rick being drunk 99 percent of the time, is really a cry for help with all he's been through and seen. The show is really "out there," and there are some hidden dirty jokes with aliens in every episode. Rick and Morty's bumbling from one situation to the next provides constant laughs for viewers and leaves audiences wanting more.
From the creators of the hit show "Community," and with the voice talent of "Adventure Time's" Earl of Lemongrab, the show is about how Rick Sanchez manipulates his grandson, Morty Smith, into going with him on misadventures through alternative realities for science.
The show takes viewers to realities where inanimate objects are the dominant species and they use humans as chairs. The best thing about this show is that it leaves viewers thinking about reality. It also leaves viewers thinking about what they are going to think of next.
Even though Rick is an egotistical know-it-all, he does show compassion to his grandson on their misadventures. Morty's family is somewhat dysfunctional. It shows that a parent showing up at a doorstep after 20 years of not seeing him can change one's life forever.
In one episode Rick creates a love potion so Morty can win the heart of the girl of his dreams when he attends a dance for people with the flu.
You would think a flu dance would be the main problem, but it is the least of the problems in the episode.
The ingenious plan works on his crush, but the effects of the potion wear on everyone at the dance. Morty's love fever becomes an epidemic, and everyone worldwide wants to have sex with him - yes even the males.
Unsuccessfully trying to find a cure and turning the infected people into deformed monsters, Rick and Morty transport to a reality where a deformed Rick is turning everyone into normal human beings.
Before the transportation, the Rick and Morty in that reality die by an explosion, leaving the real Rick and Morty to take their places in that universe. After burying their alternate selves, Morty's facial expression tells it all.
He is trying to comprehend what just occurred, and know he has to live in a reality that's not his, while Rick is just drinking his sorrows away like nothing happened. The way it does not phase him makes you think that this isn't the first time this has happened to him.
I loved the sad song by the artist Mazzy Star that fits in perfectly with the scenario after the two bury their dead counterparts. 


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