The Rickshank Rickdemption
Rickmancing the Stone
Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender
The Whirly Dirly Conspiracy
Rest and Ricklaxation
The Ricklantis Mixup
The ABC’s Of Beth
The Rickchurian Mortydate
In many ways, the third season of Rick And Morty marks the pinnacle of this animated series. Building on everything that’s made the show so successful through the years, growing a steady stream of fans in the process, the third season manages to advance the plot and produce some truly outstanding episodes in the process. The imaginative sci-fi mixed with the hand-drawn animation allows for some incredibly profound situations and settings to arise and with numerous parodies and satirical references throughout, its hard to fault the third season of this adult animation.
The story picks up where the second season left off before devolving back into the formulaic episodic format the show has grown accustomed to. These are arguably the strongest they’ve ever been with episodes like Pickle Rick, where Rick turns himself into a pickle, and Vindicators 3, a parody of the Avengers, both managing to stand on their own with massive doses of humour. Contrasting that is one of the best episodes since the show came on air, The Ricklantis Mixup. Its here that the show manages to pull off an incredible animated feat and an intelligently written plot I can only applaud. Focusing on the Citadel where only Rick and Mortys live, the episode scrutinises society, weaving a commentary about the social, racial and political system inherent in society in a profoundly intelligent way. It never feels forced at any time and there’s just enough humour to prevent it from devolving into a drama or coming off as too heavy handed.
The characters are largely unchanged this year as well and whilst there is some character development, a lot of the focus is on the world building and comedy which is largely unchanged from the previous seasons. The trademark adult humour and overuse of cursing is still inherent but it feels a little more toned down this year, keeping the focus on the plots of each episode instead. The comedy does feel a little more mainstream accessible though, with numerous film and science fiction properties parodied throughout and even a few sly nods toward the likes of Rotten Tomatoes and the question of time travel that fans have questioned over the years. There’s still enough Easter Eggs here to please even the most hardcore of fans but this year just seems to click on almost every level.
Its hard to fault Rick And Morty’s third season and with each episode there’s hardly a scene wasted. This is an animation at the top of its game. The confidence the plots and writing oozes makes it very hard to fault this season and it really feels like the show has hit its stride and can do no wrong. In many ways, Rick And Morty is a definitive science fiction animation and the profound way it weaves its comedy and imaginative plots together make this year, more than any other in the show’s history, a force to be reckoned with. This is an animated property at the top of its game and with a fourth season all but certain, if its anything like the third then it’ll be well worth the wait.