Rick and morty season 3 episode 7 "the ricklantis mixup" reaction!

Frightening, moving, và existential, this pantheon-level episode takes a detour lớn The Citadel for a twisted, self-contained tragedy.

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If anyone was afraid that the over of “Twin Peaks” signaled the disappearance of insane Sunday night TV storytelling, the kind that makes you scream into the living room void shouting “WHAT JUST HAPPENED” with the pure intensity of a person reckoning with their own hallucinations, let me tell you about a little half hour of television called “The Ricklantis Mixup.” The ideal animated complement khổng lồ Lynch’s “Part 8,” it’s a wry, impossible-to-fully-digest bit of mythologizing that builds up a multiverse worth of individual story threads before lighting them as the fuse khổng lồ explode the story’s own premise. This is “Rick and Morty” at the height of its power, delivering zaniness và gut-punch existentialism with equal fury & glee.


Like so manystandout “Rick and Morty” episodes, capturing the essence of what made this more than a loosely connected bit of cultural flotsam & jetsam lies in its ability to laser in on character beats at lightning speed. A breakneck-paced “Rick and Morty” if ever there was one, “The Ricklantis Mixup” jettisons the usual opening credits in favor of a sitcom-style đô thị montage of life at The Citadel, the intergalactic, city-sized fortress of Ricks and Mortys that our heroes left for ruin at the start of Season 3.

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As Rick và Morty Prime go off on an unseen tour of the lost đô thị of Atlantis, day-to-day life at The Citadel takes full focus, from the workers at a candy factory to lớn the inner workings of a dark horse chiến dịch to put Citadel nguồn in the hands of a Morty. As an entity in search of an identity following the assassination of the governing council, The Citadel is in the midst of a presidential election, one that will decide the future of thousands of Rick and Morty variants living within its borders.

Elsewhere, a quartet of school-aged Mortys go on a search for meaning và fulfillment. (As fans parse out this episode, the idea that these four follow the “Stand By Me” character breakdown while being taught by a Hogwarts-adjacent Rickstructor and it somehow makes thematic and visual sense shouldn’t go unnoticed.) The aforementioned factory worker leads a hostage revolt against his corporate overlords after being passed over for a job promotion (in favor of Cool Rick, no less). Cop Partners Rick & Morty ride along the criminal underworld of The Citadel, investigating drug dens và strip club fronts, all while balancing out their inherent distrust for each other.

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This isn’t a show that rests on recreating familiar visuals as the only means to lớn a joke. When Candidate Morty gets shot by his former campaign manager, the overheard zoom out shot lingering on the aftermath isn’t just a recreation of the over of “24” Season 2, it’s a stylistic nod to lớn a bigger commentary on centralized societal control. Rebellious sleeveless Morty isn’t just cashing in on viewers’ affinity for River Phoenix in a Stephen King adaptation (“I’m part of an experimental line of Mortys with a drama implant”), it’s using a viewer’s nostalgia for that character as a means for a bigger gut punch when he hops into the glowing green portal.


It’s a shortcut, yes. But a supremely effective one. This season, violent deaths (whether by the unwitting hands of children or by the hands of a rat super-skeleton) have also been a quick way to employ the show’s specific brand of pathos, showing the dangers that this sci-fi world has for anyone who inhabits it. That laser gun in the mouth of a loitering Morty, the disintegrated frame of a bootleg portal fluid maker, and that last shot of murdered bodies floating in the emptiness of space — those are the show’s way of underlining that even in a wacky potpourri of one-off genre riffs, there are real consequences lớn the whims of the individuals at the top. Now, whenever Rick and Morty shirk off the chance to lớn save a galaxy in trouble or a distant dimension in need, this adds weight lớn the characters they leave behind.

Even in Factory Rick’s desperate plea lớn escape judgment at the hands of Citadel police, the unseen ravages of the Blender dimension tell a story all their own. Heck, even the phrase “Flavor Core” carries with it so much unspoken intrigue. “Rick & Morty” knows how khổng lồ ask more questions than it answers when it comes lớn the details and logistics of worlds behind those portals. Now, with nearly three seasons of adventures to build on, these parallel dimensions are all ripe for the kind of granular storytelling that we see here, the diversions that địa chỉ cửa hàng so much lớn our understanding of the full range of philosophical quandaries & daily troubles that each intergalactic citizen faces.

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And the show is able lớn reference its past installments without being overly insular or self-referential. A viewer may not recognize that the kết thúc credits music is “For the Damaged Coda,” the same Blonde Redhead song that accompanied Eyepatch Morty’s Keyser Soze-like melding into the crowd at the over of “Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind.” Even without the realization that this same character now controls the interdimensional hub through which Ricks & Mortys (yes, even the Steve Jobs và trunk-nosed ones) gather, there’s a sadness to seeing the manipulation of a misled populace. Even if it’s in a tiny corner of an animated series’ mythology, this hostile takeover still has a heavy sense of tragedy lớn it.

Despite dealing with these heady themes in an intricately woven batch of storylines, “Rick và Morty” doesn’t sacrifice any of its trademark visual absurdity. Anyone who recognized the top hat biệu tượng công ty on the Simple Rick’s bars was waiting for the eventual Wonka payoff. The buffoonery of the Citadel presidential debate balanced the thematically fitting Juggling Rick with a Rent is Too Damn High Rick (Rick is Too Damn High?), proving that Jimmy McMillan still has some cultural cachet left. Và considering the show undoubtedly was in production by then, the Nightly News Rick Clones seem lớn have predicted the bizarre “Anderson Cooper interviewing future versions of himself” meme from last month, too. (This episode must have been a delight for the character design team. So many new Rick hairdos to lớn cycle through!)

The preview video clip for next week has a Rick aside about not having a third “Interdimensional Cable” episode. After “The Ricklantis Mixup,” it’s hard lớn see a need lớn ever go back to lớn that premise when the show has now brought that concept khổng lồ life in an unexpected and fulfilling way. This didn’t feel lượt thích a spliced-together string of hilarious voiceover recording session fun runs or a handful of excuses to lớn redo classic TV tropes. Those certainly have their place (sounds like an ad-lib or two might have made it into the Stand By Mortys fireside conversation). But khổng lồ have all of these storylines mesh without having lớn sacrifice a second of runtime lớn explain this episode’s chất lượng logic, “The Ricklantis Mixup” proves how the best of “Rick và Morty” can satisfy on an emotional and structural level. It may take a while for the show to lớn head back khổng lồ The Citadel, but this is the kind of episode that won’t be leaving the show’s (or the audience’s) subconscious anytime soon.