Television’s most wildly inventive, time-traversing and mind-bending show begins an anxiously awaited second season tonight on the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. From the minds of Justin Roiland and the creator of beloved fan-favorite, Community, Dan Harmon, Rick and Morty is an animated series which follows young Morty and his demented genius inventor grandfather, Rick, on crazy adventures through time and space. A sort of Back to the Future meets Doctor Who, but far more outlandish and considerably more vulgar. It’s intelligent, crass, thought-provoking, gross, sentimental, and bloody and gory, in other words, sheer freakin’ awesome. And there’s so much going on at times, with lots of scientific jargon thrown about, you’ll probably want to watch each episode again, just to be sure you caught everything.
Already a cult hit with a rabid fan following after only 11 episodes, the first season, which began airing in December of 2013, had everything from intelligent, talking dogs to aliens to sexy robots to monsters galore. Throw in other dimensions and alternate timelines, and you get a delirious mix of science-fiction, horror and fantasy. And, like Community, references to pop culture are evident in episode titles like “Lawnmower Dog”, “M. Night Shaym-aliens” and “Ricksy Business”. One brilliant stand-out episode, “Rick Potion #9”, featured Rick attempting to help his grandson with a girl, resulting in things going horribly wrong and creating a world overrun by bloodthirsty mutants. It was a particularly heartwarming episode of the series.
Bringing all this controlled insanity to life is a terrific voice cast. Co-creator Justin Roiland does an absolutely amazing job of voicing both scientist Rick, and his grandson, Morty, with occasional other versions of each, making him the Tatiana Maslany of voice animation. Playing Morty’s parents are the versatile Chris Parnell (SNL, Archer) and the delightful Sarah Chalke (Scrubs), while Spencer Grammer (Kelsey’s daughter) play’s Morty’s sister, Summer..
While this new season looks to be less episodic in nature than the previous one, and, perhaps less pop culture referencey, based on the show’s recent panel at San Diego Comic Con, Rick and Morty certainly looks to be just as frenetic, intellectually stimulating and hilarious as ever. We can’t wait to see what other havoc belching, drooling Rick and his constantly worried grandson, Morty, will wreak on the universe. Watch the debut of season two tonight (which picks up after last season’s time-freezing cliffhanger) on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim at 11:30PM. Here’s a trailer to give you an idea of what’s in store:
Oh, and one more thing – just like with the Marvel and Fast & Furious movies, be sure to stay to the end of the credits of each episode for, well, trust us, just stay to the end of the credits. As the Gore 4 likes to inform moviegoers and viewers, it’s just a good rule of thumb to follow anyways.
— preview by Brian de Castro