Rick and Morty has quickly become one of my favourite shows that is currently airing. I reviewed the first and second season earlier this year after binge-watching the show on Netflix and it was very entertaining. Rick Sanchez is one of the funniest characters that I have ever had the pleasure to watch and I was expecting more of the same wacky humour in Season 3.
Additionally, I was hoping for this season of television to be much more consistent in terms of quality. Even though I really liked Season 1 and 2 of Rick and Morty, there were some episodes that were underwhelming. I was eager to find out whether Season 3 could be the best season of Rick and Morty so far.
My Thoughts on Season 3 of Rick and Morty
The premiere of Season 3, titled ‘The Rickshank Rickdemption’, was actually released back in April and it immediately became my favourite episode of Rick and Morty so far. This made it even more agonising that I had to wait until the end of July before I could watch the next episode. Still, while difficult, the wait was worth it. For me, this is the best season of Rick and Morty that I have had the pleasure of watching.
As a whole, Season 3 felt like a step above the previous seasons in many regards. For one, the animation was superb. You can see why it took such a long time for this season of Rick and Morty to be made judging from how far the animation has come from Season 2. This was particularly evident in ‘The Rickshank Redemption’ as well as ‘Pickle Rick’ and ‘The Ricklantis Mixup’.
Moreover, ‘Pickle Rick’ and ‘The Ricklantis Mixup’, along with episodes such as ‘Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender’ and ‘Rest and Ricklaxation’, proved how brilliant the comedy in Rick and Morty really is. These episodes were hysterically funny, especially ‘Rest and Ricklaxation’ and ‘The Ricklantis Mixup’. For me, those episodes cemented this season as being the best so far. I was nearly crying with laughter while watching these episodes.
The Brilliance of Rick Sanchez + A Darker Tone
Rick Sanchez was at the heart of all the brilliant moments during this season. Truly, he is becoming an iconic television character both from a comedic perspective and from a dramatic perspective too. Indeed, Season 3 had a much darker and serious tone compared to Season 1 and 2. We have seen how Rick and Morty is not afraid to address serious issues in the past and Season 3 is no different. Certainly, a common theme that was prevalent throughout this season was the issue of Beth and Jerry’s divorce.
We see how the divorce has impacted both Morty and Summer and I appreciated that, even with all the crazy adventures and events going on this season, the divorce and the issues within the family were always present. It helped to ground the show when it needed to be grounded. Additionally, ‘Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender’ dealt with the relationship between Morty and Rick in a way which blended comedy and drama in a seamless way.
Still, the most dramatic moments occurred during ‘The Ricklantis Mixup’. I mentioned how I regard that episode as being one of the funniest but I also feel that, at the same time, it dealt with some very heavy stuff. The focus of this episode is on the redevelopment of the Citadel of Ricks and, in many ways, the episode was a commentary on our own society. This was especially evident during a speech made by a Morty who was running for President. The speech drew a lot of parallels between the divides present in the Citadel and the divides in our own world.
This was a truly heartfelt moment that was evidence of how fantastic Rick and Morty can be in its more serious, darker moments. This made it all the more shocking when we see that it was actually Evil Morty who delivered this speech which, in turn, helped him become President! Evil Morty was a character that was introduced in Season 1 of Rick and Morty and this is the first time we have seen him since. This was such a great call back to make and I am sure we will see this story-line be developed in future seasons.
As you can see, the strongest episodes in Season 3 of Rick and Morty really impressed me and even the weaker episodes were still very enjoyable. Episodes such as ‘Rickmancing the Stone’ and ‘The ABC’s of Beth’ will not rank amongst the best episodes of Rick and Morty but they were still good. Moreover, I thought that even though ‘Morty’s Mind Blowers’ was effectively a clip show, it was cool for the twist to be that these were clips we had never seen.
Learning From Your Mistakes
It also proved how the showrunners learn from the weakest aspects of previous seasons due to the fact that ‘Morty’s Mind Blowers’ was also a great twist on the interdimensional cable episodes. To me, when we had an episode like this in Season 1 and 2, they were always the weakest episodes of that season. ‘Morty’s Mind Blowers’ was a huge improvement from those type of episodes.
The only thing from Season 3 that was a bit underwhelming was the season finale. While I still liked the episode, it did not reach the same heights that the finale of Season 2 did. Still, I am really nitpicking here which proves how I consider Season 3 to be a great season of Rick and Morty and TV in general. Now I am just bummed out that we are probably going to have to wait a good while before Season 4 comes out.