Rick and Morty Review: Season 4—Episode 4

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Roiland and Harmon deliver another forgettable, phoned-in episode in this one, Bruh. But don’t get too discouraged—it’s not as bad as Episode 3. Buckle up… It’s Rick and Morty Review Time!

Once again, I’ve watched this episode twice, and I still had to go back and read another synopsis of it to begin typing this Rick and Morty review. As I mentioned above, it’s not as annoying as the heist stuff in episode 3, but there are some definite flaws with episode 4. With the second half of season 4 premiering this weekend, let’s hope the rest of the season can shake off these last two episodes. 

Episode 4: Claw and Hoarder: Special Ricktim’s Morty

The premise of this episode, like a lot of other Rick and Morty episodes, is to rip on a specific genre. With last episode 3 it was the heist movie. With this one, it’s the fantasy genre. It makes sense, because sci-fi and fantasy have plenty of fans on both sides who wish the two weren’t intertwined as they are. Of course, this is how Rick feels when Morty makes him make good on a promise to give him a dragon. 

Here’s where there’s some real potential here. Rick delivers by opening a portal to the “fantasy” dimension. There, magic rules, and—as we find out later—none of Rick’s scientific prowess works. If ever there were a setup for a classic “Rick learns his lesson” episode, this would be it.

Unfortunately we get an endless string of dragon sex jokes instead. Admittedly, the jokes are pretty funny, though not really memorable. They also aren’t nearly as annoying as the crew-assembly and double-cross scenes in episode 3. See my Rick and Morty review for that episode if you want to know more

Dragon Sex… and Lots of It.

So, in order to “get” a dragon, Morty has to “soul bond” with it. This is a metaphor for sex, and not at all cleverly hidden. After hating the idea of a dragon at first, Rick eventually comes to like Morty’s dragon and inadvertently soul bonds with it. Essentially cheating on Morty. 

Per the wizards’ rules, dragons are only allowed to soul bond with one person, so Morty’s dragon is guilty of adultery and slut shamed. 

Then we get a whole bit where there’s an “island-of-misfit-toys” for slutty dragons. Summer convinces them to be proud of themselves and confront the wizards over it. 

Again, this could have been a compelling storyline, but they opt to go for more blatant dragon sex jokes instead.

Final Verdict: 3/5 Comets

Was this episode funny? Yes. Was it up to RIck and Morty standards? No. One of the things that the best Rick and Morty episodes do is point out the flaws in Rick’s selfish thinking. They had an opportunity to do that here, and they did, to a point. However, the point fell flat because of the decision to harp on the idea of dragon sex for the whole episode. Again, though, those dragon sex jokes are way funnier than the heist jokes in episode 3. And let’s be honest, there is an awful lot of uncomfortable sex in Game of Thrones, so Roiland and Harmon sort of have a point. Still, the fact remains that I’ve watched this one twice now, and forgot all about it. 

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Brandon Humphreys

Brandon Humphreys

I'm a wizard. I write stuff and it goes from my head into yours - Magic! Apart from that, I am the Senior Editor for Space Porn, a veteran, a rock guitarist, and a teacher.

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