Rick and Morty — Season 4 Episode 1 Review

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Hey Bruh! Rick and Morty go on a somewhat classic adventure in this one, Bro! Get ready for “Edge of Tomorty: Rick, Die, Rickpeat!”

If you’re a Rick and Morty fan, then you probably know that we’re smack dab in the middle of season 4 right now. Of course, if you still have cable, you can watch each episode for free as it airs on Adult Swim. For cord-cutters like me, however, accessing my favorite sci-fi comedy cartoon via any streaming services for which I pay has been a bit dismal.

However, Season 4 is available for purchase on Amazon. I bought it as soon as I saw it… only to find out that they’re only releasing episodes once they air. So beware before you buy. You don’t get to binge season 4 of Rick and Morty until the season has finished airing. And I guess that makes sense. Hell, I’m just happy to get to watch it at all.

So let’s dive in to S4 Ep. 1: “Edge of Tomorty: Rick, Die, Rickpeat”

Following tradition, Justin Roiland (the mind behind the show, and the voice of its two eponymous characters) and crew decided to name this episode after a movie. In this case, a pretty damned good one that doesn’t get enough credit. Say what you want about Tom Cruise, but Edge of Tomorrow: Live, Die, Repeat was legit.

Moving on. In accordance with the title, this episode does borrow some thematic fodder from the movie. By this I mean Rick dies and is resurrected no less than three times during the episode. An obvious homage, there. There’s also an homage to the anime classic, Akira (1988), with Morty going all Tetsuo on the entire military. 

The Setup:

Rick, Morty, Beth, Jerry, and Summer are having breakfast and it’s clear from the beginning that things have changed. Rick orders Morty to come with him to Forbodulon Prime to get some death crystals. Nothing foreboding there (And hey, if Roiland’s gonna make puns, then so am I). Right before the pair are set to abscond, however, Beth intervenes. 

Yeah. Apparently in the aftermath of Jerry and Beth getting back together, one of the new rules is that Rick has to have Morty’s consent to go on any adventures. You can imagine how well that goes over… Or, you know, watch the episode and see for yourself. 

The Action Begins:

Once on Forbudulon Prime, we find out that death crystals don’t actually kill you, they just show you how you’re going to die when you touch them. Not to give too much away, here, but the catch is that because the future is always in motion, the crystals seem to show infinite possibilities for the user’s death. 

In classic Rick fashion, he explains, “Truth is, anyone who knows how they’re gonna die is either boring as hell or about to get shot.” Of course this leads to a gun-fight action sequence in which it’s revealed that sometimes the crystal shows certain death. Which Rick cleverly uses to his advantage.

Then there’s Morty.

Morty discovers by holding a crystal that if he moves in certain directions (and this is where the Akira reference really starts) he can die of old age with Jessica by his side. He commandeers Rick’s ship and start’s to fly in the direction the crystal is leading him. Then they crash and Rick dies the first time. Morty could save him, but the crystal guides him on a different path. 

Rick, of course, had a cloning vat in season two, so they called that back—even though it was destroyed. Turns out Rick’s backup just re-routes to a dimension in which he didn’t destroy his cloning vat. And that’d be great if he didn’t keep getting re-booted into Fascist dystopias. Hence, several more deaths and resurrections for Rick as he tries to stop Morty from ruining the world in order to die old with Jessica.

In Summary:

Rick and Morty’s first two seasons were brilliant. The third was still good, but it lacked a little something. Some thought the Beth and Jerry split complicated the storyline too much. I don’t know about that, but there was definitely something missing. This first episode feels a little more like classic Rick and Morty. There are callbacks to old bits like Mr. Meseeks, and Gear-Head, and there are hidden gems like the phallic shape drawn on the math-class chalk board. (Now you have to look for it!) We’ll see how the rest of the season goes but for now, I’m going to rate this one 4/5 comets.

Final Rating: 4/5 Comets

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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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