Rick and Morty Season 4 Episode 3 Review

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Rick promised a little old and a little new for Rick and Morty Season 4, bruh. Let’s find out where Episode 3 falls… It’s “One Crew over the Crewkoo’s Morty!”

After a really great episode two, Rick and Morty came back with something of a callback to last season. If you saw the Vindicators episode last season, then you’ll recall that it was Roiland and Harmon’s attempt to crap all over the super-hero genre. Kind of like how South Park craps all over everything. Don’t get me wrong, Roiland and Harmon definitely have a reputation for using Rick as a mouthpiece to crap on things, but usually it’s not the focus of an entire episode. However, Episode 3 of Rick and Morty Season 4 is very similar to the Vindicators episode in that it craps all over the heist movie genre. 

The Trouble With This Episode.

Look. I’m not gonna sugar coat things. This was one of my least favorite episodes of the series. I’ve binged seasons one through three at least five times each, and have enjoyed every one of those episodes. There are some that are, of course, favorites, but I never feel compelled to skip any of them.

When I’m re-watching season four, I’m probably going to skip Rick and Morty Episode 3. 

I’ll admit, there’s a lot of personal bias in this one, but hear me out. As I said earlier, this episode is similar to the Vindicators episode. That episode took the piss out of the superhero genre, which is fine by me, because I unabashedly think that the MCU movies are more overrated than the Beatles. The beauty of that episode, though, was that it wasn’t written like a superhero movie. It was written like a short version of Saw that happened to star superhero archetypes. It also had some great jokes in it.

This episode does things a bit differently, and fails miserably. 

Imagine someone wants to tell you how much they hate the sound of fingernails on a chalkboard. Now what if that person decided to demonstrate why they hated it so much by running their goddamn fingernails down a chalkboard over and over and over again until you scream for mercy. That’s what this episode was.

So, obviously if they’re crapping on heist movies, the writers don’t like them. Again, that’s fine. I don’t like them either. Their crew assembly scenes, double-crosses, and unnecessary twists bug the crap out of me, too, Rick. 

Why, oh why, then, did you decide to do this episode about how lame heist movies are by CREATING A HEIST EPISODE?

The Setup:

To paraphrase Rick, Jesus, it almost doesn’t even matter. The episode starts with Morty playing real-life tomb raider in an homage to the opening scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark. However, when they go to retrieve the treasure, they find a calling card from a galactically famous thief, who happens to be hosting “Heist-con.”

The rest of the episode is literally just a series of lame crew assembly sequences and double, triple, and quadruple-crosses. 

Worse still… I’ve seen the episode twice now, and I can’t remember a single joke from it. 

Final Verdict: 2/5 Comets

Look, everyone has a bad day. Every artist makes a story, song, painting, or sculpture that he or she isn’t especially proud of. I don’t know. Maybe Roiland and Harmon feel like this was a good direction for the show, but I disagree. If they wanted to pick apart heist movies, they should have done it within a different genre of episode. That would have made it more digestible. 

Still, it’s an episode of Rick and Morty. It’s better than watching most other shows. And again, I’m extremely biased on this one, so if you like heist movies and think it’d be fun to see Rick put together three or four crews and double cross a guy who reminds you of the Mr. Needful character from season 1, then you might like it. As for me, I could do without it. 

So far, five episodes of Rick and Morty Season 4 are available for rent or purchase. Let’s hope the rest of the season is more like episode two than episode three. 

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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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