[SPOILERS for those not caught up on Rick and Morty ahead.]
Adult Swim TV shows follow an established formula of starting out with deceptively simple comedy premises before opening up into deeper thematic territory and Rick and Morty is no different. While pitched as a single-joke R-rated send-up of Back to the Future and Doctor Who, the series soon revealed itself to be a genuinely smart sci-fi comedy with surprisingly rich moments of human emotion; culminating in a downbeat season 2 finale that teased a major shift in the show’s status quo.
Rick and Morty’s first season established a sprawling sci-fi setting to be explored by the titular main characters: a time/space-traversing mad scientist and the youngest grandson of the suburban family he has recently re-established contact with under suspicious circumstances. Season 2 introduced greater complications in the form of a Galactic government and allusions to Rick being not just an unhinged renegade …
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