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The Onion A/V Club Reviews – Rick and Morty: ‘M. Night Shaym-Aliens!’
On 13, Jan 2014 | In Press & News | By SBI
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Hello, and welcome to the start of TV Club coverage for Rick And Morty, a show about a drunken super genius and the grandchild he recklessly endangers on a weekly basis. We’re jumping in a little late here, because we at TV Club value the sweet, sweet art of surprise. In fact, maybe this isn’t a review. Maybe this is just a typing program that gained sentience in order to distract you long enough to absorb the contents of your hard drive? But it’s not, because that would be dumb. Anyway, we’ll pick up with the fourth episode because the time machine is on the fritz (keeps trying to have sex with Hitler’s mom, I’m sure I don’t know), and I don’t feel like waiting around for the universe to cycle through another iteration of existence. Thankfully, “M. Night Shaym-aliens” is a good episode to jump in with, provided you don’t really care about getting to know characters or grasping the premise.
Rick And Morty merges high-concept science fiction storytelling with dark humor in a way that finds the best in both; it’s a little like Futurama when that show was at its peak, only so far, at least, R&M doesn’t appear to have a lot of interest in sentiment. It’s also a bit darker, and far more relentlessly inventive with its plotting. “M. Night Shaym-aliens!” is a great example of this. “We’re in a simulation!” stories are a time honored sci-fi tradition, but the episode works to keep you off guard from the start, beginning the story after Rick and Jerry have been kidnapped, and folding itself in on itself over and over again. The con-game-that-turns-out-to-be-a-bigger-con-game-but-oh-look-you-just-exploded arc of the plot fits expectations to an extent; the restless nature of the show’s storytelling practically demands that the audience never take anything at face value, especially when watching an episode about not taking anything at face value. But the ending isn’t a disappointment. The script drags out the con as long as possible, and it’s satisfying to see Rick win out in the end, even if you can’t help but feel some pity for the Cygerians (Cigerians?), discolored butt flaps and all.Read More