Den of Geek Reviews: Rick and Morty ‘Something Ricked This Way Comes’
My favorite Rick and Morty episodes make me feel like crap. In my opinion, that one-two punch of absurdist cartoon comedy and gut-rending hopelessness defines the joined creative output of Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, and I absolutely love it. But what I learned tonight is that I definitely also appreciateRick and Morty episodes that are straight-up ridiculous, but in ways more creative and entirely unique to this series. It’s the same reason I enjoyed “M. Night Shaym-Aliens!” with its riffing on the hacky narrative trope of everything being a simulation (inside a simulation! (inside a simulation!!)).
The crux of “Something Ricked This Way Comes” is an inventively absurdist plot about Rick using science to undo the plot of Stephen King’s Needful Things. The Devil (played by Alfred Molina) has come to town and opened up a shop, very subtly called “Needful Things.” Now he’s selling knickknacks that fulfill dreams but have a horrible curse on them, like an aftershave that makes Morty’s math teacher irresistible to women, but, twist, it also makes him impotent. Unfortunately for the Devil, Rick creates a serum that counteracts the impotency part without getting rid of the good bits. And from there he continues to de-curse all of the cursed items from the “Needful Things” shop.
It’s just a lot of fun to witness this concept play out. It’s great how Rick starts up a whole de-cursing business just because he finds the Devil’s perceived all-powerful evilness to be irksome and wants to demonstrate how easily he can best Satan magic with science. As a result, Rick actually ends up making a lot of people’s lives wonderful just because he wants to piss the Devil off (and he makes a good chunk of change off of the situation while he’s at it).Read More