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11

Apr
2014

In Press & News

By SBI

FILM CRIT HULK: RICK AND MORTY IS THE BEST SHOW ON TELEVISION

On 11, Apr 2014 | In Press & News | By SBI

OR AT LEAST THE MOST INTERESTING.

TO HULK IT’S THE SAME DIFF. AND MANY OTHER FEELS THE SAME WAY. HULK’S FRIEND MATT EVEN TEXTED AFTER THIS WEEK’S EPISODE AND MADE THIS SAME PROCLAMATION OF RELATIVE BEST-NESS. IGNORING ANY POTENTIAL ARGUMENTS IN COMPARING TO OTHER SHOWS, HULK JUST WANTS TO CONVEY THAT WE HAVE TO TAKE A MOMENT TO CLARIFY THAT SOMETHING SPECIAL IS HAPPENING HERE. NOT ONLY IS EVERY RICK AND MORTY EPISODE SOMEHOW BETTER THAN THE LAST, BUT THE SHOW IS KEEPS TAPPING INTO THE KINDS OF THEMATIC STORY EXPRESSIONS THAT COMPLETELY ELECTRIFY HULK’S BRAIN.

IF SOMEONE ASKED “WHAT’S THE SHOW ABOUT?’ THE ANSWER WOULD BE DECEPTIVELY SIMPLE: IT’S A FUCKED-UP VERSION OF BACK TO THE FUTUREWHEREIN OUR GENIUS, DRUNKEN-SCIENTIST GRANDPA RICK TAKES YOUNG 14 YEAR OLD MARTY ON ALL SORTS OF CRAZY SCI-FI ADVENTURES. BUT WHAT SOUNDS LIKE MERE FODDER FOR HUMOR AND A FEW  GOOD YARNS IS PUSHED MUCH, MUCH FURTHER THAN THAT. IN THE WORDS OF HULK’S FRIEND MATT “It’s just fucking bold. It’s like Futurama gone all the way.” BECAUSE THERE’S NO SHOW THAT PUSHES ITS CONCEITS TO THE EDGE OF WHAT THEY COULD REALLY MEAN. NO SHOW THAT QUITE POKES AND PROTRUDES AT OUR SENSIBILITIES. NO SHOW THAT SO READILY MOCKS OUR DEPENDENCE ON CONVENTIONAL STORY OUTCOMES. BUT INSTEAD OF JUST BEING FLIPPANT ABOUT IT, THE SHOW GOES RIGHT TO THE MOST HEART-BREAKINGLY HONEST TRUTH AT THE CENTER OF THESE STORIES AND STARES RIGHT AT THE VOID OF EXISTENCE ITSELF. WHY WE DO MUCH OF ANYTHING AS A SOCIETY? WHAT IS THIS REALLY ABOUT? YOU WOULD BE TEMPTED TO CALL IT CYNICAL SHOW. BUT REALLY IT’S JUST CLASSICALLY EXISTENTIAL. AND ASIDE FROM FINDING SOME DARK-AS-NIGHT HUMOR IN THAT VOID-STARING, IT ALSO MANAGES TO FIND THIS WEIRD WAY OF CLARIFYING HOW THERE IS A KINDNESS TO MOST OF SOCIETY’S RELATIVE INSANITIES.

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