By Will Camillo
Wubba lubba dub dub! If that seems like a random collection of syllables to you, then that means you are doing a disservice to yourself: you are not watching “Rick and Morty,” one of the best shows on television. For those unaware, “Rick and Morty” is an animated series on Adult Swim, created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, of “Community” fame. Premiering in December 2013, the show was renewed for a second season one month later. This was followed by a third season order just after the second season began. The show follows the misadventures of Rick Sanchez, an alcoholic genius who travels throughout the universe with his timid grandson Morty Smith. Rounding out the cast are Jerry, Morty’s insecure father; Beth, Morty’s assertive mother and Rick’s daughter; and Summer, Morty’s stereotypical teenage sister.
Despite having some clichéd characters, “Rick and Morty” shines with its unique combination of scifi antics, witty and sarcastic humor and fantastic writing, as well as its basis in the multiverse, a concept in theoretical physics that states there are an infinite number of realities and universes in which every possible outcome of every possible decision has occurred. As one can imagine, this can provide for some ridiculous (and often hysterical) scenarios for the callous Rick and his precocious grandson, as they often run into alternate versions of to put up with Jerry tagging along on their adventures.
If you have not been hooked already, then perhaps the other side of “Rick and Morty” will entice you. As any fan of the show will tell, themselves and their family members. Rick, or rather one of the many versions of Rick, even created a daycare for all of the versions of Jerry in the multiverse so he and his alternate selves do not have one of the greatest aspects of “Rick and Morty” is its ability to go from hilarious to downright nihilistic in a heartbeat. Rick himself is an alcoholic scientist who abandoned his family when his daughter Beth was very young, only returning twenty-odd years later for no apparent reason.
In one of the most shocking moments in the first season, Rick and Morty accidentally cause the destruction of their entire world due to Morty not handing Rick a screwdriver. As they watch their city burn, Rick creates a portal to another universe where the event only killed the two of them instead of the whole planet. The duo proceed to bury their alternate selves in the backyard and take their place. Pretty dark for an animated comedy, right? Not only that, but Morty reveals this to Summer two episodes later in a speech that sums up the entire show perfectly:
“On one of our adventures, Rick and I basically destroyed the whole world, so we bailed on that reality and we came to this one. Because in this one, the world wasn’t destroyed. And in this one, we were dead. So we came here a-an-an-and we buried ourselves and we took their place. And every morning, Summer, I eat breakfast 20 yards away from my own rotting corpse! Nobody exists on purpose. Nobody belongs anywhere. Everybody’s gonna die. …Come watch TV?”
So, if you are even mildly intrigued, do yourself a favor: watch an episode of “Rick and Morty.”
“Rick and Morty” is currently airing on Adult Swim Sunday nights at 11:30 p.m. The show is also available streaming on adultswim.com.
Camillo is a senior elemen-tary education and philosophy double major