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Rick’s Big Rip on Heist Movies

Rick and Morty Season 4, Episode 3 Review- One Crew Over The Crewcoo’s Morty

Have you ever seen something where you haven’t the foggiest idea what’s going on, yet you love it? After watching last night’s episode of Rick and Morty, it feels like I went through that. The episode, “One Crew Over The Crewcoo’s Morty” was one big rip on heist movies that included every possible cliche. I loved it!

Rick’s Big Rip

The episode starts off with a classic Rick and Morty adventure a-la Indiana Jones. However, it goes off the rails when Rick discovers that some thief stole whatever they were after. As a result, Rick drags Morty to Heist Con, an actual convention for thieves, so he tear the guy down. Truthfully, though, it feels like he only wanted to do one big rip on everyone there by saying he hates heist movies.

In this era where the term “nerd” can be a badge of pride, we essentially rule pop culture now. Thus, conventions are like geekdom pilgrimages where we congregate; perfect fodder for a cynical guy like Rick. Seeing him rip on fan culture, as mean as it can be, almost feels like an honor for me. We’ve gotten so big that Rick sees fit to tear into us. Also, I don’t really watch heist movies myself.

One Convoluted Cliche After Another

When you try to get down to the bare bones of the plot, you run into the inherent problem of the episode: it has no real plot. The whole thing’s a series of attempts by people trying to one up each other in terms of being clever. In Rick’s case, he creates a robot called the Heist-o-tron to one up that thief from before. Only the robot double-crosses him and starts heisting on a planetary scale. The Heist-o-Tron literally steals planets! Yet despite the deliberate cliches, I found the episode hilarious.

The reason the whole thing works is because, again, this is one big rip on heist movies; whether its genuine or playful, I don’t know. Yet Rick and Morty is the kind of show that thrives on convoluted, audacious moments such as this. Heck, the ending to “Rickshank Redemption” revealed that everything was part of Rick’s plan to get rid of the Galactic Government and Jerry.

Through the same kind of complex, over the top planning and outsmarting others, Rick manages to thoroughly confuse the Heist-o-Tron enough that it self-destructs. However, it could have also done so after failing to understand what was going on. Either way, Rick wins.

A Hilarious Spoof of Heist Films

Even this is a big rip on Heist Movies

After Rick’s big rip, my opinion on heist movie’s changed a bit. Yes, they can be cliche, and the way they try to focus on being clever can get stale. Yet that’s also the reason why they can be so much fun to watch when done right. Whether intentionally or not, Rick fulfills many of the tropes and cliches found in heist movies. I think the irony’s hilarious.

As a side-bonus, we got the return of fan-favorite character Mr. Poopy Butthole to the canon. After getting shot back in Season Two, we only saw him at the end of each season where he commented on the show. getting to see him reunite with Rick and Morty was a delight. On top of that, Elon Musk guest starring as “Elon Tusk” joke got a few chuckles out of me. The man’s actually played himself in several shows by now.

Big rip or not, I thought that “One Crew Over The Crewcoo’s Morty” was one of the series stronger episodes. It makes no sense whatsoever, but it doesn’t need to in order to be funny. Wubba-lubba-dub-dub!

I Give ” One Crew Over The Crewcoo’s Morty” a 4.5/5.

Stray observations

  • Blink and you’ll miss the Arby’s product placement at the start of the episode
  • “Big Pluto”. LOL, nice callback to Season One.

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2 thoughts on “Rick’s Big Rip on Heist Movies Leave a comment

  1. This episode left me……conflicted. I like how it ripped on the heist movie genre. But……I don’t know. I was a little mad because I’m not fond of meta humor. All it does is rip on what’s been done before rather than try and put a spin on that. I also feel like some heist shenanigans went on a few times. Like the “Morty’s Mind Blower” opening: Rick and Morty stole a turtle. Wasn’t that a heist?

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