Rick and Morty S6, Ep 1 Review
So last year, I did something different and reacted to Rick and Morty on YouTube. However, I didn’t expect Warner Bros to be a killjoy and make the process longer than necessary. So I’m back reviewing it here, and HOLY SHIT! Was that Season premiere amazing, or what?!? Rick and Morty may get stuck debating over its better with episodic or serialized content, but it can go all in when it does the latter.
A New Status Quo
To recap the end of Season 5:
- Evil Morty converted the Citadel into a massive portal gun.
- Evil Morty used said Citadel to break the Central Finite Curve and escape to the greater multiverse.
- Rick and Morty escaped the Citadel’s destruction with many other Mortys.
- Portal tech no longer works.
It would’ve been so easy for the show to hit the reset button and return things to some semblance of a status quo. To its credit, though, they follow through with Rick and Morty reenacting the start to Endgame. And Space Beth pulls a Captain Marvel and saves them.
Now back home (the other Mortys killed themselves), Rick’s first act is trying to reset portal tech. Unfortunately, instead of that, he resets things so that every interdimensional traveler returns to their native dimension. Thus, Rick, Morty, and Jerry all get sent home, leaving the women to track them down.
From here on out, the episode’s a mix of one wham moment after another and showing how much the Smith family’s grown over the show. Also, more on Jerry shortly.
Rick and Morty Have Grown
So, Morty returns to the original dimension that he unwillingly abandoned in Season One. It’s there that he deals with the fallout of his actions when he’s reunited with his original Jerry. His Beth and Summer died offscreen, leaving Jerry alone and wanting nothing to do with his son, despite the latter’s attempts to reconnect.
Meanwhile, Rick returns to his home dimension, where we learn that he stuck it in an infinite loop of the day he lost his wife and Beth. A constant reminder of his biggest failure. Now more than ever, it’s apparent Rick’s seeming apathy is a sham to cope with how he’s failed to avenge them. However, it’s also revealed there’s a reason he chose Morty’s dimension to live in. It turns out that Morty’s original Rick was Weird Rick, aka the one who killed his family. He stuck around, hoping Weird Rick would show up, but he never did!
This single moment recontextualizes much of the show’s first season. Rick’s uncaring behavior stemmed from him seeing his initial family as a means to an end. Over time, though, Rick grew to care for and love his interdimensional family.
Nowhere is this shown more than in the series climax when in a big revelation, Rick realizes that he inadvertently returned Weird Rick to his home dimension. When he has the chance to hunt him down, it’s Morty who talks him out of it. Despite being from separate dimensions, Morty considers the Rick he’s been with his grandpa. It works, too.
Summer and the Beth’s Arc
As all this goes down, Summer, Beth, and Space Beth fight in the Citadel ruins to ensure they can reunite with their adoptive family. Summer shows how much of a badass she’s become, with Rick even stating she reminds him of his late wife. In addition, Beth and Space Beth, despite having made peace over not knowing which one’s the clone, still have issues. One of them did bail on their family to do some soul-searching. In the end, though, they make peace with each other, with Space Beth agreeing to visit more often.
Jerry Stands Up for Himself
Lastly, we have Jerry, who is now confirmed to have been mixed up with Jerry-2 back in Season Two. He got returned to his original dimension, whose Smith family never grew out of their Season Two mindset; i.e., they’re all dysfunctional jerks. In contrast to now, Jerry-3’s new family is far more stable and closer together. Jerry-3 even admits that the time he and Beth spent apart helped them both grow as people. So, Jerry-3 flips off his original family and goes back to his new one. It’s a satisfying moment for him, even if he doesn’t quite stick the landing.
Then Jerry-2 Jerry’s it up and ruins their dimension, forcing everyone to move to a new one.
An Amazing Start to Rick and Morty S6
So, to recap, no one is living in their home dimension anymore. Beth and Summer are the only members left of their dimensions original family. And to top it off, everyone has to bury their counterpart’s dead bodies. Oh, and everyone knows Rick and Morty aren’t their original Rick and Morty.
Even though they’re all biologically related, almost no one is from the same dimension. However, they all accept that despite this, they’re still a family. A weird, interdimensional version of the family of choice trope, but a heartwarming one. Even when Rick denies it, everyone knows by this point that he cares about them.
So this is the new status quo in the future for everyone. Portal guns don’t work now, and it may take Rick all season to rebuild them. Given that it’s Rick, it’s only a matter of time. In the meantime, the show leaves many questions up in the air. Will Evil Morty return, or is he gone for good? How many Ricks and Morty’s are still alive? For now, the show’s putting them on the back burner, and there’s a 50% chance they may return to them.
The Most Evil Rick Yet
One thing that the show doesn’t sit on, though, is Weird Rick.
So Rick did end up trapping Weird Rick in his home dimension. Moreover, despite having given up his chance for revenge for now, there’s a good chance that Rick and Weird Rick will meet again someday soon. The show would be insane not to, at this point!
As a whole, this is Rick and Morty at its absolute finest. I would easily rank this episode among the top 5 of all time. The writers may not always like doing it, but when they want to focus on serialized storytelling, they do an amazing job at it. Here’s to another season of Rick and Morty forever.
I Give “Solaricks” a 5/5
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