Thursday, December 1, 2016

Best Episodes of Rick And Morty (#17)

'Something Ricked This Way Comes'
Season 1, Episode 9

Summer gets a part-time job working for the Devil in a Needful Things-inspired shop that gives cursed items away to unsuspecting customers. Rick catches wind of this, and chooses to deliberately irritate the Devil by de-cursing the items through science. Meanwhile, Jerry and Morty work on a science project together and get transported to Pluto over a debate on whether or not Pluto is actually a planet.

Watching Rick undermine and outsmart the Devil himself is pretty funny, and the resolution of this half of the story is one of the funnier episode endings in the show. Summer's devotion to her boss reveals much about her need for approval from a father figure, while Rick's need to prove himself smarter than everyone else is the main appeal. Jerry and Morty's story revolving around planetary corruption and Pluto's media frenzy around Jerry's statements confirming Pluto's status as a planet and not a celestial dwarf is rife with social and political relevance, but the message is a little too on-the-nose to be subtly clever satire. Jerry's stubborn stupidity and eventual concession make this one of his best character-building episodes, as he surprisingly proves to be one of the more interesting characters in the show.

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