Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Best Episodes of Rick And Morty (#4)

#4
'Rixty Minutes'
Season 1, Episode 8

Tired of watching inane Earth television with the family, Rick installs an interdimensional cable box (with crystals!) that allows them to watch channels from an infinite number of realities. Jerry appears as a movie star on several of the channels they're watching, which leads to Rick giving Jerry, Beth, and Summer a headset that allows them to look through the eyes of different versions of themselves in alternate realities. Familial issues arise.

From here on out, any of these could be my number one favorite entirely depending on my current mood. I've already changed the ordering about 5 times now and I'm still not 100% sure with where they all stand, but here we go anyway. When it comes to pure entertainment, this is possibly the best episode of the show. Justin Roiland's voice work and improvisation in this episode is definitely an acquired taste, but much is the case with the show as a whole. I can see how people might find this show annoying, but it grew on me and this is a great episode to illustrate the love it or hate it nature of Rick And Morty. I find the insanity and general lack of adventure in this episode a nice change of pace, simply giving Roiland the opportunity to exercise his comedic prowess. Not only this, but Jerry and Beth are given the chance to explore their marriage and cut to the core of why they stick together. Their subplot is sweet, dramatic, and effectively emotional, adding a few brief windows of narrative structure to this otherwise wildly eccentric, plot-less endeavor. It's among the most rewatchable episodes and an excellent introduction to the sense of humor of the show as a whole.

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