I don’t understand how they did it, however Rick and Morty creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon delivered the goriest episode ever with the season 4 premiere, “Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Rickpeat.”

The opening half hour gushes with blood, guts, and interdimensional logic, a reminder that solely Undone, a straight up journey, is working at Rick and Morty’s degree of science-fiction psychedelia. Where else are you able to go for Fascist Shrimp Societies and laser weapons that flip police vehicles into steel cubes with toes? The premiere delivered that weird picture whereas additionally poking the hive of Rick’s problematic habits.

To quote Rick, “There’s a lesson here, and I’m not the one who’s going to figure it out.”

But there’s so much to understand in this premiere — together with a set of particulars one actually wanted to pause to understand. Don’t fear, we did it for you.

[Ed. be aware: this submit comprises spoilers for Rick and Morty season 4 episode 1]

After practically a two yr hiatus, “Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Rickpeat” finds Beth, Jerry, Summer, Morty, and Rick again at the kitchen desk as one completely happy household. Now Rick has to ask earlier than yanking Morty right into a McGuffin-chasing journey. The manners don’t matter: Morty is doomed the second he steps foot on a greyish purple planet the place smugglers mine “death crystals” for money.

In true Ricky and Morty trend, Morty’s stolen demise crystal cracks open actuality and asks deep existential questions (in this case, predicting demise and present to die) laced with squishy gags. By the finish, Morty goes full Akira, permitting Roiland and Harmon to stretch the animation high quality in ways in which really feel like new dimensions for a present that I thought had been in all places. Even by way of the ridiculousness of two Wasp Ricks rescuing Morty, I couldn’t assist however discover the illustrated texture of black swirl wrapping round Hologram Rick. It’s artwork, man!

Season three deepend the present’s mythology, which ought to broaden much more in season 4 and throughout Adult Swim’s 70 (!) episode order. While “Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Rickpeat” didn’t push the bigger story alongside too far, it did, like the finest episodes, think about countless prospects of the place Rick and Morty’s story may go. Literally, the demise crystal’s window into the future allowed Morty to witness over a million endings to his personal life. All grotesque, after all.

In interviews for each The Iron Giant and Ratatouille, Brad Bird has mentioned that montage is considered one of the greater challenges for an animation staff. If you wish to string alongside a bunch of moments, you’ll be able to’t simply movie them in one location with totally different angles — it’s a must to actually draw each single beat, even when it lasts one second. So I appreciated all the moments in “Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Rickpeat” when Morty seemed into the demise crystal formations to seek out cloudy predictions of his personal demise. People needed to conceive, write, and animate all of that. To that time: those that write Rick and Morty off due to Szechuan sauce obsessed followers are lacking a few of the finest cartoon craft on tv. Animated comedy by no means will get its due in that regard.

If you caught the episode on premiere evening, it’s potential you didn’t take my obsessive route and cease the episode to scrutinize the prophesized deaths that saved Morty on the path to an elder care Jessica (unbelievable post-credits reveal, by the means). Here’s what I noticed:

  • Morty cuts the mistaken wire on a time bomb
  • Morty eats fishman meals which I guess is unhealthy for people
  • A automotive hits a barrel of poisonous waste which dissolves Morty’s pores and skin
  • Morty and Rick die in the trash compactor from Star Wars
  • A middle-aged Morty dies of a coronary heart assault whereas taking a shit and smoking a cigarette
  • An previous Morty dies from a drug overdose as a younger girl performs CPR
  • Morty is burned alive whereas gripping a fence, like in Terminator 2
  • A wizard throws daggers at Morty, who’s tied to a large picket goal
  • A zoned out Morty is hit by a truck whereas crossing the road as a result of he’s his telephone
  • Morty eats poison berries off a tree and his head explodes
  • Morty journeys down a flight of stairs
  • A flock of multicolored alien birds eats Morty
  • A bearded Rick in suspenders plunges a pitchfork into Morty’s chest
  • While reaching for a e book on the very high shelf, Morty falls to his demise
  • A bare Morty walks an alien seaside, then will get large welts on his face (from the solar?)
  • An elevator closes and decapitates Morty
  • A killer plant eats Morty and Rick
  • While driving in a tiny orange sedan, an extended piece of steel flies off the again of a truck and stabs Morty by way of the windshield
  • A man in a horned steel masks electrocutes Morty in an electrical chair
  • A man who seems to be the college bully smashes Morty’s head and his eyeballs ooze out
  • Morty jumps from the “Enter” button to the “@” button on a large keyboard — and fails
  • Morty needs to hit on a lady … who seems to be a lesbian? … and Morty shivers in worry over his social fake pas. (But doesn’t truly die?)

Later in the episode, Morty crosses path with the college bully, who’s of no concern to his death-crystal-induced Zen state. Except that the bully doesn’t take calmly to New Age bullshit: after Morty waves him off, he threatens to finish the dork’s life. From there, Morty will get an entire new set of visions.

  • The bully chops Morty’s head off by pinning his neck down with a trash can and leaping on high of it
  • The bully smashes Morty throughout the face with a fireplace extinguisher
  • The bully sticks a particularly sharp object down Morty’s throat
  • The bully sneaks up behind Morty in the bathe and bashes his face into the bathe head

Rick and Morty is an efficient present.

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