Rick and Morty “The Rickchurian Mortydate” Review

President vs. Rick.

And with this episode, Rick and Morty season 3 comes to an end.  While the finale might not be as dramatic and impactful as the season 2 finale, this is still a fun and action-packed episode that has me laughing til the end.  It is still a great episode.

We all thought “The Rickchurian Mortydate” is going to be about Rick and Morty defeating the creatures at the Kennedy Sex Tunnels, but that’s not the case at all.  It turns out it’s they’re not willing to help the president anymore, and the show successfully crafts the president himself into a villain.  It’s a really fun turn of events, and it’s something I didn’t expect.  It’s especially great to see the President and Rick go through an endless sci-fi fights that leads to many Easter Eggs in the background.  Also, the scene in the Oval Office where Rick proves himself to be untouchable is hilarious.  And this is all for Morty to get a selfie with the President himself.

I’m surprise we got the follow up to last week’s lingering question that Beth is a clone or not.  I really assumed it is going to be an open-ended mystery, but it became a crucial element to wrap on the season-long Beth and Jerry storyline.  It’s irony that Rick’s efforts to encourage her daughter’s independence only encourages her back to the arms of the man he despises the most.  Also, I’m not a big fan of them getting back together.  Both characters have grown a lot during the separation, ad putting them back together might undo all that.  But knowing how the show is, I might just worry too much for no reason at all.  I guess we will have to wait for season 4 to find out.

While nowhere compares to the previous season, this episode is yet another defeat for Rick.  A main theme this season is where Rick tries to assert dominance over the the family, but with how things turn out for the family, it is clear Rick doesn’t have the control he wants for his family.  Meanwhile, the season finale itself does feel like a letdown.  We didn’t touch upon Evil Morty, Phoenixperson, or any other lingering threads.  But the episode itself does feature the rivalry between Rick and the President, as well as Beth’s emotional crisis, resulting another great episode with humor and emotional drama.

Before we go, I want to mention that I don’t believe this is the last we will see Rick and Morty in 2017.  Mr. Poopybutthole mentioned a long wait for season 4, but he also mentioneed a “Santa Claus beard,” and it might be a hint of a a Christmas Special is coming.  It’s also worth mentioning that season 3 was originally going to be 14th episodes, but we are trimmed down to 10 instead.

9/10