When the reviews came in for Rick and Morty season 4, the hardest-hitting critiques all bordered around the “dark” direction it had decided to tow. The audience was split into two segments; the regular fans who did not think the season was as horrible as the diehards were projecting. And, of course, the diehards who basically compared it to the fall of Lucifer, with some even going as far as calling it the worst season of the franchise.
On the bright side, season five seems to have united both warring parties and brought Unity more than anything else. When compared with its predecessors, the reception shows the true story behind the PR; season five was pretty mid. The new season of Rick and Morty is expected to release later this year. How can the show bring back the spark in season six? Here are a few suggestions on what the fans would love to see.
The Real Rick C-137
Rick and Morty is a story about the most intelligent man in the universe and the misadventures he has with his grandson. The series became a popular hit for its no holds barred banter, dark humor, and philosophical ideas that resonated positively with the audience. Fans fell in love with Rick, an old, gruff mad scientist who moves back in with his daughter and her family, dragging them into multidimensional escapades. Rick the character himself remains the face of the show and for good reason. He comes off as arrogant, selfish, and basically the jock who does not care about anything or anyone other than himself. Fans of the espionage thriller Archer would relate dearly.
The Rick archetype over the course of the series has been a bag of excitement. He’s awed the audience, disgusted them, angered them and as usual this makes his character endearing. Rick is the dream. An intelligent man with a portal gun that allows him to live an infinite, consequence-free life is what makes his archetype rock. Over the course of the season, the character has had to evolve as the connection with his family strengths. Unfortunately, the show does go overboard with humanizing Rick in season five.
The first episode opens with Rick on the verge of death as the Space Cruiser crashes to Earth. Rick, in delirium, remarks on how small he really is and how much disgust he holds in his heart against himself. The most intelligent man in the universe is reduced to a shadow of himself at this moment and this cascades through the rest of the season. The pilot episode itself ends with Rick being unable to defend his grandson, depending on Nimbus (a weird cross of David Bowie and ocean god, Poseidon) to save them from the jaws of death. At the end of this episode, the show felt more like Nimbus and Morty, a dent on the brash, arrogant nature of Rick himself.
This continues in the third episode, “A Rickconvenient Mort.” Rick and Summer go on a galactic bar crawl through planets on the verge of an apocalypse and Rick falls for an alien. This is another first in the series. Throughout the show itself, Rick has been a bit of a loverboy with romantic interests spanning different characters, including an entire planet. The most intelligent man in the universe with the ability to travel across dimensions does sound like a ladies’ man. Rick and Morty season five, however, sees Rick fall for a really spontaneous character, Daphne. So attached, he does not realize she’s using him for her own survival. Another tilt from the original archetype that fans had come to love.
The final episode of the season also sees Rick get defeated by Evil Morty. As he smashes through the Central Finite Curve, opening up the series to the true multiverse, the omnipotent Rick character is also not spared.This rolls on to episode six where Rick clashes with President Curtis … again. Unlike the season 3 finale, Rick is outsmarted multiple times by his Obama ripoff nemesis. Bad look for the most intelligent man in the universe.
Season six needs the real Rick Sanchez to stand up. Fans would absolutely love to see the overpowered, unstoppable character that they came to love in the new season. Considering the villain is Evil Morty, a weak Rick C-137 will be hopeless against the true multiverse. Fans will be hoping for a less humane Rick in the new installment. Can the studio do a 180 on season five’s Rick Sanchez and warp the character back to its default?
Jessica and Morty, Please, Finally!
From getting addicted to Death Crystals to being converted into a god, the story of Morty and Jessica has been a very drawn-out tease that needs to finally happen. Season five’s opener saw the duo finally go on a date, and what a moment it was. Considering his continuous sacrifices for Rick, Morty and Jessica finally happening seemed like the perfect tale. Unfortunately, as always, Rick gets in the way of his grandson’s romance, and this time, for good, it may seem.
Jessica gets captured in a Narnia-esque dimension where time moves slower and, upon release, becomes a “time-god.” Unfortunately, this is the only cameo from Morty’s classmate, and the new season must fix this. The decision not to feature Jessica in the following episodes offers the show writers a well-needed reset for the character. Jessica’s transition will play a significant role in the destruction of the Central Finite Curve, which will earn the show some needed brownie points.
More Canon Episodes!
Season five of Rick and Morty featured a host of random episodes that made the installment feel a bit alien. Most viewer complaints about the season all bordered on the fact that it tried “too many new things.” With the cliffhanger at the season finale, Rick and Morty season six has the opportunity to reward fans with more canon stories. Season five’s decision to roll the dice a couple of times left a big hole in the storyline sometimes, especially with some parts of the installment separating the main characters entirely.
The idea is not far from reasonable. The relationship between the two main characters had reached an absolute peak in toxicity. Rick’s decision to continuously drag his grandson across the universe on endless selfish adventures eventually takes its toll on the teenager. Season 4 saw the development of a darker side of Morty Smith and this is amplified as the series progresses. The last season saw Morty absolutely go full Rick at certain points, and this eventually forces a separation in Forgetting Sarick Mortshall, the penultimate episode. Rick is forced to leave Morty to seek meaning and learn about empathy and all the mushy stuff he keeps pushing away.
If this showed anything else, it’s the fact that the two characters, no matter how toxic the relationship, cannot coexist without each other. Morty, although being a very good sidekick, has not gotten enough character development to exist without the source of his problems. Morty Smith, as a separate character, unfortunately, cannot stand alone at the moment, and this shows during the brief moments they’ve been apart for the series in entirety. Rick and Morty season six has to return to the default setting fans have come to love. The randomness of season five will be forgiven if the upcoming installment can return to basics. Rick needs Morty Smith and vice versa, it’s the best-selling feature of the show.
The hilarious and adored period sitcom That ’70s Show introduced audiences everywhere to the lovable stoner misfits of Point Place, Wisconsin.
About The Author