Rick And Morty season 4 (so far) discussion thread.
Just got caught up. Use spoiler tags if necessary, although there really wasn't much major overarching plot stuff to spoil in this batch of five episodes. no Evil Morty stuff reeeee
As far as my personal thoughts go: I enjoyed all the episodes, some slightly more than others, HOWEVER I think what's really important is that none of it felt as lackluster as a lot of season 3 did, which is very good. In fact the episodes seemed crammed full of more clever yet goofy jokes, trope subversions, creative ways to kill aliens/robots/giant bugs etc. than ever, with some of the plotlines getting absurdly complicated and meta, but never in a way where it felt like it was taking itself too seriously. There weren't really any emotional gutpunches or complete "holy fuck" moments but there was plenty of genuinely funny stuff, quality animation, and just really interesting plots/parodies they came up with, like how they ripped into heist films, or redid Terminator with alien snakes but added time travel paradoxes, or played with the boundaries between Rick's advanced scientific technology and actual wizard/dragon magic.
There were only a couple scenes that got so redundant I was like "okay, really?" but those were few and far between, with the biggest example probably being the "toilet heaven" gag.
As far as callbacks to previous seasons go, the biggest I noticed were the return of the Meeseeks and Mr. Poopybutthole, as well as a reference to Plumbuses. And iirc they had a Gear Person in one scene too.
It does seem like the focus of these episodes was just fun adventures rather than anything super dark or emotional, and this is literally referenced in meta dialogue in the premiere. I don't personally have a problem with this as long as the writing is tight and the jokes are funny, which it is/they are.
I know it's only five episodes but this already feels like a big step up from season 3. None of these episodes left me thinking "That wasn't very good", at least.
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