Rickmancing the Stone – Gems, Raiders, and What’s Up with Morty’s Giant Arm?
Adult Swim went full out for San Diego Comic Con. Besides their “Adult Swim on the Green” event each day, they threw parties each night to celebrate their shows. The climax? Saturday night, which focused on Rick and Morty. We were lucky enough to be right there, dressed in the tinyverse title roles, to watch the Rick and Morty Season 3 Episode 2 premiere!
Yes, a premiere of the second episode of a season is a little wierd. In some ways, the April Fool’s episode, “The Rickshank Redemption”, was less a premiere than a resolution of the big cliffhanger in Season 2. It wasn’t a true kick off to a season of bigger, darker, and wilder adventures. “Rickmancing the Stone” was the episode we’ve been waiting for.
Adult Swim moved their Saturday night showcase into Petco Park. Over 4,000 attendees took over half the field. Aanother event had the other half and, surprisingly, the sound didn’t overlap at all. The Rickmobile was parked near the back. There, a number of friendly employees sold Pickle Rick shirts and organized the crowd for photos in front of the truck. The cosplay was great – a handful of Mr. Meeseeks, a Mr. Poopy Butthole, a near army of Ricks, and a Morty or two. It seems that quite a few Ricks did not have their Morty insurance in place. Every attendee received a Rick mask and a big dose of silliness. The hosts were great at revving up the crowd, throwing out swag here and there. While I was a bit sad that they didn’t pull all the various cosplayers up front for a group pic, I did enjoy when they had everyone put on their masks. Scanning the crowd was like being at a very strange Council of Ricks.
Eventually, the crowd settled in for the main event. Creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon graced the stage for a short introduction of what way to play out on screen. They started with a video of writers sharing alternate versions of lines for previous episodes, each more hilarious than the last. Roiland and Harmon left the stage, and the (digital) reels began to roll.
Adult Swim started by airing the Season 3 Premiere of Rick and Morty. Given that some of the crowd may have missed it, I felt this was a nice way to lead into the main event. It gave everyone a fresh reminder of where we left off and where Season 3 is headed.
SPOILER ALERT! Secrets Ahead! SPOILER ALERT! Secrets Ahead! SPOILER ALERT!
If you don’t want to know details about the Rick and Morty Season 3 Episode 2 premiering on July 30th, now’s the time to stop reading. But you’re missing out on those “Mad Max” details in the trailer and why the heck Morty has a giant arm.
Let’s start with the biggest news. Rick makes good on his promise in the season premiere and kicks Jerry out of the house. It’s a rather sad moment, watching Jerry stand in what is no longer his driveway, trailer half empty. He leaves without protest. Summer and Morty then have to deal with their feelings over the divorce. And Rick? Well, maybe he takes them to an apocalyptic dimension to get their agressions out. Or maybe he’s just Rickmancing a stone idol. As always, Rick seems to have more than one motivation when it comes to his grandchildren.
Rebelion in a Mad Max Influenced World
Summer wants escape. Her bad teenage romance with one of the raiders, while slightly cheesy, did a good job of showing her need to figure out a “new” identity through the divorce. No one chooses good partners throughout Rick and Morty; each relationship builds on the pain of a different one.
Now – the giant arm – our guess prior to seeing the episode was some sort of masturbation joke. Wrong! In order to win battles and distract the natives, Rick injects the muscle memory of a disembodied arm into Morty. The arm has a (violent) personality of its own, which at first Morty uses to take out his anger over the divorce. I loved Morty’s strength here, wishing his father stood up for himself instead of retreating. This arc continues as he helps his new friend, Armathy, avenge his past among a family of slave traders. Yes, Armathy, possibly the best name for a gladiator arm with memories all its own. Morty eventually finds a way to deal with his anger, with Rick acting as more of a background character than usual.
Rick achieves his own success in the episode. I want to believe his main motivation was helping the grandkids. It could be easily argued that he was only there to help himself. Want to start a debate in the comments?
Where Does Rick and Morty Season 3 Episode 2 Lead Us?
With Jerry out of the house, it allows the creators to introduce occasional stepfather Paul Fleischman to this earth. I’m curious to see a budding romance or if Jerry will fight his way back home.
Rick may have a new power source. Will he get rid of the tiny verse and power a new shuttle? Create some crazy weapon? This part I’m excited for!
Ready to see the latest episode?!? Rick and Morty Season 3 Episode 2, “Rickmancing the Stone,” will premiere July 30th, 2017 at 11:30 PM ET on Adult Swim and eventually be on Hulu. We can’t wait to see what ‘verse Rick and Morty end up in next!