Rick and Morty S05E03 is the third episode of season 5 in this scifi fantasy action-adventure animated comedy created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon. The series follows the misadventures of cynical mad scientist Rick Sanchez and his good-hearted but fretful grandson Morty Smith, who split their time between domestic life and interdimensional adventures.
Entitled “A Rickconvenient Mort”, Rick and Morty S05E03 essentially presents us with two parallel stories. One, of Morty’s love affair with Planetina (an obvious analogue of Captain Planet) and two, of Rick and Summer’s hedonistic holiday at three planets about to face destruction. But effectively, it is Morty’s storyline that carries the most emotional resonance this time around.
Rick and Morty S05E03 finds the writers of the series doing what they do best – skewering pop culture and providing a cynical take. Planetina – like Captain Planet – is formed from several children’s powers but the difference is that the children have grown up and are exploiting Planetina for self-gain. In effect, Planetina’s lofty eco-logical goals have been corrupted by good old filthy lucre, as usual.
Now, what is a little strange is that we assumed that Rick and Morty encountered Planetina on another planet or dimension (as they often do) but apparently this time, the events unfold on the same planet where Rick and Morty resides. It’s a bit stretching the suspension of disbelief but the quality of the Morty’s romantic plot justifies this.
Story B is somewhat inferior and predictable as Rick and Summer indulge themselves in multiple end of the world parties. Not a very strong premise, which gets lame pretty quickly. Presumably, the nature of the duo’s adventure is meant to be a direct contrast to Morty’s burgeoning romance with Planetina. It certainly comes across like a throwaway storyline, for sure.
Rick and Morty S05E03 ends on a sad note as the Morty-Planetina relationship comes to a conclusion but the manner in which that is achieved, is surprising and heartfelt. Another awesome episode.
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