Rick and Morty S05E04 is the fourth 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 “Rickdependance Spray”, Rick and Morty S05E04 is clearly a reminder to anyone who happens along its path that it’s an adult sitcom! One can imagine fundamentalists and woke hipsters being triggered by the highly controversial plot of this insane episode. Which is probably the whole point of the exercise!
So what is the fuss all about. Simply put – Morty, being the horny teenager he is, uses a horse semen extractor (from his mother’s workplace) to pleasure himself, which Rick then uses for an experiment thinking that it is horse semen. The result? Giant sperm – which then both Rick and Morty (for different self-interested reasons) lie that originated from outer space!
So with that outlandish premise, the rest of Rick and Morty S05E04 takes on the stereotypical narrative of an alien invasion movie as Rick and Morty, the POTUS and the US government need to figure out ways to destroy the giant ‘space’ sperm, WITHOUT revealing their true origins.
As usual, there are satirical action movie visual gags along the way and … one particularly crass and disturbing plot twist which is extremely hard to justify except and unless it was meant to offend viewers with sensitive conservative values. Without spoiling the story, let’s us just say that you should never allow your young children to ever watch Rick and Morty, especially this controversial episode.
So what was the point of Rick and Morty S05E04 then? Pure shock value, we submit. Which we suppose is part of the deal when it comes to this iconoclastic series but maybe with this episode, the creative team skated on thin ice somewhat.
Now streaming on HBOMax.
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