Rick and Morty Season 6 Ep 4 is the fourth episode of season 6 in this scifi fantasy action-adventure animated sitcom 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 inter-dimensional adventures.
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Entitled “Night Family”, Rick and Morty Season 6 Ep 4 is an average episode, relatively speaking. The show producers have described the episode as a homage to famed horror director John Carpenter. The premise of the episode involves a typical Macguffin – this time it’s a device that animates a sleeper’s body so that it can perform tasks throughout the night. Rick uses the device to develop an eight-pack of stomach abs.
Eventually, every family member demands a night person and while initially everything runs smoothly, the night persons decide to rebel against their “programming” with Night Summer the evil leader of this rebellion. The day selves become slaves to the night persons as Night Rick locks Day Rick out of his own technology and the Day selves end up as prisoners in their own house. The house is stripped bare and the Night family create a device to extend their influence beyond the house as well.
Of course, Rick and family figure out a plan to destroy the device, ironically through Night Jerry, who betrays Night Summer, in a trademarked Jerry move. There is a long sequence where the Day and Night families duke it out for supremacy though of course, they are the same people. It is hilarious to see the various characters moving from Day to Night, from good to evil, virtually every other second by the end. In truth, it reminded us of a David Cronenberg click (maybe Shivers?) more than anything by Carpenter. And true to Rick and Morty ethos, the solution to the problem is not what you expect!
Rick and Morty Season 6 Ep 4 is a fairly lightweight one but considering the high bar of the series, still entertaining nonetheless. Recommended!
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