Rick and Morty—Season 5

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8.5 Overall Score
Story: 8/10
Acting: 8/10
Visuals: 9/10

Continues to be a clever and smart animated science-fiction series

Not my favorite of the seasons

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Were no Rick, Morty, or Space Weasel Gotron has gone before!

With the ability to jump through space and time and the technology to really mess things up, Rick and Morty adventures always could take a dark turn.  Be it breaking a truce with Rick’s lifelong enemy Mr. Nimbus or Morty simply causing the collapse of a society over wine, Rick, Morty, Summer, Beth, and Jerry are always up to their neck in trouble…and Rick wouldn’t have it any other way.

Rick and Morty—Season 5 is a science-fiction animated comedy series.  The season aired from June 20, 2021 to September 5, 2021 on Adult Swim.

Rick and Morty, I imagine takes a lot of work to write.  The stories are general pretty concise and high science fiction…and I am always amazed by the continuous quality of them.  While Rick and Morty—Season 5 might not be my favorite Rick and Morty season, it still remains a solid entry.

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We will show you such wonderful things, Jerry

A lot of fantasies wrap themselves in science-fiction when in fact they are just fantasies.  Rick and Morty dives deep into true science fiction with the exploration of ideas and concepts.  Much of Rick and Morty’s adventures revolve around parallel earth (which is the easy way out of screwing up a TV series like this), but I enjoy that Rick and Morty often doesn’t take the easy way out despite the built in fail safes…in Rick and Morty, actions have consequences, and that often isn’t the case with cartoon and animated series of this style.

It took a few seasons, but Rick and Morty (as characters) have grown on me…and the characters are growing too.  Morty’s optimism from the first seasons have wavered a bit as Morty isn’t as afraid to get dirty while Rick has often proven that he is changing being around his family as much as he denies it.  The fact that he tries to help his old friend Birdman shows he’s growing as a character and changing.  In addition to the leads, Beth, Summer, and Jerry are becoming more developed instead of just being punchlines (I particularly like Rick/Summer adventures).

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I think Rick and Two Crows needs to come back…at least for a 72 episode series and for OVAs

The animation for the series is slick and often adds to the story through visual jokes or parodies of other mediums that the show might be referencing.  Like most cartoons, it probably is all digitally done, but it feels like a nice blend of hand-drawn and digitally created imagery which gives the show a bit more substance than something completely computer rendered.

Rick and Morty continues to wow.  It is because it still manages to make (largely) smart episode after episode while often having an overarching story.  This season isn’t heavy on the big story (it does have a few ties to bigger threads), but it remains a smart episode-to-episode storytelling feast for fans of science fiction.  If you haven’t hopped on Rick and Morty, there is still time…but start at the beginning.  It is worth it.

Rick and Morty—Season 5 Complete Episode Guide:

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“Mort Dinner Rick Andre”

5.1       Mort Dinner Rick Andre Airdate:  06/20/21

Returning from space, Morty crashes into the ocean…breaking the truce with Rick’s arch-enemy Mr. Nimbus.  With war with the undersea king imminent, Rick is forced to call a meeting of sides to work out an agreement…providing a unique opportunity to Beth and Jerry to spice up their marriage.  As Morty finally might realize his love with Jessica with a “first date”, reality could come crashing in due to a bottle of wine.

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5.2       Mortyplicity Airdate:  06/27/21

Alien squids are attempting to kill Rick, Morty, Beth, Jerry, and Summer…or are they?  It turns out Rick has been making “decoys” and the decoys are battling to the death…let the best decoy win!

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“A Rickconvenient Mort”

5.3       A Rickconvenient Mort Airdate:  07/04/21

Morty’s got a new love in Planetina who embodies the environment and helping the world, but Planetina’s age and the people who control her could tear Morty and Planetina apart.  Summer and Rick go on a planet destruction orgy crawl, but Summer learns Rick might be breaking the rules when he meets an alien named Daphne.

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“Rickdepence Spray”

5.4       Rickdepence Spray Airdate:  07/11/21

Morty’s decision to get a job at his mother’s veterinary clinic to use their sperm collecting tool could pose problematic when Rick’s experiment releases mutant sperm monsters all over the planet.  Keeping his actions secret, the danger grows…and the world’s only savior could be CHUDs!

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“Amortycan Grickfitti”

5.5       Amortycan Grickfitti Airdate:  07/18/21

Rick and Jerry have been hanging out, but Beth is suspicious why Rick and a bunch of hellbound demons are spending time with her husband.  Morty and Summer are out to impress new kid Bruce Chutback which means a joyride in Rick’s Space Cruiser…but the Space Cruiser has some ideas of its own on what makes a good time.

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“Rick and Morty’s Thanksploitation Spectacular”

5.6       Rick & Morty’s Thanksploitation Spectacular Airdate:  07/25/21

Rick and Morty accidentally destroy chunks of Washington and release a monster inside of the Statue of Liberty in their attempt to steal a map from the Constitution.  With Rick targeted for execution, Rick must again seek a way to infiltrate the President’s pardoning of a Thanksgiving turkey, but the President has his own plans to stop Rick.

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“Gotron Jerrysis Rickvangelion”

5.7       Gotron Jerrysis Rickvangelion Airdate:  08/01/21

Rick locates the Blue GoTron Ferret on his way to Boob World with Morty and Summer, and with a complete set, the Smiths are on new adventures as GoTron:  Defender of the Universe!  Teaming with other Smith families, Morty discovers Summer is making a play for being Rick’s favorite grandchild, but Summer has her own secret involving Giant Incest Baby.

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“Rickternal Friendshine of the Spotless Mort”

5.8       Rickternal Friendshine of the Spotless Mort Airdate:  08/08/21

Morty, Summer, Jerry, and Beth are headed on a cruise…leaving Rick at home and in a desperate attempt to save Birdperson from death.  Entering Birdperson’s mind, Rick teams with a younger memory of himself to try to restore Birdperson before a complete mental collapse.

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“Forgetting Sarick Mortshall”

5.9       Forgetting Sarick Mortshall Airdate:  09/05/21

Morty has made a mistake and accidentally opened a portal in his hand to discover one of Rick’s old partner’s Nick.  Bailing Nick out of a mental institution, Morty discovers he might have made a big mistake.  Meanwhile out to prove anyone is as good as Morty, Rick finds his partnership with two crows could be life changing.

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“Rickmurai Jack”

5.10     Rickmurai Jack Airdate:  09/05/21

Rick is continuing his life and partnership with his crows and is contacted by Morty who seeks to reconcile the past.  Trying to reconnect with Rick, Morty is about to discover the darkness in Rick’s past…and face off against the biggest enemies of all the Mortys.

Related Links:

Rick and Morty—Season 1 Review and Complete Episode Guide

Rick and Morty—Season 2 Review and Complete Episode Guide

Rick and Morty—Season 3 Review and Complete Episode Guide

Rick and Morty—Season 4 Review and Complete Episode Guide

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