Rick and Morty—Season 4

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

Continues to be smartly written

Not for casual viewers

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Heck, yeah I want to develop an app!

Rick and Morty are continuing on their adventures, but Rick finds himself forced to be more “in tune” with Morty’s feelings and choices during the adventures.  As they cross galaxies and times, Rick and Morty face the alternate realities, ultimate crew heists, pet dragons, trains to nowhere, deadly space snakes, pregnant planets, and a return of the Galactic Federation…but more importantly, is a vat of acid a good plot twist and who used Rick’s secret toilet?  The answers could change the universe.

Rick and Morty—Season 4 aired from November 10, 2019 to May 31, 2020.  The season followed the announcement that the show had been picked up for a long term deal.  The season won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Animated Program (“The Vat of Acid Episode”).

Rick and Morty is a fun show.  It has clever writing and smart stories that not only reward regular viewers, but it also makes the series smarter than most.  Watching Rick and Morty is a painful thing however…because each season you watch, you know it could be a long time before you get another one.

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You “Prestiged” yourself, Morty!!!

Like previous seasons, the series continue to provide actual science-fiction storylines without treating them like a joke.  The show’s approach to “do the science” part of the science fiction results in a deeper level of exploration in each episode, but it also threatens to have the danger of trying to top the previous episode (which isn’t always possible).  Despite the threat, the series does a great job having a relatively balanced and equal number of creative episodes to show that the series continues to have legs.

While Rick and Morty continue to be the focus of the show, the show has expanded the supporting cast.  Like The Simpsons turn from Bart Simpson to Homer Simpson focused, Rick and Morty is showing some signs that Jerry-centric storylines also are popular.  Fortunately, the series hasn’t completely given into this and still has a nice mix of Beth and Summer episodes (something that earlier seasons did lack).  It is worth it to the show to develop these characters in that as the show branches out and continues, they provide different generations and genders to explore that Rick and Morty can’t necessarily supply.

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I trust Elon Tusk more than Elon Musk

Visually, the show is also a treat for viewers.  With lots of visual cues and stories that often tie the visuals into other pop culture aspects, the show has a high level of “rewatch”.  The slick look and clever characteristics of the characters provide a lot of screen to watch instead of just focusing on the main characters…there is generally fun stuff going on the background as well.

The first season was a challenge as you adjusted to the style and talk.  As the series has evolved, Rick’s annoying tic has lessened and you get less belching (something that was a bit off-putting when the show started).  You get a weirdly sweet “family” show where the family is willing to sometimes kill each other (or least clones of themselves).  Rick and Morty—Season 4 continues strong…I just wait to get Season 5.

Rick and Morty—Season 4 Complete Episode Guide:

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“Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Rickpeat!”

4.1       Edge of Tomorty:  Rick Die Rickpeat! Airdate:  11/10/19

Against the wishes of Jerry and Beth, Rick continues to force Morty to go on adventures whether he wants to or not.  When Rick goes to Forbodulon Prime to harvest death crystals, Morty learns that they can show you the future if you follow it.  A vision of a life with Jessica has Morty doing the will of the crystal…regardless of the outcome!  Meanwhile Rick finds himself jumping from clone to clone in a desperate attempt to get back to his own reality.

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“The Old Man and the Seat”

4.2       The Old Man and the Seat Airdate:  11/17/19

Jerry decision to ask Rick’s intern Glootie about developing a mobile app leads to tragedy as the app Lovefinderrz creates havoc all over the Earth.  Meanwhile, Rick discovers that someone has been using his hidden private toilet, and Rick sets out on a path of destruction to find the suspect through his DNA.

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“One Crew Over the Crewcoo’s Morty”

4.3       One Crew over the Crewcoo’s Morty Airdate:  11/24/19

Rick is out-heisted in an adventure by Miles Knightley and finds himself in a competition with the intergalactic “heist artist”…which means forming a crew (like it or not).  Unfortunately, Rick’s creation Heist-o-Tron might be too good at forming heists and beating Heist-o-Tron at his own game might be impossible.

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“Claw and Hoarder: Special Ricktim’s Morty”

4.4       Claw and Hoarder:  Special Ricktim’s Morty Airdate:  12/08/19

Rick has promised Morty a dragon.  Unfortunately, Rick bonds with the dragon Balthromaw instead of Morty, and Balthromaw has been deemed a slut dragon…which could mean death for both Balthromaw and Rick.  Jerry’s encounter with a talking cat leads to a trip to Florida.

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“Rattlestar Ricklactica”

4.5       Rattlestar Ricklactica Airdate:  12/15/19

Morty’s decision to leave the ship ends with him being bitten by a space snake from a society of snakes.  Feeling guilty, Morty decides to save the snake society unleashing a time war that could destroy Earth.  Plus, Jerry attempt to hang Christmas lights has Rick coming up with his own solution which leads to peril.

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“Never Ricking Morty”

4.6       Never Ricking Morty Airdate:  05/03/20

Rick and Morty discover they are trapped on a never-ending train called the Story Train track by Story Lord.  Escaping the train could mean forcing the stories to end forever!

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4.7       Promortyus Airdate:  05/10/20

A trip to an alien planet leads Rick and Morty to stop a potential symbiote alien race from taking over the universe…but where is Summer?

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“The Vat of Acid Episode”

4.8       The Vat of Acid Episode Airdate:  05/17/20

When Morty questions Rick’s use of a vat of acid escape plan, he challenges Rick to build a device that gives you a “second life” like in video games.  Morty discovers the opportunities and losses the second life can create…but is it really happening?

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“Childrick of Mort”

4.9       Childrick of Mort Airdate:  05/24/20

A planned spring break of camping is interrupted when Rick’s lover the planet Gaia reports that she is pregnant.  At Beth’s orders, Rick goes to deal with Gaia’s problem leading to a battle of wills with a god and Jerry.

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“Star Mort Ricktum of the Jerri”

4.10     Star Mort Ricktum of the Jerri Airdate:  05/31/20

Space Beth has returned and led the Galactic Federation to Earth.  As Space Beth tries to determine if the Beth on Earth is the original or the clone, Rick tries to keep the two separated…and much to Rick’s chagrin, he must do a “Star Wars” to save the world.

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 5 Review and Complete Episode Guide

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Follow me on Twitter/Instagram/Letterboxd @JPRoscoe76! Loves all things pop-culture especially if it has a bit of a counter-culture twist. Plays video games (basically from the start when a neighbor brought home an Atari 2600), comic loving (for almost 30 years), and a true critic of movies. Enjoys the art house but also isn't afraid to let in one or two popular movies at the same time.

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