The fall semester is a bit of a drag. You’ve spent all summer relaxing and/or getting valuable work experience, then you have to go back to classes, and homework, and the general, crushing sadness that is RPI. And while I desperately want to follow the theme of resilience this year, starting out, I didn’t know if I could make it. I wrote all the previous stuff in past tense because after watching Rick and Morty’s second season, I know I can wake up bright and early for my 8 ams knowing there will be an episode released once a week.
Those who’ve watched Community or Rick and Morty’s first season might know the creator’s work, Dan Harmon. He’s known for eccentric characters, episodes revolving around group dynamics, and the struggles of the show’s stars to overcome their weekly obstacle. I’ve found Harmon does it best through strong characters that are put through incredibly extreme scenarios. For example, being locked in a car that is ordered to keep you safe no matter what, meaning it is willing to use physical and psychological warfare against any passersby who present a “risk.” The stars of the show are a quirkier version of Doc Brown and Marty from Back to the Future. By that, I mean if Doc Brown was an alcoholic and sociopathic he could be mistaken for Rick, and if Marty was incredibly insecure and spineless, he could be Morty. This dysfunctional relationship is furthered by Morty’s parents, who always seem to be on the verge of divorce, and Morty’s relatively normal teenage sister Summer.
The stories presented on the program, like the first season, usually focus on sci-fi piercing into the heart of the human experience. As such, you’ll have an episode where marriage counseling becomes more of an Alien movie, and others that show how religious extremism for giant heads can become reality. This is part of the reason I like the show so much—it’s serious and deep commentary undercut with comedy. You get more out of this show than a simple sci-fi comedy, and in many ways I liken it to Futurama in that regard.
If you liked the first season, it’s more of the same, but better. If you saw the first season and didn’t like it, then first, you have bad taste, and second, this new season won’t have anything you’ll be looking for. But if you’ve never seen this show before and like what you’re hearing, give it a look. All I can describe of it can be said in a quote by a giant head, “We like what you got.”