Rick & Morty Season 3 Review: Installment 3

Zach Rainey, Entertainment Editor

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Summer also received similar treatment. As revealed in the first episode, she idolized Rick. This bizarre perception was due to her being on the outside of the many horrors and atrocities Morty experiences. Morty attempts to fix this by showing how Rick abandoned her and a literal entire universe. He screwed over in the first season and holds no remorse for it.  This first surfaces in “Rickmancing the Stone” when she delves into a nihilistic, remorseless, apocalyptic madwoman during her adventure with Rick and Morty in a Mad Max-like dimension as a way to cope with Beth and Jerry’s divorce.

This idolization is not exactly explored much further than that with other episodes giving her interesting roles such as she and Morty dealing with Jerry and his new alien girlfriend in “The ABC’s of Beth.” Her brief but interesting ending during “Morty’s Mind Blowers” also portrays that she is slowly becoming more accustomed to the weirdness of the multiverse that Morty has become this season but still has ways to go.

Jerry has some very interesting development as a result of being pushed out by Rick. Forced to live on his own in a sad bachelor apartment, he is now alone after his marriage ended. The most prominent quality is how sad his life is: being unemployed and being seen as a loser in the eyes of his family and the very universe seeming to just enjoy his misery. That being said, this season actually explores how the status is also the main part of Jerry’s entire person. He uses this limbo of mediocrity to garner pity and manipulate it to get what he wants, something of which Rick calls him out on and is one of the main portions of his hatred for him. After being called out, Jerry acknowledges this shortcoming and says he’ll overcome.

However, this new direction doesn’t exactly happen. It even subverted during his stint of dating an alien as mentioned above, where he tries to get his kids to help him out of the relationship by shifting the blame to them rather than face it himself. This season overall both does and doesn’t do much for Jerry as his character doesn’t very much change, but the circumstances presented reveal parts of him hidden or hard to recognize until put in situations outside of his marriage and previous environment.

This status is also applied to Beth, whose true character is finally given more depth due to her not sharing the focus with her ex-husband. Beth is portrayed, without any doubt, as a horrible person. Rick is a funny, charismatic, and badass genius while she’s hardly any of these things. This season focuses on how her divorce leaves her no Jerry to focus on and instead her kids and general problems. With her very obvious abandonment issues and denial of how bad of a person she is, she tries to feel validated through her intelligence. Yet, she refuses to cooperate during the family therapy session and pushes her own issues and shortcomings on her kids during “Pickle Rick.”

Next was her inability to properly be a mother to Summer which resulted in her messing with Rick’s technology and refusal to call Rick to fix it, which made it even worse. Then, there were the Morty’s Mind Blowers pertaining to her in “Morty’s Mind Blowers.” This all culminates in the penultimate episode, “The ABC’s of Beth” where we see how she genuinely may be a sociopath like her father.

To back this up, Rick reveals that she asked him to make many questionable toys as a child, a sentient switchblade, and a mind control hair clip to name a few. This is somewhat supported by her trapping Tommy in her extra dimension playroom and left to die (which doesn’t work) and her refusal to accept it and say it when called out on this.

She then massacres Tommy’s subjects when she refused to just admit she caused what happened to Tommy. This resulted in the biggest potential status quota shift in the aforementioned and the last episode of the season. For us to fully get into that, we must understand what the final member of the family did this season…

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