t’s been a full eleven days since their triumphant return, and people are still reeling from the April Fool’s Day ‘prank’ that led show creators finally revealing their long awaited beginning to season 3. At least every other day since, people have flooded the internet with articles and trivia about the episode, which is a lot to say for a 20 minute slice of cartoon.
To summarise - in case for whatever reason you happen to avoid popular social media forums and think Netflix is just a fad - Rick and Morty is about Rick, a sociopathic alcoholic ultra-genius that explores the galaxies and dimensions, using his intellect to see him through his adventures, all the while dragging his moronic and much softer-hearted grandson, Morty, along for the ride. With a little over twenty episodes under its belt, it’s become a huge cult hit. Along with its huge cliffhanger season 2 finale, it’s sparked a whole myriad of fan theories, sub-plots and storylines, and a host of expansive character development.
Due to its popularity, this has caused fans to bug creators, Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, somewhat relentlessly over the course of the eighteen months since the latest season. On April Fool’s Day one such fan was going through the same tired ritual on Twitter of reaching out to Harmon for some answers, when unexpectedly, a link was posted on his page with the supposed treasured new episode of season 3. Most thought it was a hoax or prank, but suspicion quickly turned to delight when it was confirmed this was indeed the case, and delight ensued for many over the course of the weekend.
Now the fanbase wouldn’t be who they were unless they went over every finite detail of just the one episode. Finding Easter eggs and little nuggets of trivia is what each episode is about, and this one seemed to be the ultimate, sparking off even more wild and wondrous theories about where the creators are going to take the show next.
However, the impact of the show doesn’t stop there. To give some context, the episode begins with Rick trapped within a virtual reality and as the story unfolds, he manipulates the technology so he can get a taste of a promo-released schezwan sauce from McDonalds, released during the film release of Mulan. Trust me, this tidbit of information is going somewhere.
Needless to say, the episode concludes with Rick busting out of prison, saving his family and indeed the universe from the tyrannical Galactic Federation, and life goes back to relative normality. Right up until the episode ends with a long tirade from Rick to Morty about how everything he does is for the schezwan sauce. All the adventures, everything he sacrifices, is all for this sauce. “Even if it takes nine seasons,” he says, completing a fourth wall break as well. This did a stellar job in finally highlighting Rick’s nihilist motivations and crazy adventures.
As a result, the internet exploded but strangely enough, it led to the unearthing of the McDonalds schezwan sauce selling on Ebay for literally thousands of dollars. Such is the power of universally critically acclaimed show. With no new episodes until the summer, it’s going to be a long few months.