Rick and Morty is a string for maintaining its fans awaiting. After Season 3 wrapped up its run season 4 premiered over two season, and fans had to cope with another gap between the first and second halves. But if we’ve learned anything it’s that the quality of the series tends to create those openings value suffering through in the long run. Season 4 is no exception. season and if barely the most consistent Rick to date, Season 4 showcases the string at its best.
Every new season starts with a mission statement of sorts, typically delivered by Rick himself in the kind of a drunken, fourth monologue. Season 4 is somewhat different in that regard. The show picks up at the aftermath of Rick’s resounding defeat in the Season 3 finale. Having been forced to leave his feud with the president failed to prevent Jerry from returning home, Rick is faced with a change in the balance of power along with a household normally less willing to tolerate his behavior. There is that higher emphasis on Rick since the malcontent who loses a number of the struggles he picks, although there isn’t a really strong narrative thread tying Season 4 together. At the same time, several episodes illustrate characters like Beth and Morty would be the architects of their distress rather than victims of Grandpa Rick’s ego.
Really, both co-creator Dan Harmon and Adult Swim’s vice president Jason DeMarco has addressed the toxicity at the fandom. But it required Season 4 to the series itself to address these issues and but directly inform those lovers they’re watching the wrong show, as Rick and Morty eventually gave Rick exactly what he deserved.
Rick and Morty is, by and large, a sitcom. As such it mostly resets whatever changes the characters go through in a season. Like that never happened, we have seen Rick on the verge of suicide only to act. Morty needed to bury the corpse of an alternate reality version of himself in Season 1, yet that has been brought up in the ensuing years. But, Season 4 took the opportunity to add subtle, yet significant changes to the status quo.
After a major fight with Beth last season, the very first episode of Season 4, “Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Rickpeat,” begins with Rick having to inquire Morty for permission before going on an adventure. “There is a way we do so today,” Morty’s mother Beth tells her father, and he participates. Later in the season, Beth compels a promise to be fulfilled by Rick to Morty and offers him a dragon. Every one of those times is angry, but he agrees because, for the first time at the show’s history, he could shed the household he always believed was beneath his thumb. It is entirely possible that next season will erase everything which occurred in the past 10 episodes, but for at least one year, it seemed like Rick and Morty was interested in showing–once and for all–being a self-righteous jerk does have consequences, and not even Rick can correct all of his problems.
At precisely the same time, this shift in formula allowed the series by revealing the foolishness of thinking Rick is a character to them to directly address its poisonous fangs. In”Edge of Tomorty” we see Rick dying and being reborn in various fascist realities, which apparently have come to be the default ideology at the multiverse. When one of these fascist versions of Morty kills fascist Rick to be”too political,” he states he wants to return to”easy, enjoyable, classic adventures” such as in the old times –among the criticisms the toxic parts of the fandom have used from the series. Later in the summer, in”One Crew over the Crewcoo’s Morty,” Rick and Morty go to a heist conference where Rick goes to great lengths to belittle every heist enthusiast walking around the convention center. Rick continuously mocks both heists as a concept and everyone who considers themselves a fan while walking round the for San Diego Comic-Con. The show appears to assert if you are unable to see why Rick is a man that is terrible, where this character clarifies how little he cares about you, we are going to compose scenes.
This brings us to”Star Mort Rickturn of those Jerri,” the season finale that solved the matter of whether or not Beth is a clone–rather than really giving us a response. We meet with Beth, which has been living as a freedom fighter in distance and brings the New Federation’s power into Earth. Season 4 has reminded us over and above that Rick is a man, which Beth wants nothing more than his approval, and it all comes to a head in the finale. Both Beths are horrified that he keeps lying about who is the real Beth and that their father would clone them. After fighting returning characters like Tammy and Bird (I mean, Phoenix) Person, both Beths realize they have to stop craving Rick’s acceptance over everything else, as it brings them nothing but pain and problems. From the conclusion of the episode they solve their differences and agree to be part of each other’s lives, but they also instantly shut Rick down when he offers them an answer as to that Beth is the real one and who’s a clone.
For the first time in four seasons, somebody does not need Rick to be around. Rick is dumbfounded at this. He was ready to play hero and provide his brothers something they wanted in exchange for their devotion and love but is left unnecessary and alone. As for Morty and Summer? In addition, they place aside their differences off-screen, moving from”siblings, to imperceptible, to working together” and inform Rick”do not drag us into the bullshit because you are losing control.” Rick has nothing to give which the other characters need, nor any love from them.
It could be that this may go away next season, or that Rick will flee to another reality, but for today, Rick and Morty finally knocked Rick down from his base and showed his poisonous fans the smartest guy in the multiverse is also the loneliest, crummiest and saddest man in the multiverse.