“Wouldya look at that, Rick and Morty are back with their best season yet!” … is probably what nobody said after this season aired.
Part of me thinks this show has run its course by now, as they put out some real stinkers this season … but some episodes were also pretty amazing too, so a mixed bag on the whole. How would I rank every episode in the recent Season 5?
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10 – Rickdependence Spray
I mean … I’m all for some silly humour with childish jokes, but I draw the line when the episode actually feels like it was written by a kid.
Sperm monsters? Really? That was the best plot that a grown adult could come up with? To make matters worse, there are next to no funny jokes after they tried so hard to set up this ridiculous premise.
9 – Gotron Jerrysis Rickvangelion
The most skippable episode in Rick and Morty history, it’s both unfunny and uneventful – the two worst things an episode could possibly be.
Somehow, it manages to be too complicated for its own good and not complex enough simultaneously, and it wastes its anime premise on the most generic plot possible.
8 – Rick & Morty’s Thanksploitation Spectacular
Maybe I’m expecting too much from this show nowadays, but I was sure they were going to be done with the turkey plot after five minutes … but then it kept going for the rest of the episode.
It gets pretty stale quickly, and Morty has some of the most mind-numbing expositional dialogue I’ve seen since Ryan from Doctor Who. You can tell they’re starting to bring in new writers who don’t quite understand the show just yet.
7 – Amortycan Grickfitti
Bang average, middle-of-the-road, as typical as you can get for a Rick and Morty episode.
The Hellraiser references were alright I suppose, and the car stuff was fine, but there weren’t that many funny jokes throughout. Very passable.
6 – A Rickconvenient Mort
“A Rickconvenient Mort” got very weird very quickly, but it was fine.
Planetina is a fun character to test Morty’s morals, even if the teenage romance stuff was a bit strange to watch. By the time she starts going AWOL, you really feel for Morty and his poor life choices.
5 – Forgetting Sarick Mortshall
This episode had two plots running simultaneously that I really liked – Morty and his portal-fluid buddy, and Rick with his two badass crows.
The Morty stuff was really clever in the way they executed the fight scenes, and the ending on the train tracks was an intense way to conclude it. Rick’s crow adventure was entertaining too, and I was amazed he stuck with his two new allies by the time the credits rolled.
4 – Mort Dinner Rick Andre
I was a little disappointed in the first few minutes of the Season 5 opener, as I thought “Mort Dinner Rick Andre” felt lacking to the previous seasons.
That all turned on its head in the second half, though, where the insanity was ramped up to eleven. It’s pure ridiculousness, the type only Rick and Morty could pull off, yet it’s still awesome and entertaining.
Bonus points for Jessica’s interdimensional existential crisis when she wakes up – that was the funniest minute of the season by far (shame it happened so early on in the season … but oh well).
3 – Mortyplicity
I definitely get some serious “Total Rickall” vibes from “Mortyplicity”, and since the former is my favourite episode of the show I certainly wasn’t complaining.
The cloning plot gets just as convoluted and ridiculous as I could have hoped, and if the ending was a little more satisfying it could have been up there as one of the greats.
2 – Rickternal Friendshine of the Spotless Mort
Some of the best Rick and Morty episodes are where the writers manage to balance the silly humour with some heart-felt moments, and “Rickternal Friendshine of the Spotless Mort” was the tearjerker episode of the season.
It’s really great, with an almost “Interdimensional Cable” level of zipping around from plot to plot, and the sentimental moments between Rick and Birdman tied the whole thing together.
1 – Rickmurai Jack
The Season 5 finale had everything I could have wanted, and once the Citadel stuff started I knew I was in for quite a ride.
The Evil Morty / Citadel / Rick backstory developments were all insane, and the ending didn’t hold back in the slightest. It’ll be interesting to see how they resolve the cliffhanger in Season 6, but the setup on its own was amazing enough.
Season Rating: B
Mostly decent, but easily the worst season yet. Let’s see the stats for the season as a whole:
- 4A (40%)
- 2B (20%)
- 3C (30%)
- 1D (10%)
Not bad at all – there were loads of episodes that I enjoyed immensely, but also more stinkers than usual in the mix.
While not a complete disaster by any means, I can’t help but feel like the quality of Rick and Morty’s writing is dipping too frequently nowadays. Whether that’s because of external writers or busier schedules I don’t know, but hopefully they step it up in future seasons to get the show back to the lofty heights of the earlier outings.
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