Rick and Morty season 6, episode 1 recap

This recap of Rick and Morty season 6, episode 1, “Solaricks,” contains spoilers.


The endless conflict in rick and morty has always been between cannon and chaos. The show has never been short of ingenious concepts to use to varying degrees, but increasingly, especially over the past two seasons, the question of how it all fits together has become ever more pressing. The sixth season premiere, “Solaricks” – an obvious riff on Solarisby the way – kind of gives us the best of both worlds, with endless nods to everything from Avengers: Endgame at The usual suspects combined with multiple self-referential gags and ideas that directly address Smith’s current training, which aren’t even all from the same universe.

Rick and Morty season 6, episode 1 recap

Things start out pretty directly following the fifth-season finale, ripping out Tony Stark’s space-locked monologue as Rick and Morty find themselves starving aboard a starship after the destruction of Ricks’ Citadel. Shortly after being rescued by Beth, they embark on a little course-correcting adventure that’s calibrated carefully enough to please the long haul. rick and morty fans who are sure to get all the references.

Is it the show trying to get their cake and eat it too? Possible, but hard to quibble when all the usual characteristics of a good rick and morty episode are here in such volume and quality. With all the spare Morties gone wild, Rick tries to restart the Portal Index but sends Portal Travelers instead – eventually! – return to their home universes, which sends Morty into a post-apocalyptic dystopia where he can have a fun, albeit bitter, little adventure with survivalist Jerry, and Rick in the universe where Weird Rick killed his wife and his daughter and he built a talkative AI reminder of his failure to keep him motivated. (“Oh, I used to beverage drinking” got me rolling, for what it’s worth.)

In a way, it’s all standard, but it comes with all the vibrancy and excitement of some of the show’s best episodes, and it sneaks in moments of unexpected pathos – Rick tells AI Diane that she reminds him of Summer – where they are least expected. The overall effect is funny and eerie, as expected, but also works as an Easter egg hunt for dedicated fans and a reminder that no matter how self-referential and testy the show can get about its own continuity, someone someone, somewhere, keeps track of this. I’m all for standalone episodes, but it’s good to remember that some things really matter – at least once in a while.

You can catch Rick and Morty season 6, episode 1, “Solaricks,” on Adult Swim..


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