Fictional Character Case Study – Rick Sanchez (Rick and Morty) Part I

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The episode opens up by Rick and Morty getting kidnapped by themselves. They were gone for the day and tomorrow the Council of Ricks comes back to arrest him and take Morty too.

We soon find out what the Council thinks happened – Rick killed other Ricks. As the Council says Rick from C-137 fits the profile of a killer, as he finds the whole Citadel stupid and often devalues their efforts and claiming to be the Rickest Rick because all others joined, thus lost their individuality.

Upon letting the Council scan his portal gun, Rick figures it was a setup. Rick then escapes with Morty, aiming to clear his name by finding the Rick who actually killed the others.

While Morty gets all happy about how their relationship is so important that it spans into so many realities, Rick explains that Morty is actually just a cloaking device as his mind waves cancel Rick’s.

Rick then discovers the coordinates to where the real killer is, and upon arriving they find the matrix of Mortys trapped around the building, definitely canceling out every brain wave.

Morty keeps complaining about being “just an object” in a very loud manner, which gets them trapped by Evil Rick. Evil Rick just wants the contents of Rick’s brain and when he starts the download process, we see Rick getting affected by his memories with Morty so much that he actually cried. Of course, he tried to hide why he was crying.

Morty ends up freeing him and the thing Rick does prove how much he cares – he instantly stops the Morty shield, releasing all the Mortys from the matrix. He also does that in order to help other Ricks from the Citadel find them. When offered a Morty voucher, he pretends he doesn’t want it so that he doesn’t insult his Morty but takes it anyway – better to be safe than sorry once brain waves canceling is needed.

Morty ends up basking in pride about how he saved Rick, while Rick claims that the Rickest Rick should have the Moryiest Morty, giving Morty another boost in self-esteem.

In the end, we see the biggest subplot twist in the series – Evil Morty. And the real beauty of it is that we see Evil Morty only once every two seasons!

Talking about prolonging the plots, huh?

By seeing Evil Morty so rarely, he becomes even more impactful and it’s hard for us to forget about him. We know he’s out there, planning stuff, and can’t wait to see what his arc will bring.

Episode 11 – Ricksy Business

The season finale is bringing us a new perspective. While Morty is the one to care about not getting punished and forbidden to go on the adventures, Rick is the one who wants to relax and again mask his internal suffering by getting wasted. Morty acts as the adult here.

We also see a glimpse of Rick’s past – Bird person and Squanchy arrive at Rick and Summer’s party, and Bird person tells us that Wubba lubba dub dub in his language means ‘I am in great pain please help me’ while explaining to Morty that Rick has to get high and drunk in order to numb himself.

What is Rick suffering from that’s so hard to handle? Does he simply know so much that he has to quiet his mind with alcohol and drugs?

We might know, but probably won’t.

The season finale ends with Rick, Summer, and Morty actually having fun, while Jerry and Beth (and all else) are frozen in time. Rick is relaxed again, for a brief moment claiming that he “loves his grandkids” is his new catchphrase, but acting as if he’s joking again by “correcting” himself that his new catchphrase is “I don’t give a fuck.” Morty and Summer seem to know that’s not completely true as they end up dancing with Rick.

By lacking some definitive info about Rick, Rick remains the character we will always go back to. By not determining Rick Sanchez, writers actually left many things out in the open. That way fans are free to find themselves in Rick and feel compassion for him on many levels.

Rick Sanchez is a complete fictional character as they come. Later we will learn that he was not always so much into science, but I’ll save that for Season 2.

What’s your opinion on Rick? Do you like him or is he too insane? Leave a comment below and make sure you check out other blog posts.


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