Rick & Morty: Season 1
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Rick and Morty: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)
From comedic masterminds Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland comes Rick and Morty: The Complete First Season in Blu-ray. Adult Swim's newest series follows the adventures of mad scientist Rick Sanchez, who returns after 20 years to live with his daughter, her husband, and their children Morty and Summer. All 11 episodes of the hilariously frantic comedy will be available on Blu-ray,.
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Special Features Include:
11 Audio Commentaries with creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, plus various others.
3 Guest Commentaries from the writers of The Simpsons, The Walking Dead, and Adventure Time
Behind the Scenes
2 "Lawnmower Dog"
3 "Anatomy Park"
4 "M. Night Shaym-Aliens!"
5 "Meeseeks and Destroy"
6 "Rick Potion #9"
7 "Raising Gazorpazorp"
8 "Rixty Minutes"
9 "Something Ricked This Way Comes"
10 "Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind"
11 "Ricksy Business"
Do yourself a favor and get this when it comes out.
Rick's callous disregard for nearly every other character's well being, even his grandson Morty's, endears a person to his passion in some sick and twisted manner. The show is almost trying to portray success as selfishness, but at the same time Rick instills in the Morty the courage and determination to strive for his dreams. Morty is not just his grandfather's play thing, and at times refuses to give in to his antics, or strikes out on his own to try and achieve a goal.
The rest of the family, Rick's daughter, her husband, and their daughter, provide a great commentary on the nuclear family in America. They are frequently aloof, concerned with minutia and consumed by technology and the benefits it offers. This is in a stark contrast to Rick's goal oriented use of tech, even though the family routinely shows a great deal of sentiment and wisdom despite their ineptitude and sheep like attributes that are so common among Americans.
One of the most fascinating aspects of this show its bluntness. Instead of skirting around issues, Rick has an amazing ability to directly explain a situation in great detail that is very enlightening and informative. It also helps to break down the metaphors present in the story. While this my sound like a way to dumb down the show, it does not play out as such. It's done very elegantly and allows for a more varied experience.
The show also has the expected menagerie of clever humor mixed with alliteration and subtle references to past entertainment. Overall, this is the best cartoon I've seen in a long time.
In a world filled with sequels and reboots it is great to find an original story with an original art style. If South Park and Back to the Future copulated and had a miscreant, this would be the result.
One final note, make sure to watch through the credits, there is always a short clip that finishes out the episode perfectly.