Rick and Morty season 4: Fans react to vulgar new episode ‘What did we just watch?’

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The acclaimed Adult Swim series has remained one of the most popular streaming series throughout the coronavirus lockdown. As the ninth episode of Rick and Morty’s fourth season aired, devoted viewers revealed their immediate thoughts on the quality of the cartoon’s latest episodes.

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Last week’s The Vat of Acid Episode was praised as a return to form for the ongoing animated comedy as the latest adventure combined Rick and Morty’s signature dark humour with twisted sci-fi concepts.

In this week’s episode, Childrick of Mort, Rick Sanchez (played by Justin Roiland) sabotages a family holiday when he reveals a shocking sexual relationship with an entire planet.

With true Rick and Morty style, the new adventure baffled fans with deranged takes on sci-fi tropes as Rick’s planetary offspring split into factions and the mad inventor seems to pick a fight with a literal god.

Rather than delivering a high-octane spin on sci-fi thriller Children of Men, as the episode title’s pun suggested, the series took shots at Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 with a twisted version of Ego the Living Planet.

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After the episode aired, fans took to social media to try and make sense of the latest episode’s escalation of bizarre plot details and shocking gags.

Over on Reddit, many fans thought episode nine continued the recent streak of strong episodes compared to the disappointing quality of the first half of season four.

One fan said: “The back half of this season has been great. Really not ready for next week to be the finale.”

Meanwhile, other fans were baffled by the onslaught of vulgar jokes and confusing sci-fi twists.

On Twitter, another fan tried to make sense of the plot: “So, a whole planet cheated on Rick with God, had some kids. Jerry became Moses and fought his wife?

“Summer and Morty killed God while high, and Rick ended up with no one… Haha, what did we just watch?”

Viewers were also glad the rest of the Smith family were finally given some substantial screen time, as many fans felt Beth (Sarah Chalke), Jerry (Chris Parnell) and Summer (Spencer Grammer) had been short-changed in the back half of season four.

Posting on Reddit, one fan said: “As someone who has been openly critical of this season, I loved this episode!! It was a fun ride from start to finish.”

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“Every member of the Smith family was a gem, they worked well with and against each other. And the jokes were hilarious, one of the funniest episodes this season.”

With just one episode left this year for the Adult Swim series, Rick and Morty fans have also been lamenting the fact season four will come to an end very soon.

Although the animated show has been renewed for an additional 60 episodes by Adult Swim, Rick and Morty is infamous for lengthy breaks between new content.

Moreover, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has meant television production around the globe has stalled as lockdown restrictions continue.

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Other fans have also voiced disappointment with the lack of story arcs and character development in the lead up to the final episode.

One viewer said: “Next week is the Season Finale, yet why does it feel like barely anything happened? I know I may sound like a broken record but I’ve just haven’t been feeling this season at all. And there is supposed to be 60 more episodes coming up after this season.”

With just one episode left before the series takes yet another long hiatus, fans are hoping co-creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland have some major surprises in store for the conclusion of season four.

Rick and Morty season 4 concludes Sunday May 31 on Adult Swim and Thursday June 4 on E4.


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