[Editor's note: The following contains spoilers for Rick and Morty, Season 5, Episode 6, "Rick & Morty's Thanksploitation Spectacular."]
If one factor is changing into clear on this fifth season of Rick and Morty is that the present's biggest asset is having the ability to put a brand new coat of paint over an outdated story and distract you from the truth that you might be watching the identical episode again and again. That being stated, doing the identical episode twice within the span of some weeks? Not even latter-day The Simpsons is that merciless.
It isn't a very good signal that Rick & Morty's Thanksploitation Spectacular begins by repeating the identical Nationwide Treasure jobs we've heard within the practically 20 years because the film got here out. After unleashing the key French steampunk murderer girl beneath the Statue of Liberty, Rick is pressured to as soon as once more disguise himself as a turkey to get pardoned by the President. In fact, the President is prepared this time, and a battle of the wits ensues.
The largest shock of Rick and Morty season 5 has been the recurring look of Keith Davis' President on our screens week by week. I don't suppose there's been one other aspect character that's come again for as many episodes, not to mention in the identical season, as President Curtis, however he shouldn't be the final. Like The Simpsons or Parks and Recreation, Rick and Morty has amassed a somewhat massive and spectacular variety of aspect characters and visitor stars, however even those not voiced by somewhat busy actors don't actually come again for spherical two. Seeing the present dare to deliver again President Curtis for a number of episodes this season, after the season premiere gave Jessica an prolonged position, is an encouraging signal that perhaps, simply perhaps, Rick and Morty is able to let another person not within the Smith household take the highlight for a second.
That it’s Davis' President that returns can be an attention-grabbing alternative in and of itself, as he’s maybe the one character we've seen who’s a real foil for Rick. He's so used to Rick's shenanigans that he can anticipate his plans and one-up him, whereas having the ability to stare down at Rick and name him for what he’s. He’s additionally the one character Rick can't actually kill or ignore endlessly, and this episode acknowledges the President for the scene-stealer that he’s.
The episode, then, is about Rick's newest turkey mission going awry when a turkey manages to show itself into the President by combining their DNA, and units off to beat the nation with a military of mutant turkeys. In some ways, that is basically the identical because the house sperm episode, even all the way down to the identical ultimate twist of a secret society of mutants that in the end saves the day. The principle distinction although is that Rick & Morty's Thanksploitation Spectacular doesn't must resort to dumb crude jokes to drive house its insane sci-fi premise. Not that crude jokes can't be efficient, however the house sperm episode by no means justified them, whereas this one largely does.
For one, the motion works nice, particularly the struggle between a turkey-fied Rick and a turkey-fied President. Likewise, that is arguably the funniest episode of the season, because it will get a whole lot of mileage out of its poultry premise, together with a laugh-out-loud humorous bit concerning the pretend President ripping out his personal wishbone and wishing to blow up, or, once more, the Statue of Liberty being a malicious program hiding a robotic murderer.
And but, the episode additionally has a number of the worst bits of the season, resorting to a working gag of baiting the viewers with racist jokes earlier than revealing the precise joke, like nobody having the ability to inform the actual Curtis from the turkey one, or a barkeeper telling the President he doesn't serve his sort — solely to disclose that he meant presidents as a result of Jimmy Carter by no means paid his bar faucet. Then there's the bizarre and terrible reveal of alien pilgrims dwelling beneath the Nationwide Mall that got here to Earth and allied themselves with alien natives over their hatred of turkeys.
This season of Rick and Morty has given us one of many present's greatest episodes in years, however it’s also starting to indicate its age and the dearth of creativeness within the scripts. Fortunately subsequent week's episode is completely authentic and never based mostly on an anime property parodied to dying…
Interdimensional Misplaced & Discovered
This week's huge cultural reference comes as Jerry watches a Charlie Kaufman-directed reboot of The Wizard of Oz the place Scarecrow acts like Nicolas Cage in Adaptation. The opposite one is Rick making an unlicensed AT-AT and two guards making enjoyable of its pronunciation.
The post-credit political joke about troopers and healthcare was gold.
The President giving a speech the place he's simply describing what a speech is was probably the most Jeff Winger factor Rick and Morty has performed.
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