Rick and Morty: "Look Who's Purging Now" (Season 2, Episode 9) Episode Discussion : rickandmorty
Sep 27, E9 · Look Who's Purging Now. E1 · A Rickle In Morty makes a mistake and Jerry and Summer work on their father-daughter relationship. Sort. Sep 27, "Look Who's Purging Now" Rick and Morty have a classic odd couple relationship: Rick is the laidback cool guy who doesn't ever seem to. Look Who's Purging Now / 28 Sep AM PDT The end result wasn't one of the more creative episodes of Rick and Morty, but it sure hit the . The show rarely shines brighter than when it taps into that element of their relationship.
It was even funnier when Arthrisha and Rick teamed up for some hyper-violent mech-suit carnage followed by a little dancing. Rick busting a move in his armor while an unconscious Morty flopped around behind him made for a terrific visual gag. While all of this was unfolding, " Look Who's Purging Now "" featured a minor subplot involving Jerry trying to reconnect with Summer.
This material could easily have become grating if it were more a focus, but Jerry was included just enough to mine a few laughs out of his sad, sorry state.
Meanwhile, even if Summer didn't join in on Rick and Morty's latest adventure, she still proved herself a valuable member of the team by dispatching the mech suits despite Jerry's incessant whining.
The post-credits scene and its reveal as to the identity of Taddy Mason was appropriately funny and pathetic. You have to wonder if Jerry will ever find a way to permanently bounce back from the rut he's been in since losing his job.
Subversive elements notwithstanding, this episode was pretty straightforward and simple by Rick and Morty standards. This might have been a problem if not for the strong emotional resolution to Rick and Morty's purging. Several times in the past we've seen Rick show a genuine affection for Morty and even go out of his way to spare his grandson from emotional suffering. That trend repeated here as Rick led Morty to believe that the boy's murderous behavior was the result of a drugged candy bar rather than latent emotional trauma and teenage hormones.
For all that Rick seems intent on using these adventures to toughen up his grandson and expose him to the horrors of the universe, there's also a sense that Rick mourns his own loss of innocence hence the alcoholism, crippling depression and suicidal behavior.
And even as he's trying to help Morty mature a little, Rick also seems intent on preserving the boy's innocence. The show rarely shines brighter than when it taps into that element of their relationship.
The show didn't veer too far from convention as it spoofed the Purge franchise. However, the combination of a few clever twists, a lot of violent action and dancing and a poignant resolution resulted in another memorable Season 2 installment. Great Rick and Morty's Purge spoof resulted in a lot of violent fun and a satisfying emotional conclusion. Conversely, with Jerry's storyline, he's reduced to being a child, and seeking out his daughter Summer, like a parent figure, to request allowance.
Beth Dad has said no, and so he seeks money elsewhere. And indicative of his still very lacking emotional relationship with Beth, he lowers himself to the humiliating equivalent of dial-a-friend for comfort and companionship [I love that they brought the weird name back around for explanation at the end]. Then we have Rick, who has gone from being an anti-parent figure to extending affection and worry over his grandson.Get to the Story – Look Who's Purging Now (S02E09) – The Squanch Podcast LIVE
Morty has rubbed off on him, a character who has previously been defined by his hunger for excess, had to step away from the Purge going on below.
It's hard to believe that the hardened Rick, who has been everywhere and seen everything, who has the moral compass of a smashed GPS device, would previously not have seen similar if not worse things than what were staged off screen here.
Rick is definitely changing and becoming a father-figure that Morty is definitely lacking, but also, one that Morty can rebel against at times.
I'm not completely sure if Morty's anger fueled retort concerning three week long flashbacks and living wasn't one of the best setups and deliveries of the second season.
Even better, it would have been completely unfeasible in the first season, especially in the first part, and only Morty's character's development over this season made it really possible. It's not surprising, either, that Morty's anger flared when he was chastised for being honest, or better put, "the Morty he's supposed to be, or thinks he should be.
I've been waiting for them since the intro for season two first aired. Anarchy, wasn't so bad. The first Purge movie is a predictable home invasion film but Anarchy had a lot going for it with it's social commentary on class and race. I would even go as far as to say that it's in the same ballpark with They Live. Whatever part of himself requires the Purge, he's already satisfied it. Although he's willing to get back in in a sort of "eh, well, I'm here, might as well" when the cat-girl is slaughtering the aristocats.
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This episode was uneven for me. I didn't enjoy the "planet of the week" element, but their getting trapped there was handled pretty well and there was some genuine tension. And I liked that cat-girl don't remember her name stole the car as part of some broader goal of her own.
That's one of the things that really stands out with Morty - it's not that he's more empathic or moral than Rick, necessarily - it's that he doesn't realize that the people around him are people, that they have their own life stories, their own goals, and that his lack of knowledge of and understanding of these elements make interference dangerous for himself, for them, and for innocent bystanders.
Morty helps people, but he doesn't think about them much. Whereas when Rick finally decides to interfere, he's willing to take backgrounds into account his tolerance of the very concept of the Purge as a way to deal with social tensions, his initial friendliness towards the Old Timer and live-and-let-live treatment of the lighthouse guy; "I think those guys were just hiding, Morty", his willingness to help the cat-girl in her plans for social change, etc.
Contra his all-knowing, seen-it-all persona, he genuinely seems willing to grant that others may know more, understand more about their situations than he does, and consequently is more willing to give them their head.