Rick and Morty Season 3, Episode 2, Rickmancing the Stone, is a solid Mad Max spoof that gets in some dark but hilarious jokes and some profound character moments.
Creators: Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland
Summary: An animated series that follows the exploits of a super scientist and his not-so-bright grandson.
It's been a long and annoying wait for Rick and Morty fans as they wait for the third season of the Adult Swim show to turn up. They got the first episode to the third season back in April, but the show has finally returned in all its glory this Sunday.
The second episode of the season kicks off a Mad Max spoof complete with crazy mutants and insane-looking cars. The episode features a lot of amazing little things like Summer getting into the post apocalyptic scavenger life a bit too hard, Rick trying to steal a valuable element, and Morty getting a super stronger murderous arm. To get into the various details of the jokes would spoil the best parts of the episodes but while this isn't a new classic for the series the moments that made everyone fall in love with the series is still there.
The things that make this a special episode is that the series is picking up right where episode one left off and is addressing Beth and Jerry's impending divorce. We see how each family member is handling it, and — spoiler alert — no one is taking it very well. The reality of divorce and how it fundamentally changes the way families interact appears to be something the series is going to address in these episodes as we move forward in the season.
The smaller moments are the ones that make this show so special, like Morty coming to terms with his own repression, or Summer realizing that she isn't handling this the right way either. We even see Rick showing more humanity in this episode, considering how he blew up the entire family in the previous episode.
Rick and Morty Season 3 is off to a solid start and while this isn't up there with classic episodes this is one of the stronger entries into the series. As each episode goes on, we see a series that has truly found itself and remains one of the best examples of anarchic storytelling on television. We wouldn't have it any other way.