Rick and Morty Team Talk Bad Parenting, Planet Sex, Camping and More

Let's be honest. As families go? Rick, Morty, Jerry, Beth, and Summer aren't exactly what you would call the pinnacle of familial love, respect, and appreciation. If that wasn't clear enough over the past (almost) four seasons, we were served up another example of that on Sunday night's episode of Rick and Morty, "Childrick of Mort". Putting aside the obvious metaphorical cigarette-flick-to-the-eye of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and the idea of having sex with planets, once again we have parenting so horribly bad that Dr. Wong would need to cancel her poop-eating appointments for a month to make any kind of headway with them. Beth will do anything to prove to her "daddy dearest" that she's worthy of his time and a place in her life, including forgetting about the rest of her family.

S'Mores isn't working on Summer on Rick and Morty, courtesy of Adult Swim.
S'Mores isn't working on Summer on Rick and Morty, courtesy of Adult Swim.

Without guidance, Morty and Summer use their "skills" to save the day. Of course, this happens purely by accident (after Morty nearly crashed the ship and Summer OD'd on ship fluid) and involves killing a god who Rick decided to pick a fight with. Rick is torn between wanting to do right by Beth and, well, pretty much do anything and everything else. Which leaves us with Jerry, who really, really wants to go camping. Why? Because he really needs to feel like he matters. Yup, we're wondering if Dr. Wong has an opening coming up soon. But until then, series co-creator Dan Harmon, director Kyounghee Lim, and writer James Siciliano take us behind the scenes to discuss f***ing planets, dysfunctional families, and how being stubborn can lead to a "god fight":

So with one more episode to go before the fourth season's finale, our thoughts have already started turning toward the fifth season. Will ten-episode, split seasons be the norm? Should we pencil in November 2020 and May 2021 for our next five-episode rounds? While he had had promising news about the fifth season to share, it looks like series co-creator Justin Roiland is as much in the dark over how the next season will go release-wise just like the rest of us: "I think it's largely dependent on how quick the episodes can get produced. I know season five is mostly in the can. They're still gonna be reworking when the animatics come back, so that can extend the process. I believe if they have the full ten episodes, they'll release them without a split, but I honestly have no idea. That's kind of a question that's outside of my jurisdiction. They do what they think is best for the show."

Rick goes one-on-one with Zeus in "Childrick of Mort" on Rick and Morty, courtesy of Adult Swim.
Rick goes one-on-one with Zeus in "Childrick of Mort" on Rick and Morty, courtesy of Adult Swim.

Roiland isn't just a fan of having a split in the schedule like we saw this season, but he loves the idea of playing around with release schedules and other new ways of getting episodes out to the fans. Even monthly: "I've been saying we should drop an episode each month, just make it a big event. I like the idea of thinking outside the box with how any show is delivered to the masses. If you do one a month, the show is alive the whole year and you're still buying us all the time we need to make them as good as they need to be. I'm not saying that's ever gonna happen, but I have brought that up in the past. That just goes to the point that I have no idea what the plan is for season five. I'm sure whatever it is will be the right decision."

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought on board as staff in 2017.

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