Story Spotlight: Rick and Morty – Justin Roiland, Dan Harmon

I debated whether I should write this one. After all, it’s just a cartoon, right? What sort of spotlight can I shine? Is this show even deserving? But then I remembered that this is my blog and I can do whatever I want.

First, the obvious: Rick and Morty is hilarious. If you’re into that sort of humor, of course. The abundance of cussing and horrendous moral choices might leave a bad taste for some viewers, and the bizarre storytelling with seemingly stream-of-consciousness writing might be a bit jarring for others. But some of you might feel right at home.

As for me, what tickles my fancy most is the unique brand of storytelling. I get the impression that Roiland pours nonsensical ideas onto a page, then Harmon tightens them up. Together, they weave a distinct, unusual story that manages to remain coherent and satisfying.

And the show rarely slows down. Sharp dialogue streams out, carrying regular laughs without hampering the pace by making sure you get the joke. Even when the plot calls for extreme complexity, they manage to deliver without sacrificing flow.

Which also reflects the show’s commitment to detail. I love it when a show maintains a story arc and remembers critical elements from previous episodes or seasons. Rick and Morty does this with the best of them.

5 out of 5 stars

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