This Rick and Morty Fan Theory Just Might Be on to Something

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Rick and Morty is the sci-fi cartoon that has taken the world by storm. It’s become the most-watched series in the history of Adult Swim and has led to a total pop culture domination. It’s memorable episodes has inspired many fan-crazed memes, outcries, and most of all theories. The are an amazing amount of theories about Rick and Morty out there, and some of them are not totally far-fetched. I mean, anything could be possible with a show surrounds the unordinary life of 14-year-old Morty Smith who goes on extreme adventures to other dimensions with his alcoholic, mad scientist grandfather Rick Sanchez, who has proved himself to be pretty much the smartest man alive. But what if Morty is just as smart as Rick or has the potential to be? That is just what this fan theory states:

Crazy it may sound to some, it’s really not when you add up all of the evidence that we already have. Morty just might not be the awkward, shaky-voiced, character that many know him to be. Rick sees something in Morty and maybe we haven’t been really paying close attention to it. Notice how Rick is always discouraging Morty from going to school, stating how it’s “not a place for smart people”. That quote may sound absurd to most, but think of it as a sign. Rick possibly sees something in Morty that he considers is way beyond an average high school education. When Morty wants to do normal teenage things like asking his crush out or when the subject is on procreation and romance, here comes grandpa Rick, insisting that Morty “break the cycle and focus on science.” Why would Rick be pushing Morty this hard and taking him on his insane adventures if he didn’t think his grandson has the potential to become as genius as he is one day? Not to mention, these adventures are often life-threatening. I don’t think Rick would bother taking Morty along if he thought he couldn’t handle it. If you aren’t convinced by now, what if I said there’s also evidence that ties in with Evil Morty?

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Evil Morty. He’s a fan favorite that has been the center of many fan theories, and now this one. Friendly reminder that Evil Morty challenged the Council of Ricks and won in a campaign. This could be a hint that a Morty is more capable than you think, including our Morty. Meanwhile in the same episode, Rick states how “a cocky Morty can be a real bad thing for everyone.” When Morty asks “How is that?”, Rick replies with “Uh, I’ll explain when you’re older.” and then just like that. The episode cuts to the scene where Evil Morty is revealed as the mastermind behind the episode’s plot. I don’t think a coincidence is logical at this point. Rick is aware of Morty’s dangerous intelligence, and Evil Morty just might be a symbol of this. It’s only a matter of time before it’s revealed.

A huge thanks to Alex Ducey for this fascinating theory. You can find his original fan theory herehttps://www.reddit.com/r/FanTheories/comments/6wc4yn/rick_and_morty_morty_is_as_smart_as_rick/ I highly suggest you read his full theory. It highlights so much that you probably haven’t thought about before.

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The Top 5 Rick and Morty Episodes So Far

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Rick and Morty is a show that came and conquered. It’s episodes and quotes have caused an uproar in the social influence which led to the evergrowing memes, merchandise, and publicity. Season 3 alone broke the record for Adult Swim’s most watched series in history. Since season 3 was so huge, it makes you wonder how much of a wave season 4 will make. This show has a number of amazing episodes, but Cartoon Buzz managed to narrow it down to the top 5 episodes that have aired so far. Not to worry for those who haven’t caught up on this series yet, there are no spoilers in this listicle. These episodes were ranked based on ratings, social influence, and how well it helped pushed the show in the right direction. Here are the top 5 Rick and Morty episodes (so far):

1) The Rickshank Rickdemption (S03E01)

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Rick creates a plan to escape galactic prison and the earth is being run by the galactic federation that is affecting the Smith family’s life. Yes, this is the “Szechuan sauce episode”, but of course this episode is #1 mainly for its outstanding plot and reference to Stephen King’s novel & film The Shawshank Redemption (1994). This episode premiered on April Fool’s Day as a surprise to many.

2) Pickle Rick (S03E03)

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When it comes to social influence, I don’t think there’s any other episode that caused more of a trend than Pickle Rick. The episode surrounds Rick turning himself into a pickle to get out of family therapy. Pickle Rick inspired many merchandising items, memes, and a public appraisal overall.

3) Rixty Minutes (S01E08)

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Rick shows the family an entirely different way of watching television by replacing the normal cable box with a device that allows them to watch shows from different realities. Meanwhile, Jerry, Beth, and Summer are viewed their alternate lives from a pair of Inter-Dimensional Goggles. Rixty Minutes is one of the best episodes of all time due to its unique format that is truly entertaining.

4) Rick Potion #1 (S01E06)

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This episode was stunningly tragic. Trying to help Morty win over the girl of his dreams, Rick gives him a love serum, but things soon become chaotic and Morty’s life is at stake. Meanwhile, an insecure Jerry suspects that Beth is messing around when she’s called for a late shift at work. The ending of this episode will for sure cause you to question everything around you.

5) Meeseeks and Destroy (S01E05)

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In order to solve everyone’s problems to go on an adventure with Morty, Rick introduced the family to the Meeseeks box that contains a blue character with an upbeat introduction “I’m Mr. Meeseeks!”. Jerry’s life is soon put on the line when he gives a task to the Meeseeks that they cannot achieve. Meanwhile, Rick and Morty head to a fantasy land that ends up not being as cheery as it seems. This episode made it to this list due to the realization of that Rick will protect his grandson Morty at all costs. It also introduced us to the memorable character Mr. Meeseeks that is quoted by many.

How ‘Rick and Morty’ Is Dominating Television & Sending Their Fans into a Frenzy

The time has come for a truly outstanding cartoon to really mold a positive impression on the masses. It all started with a draft that was written in only six hours, which then became the TV phenomenon that is shaping pop culture, along with a fandom that is too powerful for words. In the midst of the Szechuan sauce-frenzy, we’re looking into the show that has the fans acting so erratic in the first place.

Created by Justin Roiland & Dan Harmon, Rick and Morty had set forth onto our screens on December 2, 2013, and animated television was never the same.

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Picture yourself as a 14-year old going on bizarre and impractical adventures with your erratic grandfather who’s a mad scientist with a drinking habit. Rick and Morty is just as bizarre as it sounds and that’s why it’s loved by so many. Each episode embarks on another insane journey that usually ends in an extremely mindblowing way. You would probably expect an episode to end in a certain way, but then you’re left contemplating the world around you as you know it. Your expectations can be due to the fact that many adult cartoons subsume the exact same rundown. A family that runs into wacky situations or experiences personal issues along the way. Same scenarios can be tedious and will leave a series uninteresting after a while, which can be a drag for show creators and ratings. With Rick and Morty, it’s more than just the usual family adventures & interpersonal relationship troubles that are resolved that the end. Throughout the series, we see Morty’s parents, Beth and Jerry Smith, continuously have marriage troubles, which led to an inevitable split in season 3. It really shows how marvelous continuity can be and how it can mold a quality show while attaching an emotional conflict to each character. The chilling end of the episode, Rick Potion No. 9, will leave you speechless. The scene of Morty’s thousand yard stare deserves awards alone.

Definitely not going to pass up the opportunity to mention the method of improv that is used in this show. In the episode “Rixty Minutes” you can see the improvisation come into play.

Just how much of this natural, improvisational method is used in Rick and Morty? In an interview with io9, Justin Roiland explains how the team behind this show doesn’t use the script exactly how it’s written, but instead as a guideline for their free-flowing creativity.

“When doing the dialogue I have to toss the script aside. Even if I’m sticking to a very specific line of dialogue that is required for a very specific joke set up or punchline, I find that if I allow myself to adjust the wording and let it come out more naturally to how I would actually say it, it helps make the characters feel more real/alive/natural. I also LOVE using out takes as in takes. Our dialogue editor Tommy Meehan also always surprises me with stuff he’ll pick from the record to cut in. He and I are very much in sync on what we find funny.”

“[I improvise on] some episodes more than others. I usually have moments in each episode that weren’t in the script. One big example is the cold open in the pilot. That whole sequence in Rick’s ship was improv based on a scene suggestion from Dan. Other stuff when Rick acts strange or fucks around… that’s usually improv. The scene where he plays with Morty in the Alien Scammer’s ship was improv.”

I guess when it comes to improv vs. the script? Just throw out the script because improv nails it every time.

A groundbreaking show like Rick and Morty was bound to have success, but I’m not sure if success is even the word to describe the impact that this show is having on viewers, the media, corporations & pop culture altogether. Try a phenomenon. Just early this month it was reported that Rick and Morty actually broke Adult Swim’s viewership record. Season 3 was the network’s most-watched comedy show in its history of programming. More than 11 million people alone watched the live-streamed premiere of the season. These are incredible numbers for a show with only three seasons.

The success of the first episode of season 3 alone inspired a hysteria involving a certain fast food chain. I’m talking McDonald’s and their Szechuan sauce. Who knew Rick Sanchez telling Cornvelious Daniel how much he loves a promotional McNuggets sauce from 1998 could led to a literal uproar?

McDonald’s actually ended up gifting the Rick and Morty team a four-pound bottle of this rare sauce, and the hype eventually led up to the franchise re-releasing the sauce for one day only on October 7, 2017. This didn’t sit right with fans due to the fact that the sauce was quickly sold out and it led to several public disturbances and an outcry across social media.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen an animated television show have this much of an influence on the general public. It makes me wonder if the next season of Rick and Morty will be an even bigger deal. There isn’t any news on season 4 at the moment but we’ll keep you posted!

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