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Blu-ray Review: Rick and Morty: Season 1


Rick and Morty: Season 1 just came out on blu-ray, and this was my first exposure to it. I truly didn't know what kind of cartoon to expect but was pleasantly surprised to find a hilarious, sometimes obscene and vulgar show about a crazy, drunken, genius grandpa named Rick and his timid 14 year old grandson Morty that find themselves on wacky adventures on alien words and alternate realities. It's definitely not intended for kids! I mean, in the first episode, Rick has Morty shove two giant seeds up his butt. And later tells Morty to shoot their perusers as they're just robots, but when Morty nails one the blood, bone, and guts prove they are definitely not robots!

Rick is a crazy, wild-eyed scientist in the vein of Doc Brown from Back to the Future, except that Rick is a drunk and sociopath. After being missing for years, he recently shows up and moves in with his daughter and son-in-law, and kinda takes a liking to his grandson, Morty. Together they go on many strange adventures and get into all sorts of trouble, like when Rick accidentally mutates everyone in the world and is unable to fix it, so instead travels to an alternate universe where everything is okay except that the Rick and Morty from that universe just died so that they can take over their dead counterparts lives.

Morty's parents, Jerry and Beth, and his sister Summer, also sometimes find themselves in in unusual situations thanks to Rick, but other times just the normal family life it entertaining enough. Jerry works at an advertising firm, at least until he is fired, and Beth is a heart surgeon for horses. Their relationship frequently seems to be on thin ice due to Jerry's insecurities, but they always seem to work things out. And Summer can be a bit shallow, but even she learns a thing or two.

This is a very entertaining show, and a show like I haven't seen in quite a while. Sort of like a more risky, adult version of Futurama. All eleven episodes from the first season are contained on in this release, and there are even commentaries for every episode. Special guests on the commentaries include Matt Groening, Al, Jen, and more. There's also a behind the scenes featurette, animatics, and deleted scenes.

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