I still think early Simpsons is better, but they’re totally different shows that are brilliant in their own right…
However, the one downside of Rick and Morty has to be the waiting in between every season, with it stretching far beyond most shows’ hiatuses, and in particular, the fact season this season has been split into two parts.
I thought the first half was below the usual high standards of Ricky and Morty – and in all honesty the first episode of part two of the latest season was so meta and difficult to follow I ended up turning it off halfway in through sheer frustration.
Sorry to piss on your bonfire R&M fans.
However, if you are enjoying the latest season, or haven’t got around to it yet, you’ll be glad to hear that it’s hitting Netflix on 16th June.
The streaming service took to Twitter to confirm the news in a beautifully succinct post:
The second half of season four dropped on E4 on 7 May, and episodes have been available one at a time via Channel 4’s on-demand service.
Although, not all has gone to plan.
Creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon faced backlash from fans recently over a Pearl Harbour and 9/11 gag, with some even going as far to say they’ll boycott the show.
During a new episode of the series, called “Promortyus”, Rick and Morty are seen flying towards two skyscraper towers, in a clear reference to the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre.
After swerving to avoid them, Rick quips: “Honestly, I’m proud of us for not.”
“Totally. Would have been cheap,” replies his sidekick, Morty. Rick then says: ”Pearl Harbour on the other hand…”, before flying towards an alien harbour and bombing it.
Later in the episode, the characters banter about the incident, with Beth, Rick’s daughter, asking: ”So, you did a 9/11?” And Morty replies: “Almost did a 9/11. We… we went with a Pearl Harbour. We’re pretty classy.”
Needless to say, people jumped on the ‘offence’ bandwagon without fully understanding how comedy/jokes work.
I was actually watching Ricky Gervais recently talking about this problem in comedy – that you have to be able to separate the subject of the joke from the butt of the joke, or the victim.
Laughing at things that are objectively bad is inherently fine; for example, just because you’re making a joke about race, it doesn’t automatically make you a racist. There’s nuance involved.
He says: The misunderstanding with contentious subjects is that if a comedian deals with them people think he’s taking the wrong side – and so just because Rick and Morty are making a joke about 9/11, they’re not necessarily laughing at the deaths of innocent people or the suffering of their loved ones.
It also shows the hypocrisy of society; people don’t care about a Pearl Harbour reference, but are outraged at a 9/11 one.
That’s people for you these days.
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Charismatic, witty, charming, engaging - four things Joshua Rogers will never be. Thankfully, he’s a semi-competent editor, who, after graduating university with two mostly pointless degrees, joined The Hook two years ago. He subsequently honed his writing skills over several features and investigative pieces, arguably letting The Hook audience in on way too much of his personal life.