One of my absolute fave episodes of the series. Just had so many clever, crazy bits that reminded me of how I first fell in love with the show in those early, less exposed days.
Best episode of the season so far. Might even be one of my favorites of the show.
Rick and Morty gets darker every episode.
I cried when Jerry hit the reset button. I had already been misty-eyed throughout the whole sequence of Morty's falling in love and that life's unfolding. Given my personal obsession with the "rewind power" as my most coveted superpower and times when I have felt that I would not jeopardize where I've gotten in my life by suddenly having and using it, I really connected with this episode. I think it might be the saddest episode of Rick and Morty yet.
[9.1/10] What a blast this one was. I think my favorite thing about the episode is its sort of symmetrical structure. The episode begins and ends with grousing over the vat of acid. In between, it has the two title characters going back and forth about what Rick can and can’t do and who has good and bad ideas. And in the creamy center, you have one of the show’s trademark instances of taking a wild sci-fi concept to its insane, comical extremes.
To be honest, it’s the straightest shtick in the episode, but I may love the actual vat of acid humor the best of any of the material in this episode, which is saying something. There’s just something so delightfully absurd and almost vaudevillian about Rick and Mory having to pretend to be dissolved in acid, whether to wait out some alien gangsters or to stave off an angry crowd. (I died laughing at the one with a “Return the Whales” sign.) The gangsters contemplating the moral and practical implications of diving into acid, the quick creation of little rat bones, the “use in case of ladle” ray, and the guy convinced he’s impervious to acid are all such silly but enjoyable bits that really tickled my funny bone.
But I also like the angry banter between Rick and Morty both before and after the “save your place” device. The two going at one another over whether it’s the idea or the execution that makes it, and how come Rick never takes Morty’s ideas feels very meta, but also rooted in the characters’ longstanding love-hate relationship. There’s tons of funny references to other art from Futurama to Bukowksi. And just their general angst and frustration with one another reflects in nicely comic dialogue that still hits home. It walks the line between realness and absurdity so well like this show does at its best.
That said, the actual use of the “Save Your Place’ device was brilliant. In the span of ten minutes, the show mines so much comedy gold from the concept of being able to try things while knowing you have a do-over in play. I love Morty using it for everything from trying to conquer his fears to literally going back when his character dies in a video game. The writers clearly had tons of fun cooking up ridiculous and mundane ideas of how you could use this thing.
But the piece de resistance is the Pixar-like interlude in the middle, where a romance with a generic cute coffee shop girl is conveyed in montage as the ups and downs of teenage love, until it takes a dark turn during a plane crash, leading to a rescue and romantic catharsis that is, of course, all undone accidentally via Jerry’s numbskullery. It is, again, the right mix between sincerity of emotion, pitch-perfect spoofing, and insane escalation that makes this show’s humor work so well.
I also enjoyed this as another example of Rick going to utterly deranged lengths to prove his grandson wrong about something utterly mundane because he’s just so affronted by any whiff of dissent. The reveal that the lesson here isn’t to accept consequences because they define us, but rather the Twilight Zone-style twist that the device killed Morties in alternate realities, and that Morty has to accept everything they did to quasi-reverse that, is superb. It’s a nice swerve for the traditional “do-over” fantasy story, takes it to a characteristically dark place, and does it all with panache.
Overall, this is arguably the best episode of the season, taking something as strangely low-stakes as a fake vat of acid, and spinning it out into the outer bounds of the show’s sci-fi absurdity and comic riffing. A real stand out.
Wow. Just wow. That is hands down the best episode of the whole show so far.
Definitely one of the best of the series, it had so many things going for it. It’s because of episodes like this I fell in love with the show.
I think that there's one thing that we can all agree on. The Prestige was a really fucked up movie.
yep -- the the word is in, THIS is the episode.
Man... This season was kinda weak but this episode... Damn, so good
Best of the season thus far.I lost it hard when Morty tried to call 911.
A series highlight. Very simple concept and message and still it was better than more complex and clever episodes, like the premiere of the second half of the season.
"Best grandpa ever!"
"That's all I ever wanted to hear"
Aww, we knew he cared about Morty.
Psych, you little bitch, Morty
Oh man that Morty montage was amazing. What a journey and end
Can someone kill jerry PLEASE! I just hate him so much, i get the point of why he is is in the show but still……..just kill him PLEASEEEEE!
Man I love that super long winded epic super sad montage
This one is ingenious and darkly funny.
That ending though. So damn good. i'm resistant to Acid, then proceeds to go on the late night show. haha
Why is every episode getting more darker than the previous one, Guess they are going to cross the line soon or maybe due to Covid-19 I'm not liking this much due to the environment right now.
This is a classic Rick and Morty episode. Simple (for the standards of this show) but very good
This season has been kind of weak but this episode was great. Especially loved the end credits.
A return to form after a few lackluster episodes. Some truly hilarious moments, as well as heaping scoop of twisted pathos as you can expect from a Harmon story.
Not my favorite episode, liked previous one more...