Friday, 14 October 2016

RICK AND MORTY arrives on Netflix UK

Adult Swim's hit animated series Rick and Morty has arrived in the UK thanks to Netflix.

This animated show - co-created by Darn Harmon of Community and HarmonQuest fame - starts off as a bemused and demented homage to Back to the Future, with the Doc Brown-esque Rick and the Marty McFly-riffing Morty teaming up using advanced science to solve problems. However, the similarities pretty much end there. Rick is a high-functioning alcoholic with a detached, almost amoral attitude. Marty is a 14-year-old kid who starts off being described as having learning difficulties, but later episodes establish him as a smart and resourceful kid who grows increasingly impatient with Rick's activities.

The show is anarchic and crazy, moving between stories set on Earth or in Morty's school and bonkers adventures set in outer space or in parallel universes. The series is funny and frequently gross, and occasionally does the South Park thing of suddenly becoming dramatically intense and uncomfortable as it tries to make a satirical point stick. The Week has a good assessment of the show here.

With an accomplished voice cast and some stunning visuals, Rick and Morty is an underrated and highly watchable gem. Season 1 is available on the UK version of Netflix now and Season 2 will apparently follow in the next few weeks. Season 3 is due to start airing in the US in December.

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