DISCLAIMER: This recap of the Rick and Morty episode “Gotron Jerrysis Rickvangelion” is rife with spoilers. You’ve been warned. Proceed at your own peril.
Welcome back, GoTron Ferrets and Boob World patrons! This week’s episode of Rick and Morty fell flat for me. “Gotron Jerrysis Rickvangelion” was all over the place in terms of what it was satirizing. It was part Transformers parody and part mafia movie spoof. The ending felt rushed. There were a few genuinely amusing moments, but overall, this show can and has done better.
If you want to see Dan Harmon do a superior mafia parody, may I suggest Community‘s “Contemporary American Poultry”?
Oh, and we almost went to Boob World. If you’ll recall, it was first mentioned by Morty in “Rattlestar Ricklactica,” an episode from last season.
Ready to delve into “Gotron Jerrysis Rickvangelion”? Let’s get to it.
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We open with Rick (voiced by Justin Roiland), Morty (voiced by Roiland) and Summer (voiced by Spencer Grammer) as they’re en route to Boob World. Everyone’s so excited! Well, until Rick discloses they only brought Summer along because Boob World is revitalizing its image into a more feminist-friendly one.
Suddenly, Rick spots a GoTron Ferret out in space. He must collect all five! Rick, Morty and Summer try to persuade Beth (voiced by Sarah Chalke) and Jerry (voiced by Chris Parnell) to join them on a GoTron adventure. It’ll be more exhilarating than Jerry’s chiropractor appointment. Oh, and Summer and Morty have competing voiceovers now. Time for an inner monologue battle!
Next, the Smith/Sanchez clan don anime spacesuits and locate their respective GoTrons. I do appreciate the nod to the original Transformers cartoon here. After kicking some giant alien monster ass as a family, Rick decides that he needs to find all the GoTrons in the other timelines. Morty tries to knock Rick down a few pegs, but Summer fans the flames of his obsession.
Then, we see a get-together of various Smith/Sanchez family members from alternate universes. All of the Ricks agree to join forces with our Rick to modify their GoTrons. The Ricks are definitely mafioso-related stereotypes. This is the mafia part of the episode.
What follows is Summer’s rise to power as Rick’s new “favorite” with Morty’s subsequent downfall. Rick’s GoTron empire multiplies tenfold as alternate universe Smiths/Sanchezes help him create something bigger than him. Bigger than anyone.
Later, Morty is kidnapped by the GoTron Ferret’s original owners. Rick has been unseating them the entire time. Of course, they’re anime stereotypes. Morty is sent home after the encounter.
With Summer, pride comes before the fall. Rick inevitably fires her. Well, this is after she fired Beth and Jerry. Rick’s drinking worsens significantly throughout this ordeal. The crux of this episode, and the basis of the whole show, is really a bid to see how long the family can tolerate Rick’s narcissism.
Next, Summer tearfully regales the family with a tale of maternal woe. She visited the incest baby while on Mars. Yes, Rick and Morty is reviving the incest baby bit from three episodes ago. Anyway, she felt sorry for the child, so she let him go free. Oh, and Rick has hired an anime girl as his right-hand worker now. Morty reveals that Rick is in danger. She wants to steal the GoTrons from him.
Meanwhile, Rick is in cahoots with the anime girl and her anime friends. They conjoin their GoTrons to create a GoGoGoGoTron? All I know is there are a ton of “Goes.” Anime girl turns on him, as do her friends. They try to kill him.
Thankfully, Morty and co. swoop in to save the day while riding atop the giant incest baby. The giant incest baby kicks the anime folks’ asses into kingdom come. Rick is saved!
Then, we see the family enjoying life sans GoTrons. Sure, extraterrestrials are attacking the planet, but that’s none of their business anymore.
Unfortunately, Jerry gets stuck outside after Beth activates the house’s protective mechanisms. Rick extracts a peculiar bug-like creature out of Morty. Summer procures one from herself. Rick proceeds to shoot them. They’re called “Voiceovarians.” That explains the voiceovers.
For the end-credit scene, we see a bevy of space bugs donning uniforms. They’re about to embark on an interdimensional trip to a planet with “tiny people,” where they’ll appear as normal-sized bugs. Not giant bugs without clothes. Why? To spread the cure for AIDS, of course! So, the alien bugs the Smith/Sanchez clan were fighting just happened to be good critters.
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Overall, “Gotron Jerrysis Rickvangelion” wasn’t the best Rick and Morty episode. I suppose they can’t all be winners. The pacing felt off. For some reason, Rick feels off this season in general. I hope this is the last we see of the incest baby. Morty already had a baby, and that was a better storyline.
That being said, I still want to go to Boob World.
Rick and Morty airs Sundays at 11 pm on your Adult Swim affiliate.
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