The Latest 'Rick And Morty' Episode Brilliantly Tackled Racism and Government Corruption
Be warned, y’all, this article contains major spoilers for season three, episode seven of Rick and Morty, The Ricklantis Mixup.
After a two week hiatus from Rick and Morty, it came back and it came back big. After Rest and Ricklaxation, you’d have thought The Ricklantis Mixup would have had a hard act to follow and while it did, it surpassed it sensationally.
It was a lot to swallow and, while I was expecting an Atlantis-based mermaid story, we got something much darker and much more topical.
The episode starts with Rick and Morty about to hop off to Atlantis when they’re interrupted by the news of the Citadel of Ricks being rebuilt, with an election taking place for a new leader. Normal Rick and Morty ignore the news and then leave for Atlantis, but we don’t go with them.
We’re taken to the citadel that is in dismay after it was partially destroyed during episode one of season three, The Rickshank Redemption. There’s a divide between Ricks and Mortys, with Mortys known to be violent and uneducated whilst Ricks have mostly been demoted to working manual labour jobs for a select number of lucky Ricks (more or less the 1%).
Meanwhile there’s an election going on, with several Ricks neck-and-neck in the running and one charismatic Morty as a dark horse in the campaign. Nothing seems to be going well for him until he makes a speech about how there’s a divide between Ricks and Mortys and how he wishes that to go saying “I’ve got a message for them, from the Ricks and Mortys keeping it alive. A message from the Ricks and Mortys who believe in this citadel, to the Ricks and Mortys that don’t: you’re outnumbered.” All of a sudden he’s in the front-running, but promptly fires his promoter (a different Morty) for not trusting in him.
Whilst this is all going on, a naive Rick has been made to partner with a grizzly, weathered Morty in the citadel police force. Officer Rick is shocked to see officer Morty treat other Mortys with such disdain, even saying at one point that it’s sad to “hear a Morty cop call Mortys animals”. The Morty cop refers to Mortys as “yellow shirts” after all.
Later on the Morty cop kills a Morty or two and casually shrugs it off, saying “Same old story, Mortys killing Mortys.” I mean, you can already see the vast number of parallels going on and this is before even that much has happened.
Another story has a disillusioned blue-collar Rick kill his supervisor before it being turned into some sort of hostage situation, whilst a load of Rick-less Mortys are being trained for their next Rick in a school.
Meanwhile, the fired promoter Morty is tipped off by a mysterious Rick with some shocking news about the Morty who looks to become the next leader of the citadel. He promptly tries to assassinate leader Morty but only hits his shoulder, before being arrested.
Promoter Morty is executed, clutching onto the papers given to him by the mysterious Rick. Meanwhile the newly elected leader Morty kills various members of the council of Ricks as they showed him disrespect. He then looks menacingly into his tumbler of whisky, saying that it’s time for action.
As we pan across the dead bodies of the council, we see promoter Morty’s body and get a close up of the papers he was holding. Leader Morty is none other than Evil Morty form season one’s Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind!
And then that’s it. We return to Earth at the same time our Rick and Morty do from their trip to Atlantis. Apparently Morty got some “mermaid puss”. Nice.
So the parallels are obvious, aren’t they? Especially for America at the time being. There’s a bastard who lied his way to the top and is in charge, whilst a divide is so blatant across the population.
It really was a fantastic episode and though I just gave you the whole plot, you really should watch it if you haven’t already.
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