Rick and Morty: Season 2 (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)
June 7, 2016 by Dennis Amith
“Rick and Morty” is one of those animated series that you love it or hate it. I enjoy self-deprecating, juvenile humor and watching this animated series which I found to be quite crazy, for me, each of these episodes were unpredictably fresh, but yet so nonpolitically correct. If you loved the first season and enjoy mature animated series such as “South Park” and even the tame “Beavis & Butthead”, then by all means, definitely give “Rick and Morty” a chance!
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TITLE: Rick and Morty: Season 2
SERIES RELEASE DATE: 2015
DURATION: Episodes 12-21 (220 Minutes)
BLU-RAY INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition/16:9 HD Widescreen, English Dolby TrueHD 5.1, Subtitles: English SDH
COMPANY: Adult Swim/Warner Home Video
RATED: TV M
Release Date: June 7, 2016
Originally Created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon
Directed by Pete Michels, Bryan Newton, John Rice, Stephen Sandoval, Wesley Archer, dominic Polcino, Jeff Myers, Juan Jose Meza-Leon, Justin Roiland
Written by Dan Harmon, Justin Roiland, Eric Acosta, Tom Kauffman, Wade Randolph, Mike McMahan, Matt Roller, Brian Wysol, David Phillips, Ryan Ridley, Abed Gheith, Rashad Gheith, Dan Guterman, Rich Fulcher, Alex rubens, sarah Carbiener, Jessica Gao and Erica Rosbe
Produced by Ollie Green, Dan Guterman, Kenny Micka
Co-Produced: Ryan Ridley, Alex Rubens
Executive Producer: Delna Bhesania, Keith Crofford, Dan harmon, Mike Lazzo, Justin Roiland, Barry Ward, Joe Russo
Music by Ryan Elder
Edited by Lee Harting, Ken Mackenzie
Casting by Ruth Lambert, Robert McGee
Art Director: James McDermott
Featuring the following voice talent:
Justin Roiland as Rick
Chris Parnell as Jerry
Spencer Grammer as Summer
Sarah Chalke as Beth
Kari Wahlgren as Jessica
Tom Kenny as Squanchy
Maurice LaMarche as Abradoph Lincler
Phil Hendrie as Principal Vagina
Brandon Johnson as Mr. Goldenfold
Dan Harmon as Birdperson
Rick Sanchez (Justin Roiland) is still living with his daughter Beth’s (Sarah Chalke) family and causing more trouble than ever. This season the rest of the family, his son-in-law Jerry (Chris Parnell), grand-daughter Summer (Spencer Grammer) and grand-son Morty (Justin Roiland) are dragged into Rick’s intergalactic adventures, as he faces new threats and mysteries of his secret past are revealed. Can the family survive Rick’s insanity and all the chaos the universe throws at them?
Summer joins Rick and Morty for their latest inter-dimension adventures. But what happens when they unfreeze time and noticed that the timelines are decaying?
What happens when Jerry becomes a stowaway on Rick and Morty’s adventures and discovers other Jerry’s? What happens when Rick reunites with his ex-lover Unity. And who are all these alien parasites and this new friend known as Mr. Poopy Butthole?
What happens when Rick transforms into a younger body and calls himself Tiny Rick? What happens when Rick and Morty go to a “Festival”, an annual event where people are free to commit crimes for one night without consequences?
Find out in season 2 of the critically acclaimed Adult Swim animated series, “Rick and Morty”, available now on Blu-ray!
What is “Rick and Morty”?
When voice actor Justin Roiland (“Fish Hooks”, “Adventure Time”, “Gravity Falls”) created an animation parody of “Back to the Future” for the film festival, “Channel 101”, it would capture the interest of the TV network/website’s co-founder, Dan Harmon (creator of the NBC comedy series “Community”).
And the two would collaborate on an mature animated series for Adult Swim titled “Rick and Morty”.
Premiering back in December 2013, the series received critical acclaim and since then, the series has done very well and a third season is set to air in late 2016.
“Rick and Morty” revolves around an alcoholic (mad) scientist named Rick who moves in with his daughter Beth, who is a veterinarian and equine cardiac surgeon. Rick is often working on high-tech projects which he includes his grandson Morty and later, his granddaughter Summer on dangerous adventures through their own or other alternate universes.
Because Rick has a potty mouth and often talks down to his grandchildren, it tends to stress Morty out. But somehow, together, they make it thorugh their adventures.
In Season Two, here is a spoiler free synopsis for each episode:
- Episode 12 – A Rickle in Time – Six months after the events of last season’s finale, Rick, Morty and Summer unfreeze time, but find out they are displaced from time.
- Episode 13 – Mortynight Run – As Rick and Morty are flying, Jerry has stowed-away in the vehicle.
- Episode 14 – Auto Erotic Assimilation – Rick, Morty and Summer follow a distress signal to a planet where Rick’s ex, Unity lives.
- Episode 15 – Total Rickall – Rick kills an alien parasite who was posing as Jerry’s brother Uncle Steve.
- Episode 16 – Get Schwifty – A massive alien head has appeared over Earth and causing several global disasters.
- Episode 17 – The Ricks Must Be Crazy – Rick, Morty and Summer are exploring a multi-verse but Rick’s vehicle won’t start.
- Episode 18 – Big Trouble in Little Sanchez – Rick transforms into a younger body and comes to Summer’s school to deal with vampires.
- Episode 19 – Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting Fate – Jerry eats a pint of Cherry Garcia which was actually Rick’s virulent bacteria.
- Episode 20 – Look’s Who’s Purging Now – Rick and Morty go to a planet where people are preparing for a “Funeral” where people are free to commit crimes for one night without consequence.
- Episode 21 – The Wedding Squanchers – Rick receives a wedding invitation from Birdperson.
The main characters of “Rick and Morty” are:
- Rick Sanchez – An alcoholic mad scientist who loves women. His daughter is Beth and he is the grandfather of Morty and Summer. He is often irresponsible but despite Beth’s husband Jerry thinking Rick is up to no good. Beth defends her father’s scientific creativity. He often takes Morth and Summer on dangerous adventures through their own universe or other alternate universes.
- Mortimer “Morty” Smith – A stressed out 14-year-old due to the adventures of his grandfather. Often questions his grandfather, thus on the receiving end of Rick’s verbal chastising.
- Summer Smith – A 17-year-old who is intelligent and superficial. Often jealous that Morty gets to accompany her grandfather on his adventures.
- Beth Smith – Rick’s daughter who is a cardiac surgeon for horses and a vet. Often struggles with her husband Jerry who thinks that Rick is always up to no good. She is not phased of how Rick treats her children and always sees her father in a positive light (over her mother).
- Jerry Smith – Beth’s insecure husband and dislikes Rick’s dangerous tendencies around his children.
“Rick and Morty” is presented in 1080p High Definition. Colors are vibrant and the animation features a colorful palette. I didn’t notice any artifacts or banding issues. Line art shows no jaggies and for the most part, looks crisp. Overall, “Ricky and Morty” looks very good in HD!
AUDIO & SUBTITLES:
“Rick and Morty” Season 2 is presented in English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 and English subtitles. Dialogue and music are crystal clear. Sound effects are well-utilized through the surround channels.
“Rick and Morty” Season 2 comes with the following special features:
- Audio Commentary – Featuring audio commentary by Justin Roiland, Dan Harmon, Ryan Ridley and Wes Archer.
- Deleted Animatic Sketches – (2:11) Featuring animatic sketches that were deleted.
- Rick and Morty Season 2 Premiere Party Featuring Chaos Chaos – (43:13) Featuring Chaos Chaos concert at the Rick and Morty Season 2 Premiere Party.
- Animatics – Featuring 11 Animatics for each of the episodes of season 2.
“Rick and Morty” Season 2 comes with a Plumbus Owner’s Manual, a slipcase and an Ultraviolet code.
For those looking for a mature, nonpolitically correct animated series, one can look towards “Rick and Morty” to provide a hilarious and crazy time thanks to its inter-dimensional adventures and fun characters.
With Rick being an alcoholic, mad scientist and a grandfather who has no qualms of cussing at his grandchildren and a daughter who refuses to see her father’s faults because she wants to have a better relationship with him, suffice to say, it’s a series that is crazy and lewd.
No doubt, “Ricky and Morty” is a series that will either be something that you either will enjoy or not. It’s not an animated series to show around the children, especially with the sexual jokes and profanity. But it’s an animated series for those who grew up watching “Beavis and Butthead” and “South Park” and can’t get enough of the jokes and situations.
You just won’t see series where a grandfather has no problems telling his grandkids “f*** you” and really tearing them up emotionally and the parents don’t really do anything about it. If you are politically correct, this series is not for you because it’s so wrong, it makes the whole situations so crazy and unpredictable.
With season 2, we get to see more of eldest daughter Summer now joining Rick and Morty on their adventures. And similar to Morty, Rick treats here just the same as he did with Morty.
In another episode, we get to see an assassin who actually is a fart and Morty freeing Fart against Rick’s wishes.
In another episode, we see how alien parasites have taken the bodies of various characters and the family having a new friend named Mr. Poopy Butthole.
A hilarious episode featuring an alien head appearing over Earth and killing all of Earth’s famous musicians, except Ice-T.
Another episode in which Rick gets trapped in a young body and an episode where Rick’s penis can be used to be converted to a replacement heart for Shrimply Pibbles, the galaxy’s most famous civil rights activist. Will Rick agree to donating his penis?
And what happens when Morty gets his own advanced power armor suit?
Needless to say, this is just a few things that happen in season two and I happen to find the series to be quite hilarious and crazy. And while I laughed at various scenes, meanwhile my wife who watched a few episodes alongside with me, would shake her head and often interrupt and say that she hoped that our young teenage son never watched “Rick and Morty” because of the adult humor.
As for the Blu-ray release, animation is vibrant, lossless audio features crystal clear dialogue and music. And there are a number of special features including a concert performance by Chaos Chaos.
Overall, “Rick and Morty” is one of those animated series that you either love it or hate it. I enjoy self-deprecating, juvenile humor and watching this animated series which I found to be quite crazy, for me, each of these episodes were unpredictably fresh, but yet so nonpolitically correct.
If you loved the first season and enjoy mature animated series such as “South Park” and even the tame “Beavis & Butthead”, then by all means, definitely give “Rick and Morty” a chance!
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