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The gang goes beyond the Thunderdome to explore the emotional ramifications of divorce in a standalone adventure that slyly spoofs the steampunk genre and provides Summer a welcome spotlight.
As cynical as the show can get sometimes, it saves a really sweet moment for the end.
"Rickmancing the Stone," which marked the official return of Rick and Morty's third season, not only highlights Harmon's ingeniously simplistic "Story Embryo Technique", but also the family's evolution and the side effects thereof.
After the hotly anticipated Season 3 premiere, this Mad Max parody fell a little flat. None of the storylines really resonated.
To its credit, the setting serves the character arcs well enough that it never becomes obnoxious. Rather, it's serviceable in a show that has been known to excel in the creation of its alternate universes.
As a lacklustre episode which felt more like the tired and bedridden Simpsons that everyone wishes Matt Groening would mercifully pull the plug on, "Rickmancing The Stone" is an adventure which proves that they can't all be winners.
"Rickmancing the Stone" functions quite effectively as Rick and Morty's de facto return episode, balancing important emotional development with plenty of absurdist sci-fi fun.
Crams literally hundreds of easter eggs and jokes into its frames... It's all part of a mask to hide the fact that Morty and Summer are now children of divorce, and neither of them are coping with it healthily, but what a mask it is.
If the first episode of the show's first season recognizes that Rick screwed up in his past, and admits it is time that he take responsibility for his mistakes, the second episode is all about the power of escapism.
"Rickmancing the Stone" is one of those rare Rick and Morty episodes that leans more toward drama than comedy. It's sure to go down as a series favorite because the show's execution of its Mad Max-esque world is so dead-on.
When Rick promised Morty that this would be the "darkest year of our adventures," he wasn't effing around.
Sunday's new episode took us to normal Rick and Morty territory getting back to the business of adventures.
There are a lot of great jokes in "Rickmancing the Stone," but it's probably the second-weakest episode of the brilliant third season.