Thanks, Obama *URP*
July 3, 2015 8:12 AM   Subscribe

Adult Swim just released the first trailer for animated sci-fi favorite Rick and Morty. The show is set to return July 26th, but the first two episodes recently leaked online. Creator Justin Roiland points a finger at "the president". Meanwhile, at San Diego Comic-Con, Roiland and co-creator Dan Harmon will be improvising an episode on July 10th. If you're still catching up, Fanfare is now just over halfway through the first season. And of course, there's the Simpsons couch gag that accompanied the announcement of the season 2 premiere date.
posted by cosmic owl (31 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
 
God, someday, I'm going to see that Thanks, Obama! meme and I'm going to punch someone.

But today? Today is not that day!

Thanks, Obama!
posted by eriko at 8:25 AM on July 3, 2015 [1 favorite]


For anyone on the fence: This show is an ally, in a big way. That it is also mind-bendingly hilarious is just a very pleasant side effect. A very pleasant side BLARP effect.
posted by an animate objects at 8:33 AM on July 3, 2015 [1 favorite]


Maybe I don't watch between the lines enough, but I would be interested to read about how the show is an ally. I don't mean that as provocation, just that I had never gotten that impression from watching it.
posted by johnnydummkopf at 8:40 AM on July 3, 2015 [3 favorites]


I like the bit in every episode where it plunges you into DEEPLY DISTURBING territory and then yanks you out before you have time to really think on it. Fantastic funny show.
posted by Sunburnt at 9:01 AM on July 3, 2015 [2 favorites]


It's class conscious, semantically rigorous and obsessively humanizing. It touches on existential despair and familial structures in a thoughtful, nuanced way. It deconstructs and implicitly chastises a lot of plot and character tropes from the genre while simultaneously celebrating its medium and the wide boundaries thereof. There are storylines focusing on the empowerment of women without belittling them or patronizing them, there are scenes featuring alternative lifestyles as a universal given, there are plot lines that render mortality and addiction frankly, and it's all creative as hell.

I love it. I love Broad City, I love Louie, I love Rick & Morty. They are the shows that make me better.
posted by an animate objects at 9:18 AM on July 3, 2015 [13 favorites]


"As far as Grandpa's concerned, you're both pieces of shit. I can prove it mathematically. Let me grab my whiteboard."

Sooooooooooooo good.
posted by item at 9:36 AM on July 3, 2015 [6 favorites]


I love this show so much. It's like if Superjail! had slightly less insanity and quite a bit more coherence. Not ashamed to say I watched the leaked episodes, either.

Been waiting more than a year. Bought all the episodes on Amazon as they were released and the Blu-rays for season one, I think I earned a little sneak peek.
posted by Bwentman at 9:38 AM on July 3, 2015 [1 favorite]


Rick does something so heinous to Morty (a reference to ST:TNG, natch) in ep. 2, season 2 that it may cement his place as the most callous d-bag in all cartoon history forever.

But I still love him.
posted by sourwookie at 9:47 AM on July 3, 2015


item: also "God, you two really are your dad's children"

My favorite season one moment.
posted by sourwookie at 9:51 AM on July 3, 2015 [13 favorites]


I realize Rick being an asshole is not exactly a spoiler for S2 but ... is this thread gonna be full of spoilers for unreleased episodes? It's funny/telling that a cartoon on Adult Swim is the only currently airing show I care even slightly about being spoiled for.

Now give me my f*cking enchiladas.

It's just called Two Brothers...
posted by Lorin at 9:57 AM on July 3, 2015 [1 favorite]


For awhile now I've been feeling this odd emptiness inside of me. Couldn't really put it into words. Slept in way too late this morning, barely managed to make a cup of coffee, bring up metafilter and right there it says "Rick and Morty ... to return July 26th"!!!

This is not my usual snark. Thank you, cosmic owl, for literally saving my day. Thank you.
posted by doctor tough love at 10:00 AM on July 3, 2015 [1 favorite]


sourwookie: My favorite season one moment.

Of the 217,783 views that clip has received, 209,845 of them have been from me. Love it.
posted by item at 10:05 AM on July 3, 2015 [1 favorite]


Alan Sepinwall did a long form interview with Dan Harmon a couple months back, part 3 of which mostly focuses on Rick and Morty. As a devoted fan of Harmontown I could listen to Dan talk extemporaneously about anything, but man, the guy can talk some trash about TV.
posted by Lorin at 10:13 AM on July 3, 2015 [1 favorite]


I totally understand if you want to watch these but you don't want to torrent or download from some sketchy site. On a completely unrelated note, I love getting Memail.
posted by item at 10:14 AM on July 3, 2015 [3 favorites]


I think I see what you mean, an animate objects. I'm not sure I'd use the word ally because frankly I don't have the critical chops to judge the show on those merits. Knowing Justin Roiland is what I would affectionately term a fellow crazy-person biased me in his favour from the start, and it's certainly subversive even if it doesn't check all the boxes.

I guess I see Dan Harmon as an ... accidental ally? Not a value judgment. He was told to meet a certain quota of women writers on Community and in doing so realized the merits of a balanced writing staff. Abed became "Abed" in part because he was gratified by reaction to the character in the austitic-spectrum community. [Citation needed, he talked about it on the podcast.] He has spoken in his uniquely rambling, flawed (humanizing, yes!) way about wanting to do the same with a physically disabled character. There have been some seriously cringeworthy moments on Harmontown around gender, race, you name it, but he seems open at least to admitting and addressing his own ignorance of difficult issues.
posted by Lorin at 10:40 AM on July 3, 2015 [1 favorite]


My favorite season one moment.

Oh god. Mrs. Example and I do the Akbar and Jeff finger-touch thing every time we see this scene. We are two of life's butter-passing robots.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 11:04 AM on July 3, 2015 [1 favorite]


My favorite season one moment.

Fun fact: Jerry's balloon popping game is 100% real.
posted by Sys Rq at 11:15 AM on July 3, 2015 [1 favorite]


Complaining about spoilers in a thread devoted to a tv show with episodes that have already been leaked online is such a Morty thing to do.
posted by Nevin at 12:56 PM on July 3, 2015 [1 favorite]


Are they just doing this to upstage the return of Gravity Falls on July 13th? If so, I'll see your Rick and Morty and raise you TWO sets of Mystery Twins (as semi-revealed in the cliffhanger before the current hiatus). HA! (Besides, Grunkle Stan is waaaay more fun to hang out with than Rick)
posted by oneswellfoop at 2:03 PM on July 3, 2015 [2 favorites]


The show won me over in the end but there were a couple of jokes in the early episodes that gave me pause, because they revolved around sexual abuse to minors ("he made me a woman!" and a looong scene involving an alien king trying to full on rape Morty in a bathroom stall). Creeped me out to be honest, but the rest of the episodes are ok. Maybe someone told them to cut that kind of shit out.
posted by infinitelives at 2:29 PM on July 3, 2015 [1 favorite]


We are two of life's butter-passing robots.

*sits patiently*

Ahem.
posted by urbanwhaleshark at 3:17 PM on July 3, 2015 [2 favorites]


This is the first time I've seen the show, and I just caught Morty doing the dumbfounded hanging lips thing. So I go do some digging and find that the show creator Justin Roiland is a big Ren and Stimpy fan. Nice hat tip Justin.
posted by Popular Ethics at 3:20 PM on July 3, 2015


I want to like this show, but the constant URPing really puts me off it, and I have no idea why, I'm not prudish about anything else and I don't mind people burping IRL.
posted by the uncomplicated soups of my childhood at 3:59 PM on July 3, 2015 [1 favorite]


Goodbyeeeeeeee, moon men
posted by TheClonusHorror at 4:15 PM on July 3, 2015


I want to like this show, but the constant URPing really puts me off it, and I have no idea why, I'm not prudish about anything else and I don't mind people burping IRL.
posted by the uncomplicated soups of my childhood at 5:59 PM on July 3 [1 favorite +] [!]


I believe this came up in an AMA with Justin, and he mentioned dialing it back in season 2 (season 1 already being in the can).
posted by sourwookie at 5:02 PM on July 3, 2015


Fun fact: Jerry's balloon popping game is 100% real.

Huh. So it is.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 5:19 PM on July 3, 2015


SPOILERS

that song is gonna be stuck in my head for possibly ever
posted by elr at 6:59 PM on July 3, 2015


Cosby #841: Happy for Season Two Cosby!
posted by Cosine at 9:01 PM on July 3, 2015 [1 favorite]


I come away from watching each 21 minute episode thinking that an hour has passed by each time. There's something *URP* magical about them.
posted by urbanwhaleshark at 7:33 AM on July 4, 2015 [2 favorites]


This is my new favorite show that I watch, digest for a day, and then watch again. :)
posted by luckynerd at 3:30 PM on July 4, 2015


Currently, the top App Store review for Jerry's balloon game is one I'm genuinely not sure is brilliant parody or a sincere lament:
Has potential. ☆☆☆

On an unironic level , I get what this game is trying to do. It's a parody of all these cookie clickers flooding the store. And that's great. However, it feels like this game forgets that it's a parody at some point because the incentive to spend 3 bucks on it gets higher the more you play since there's no real progress or incentive to keep going. After a few thousand balloons you no longer get "achievements" and things just become a drag. Also, the boosts only last for a few seconds but take a very long time to unlock and use. I was very disappointed the first time I spent a good 10 minutes earning the fast balloon boost, then another 10 minutes to be able to use it , only to find out that the boost only lasts 10 seconds or so.

This game has a lot of potential if it could start giving some actual rewards for playing it. Right now, all it's got going for it are the ironic reviews praising it much more than it should be. If this game didn't have the Adult Swim R&M logo on it nobody would even give it a second glance.

posted by chortly at 9:24 PM on July 4, 2015 [1 favorite]


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