Rick and Morty may be one of the most hilariously cynical and bleak animated comedies on TV, but it has a few uplifting moments that offer a brighter view of the multiverse and existence itself…although Rick Sanchez would probably not openly acknowledge that. However, a new fan-created video has suggested that as a whole, Rick and Morty offers some real meaning in an otherwise random and insane reality.
Via Laughing Squid, filmmaker Will Schoder posted a video about the underlying philosophy of Rick and Morty, and how that show creates its own meaning of life. “Nobody exists on purpose, nobody belongs anywhere, everybody’s gonna die.” That’s where Schoder starts making his argument, and it actually came from one of the few moments in the show that was born out of real love between the characters. It was Morty’s way of telling his sister, Summer, that her situation wasn’t unique. Considering that Morty had just confessed to Summer that he was from another reality, and that he buried his own counterpart from her world, the revelation that she was an unplanned pregnancy didn’t seem quite as daunting.
Using that moment as a jumping off point, Schoder argues that there is no existential meaning in Rick and Morty. And this is something that Rick realized a long time ago, which may account for his constant desire to get wasted. But Rick uses science to create his own meaning, and the series has demonstrated that he’s actually at his most happy when he’s having adventures with his grandchildren. Schoder’s video holds up pretty well under scrutiny, and it’s an intriguing lens through which to view the events of the first two seasons.
Rick and Morty season 3 is still expected to drop later this year, and we’re still very eager to see it. “Wub a lub a dub dub!”
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