This Sunday, July 26th, sees the long-awaited and much-anticipated premiere of the second season of Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty and we here at Nerdist couldn’t be more excited about it. I personally have watched the first season in its entirety probably four or five times and never get tired of it. Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon are able to take their characters to the weirdest and wildest places in the universe, or in parallel dimensions, and introduce really strange and absurd characters and races. And while we certainly can’t wait to see what new nouns the creators have cooked up for the new season, we have some favorites from Season 1 we’d love to see come back at some point.
Below are my 11 Rick and Morty weirdos I’d love to see come back, in alphabetical order.
One of my favorite guest characters showed up in the season finale, “Ricksy Business,” as one of the intergalactic guests to come to Rick and Summer’s joint house party. Birdperson is a noble warrior with lots of wisdom. He’d recently ended his relationship with his soul-partner and was looking for a new one. Luckily, he gets back in the saddle by apparently hooking up with Summer’s friend Tammy, after Tammy decides football player Brad isn’t as cool as he ought to be. I mean, nobody’s as cool as Birdperson. And he’s a good guy, since he sticks around to help clean up after the party. He really IS a hero.
Something I hadn’t expected the series to do, certainly not so early on, was completely destroy the planet and then have Rick and Morty hop to a new dimension and blend in. In “Rick Potion No. 9,” Morty’s desire to have the hot girl in school fall in love with him leads to a potion mixing with a flu virus and turning people into praying mantises. Then Rick’s half-assed attempt to fix it results in everybody not blood related to Morty turning into a hideously deformed mass of flesh which Rick lovingly call “Cronenbergs.” By the episode’s end, Jerry, Beth, and Summer remain in weirdly-blissful happiness as the only non-Cronenbergs in the world. It’d be great to go back and see what’s happening in what was originally the world everything happened. Plus, Cronenberg Rick is a real asshole.
In “Lawnmower Dog,” Rick makes the Smiths’ dog Snuffles a helmet that makes him intelligent and then he eventually becomes too smart and builds robot bodies for himself and other neighborhood dogs after changing his name to Snowball. The dogs end the episode by not killing the whole family and instead going off to have their own adventures in a dimension where only dogs exist. Roiland made a pilot at one point called Dog World so clearly he enjoys the idea of a world made up of Dogs, so maybe this will lead to a spinoff/crossover at some point. We love you Snowball.
One of the best episodes (let’s face it — they’re all the best) is “Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind” which introduces a society of Ricks from different dimensions who believe our Rick is behind a series of murders of Ricks and Mortys. But, wouldn’t ya know it, even though our Rick is one of the most evil Ricks, he’s not Evil Rick, who was hiding from the intelligence-finding technology of the Citadel of Ricks by using a web of Morty slaves. Even though Evil Rick gets killed, his Evil Morty takes off his robotic eye patch and blends back in with the sea of released Mortys. We can’t imagine the true mastermind will be gone for good.
This is just the final beat in a very long running gag also from “Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind” as our Rick and Morty try to run away from the Council of Ricks. Eventually, they end up in a universe where furniture sits on humans and uses pizzas to order phones to eat. I mean, it just makes me laugh.
Another party guest from “Ricksy Business,” Gear Head really REALLY wants to tell everyone all about the Gear Wars, which is apparently the most boring war of all time. But, you know what? I super want to know what happened in the Gear Wars. Like a lot. Wars for gears? Wars made of gears? WHAT? And is he the only one who fought in them or are there more gear people? I’m serious, Harmon and Roiland – tell me all about the Gear Wars.
Hamster in the Butt People
It doesn’t have to be a whole episode, but the post-credits sequence to “Rixty Minutes” is very intriguing. None of the questions about how the Hamster-in-the-Butt society were answered to my satisfaction. Between humans being used as furniture and humans being used as locomotive homes for sentient hamsters, I feel like we’re pretty useless here. But, like I said, more please.
A surprising ally in the episode “Anatomy Park,” wherein Morty has to go inside a dead and decaying hobo named Ruben in whom there is a fully-functioning theme park, is a horrible infectious disease. Through a good portion of the episode, Morty and Annie, the girl Morty likes, get chased on their way out by Hepatitis A, a nasty monstrous disease. But, much like in Phantom Menace where there’s always a bigger fish, or Jurassic Park where the T.rex saves the good guys from Velociraptors, Hepatitis A is eaten by the much larger, more terrifying Hepatitis C. But was it all just instinct? Nope, Hep C gives the good guys a thumbs up before leaving. It’s not such a bad STD after all.
I think the Meeseeks proved super helpful in Season 1, so there’s no reason not to bring them back. They brought Beth and Summer so much solace and peace. Sure, they’re just a finite-lifed blue helper creature with arguably the most irritating voice of all time, but they just want to do the right thing. Just do not, I REPEAT, do not let Jerry Smith ask them for anything, no matter how simple it seems. Several people’s lives and the property value of a restaurant are at stake! I’M MR. MEESEEKS LOOK AT ME!
Morty’s souvenir from an adventure to an alien pawn shop was a robot sex doll that looks like the one from that Aerosmith album cover. But actually what it is is a means to replicate beings from the planet Gazorpazorp, the males of which grow fast and are stupid, violent beasts, while the women who rule the planet are in touch with their feelings are are here if you need to talk. Anyway, this produces Morty’s quick-to-grow offspring, Morty Jr., who is lied to about being able to leave the house and eventually goes on Charlie Rose to talk about the book he wrote about why his father is such a big, dumb dope. Surely there’s more to Morty Jr. that we haven’t seen yet. He’s an author, for Pete’s sake! Maybe he’ll finally try to overthrow Earth or Gazorpazorp. I don’t know; I’m not gonna write the show for them.
And finally, we have everyone’s favorite knife-handed nightmare guy, Scary Terry, who exists deep inside the dream world in the episode “Lawnmower Dog.” After Rick and Morty decide to incept Morty’s math teacher, Mr. Goldenfold, to give him a good grade. Little do they know just how messed-up Goldenfold’s psyche truly is, and the further into the dream they go, they find a carefully un-copyright-infringed fear demon guy, who’s just a family man with a penchant for saying the B-word. He grows to love Rick and Morty after they go into HIS dream, so having a powerful monster on your side in some kind of dream war would surely come in handy, provided the person his hunting doesn’t decide to hide.
And there you have it! These are the eleven I’d choose, but which of Rick and Morty‘s cavalcade of memorable aliens and beings would YOU like to see return to the series. Let us know in the comments below! And be sure to catch the new season of Rick and Morty premiering this Sunday, July 26th, at 10:00pm on Adult Swim!
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