March 11, 2014
Rick and Morty Season 1, Episode 7 Review: “Raising Gazorpazorp”
Oh yes readers, you did indeed read that headline right—this is Geek Binge’s review of the seventh episode of Rick and Morty, entitled “Raising Gazorpazorp.” Right off the bat, you’re probably thinking “oh wow, in the hours I spend a week reading Geek Binge, I never realized that they reviewed Rick and Morty! I shall peruse the extensive archives thusly and read other fantastic content from this wonderful website!” I can understand the sentiment but, alas, your efforts are in vein: we have never reviewed a single episode of Rick and Morty on this website; hell, I don’t think I’ve even brought it up before. But, for obvious reasons, I want that to change.
Because man, this show is so damn good…almost TOO good in fact. Too be fair, I should have expected as much considering the pedigree: this was Dan Harmon’s new project before he went back to Community, which already puts it a cut above most other animated comedies. I was worried that losing his day to day involvement would make the show less promising, but clearly showrunner , co-creator, and voice of Rick & Marty Justin Roiland is just as strong a creative voice as Harmon (and, for what it’s worth, I’m sure Harmon is still very much a big voice on the show, even if he’s not there for the day to day proceedings.) I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen a comedy series come out of the gates swinging like Rick and Morty has, crafting what’s already become fantastic television in just a handful of half hour episodes. The last time I can think of is the first season of Archer, which is certainly a show that no one will complain about being compared to. But well there’s some things that Rick and Morty has in common with Archer (notably a voice actor, as the great Chris Parnell lends his vocal talents to both series), it was pretty clear from episode one on that this would be a show that defied comparison…because honestly, there’s nothing else out there like Rick and Morty.
Take for instance today’s episode, which shows off one of the shows greatest attributes: its ability to take relatively simple sci-fi concepts (in this case, Morty purchasing a sex bot) and taking things to completly outlandish, incredibly strange, and ultimately hilarious places. But unlike the episodes before this one, those places are not traveled by Rick and Morty — instead, it’s Rick and Summer going on the adventure. Breaking off the established partnership of the show could have been damaging (the series is named RICK AND MORTY, after all), but luckily the series has a strong enough cast that nontraditional pairings can still work really well. Summer has probably been given the least attention of the main cast, but she’s still a really enjoyable character brought to life quite well by Spencer Grammer. And her contributions to the A-plot this week was certainly necessary, as most of the humor of “Raising Gazorpazorp” is based upon gender clashing. Brought to life in that crazy, fantastic Rick and Morty way of course. The culture comprised purely of women storyline could have been generic and not very funny, but the writers were able to squeeze every single joke out of the scenario, making for a delightfully fun little romp.
But the highlight of the episode for me was the B-plot, which had Morty raising a half-human half-alien monster with a blood lust, a monster that he created by impregnating the previously mentioned sex bot. Just typing that sentence was weird, but if any show can take a weird concept and run it through to terrific results, it would be Rick and Morty. Add in the combined lack of interest in the child from Morty’s parents (who both are just waiting for Morty to fail throughout the whole episode) and you have an absolute winner of a sideplot. And by the time both storylines came together at the end, I was already won over by “Raising Gazorpazorp,” and the outrageous tag was just the cherry on the top (“Boy I hope he’s eating okay.”)
But despite all the high praise, “Raising Gazorpazorp” still isn’t the height of what Rick and Morty can be, which speaks more to how fantastic this show is than anything else. Which is why I’m writing this in the first place; Rick and Morty is very much worth discussing, and I hope to do just that with what remains of its first season (which is about 4 episodes, actually…eh, better late than ever) So consider this review a trial run: if this gets enough eyeballs (okay pageviews), then I will officially add Rick and Morty to our TV review catalog. But if no one seems to care, then I probably won’t take the effort. But even if these reviews do disappear, know its not because I stopped caring about the show itself: if things keep up for the series, Rick and Morty might find itself one of the best comedies on television. And I’m excited to explore that concept with what remains of this season! We might have been a little late on the Rick and Morty train, but don’t worry everyone: we’re here now. Which of course means you can now proceed to care about the show.
- Like Parks and Recreation and 30 Rock before it, a good portion of my reviews for Rick and Morty will probably just be me obnoxiously copy and pasting funny quotes from the episode. You have been warned.
- “Sixty for the resonator and my grandson wants the sex robot.”
- “Intervening on puberty? You’ll turn him into Ray Fiennes in Red Dragon.”
- “She tried to transform and fly away!” “Really, usually that’s the man’s job!” OH SNAP.
- Rick immediately tries to shoot Marty’s son the moment he sees him: “It might eat brains and exhale AIDS!”
- “Majoring in civics was your mistake, don’t punish us for it.”
- “Life is effort and I’ll stop when I die!” Jerry is the best. Can we talk about how great Jerry is?
- “Still think it’s a good idea to go through holes without a wiener?”
- “Great, now I have to take over a whole planet because of your stupid boobs.”
- “…To keep these Belushis from cutting things off.” Dan Harmon’s strange obsession with insulting Jim Belushi continues…
- “You ever see a line for the men’s room? YOU HEAR ME SUMMER?!”
- “The ol’ “Behind Every Great Man an Amazon” Twist.”
- Rick continuing to be self-aware and breaking the fourth wall is just the best.
- “Destruction, Desolation!” <Scoff> “Nice.”
- “And now weather…is anyone else cold, or is it just me?”
- The female only society greets each other with “I’m here if you need to talk.” I don’t know why I find that so hilarious, but I cracked up everytime.
- “I like to dance…on the graves of my enemies.” How…adorable?
- “You are hereby sentenced to…THE SILENT TREATMENT.”
- “These are names of the penis.”
- “If you think my top is cute, you may not execute.”
- Things Morty suggests to his son to control his thirst for blood: “You can play guitar, you can masturbate…”
- “Thanksgiving is about killing Indians!”
- “But first, a deep sip from the very tall glass of…I told you so!”
- “I’m an ALIEN?!”
- “I never got that impression from reading Marmaduke.” What a bizarre way to wrap up the storyline. Whatever though, the concept of the creator of Marmaduke being obsessed with murder was enough to make it work. Also, it made me think of Archer and I smiled. “WOAH, THAT’S A BIG DOG!!”
- “Tell me that WASN’T Brad Anderson!”
- “I promise I’ll call you everyday I need money or a place to do laundry.”
- “I assume the novel your son writes will replace my rear axle?” Jerry, always keeping things in perspective.
- “It’s a thankless job Morty, you did the best you could.” “Boy I hope he’s eating enough.”