Rick and Morty: “Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting Fate” Season 2 Episode 8 Review

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Remember on Community how after the first paintball episode there were a ton of other ones that were also really good? That didn’t work with Rick and Morty‘s second interdimensional cable episode.

Season one’s “Rixty Minutes” is probably the best episode of the series so far, with this season’s “Total Rickall” giving it a run for its money. But that was an episode still establishing the tone and world of the show. It also found a way to connect the story of the family to the random channel surfing. “Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting Fate” fails to achieve that. Not only is there no connection between the episode’s actual plot and the channel surfing, but the seemingly random made-for-YouTube clips lacked the creativity and energy that made “Rixty Minutes” so special. There’s nothing even remotely as genius as Ants-In-My-Eyes Johnson here.

Instead, we got a bunch of unmemorable clips that dragged down a perfectly solid Jerry story. Taken to the hospital, the alien doctors tell Jerry that his genitals could be used to save the galaxy’s most important civil rights leader’s heart. Watching feeble little Jerry navigate this situation and try to position Beth in his favor was hilarious. But then Beth saw all the different types of replacements that her husband could get. Suddenly she’s in, and Jerry doesn’t know how to just tell the aliens that he wants to keep his penis. Poor Jerry…

As a bit of continuity, I appreciated that Jerry and Beth’s fight never quite crossed over into something unhealthy. After last week’s marriage-fixing episode, it’d have just been annoying to see them go straight back to where they were before it. In the end, Jerry gets to keep his privates, but not without the entire universe publicly shaming him.

It’s a shame that this very funny story was shared with a cheap attempt to capitalize on something fans loved last year. The paintball episodes that followed the original on Community had new areas to explore. This just sounded like a bad improv class. Still, Jerry and Beth managed to salvage as much of the episode as they could, continuing to reverse the trend of what is best about this show. Let’s hope Rick and Morty get back into the limelight for the last two episodes of the season. Grade: C+

By Matt Dougherty

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