Rick and Morty: “Look Who’s Purging Now” Season 2 Episode 9 Review

There’s something to be said for excessive, over-the-top violence in animation. The SimpsonsFamily Guy, and South Park all have classic moments from their golden years where blood is used perfectly to heighten the humor. Well, with “Look Who’s Purging Now,” Rick and Morty took this “joke” about as far as it can possibly go.

Rick and Morty stop on a planet to buy windshield wiper fluid when they learn the citizens are about to partake in a “purge,” just like in the horror movie The Purge. As in, for one night only, the law doesn’t exist and you can kill anyone you want. Rick wants to watch, Morty thinks it’s barbaric. But when Morty sees a young girl about to be killed, he forces his grandpa to get involved.

The basis for the rest of the episode, while frequently taking down the crappy movie its parodying, was Rick killing and trying to get Morty to kill as well. In the end, Morty goes on a rampage of repressed anger and it’s hilarious. Seeing this kind of pathetic teenager go on such a murdering spree, only to have Rick electrify him to knock him out mid-threat, was a different spin on Morty coming in to save the day when Rick fails. Here, Morty’s dark side took hold while Rick remained level-headed and got them to safety. It’s a simple switch, but an effective one nonetheless.

“Look Who’s Purging Now” was full of great physical comedy that pushed the boundaries for what we consider entertaining violence. As an adult cartoon, Rick and Morty continues to stretch its legs to places that other shows might feel to uncomfortable. That’s part of made season two such a fun batch of episodes to dissect. Of them, “Look Who’s Purging Now” was among the best. Grade: A-

 

Some Other Notes:

  • Jerry and Summer’s subplot was yet another effective vehicle to make Jerry seem pathetic. It’s great that this show can get away with having subplots come out of Jerry being bored while unemployed.
  • A whole kitchen of utensils to kill people with, and Morty throws Rick a spoon, which he still uses to kill someone. Classic.
  • Rick and Morty playing as Iron Man and War Machine was fun. I’ll gladly take either of them over Don Cheadle in the next big Marvel movie.
  • A break from Beth was welcome this week.
  • Next week is the finale! Hopefully the break between seasons won’t be nearly as brutal as it was betweens seasons one and two.

By Matt Dougherty

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