Rick and Morty: “Morty’s Mind Blowers” Season 3 Episode 8 Review

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Community, beloved as it was, was far from perfect. One of its biggest problems was its over-reliance on recycling the structure or gimmick of classic episodes and trying to recreate them and do it all over again, with middling results. For Rick and Morty, Interdimensional Cable was an instant classic concept in season one that got poorly recreated in season two. “Morty’s Mind Blowers” isn’t really Interdimensional Cable, but Rick literally tells us that this is replacing it, thus making us draw comparisons right from the get-go. But the concept of this episode is lifted directly from Community‘s fake clip show episodes, where ridiculous clips would play that never actually aired on the show. On Rick and Morty, the idea evolves into memories of Morty’s that have been erased for various color-coded reasons.

It’s disappointing, and maybe even lazy to just have Dan Harmon still repeating his concepts. Openly admitting it to the camera via fourth-wall breaking doesn’t help as much as Harmon might think it does. And yet, the concept works within the world of the show. Watching terrible sci-fi related things happen to Morty will never not be funny, from jerking off a gross alien to puking a giant worm that hates love. In a fun twist, there’s also a whole category devoted to Rick’s errors, which he chose to erase because of his pride.

The episode also gets a necessary jolt of freshness once the pair lose all their memories, and have to watch old ones to try and figure out who they are. This brief search for identity doesn’t lean as hard as it could have on who Rick and Morty are as people and how they want to change, but it’s amusing to hear their takes on their adventures and relationship without any context to either.

Summer ultimately fixes the problem, per Rick’s safeguard instructions, and the two go back to watching Interdimensional Cable. There is unfortunately a thinness to “Morty’s Mind Blowers” caused in part by how repetitious it ultimately feels. But is this episode entertaining? Yes, it’s just hard to swallow considering how much fresh creativity we’ve already seen this season. Grade: B

By Matt Dougherty

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