Cynical, bleak and absolutely hilarious, Rick and Morty is one of the finest animated programs on the TV, and this fan-made video offers existentialism 101 with the added benefit of Rick and Morty to make it easily digestible. Rick and Morty is a great place to find meaning in an otherwise bleak existence.
Laughing Squid filmmaker Will Schoder’s video discuses the underlying philosophy of how Rick and Morty orchestrate the ability to cope and understand life. Adding staples of philosophy such as Camus and his theory of the Absurd: the human tendency to seek inherent value and meaning in life and the human inability to find any. That Rick and Morty offers some real meaning in an otherwise random and insane reality is something we can all get behind.
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In first season episode Rixty Minutes, Morty explains to Summer that the Rick and Morty she grew up with are dead and have been buried and replaced by different versions of themselves who ruined all the people of their own Earth. Using that moment, Schoder goes on to argue that there is no existential meaning in Rick and Morty. The character of Rick uses science to create his own meaning and indulges in alcohol to drown out the meaninglessness of existence. However, the video goes on to point out that Rick is actually at his most happy when he’s spending time with his grandchildren, whether that’s traveling through space and time or spending it cleaning the house.
Early in 2016, co-creator Dan Harmon said Rick and Morty Season 3 episodes would premiere before the end of the year. With only weeks to go until the New Year and not even a sign of a trailer, let alone a premiere date, it looks like we’ll be waiting a few months longer before we get a third season of Cartoon Network’s widely popular series. However, recent news revealed that a March 2017 release date is more likely to prove right. After all, isn’t that a small price to pay for 13 more episodes of Rick and Morty? Until then, Roiland and Harmon have released small treats here and there including their incredibly funny SDCC vignette.
Keep your eyes peeled on Geek for Rick and Morty‘s first trailer for season 3.
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