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Rick And Morty Season 5 Blu-ray Steelbook Review

“Rick And Morty” returns for a fifth season.

In the 10 episode season 5, mad scientist Rick and his grandson Morty embark on more adventures. Viewers can expect to see plots about Morty and Jessica’s relationship, Mr. Nimbus, Morty’s sister Summer, Beth and Jerry’s relationship, decoys, a superhero named Planetina, sperm monsters, demons, robots, AI, a turkey President, GoTron Ferret, Birdperson, a portal connection with Morty and Nick, and Rick’s backstory in the season finale “Rickumari Jack.”

As everyone knows humor is subjective. What’s funny to one person isn’t to another. There’s no denying that Adult Swim’s “Rick And Morty” is a cult sci-fi comedy animated series with a devoted fanbase that is endlessly amused by this series. While I respect the series and what it has accomplished in the world of TV, I am rarely amused by it nor do I ever find myself caring about the characters. Show creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland have crafted their weird brand of comedy that ultimately feels like it’s trying too hard to me personally. There’s a lot of juvenile humor (see the character of Mr. Poopybutthole), outlandish concepts that go for shock value (Incest Baby) and convoluted sci-fi ideas swirling around. The attempts at playing with tropes are appealing from a writing perspective, but they got lost amid dopey humor (Boob World), fast talking characters, a spaztic style, and an overabundance of sci-fi elements regarding time, dimensions, worlds, portals, space, multiverse and aliens. It’s an assault on the senses but not in a good way.

As for the fifth season itself, it’s not hard to see why this one divided fans. A lot of the plots fall flat and there’s a weird amount of pop culture spoofs (everything from “Voltron” to anime) that feel shoehorned in. The reveal of Rick’s backstory in the season finale is intriguing, but is it needed? Does it ruin the mysticism of the character? I’m not entirely sure but it’s the high point in a very muddled season.

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. Grade: A-

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. Grade: A-

Extras:

* Digital copy
* “Backgrounds”- A featurette on the background animation.
* 10 ultra brief “Inside The Episode” featurettes on each episode.
* 2 short featurettes on the direction of two episodes “Mortyplicity” and “Rickmurai Jack.”
* “Season 5 Hype”- A quick extra about the season.
* “Animation And Compositing”- A more technical feature on the animation/compositing process.
* “B-Story Generator”- A 2 part extra in which Dan Harmon and Ron Schraab discuss creating B-Plots.
* “Coloring Rick And Morty”- The title says it all.
* “Fighting Gravity: The Making Of Season 5”- A look at the challenging process behind making the season during the pandemic. Interviews are included here.
 

January 2, 2022 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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