Let’s start this with an overview of season 3, which, right at the outset I will term as the most turbulent season of the three. While season one and season two were consistently great and had episodes ranging from above average to good to excellent, the latter being what I consider the standard for ‘Rick and Morty’ to be by now, season 3 had episodes that range from strictly average, even skippable stuff, to truly, outrageously good television, not just the best of the series, but being among the best sitcom episodes ever, in my opinion.
Not too long ago did I authored an article listing the very best ‘Rick and Morty’ episodes across the three seasons, that you can read here. Interestingly enough while scrolling down the list, one finds a rather even distribution of episodes from the first two seasons, but the top three entries are all episodes from season 3. Conversely, while I am not sure that terminology would exist, if I was to list out the worst episodes of the series, it would also be from this season. Fortunately for us, when we consider ‘The Rickshank Rickdemption’, the first episode of the season, we have ourselves a season opener as good as any, easily among the best of the series. What a truly ingenious episode!
‘The Wedding Squanchers’ Recap
Picking up somewhere after the last episode ‘The Wedding Squanchers’, the Rick and Morty kind of red wedding that ended with Tammy revealing herself to be a galactic agent and slaying Birdperson while the Smith family is forced to seek refuge on Tiny Planet, Rick seemingly heroically turns himself in to the galactic federation to the sound of ‘Hurt’ by Nine Inch Nails, to save his family from being on the run. The Smiths are returned to Earth that is now part of the Galactic Federation: resulting in the planet being overrun by aliens and the skies covered with alien ships, each of the homes having a hostile overseeing robot, people being paid in pills and a new calendar that renders Morty 35 years old. All in all, it’s all blown to hell, and Rick is indefinitely incarcerated at the Federal Prison.
The episode begins with Rick and the Smith family having breakfast at Shoney’s where he narrates the last leg of how he escaped from prison in what is quickly revealed to be a simulation inside Rick’s mind by the aliens holding him at the prison, in an attempt to access the memory of the day on which he successfully invented the portal gun. Cornvelius Michael, the alien, and Rick travel to the memory of that day, while Rick lamentably reveals he lost his wife on that day and transformed into what he was today. The day that changed everything. Meanwhile, Earth is shown to have been colonised by Galactic Federation, and the family is coming to terms with Rick’s absence, particularly Summer.