Continuing with the talk on the variability of the third season of the eccentric Adult Swim sitcom, ‘Rick and Morty’, we have at our hands the second episode which really kind of proves the point. Not that it is a bad episode by any means, hardly any ‘Rick and Morty’ episode is. However, compared to the ingenuity of the season premiere, and the dizzying highs that the show rises to in later episodes, ‘Rickmancing the Stone’ proves to be rather standard RnM. Although to be fair, it is a more emotionally grounded episode, exploring a rather dark theme with the trademark brand of Rick and Morty humour. You can catch up with the eventful happenings of the previous episode or undertake a quick recap, here.
If I am to quote it in a nutshell, this episode puts Summer and Morty under the microscope, examining in a darkly comical sense, the reaction each has to their parent’s divorce and how they deal with it, while Rick is still up with his shenanigans in a parallel dimension that puts a hilarious twist on the post-apocalyptic world from ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’. The episode begins with Jerry finally confronting Summer and Morty about the divorce before moving out of the house. Summer is immediately discerning and woefully dismissive of his presence as she asks Rick, unsubtly so, to rabbit out from there to avoid dialogue. Morty is slightly more accepting of Jerry and bids him a half-hearted farewell before leaving himself to go behind Summer and Rick.
Rick takes both of them to a post-apocalyptic parallel Earth where they are chased by a tribe of savages called the Death Stalkers. Summer behaves unnaturally weird and violently kills the leader of their tribe to become the leader herself, and while this initially irks Rick and Morty, Rick lets it pass for his pursuit of the isotope 322, the reason for him traveling to that version of the Earth, learning that the Death Stalkers worship it as a piece of rock for desecration.
While Summer increasingly gets involved with the cult, Rick urges Morty to fight in the blood dome, a ring where the people of that world fought till the death, by injecting his arm with an enhancement from another arm of an unknown deceased person. The hand, as it turns out, has a consciousness of its own, and proceeds to slaughter fighters inside the dome, along with embarking on a pursuit with Morty to avenge his family’s and his death from the men who killed them.