No matter which episode takes the title for the best of the season, ‘Rest and Ricklaxation’ is easily going to have it for the best opening of any episode of the series, ever. The cries of agony Morty lets out and the profane regrets Rick spews as the both of them sit wailing in their spaceship after finishing a highly dangerous mission and nearly dying: that is absolute comedy gold. Bloody brilliant stuff and fantastic voice acting by Justin Roiland. Even apart from that, it presents a story that is not too strange given that this is ‘Rick and Morty’ we are talking about, and all the regular trappings for which the series has acquired its popularity are present in sizeable amounts.
Among the “mind blowing”, “very best”, “regular”, “typical” and “meh” of the third season, I’d give it a “regular” tag, and that too a solid one. If you have ventured on here for the first time and have not the faintest idea about the rating tags that I am babbling about, head on over here to check my reviews of previous episodes of the third season of the series. Onwards to the plot now.
The episode begins in the most epic way for ‘Rick and Morty’, leave alone just this season, when both Rick and Morty break down in their spaceship following a six-day long adventure in an alien galaxy, claiming it to be physically and psychologically taxing, even as Rick ignored Morty’s warnings prior to the adventure that they’d been going too frequently. Rick finally realises that the two of them needed a vacation, and visit an alien spa shortly after. While there, they volunteer to go into a psychological detox machine, that removed “cognitive toxins and purified the system”.
Rick and Morty unassumingly enter the machine which then goes on to separate the “toxic” parts of the two, Rick’s god complex and arrogance, and Morty’s self-loathing and under-confidence. Turns out that even their toxic counterparts had personalities of their own, and get trapped in the tank of the detoxifier in a hellish, swampy world full of toxins, of course situated inside the detoxifier itself. The Rick and Morty that exit the machine are different beings altogether, with Rick being more considerate than ever, and Morty having an unusual air of confidence around him, as a result of leaving their toxic personalities in the detoxifier.