After a year and a half we’ve witnessed the best season of the darkest animation that existed and will exist ever and one of the best shows right now and my personal favorite- Rick and Morty. So buckle your seat belts, because we’re going in a space adventure! In this article we’ll explain the philosophical meaning, the science, and everything you’ve missed while you were laughing at the *Beep* jokes.
Rick and Morty Adventures shows us the daily life of a mad scientist and his naive grandson as they go on deeply irresponsible and awesome space adventures.
At first, I thought the show was a reference to the famous trilogy of Back to the Future, but here, Doc is a mad genius alcoholic, and Marty is an idiot naïve with a bit of anxiety grandson, however, they both travel to the intergalactic space and dimensions.
Rick and Morty use the galaxy as a way to explore our existential questions by imagining what lies in the intergalactic space, the show has an affinity for sci-fi tradition: cosmic horror, pioneered by H.P. Lovecraft.
It also shows us that the philosophical horror goes beyond the horror we humans know, such as jumpscares, child’s scream at night, or even watching a horror movie alone in the dark. It tells us that there’s so much we don’t know and our minds won’t comprehend at all.
Rick uses his portal gun to get in and out of dimensions; sometimes that dimension is dangerous, sometimes funny, and most of the times it’s both.
Well, in the episode “Get Schwifty”, Earth is approached by a giant space-head whose gravitational mass causes mayhem on the Earth’s ecosystem, the giant head commands the entirety of Earth to show him what they’ve got.
You know the saying “The Believer is a believer till the most wanted lust comes, and an atheist is an atheist till the plane goes down”? Well, everyone gave up on their religious views and developed a cult where they worshipped this entity, and later Rick realized that all what the head wants is “a Cromulon” and Earth is among other planets in an equivalent intergalactic music show of America’s Got Talent, you’d have to win with a smashing song or be disintegrated by a giant space laser.
The real question here is, are we significant?
In most of the Sci-fi movies we see that the USA is the center of an alien invasion or any alien attack, like the Earth is the center of the universe, whether we’re defending our nation, befriending an alien.
But does the universe give any bloody shite for us? For the giant heads we’re only some kind of entertainment.
It’s like natural selection, but far more advanced, when you have power over someone you can toy them around however you like, and he won’t be able to do a thing at all, in the previous example; the Cromulons, this just shows how little we are in that giant universe.
There was an episode where Rick’s space machine was broken down and he had to fix his battery, Morty learned that Rick created this battery and it’s powered by a micro-universe. In this universe, Rick was perceived as a God, he taught everyone there how to make a civilization based on producing energy, which is their sole purpose. In that EXACT Universe, another scientist created a batter like Rick’s, it was the reason Rick’s batter died in the first place. While doing that, the scientist invented another mini-universe, and that kept going on. It’s like inception, more like, a real-life inception, but in a dark way.
It questions your existence, right?
Rick and Morty questions our existence in every single second in the episodes, there was always some desire or curiosity to know what’s the one’s existential purpose
In a Rick and Morty episode where they had to change realities because Morty messed his own reality and they went to a universe where they both died to later change their whole lives in another reality.
It’s some kind of humor to laugh at, but in a very dark way. It shows that we ourselves don’t matter at all, and it gives us that fact to laugh at it, not to be terrified of it.
Later on the show, Summer finds out that she was an unwanted pregnancy. She breaks down and wonders if there’s any real meaning to her life. Morty then tells her his equally unsettling experience of burying his own body from a different reality. He concludes by saying:
“Nobody exists on purpose, nobody belongs anywhere, everybody’s gonna die, come watch T.V?”
By short, Morty tells Summer to “Carpe Diem.” That’s what he meant to say to her, to live her life normally and not to think about it, you see; to people like Summer who have an average IQ, it will be devastating to think that she wasn’t created for some special purpose.
To Rick, he understood that all along. Why should one get depressed over an existential meaning, when they’ve got a life full of stuff to enjoy? Like a pizza or an ice cream cone. The series shows us how normal, short-lived, and very trivial our existence is, but the only option you’ve got is that you have to look around you, not questioning existence itself.
WE Should enjoy what we have in our lives; friends, family, even video games, it’s far more enjoyable and important than any unsolvable questions about our very existence in this universe.