Alas, Rick and Morty returns from its Labor Day hiatus. Here is a review on the season’s sixth episode titled The Ricklantis Mixup/ Tales from the Citadel.
Warning: Possible spoilers ahead!
The main Rick and Morty have an adventure in Atlantis. Meanwhile, the episode also focuses on Ricks and Mortys living at the Citadel for once. It switches between different aspects:
- One on side, a group of graduating Mortys decide to venture off to find a portal said to grant their very wishes.
- From another side, a Rick–a rookie cop–partners up with a Morty–an experienced cop.
- From the third point of view, Rick working at a famous wafer-making factory has a meltdown and holds one of their important Ricks hostage.
- In a fourth story arc of the episode, an election is held for a Rick or Morty to become the new president of the Citadel. A former campaign manager of a Morty candidate grows his suspicions and decides to take action.
This episode shows something that has not yet been done before, and that is telling a story about Rick and Morty from the perspectives of other Ricks and Mortys in the style akin to that of Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. (Perhaps it is just a coincidence.) It also reveals the return of a character from Season 1 Episode 10 – Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind. This means that this story arc of the show is not yet finished, and more mystery will transpire in a future episode.
The Ricklantis Mixup/ Tales from the Citadel also features elements from popular films:
The graduating Mortys have a striking appearance to the children from Stephen King’s Stand By Me. The police officer story arc resembles that of Training Day, which featured Ethan Hawke and Denzel Washington. The factory storyline features a Rick dressed similarly to Willy Wonka from the celebrated Roald Dahl story featuring the titular character. Have you caught those references?
This episode may not be a great one compared to its predecessor, but it was rather entertaining.
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Written by: John Tangalin