Every episode of ‘Rick and Morty’ is a balls-to-the-wall thrill ride from start to finish and jam-packed with as many insane jokes, characters, and weird crap as possible. But Episode 5 of Season 1, “Meeseeks and Destroy,” might take the cake.
This is the Mr. Meeseeks episode, where things go from weird to super weird and get really uncomfortable really fast. An army of magical task rabbits go insane and try to kill Jerry; Rick and Morty kill a giant; and Morty gets attacked by a human-sized jelly bean.
And that’s not even everything. If you’ve been following along with this series, then you already know that co-creator Dan Harmon follows an eight-part story circle to make sure everything he writes comes out as a coherent story.
This episode was a challenge because as far as the Rick and Morty storyline went, it was basically just an unconnected grab-bag of weird ideas and jokes that the show’s co-creator, Justin Roiland, had thrown onto the page. Harmon says in the episode’s commentary track, “At a certain point, it was just, like, things were getting so ridiculous with what we were making up that I said, ‘Well, okay, we can do all this, with the Booby Buyer, and all that stuff, if we go back to the beginning and have Rick and Morty say ‘This story is about adventures and whether or not they’re good or bad.’” “I feel like this is a reflection of you and me, story-wise,” responds Roiland.
“Like you’re Rick, and I’m Morty, and it’s like ‘I’m gonna lead an adventure!’ And you’re like, ‘All right.’” In a complex way, this episode is a story about stories. As Rick and Morty travel along their typical story circle, the journey is about making a good story. Read more from inverse.com…
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