RICK AND MORTY Season 3 Episode 4 [Review]

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RICK AND MORTY Season 3, Episode 4 “Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender”/ Directed by WES ARCHER & BRYAN NEWTON/ Written by SARAH CARBIENER & ERICA ROSBE/ Starring JUSTIN ROILAND, SPENCER GRAMMER & SARAH CHALKE/ Produced by HARMONIUS CLAPTRAP, JUSTIN ROILAND’S SOLO VANITY CARD PRODUCTIONS, STARBURNS INDUSTRIES & WILLIAMS STREET

[WARNING – This review contains SPOILERS.]

Whenever evil threatens the whole of reality, only one team – created from the cosmic legends of the universe – stands ready to defend all that is… THE VINDICATORS!

Supernova – a warrior-woman whose every punch contains the power of a dying star!

Million Ants – a being born of a sentient team of one million ants, working together as a single squirming body!

Crocubot – half cold, unfeeling robot melded with half cold, unfeeling reptile!

Alan Rails – Master of Ghost Trains!

Vance Maximus – Renegade Star-Soldier!

And… Rick Sanchez and his grandson, Morty?

Yeah, slumming it out with a bunch of self-described superheroes like The Vindicators is about the last thing Rick would ever waste his time with. But since Rick agreed to let Morty decide what they would do on every tenth adventure they had together and Morty had a coupon he’d been saving for just such an occasion, the two are quickly flying across the galaxy to help the rest of The Vindicators fight the world-ending menace known as… Worldender.

Unfortunately, by the time The Vindicators get through Worldender’s Deep-Space Base, someone has beaten them to stopping Worldender. Someone even more evil and sinister than Worldender, who also hates The Vindicators and will stop at nothing to see them destroyed…

It was inevitable that Rick and Morty would eventually take the piss out of superhero movies and Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender does an admirable job of doing so. The script by Erica Rosbe and Sarah Carbiener is witty and a wonderful satire of the average summer superhero blockbuster plot. Comic fans will no doubt amuse themselves between laughing fits trying to figure out if Million Ants is a reference to Swarm, The Thousand or both. The voice acting remains excellent, with Christian Slater turning in a fantastic performance as a parody of the sort of badass generic rebel he’s been typecast as for most of his career.

About Matt Morrison

Matt has been writing about comics on-line since before the word "blogging" was coined. When he's not busy being the World's Finest Teen Librarian, he enjoys acting, role-playing, movie-riffing and sarcasm. He also writes for NoFlyingNoTights.com and MyGeekyGeekyWays.com. You can follow his adventures on Twitter, @GeekyGeekyWays.

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