RICK AND MORTY Season 2 Episode 8 [Review]

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RICK AND MORTY Season 2, Episode 8 “Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting Fate”/ Directed by  PETE MICHELS & JUAN MEZA-LEON  / Written by DAN GUTERMAN, RYAN RIDLEY & JUSTIN ROILAND / Starring JUSTIN ROILAND, CHRIS PARNELL, SPENCER GRAMMER AND SARAH CHALKE/ Produced by HARMONIUS CLAPTRAP, JUSTIN ROILAND’S SOLO VANITY CARD PRODUCTIONS, STARBURNS INDUSTRIES & WILLIAMS STREET

It’s rarely advisable to keep strange mutant bacteria in your refrigerator’s freezer. It’s even less advisable to keep said bacteria stored inside something that might be mistaken as edible food – like, say, a container of Ben And Jerry’s Cherry Garcia. And even if you clearly denote certain freezer drawers as being off-limits to the rest of the people you live with, it’s probably a bad idea to do all of this when you have an idiot like Jerry Smith in your house.

And so it goes that Jerry has been infected by weird mutant bacteria and the entire Smith family has been rushed off to an alien hospital. Well, actually the aliens consider it a regular hospital. But to everyone in the Smith family except Rick, it is an alien hospital.

By sheer coincidence, they’re at the same hospital where the the galaxy’s most prominent civil rights leader, Shrimply Pibbles, is fighting for his life. And only Jerry’s penis might be able to save him.

Not because it contains some rare element or anything so crazy or contrived. They have the technology to turn human penises into alien hearts. Or as they call them, hearts. And Jerry is a perfect donor.

But who cares? It’s not like the universe finding new ways to emasculate Jerry is anything new. Why waste time caring about that waste of space when you could be watching quality programming like Man Vs. Car?

And so it goes that as Jerry ponders the irony that he might prove his manhood by losing it, Rick and Morty sit in the waiting room and watch TV. Weird, interdimensional TV.

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Rixty Minutes -the first-season Rick and Morty episode which introduced the idea of interdimensional televison – was a divisive one among the show’s fandom. Some enjoyed the randomness of the other-worldly commercials and the brief skits that were presented in the same manner as the movies Kentucky Fried Movie or Amazon Women On The Moon. Others thought it was just lazy writing that allowed the show’s creators to build a show out of whatever ideas they couldn’t attach to an actual plot.

Your enjoyment of Interdimensional Cable 2: Tempting Fate will come down to one simple question – do you enjoy random non sequiturs and sketch comedy? Are you the sort of person who will chuckle at the idea of a movie based around a world that must be saved by multiple clones of Jan-Michael Vincent, even as Morty wonders out-loud just who Jan-Michael Vincent was and if you need to know who Jan-Michael Vincent is in order to enjoy the movie?

If so, you’ll love this episode. If you hate this sort of thing, then you’ll probably hate this episode. Thankfully, the parodies are short and none of them overstay their welcome and the subplot involving Jerry’s penis is far stronger than the B-plot from Rixty Minutes. Indeed, the best moments of the episode come from Jerry’s attempts to weasel out of the deal and Beth’s silent reactions to a catalog full of high-quality penal appliances.

Rating 4

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