This season of Adult Swim’s “Rick and Morty” has definitely been—as Rick would call it—‘squaunchy.’ The episodes for season two have increased their attention on continuity: side characters have made returns, Rick’s psychological state is worsening, Jerry still can’t find a job, etc.
The season finale took all of these elements and absurdly blew them up: the Smith family is invited to an inter-dimensional wedding on Planet Squaunch between Tammy, Summer’s best friend from high school, and Birdperson, a long-time associate of Rick’s.
Of course, only on this show would a marriage between a teenage human being and an alien make sense, and the topic of love is a sore one for many characters. Rick, for one, can’t stand weddings or any kind of emotional expression—he says at the beginning, “Weddings are basically funerals with cake,” and from past episodes we’ve learned that the only person he seems to somewhat care for is Morty.
Rick conducted himself as many of us would want to act during a wedding: bitter and bored. He did show a smidge of affection during the ceremony, commenting with a sentimental “Awww… [BURP] awww…” and delivered a nostalgic speech at the reception.
This gushy moment only lasted a second, as Tammy reveals to everyone that she has been an undercover intergalactic bureaucrat the whole time in order to arrest Rick for space crimes. A shootout takes place, and the Smith family is barely able to escape the planet. Unable to return to Earth, the Smiths are exiled into outer space, and eventually Rick finds a planet that is 90 percent similar to Earth.
This scene is moderately depressing at times—the Smiths are the only (known) organisms on this new planet, and Jerry states to Beth that Rick has selfishly dragged the entire family from everything they loved. What’s even more depressing is that Rick overhears their entire conversation, and finally feels guilt for his actions. By the end of the episode, Rick turns himself in to the intergalactic bureaucrats, and is locked away in a maximum security prison, all while Nine Inch Nails’ song “Hurt” is playing in the background.
For fans of this show, it was a bittersweet and dramatic ending to the second season of a show where everything is absurdly taken over the comical edge. No matter if Rick is a sociopathic scientist, it is still painful to see him locked away in prison as the season finale.
But with “Rick and Morty,” you can never take anything too seriously, and after the credits, Mr. Poopybutthole, a good friend of the Smith family from episode four, tells the audience that everyone will be back for season three in about a year or year and a half.
The finale hit fans in the feels, and ended the season in a dramatic, dark yet comical manner. With all the suspenseful changes in this episode, it will be interesting to see what happens to the Smith family—and our beloved Rick—when season three lands.