Why Rick And Morty Are The Best Duo Of The Decade

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Zack Hagrove
Zack Hargrove is a professional editor. Most of his topics are dedicated to music, rock scene and unusual ways of strengthening your scientific curiosity. He is also willing to assist with programming help. You can always find him on Twitter @zackhargrovejr.
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Over the last few years pop culture began to increasingly sparkle with glimpse of “Rick and Morty” universe. T-shirts, hoodies, dresses, pajamas, socks, hats, cups, skateboards with images of these sci-fi characters and their famous quotes become more and more recognizable. At this point the aforementioned merch is not as well known as Ramones tank tops. But the popularity of this 9,3 IMDB rating show certainly leads its legacy into that direction.

Largely because of having exciting story lines, catchy soundtracks, peculiar drawing technique of their creators, unforgettable side characters, and most importantly – the two main characters. As fans don’t get to see any of their new adventures until the release of the season 4, Rick and Morty obtained and hold the status of the most relevant fictional duet to date. And here is why they don’t need a fuse word ”arguably”.

Age and Appearance

The first thing that viewer instantly notices in these two characters is their age difference. People are aware that aging of any form of life including human is in inevitable. Most if not all of the people are dissatisfied with this reality. However, both Rick and Morty make it easier for the viewer to accept it by giving good example both for youngsters as well as elders.

Unlike many modern people of our planet, Rick Sanchez doesn’t seem to be even remotely concerned about how he looks. His deep knowledge of regenerative medicine can easily allow him to remove his wrinkles, to better his skin color and to grow back the hair on the top of his head. However, he always seems to have a bunch of other things on his bucket list that he finds more important. And becoming the most or even a bit more beautiful version of himself doesn’t appear to be one of them.

For the most part, a lifestyle of 14 year-old Morty Smith is incomparable. However, as a teenager he faces the same struggles that are familiar to everyone of his age. He finds it difficult to talk to opposite sex, his self-opinion is rather low, and he tends to overthink and be uncertain about many of the things that are waiting for his decision. Seeing his shaking hands whenever he helps his grandpa in life threatening situations and hearing him stutter during intense dialogue scenes makes his worries look not only real, funny and exciting, but also very relatable. Yet, he never complains about looking not old enough, nor asks his grandpa to make his body look better in order to feel more attractive and confident. Instead he embraces reality that his journey has only started. He focuses on science and shows how easy it is to be okay with your age and a regular body that doesn’t impress the girls.

How does it relate to the current decade

The cult of beauty and fitness has been heavily imposed with popularization of grooming and praise of toned bodies over the last couple of decades. It became a major, distinctive and desirable part of the modern culture. But not for someone like like Rick and Morty. Rick doesn’t crave to look younger and Morty is okay with being a teenager. What they do is constantly exemplify to a viewer that the primal muscle that needs to exercised is your brain.

Intelligence

People know and love Rick for not only his ability to arrogantly show off his exceptionally high level of problem solving skills. But also for how he often times makes solving of some of the most difficult challenges in the universe look extremely easy.

Morty doesn’t simply hang out with his creative grandpa. He becomes smarter by being a part of the chaos that he and/or his grandpa initiated or got involved in. He’s not only getting accustomed to unfamiliar technologies. He happens to be involved in crazy risky situations that force him to find solutions for the problem and to think faster despite his sensitive and worried personality. And as a result of these conditions, he continues to gradually lower the level of his anxiety and increase his level of mind abilities. The rise of his mental growth can stimulate many of his fans to overcome their personal emotional and intellectual struggles.

How does it relate to the current decade

Like any other great science-fiction show “Rick and Morty” does not only make viewers want to explore more about the science. It can also make them feel angry about themselves for not being as smart as they might want. Of course, not everyone perceives the show as motivational slap. But those who do get out of it more than just 20 minutes of fascinating distraction, are likely to learn more about their own universe. It leads to their attempts to figure out causal relationships and to educate.

Masses were never interested in reaching out to the basics of engineering and quantum mechanics. Nevertheless, this progress of humanity forces people to adapt to these changes. And while it successfully tempts most of the them to relax and rely on technology, Rick and Morty inspires some of them to build robots that will pass their butter. These little challenges have potential to speed up the development of population. Which will can replace its sarcastic and primitive “technology works in mysterious ways” attitude with the raise of the vital self-esteem.

Humor

Humor has always been the essential tool for the existence of homo. Whether primates are getting warm around the fire next to their caves or laying on the cozy sofas in front of their favorite show, generally they always look forward to receive a positive emotion that will make them smile. On top of ridiculous situations Rick and Morty put themselves into, their hilarious interactions with universe continue to gather their audience for a good laugh.

How does it relate to the current decade

The humor of the characters tends to interfere with science and technology. Every episode contains a great dose of jokes, frustrations and problems that were caused or inspired by intervention motivated by scientific curiosity or usage of futuristic technologies. The group of audience that will find these humorous accidents the most appealing is Millennials. The generation that would always be tired to explain their parents how to use a cellphone is now getting to tell phrase “how does it work?” more frequently. And as they getting forced to keep up with technologies that continue to develop faster, seeing an aged person who handles it with no difficulties, cynical comments and his grandson who’s getting better at it as well can be as hilarious as comforting.

Religion [spoiler alert]

Rick has been showing his disrespect towards the subject of religion for multiple times. Some fans may argue and recall A Rickle in Time episode. It had the point in time where Rick acted like a faithful person. But once he found the solution for the problem he immediately spoke out against god in his classically swearing and arrogant manner. That is why it is hard to classify it as the example of a faithful person. Later in the following episodes Rick would express his disrespectful opinion in other ways. Like the time he when toxic Rick said “if god exists it’s fucking me!”

Meanwhile, there is a calm, religion-apathetic Morty. He lives without going into any of religious topics, as if the idea faith has never bothered him. The only way he technically touches the subject of religion is when he says “Oh, Jeez.” All in all he is just a kind who has more important things to do and think of. Such as science, school life and Jessica.

How does it relate to the current decade

According to statistica.com in 2018 over the 40% of Adult Swim audience were people from 18 to 29. At the same time, according to analysis by barna.com in 2018 Generation Z had almost twice as much atheists as Millennials (13% vs. 6%). Therefore, as the time goes by the amount of youngsters who will share the opinion of Rick and Morty will likely start to grow. Those who have a strong and almost aggressive disbelief system will identify with Rick. Whereas those who don’t really care and prefer to not even focus on the topic of religion will find a little part of themselves in Morty.

Life Position

At the end of the day Rick is an old scientist who has experienced almost everything. The amount of amazing things Rick has seen over the years of his adventurous life can make it difficult for anyone to sustain a vital level of excitement for life. Nevertheless, despite his age Rick still kicks it on every party he’s at, dances whenever he achieves his goal and never feels concerned about being misunderstood by someone. Most (if not all) of the time he prefers to mix his fun with substances. Such as psychedelics from various dimensions and intoxicating drinks. The fact that he is always willing to go off rails with his sobriety makes him likeable for those who can relate to the similar reckless lifestyle.

Morty, on the other hand is a young man who has the whole life ahead of him. On top of his regular adventures with Rick he battles the same challenges as any other regular youngster. Nevertheless, he is pretty optimistic about everything. He enjoys himself and always willing to have a good time without harming anything and anyone.

How does it relate to the current decade

Self-destructive behavior in spite of being successful in main field of interest continues to develop within personal life of modern society. In most cases it tends to develop primarily among elder people. That is why, both Millennials and Generation X can relate to Rick, remember that they are not alone and hopefully move on with their issues.

As of Morty, his persona will always find a reflection of some of Millennials and especially Generation Z. Uncertainty about the future (especially as a young person) becomes very common issue in the first and the second world countries. Having a symbol that doesn’t fall into apathy can always serve as powerful inspiration with multiple benefits.

Whatever Rick and Morty get themselves involved in they never stop to stick to each other. Throughout every season they continue to show the audience benefits of using the science, to adapt to the changing world, to have fun and to remind them to take care of their own “Ricks” and “Morties.”

About Author: Zack Hargrove is a professional editor. Most of his topics are dedicated to music, rock scene and unusual ways of strengthening your scientific curiosity. He is also willing to assist with writing help.  You can always find him on Twitter @zackhargrovejr.

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Zack Hargrove is a professional editor. Most of his topics are dedicated to music, rock scene and unusual ways of strengthening your scientific curiosity. He is also willing to assist with programming help. You can always find him on Twitter @zackhargrovejr.

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