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Justin Roiland (Rick & Morty) Recieves Half-Gallon of Szechuan Sauce

It happened, Morty! We got the sauce! That delicious Mulan Szechuan chicken sauce!

You're seeing this right. McDonald's sent Rick and Morty co-creator, Justin Roiland, a half a gallon of their Szechuan sauce. It came in a very hazardous looking container with the label "Dimension C-1998M".

The label on the bottle says:

"For use only in McDonald's restaurants (C-1998M) during limited promotional window, and then maybe again twenty years later. DO NOT SERVE to mad scientists traveling with their teenage grandson; potential non-scientist versions of mad scientists from alternate dimensions; and/or Jerry."

McDonald's also included this letter address to Roiland himself:

Rick & Morty season 3 premieres at 11:30PM ET on July 30th 2017.

Samurai Jack Returns

Jack returned last night to us via Adult Swim, and in short, Jack is back. This series starts of 50 years after the original series finale, but Jack hasn’t aged at all. Now he’s sporting the very long hair and beard you see in the associated photo. Aku is nowhere to be found, but his league of female assassin followers have been hard at work. They’ve been cultivating a team of seven very talented, very murderous women to kill the samurai. Throughout the episode Jack is dealing with the internal torment of guilt, not being able to return to the family he’s left in the past. This guilt manifested itself in a few very visceral, and surrealist scenes which show that this Jack we’re seeing here is not the same Jack we knew. This Jack is just as skillful, but his resolve is broken, and he’s not nearly as hopeful as the Jack we once knew.

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The guilt of Jack’s past is manifesting itself in very strange ways. Throughout the episode Jack envisions moments of his past, and all of these moments are accompanied by a shadowy figure. Very ominous. Very ominous indeed. Throughout the rest of the series I’m sure we’re going to be treated to hints as to who this shadowy figure is. Is it someone we know? Is it Jack? Possibly a reincarnated Aku? Speculation and hypothesizing aside, the first episode was a gorgeous, instant classic.

The big action sequence of the episode was with the Sammy Davis Jr. wannabe pictured above. A few moments on-screen and he became an instant favorite. Claiming to be Aku’s best assassin, Jack and the Sammy-bot engaged in a very bizarre, very beautiful fight to the death. The most intriguing part of this battle is when the Sammy-bot (not his actual name) pulled out a flute and summoned a rock monster to battle Jack. Not only that, but when Jack destroys his flute the overconfident Sammy-bot he continues to scat which works just as well in controlling the rock creature.

Overall, the return of Samurai Jack was a grand success, and set up plenty of questions to keep us guessing throughout this season. Where is Aku? Who is the strange shadow figure? Will Jack finally get back to the past? I suppose we’ll have to watch and see.


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The Return of Rick and Morty

by Anthony Wetmore (@TheMisterPipes, GhostConch)

Last night saw the return of the polarizing Rick and Morty, the warped science fiction themed cartoon from the minds of Justin Roiland (House of Cosbys, Channel 101) and Dan Harmon (Community, Harmontown). Rick and Morty premiered it’s second season on alt. comedy channel Adult Swim with an episode that defies standards and promises an even better second run. 

The strange dynamic we see between Morty Smith and his alcoholic, narcissistic, devil may care scientist Rick Sanchez is challenged once again as chaos ensues in a way only they could manufacture. From the first few minutes, we’re at a standstill. Time has been stopped to clean and fix the house in order to keep peace within the Smith household. Only when time begins again does the problem arise, of course. As time begins to literally fracture and split, creating first two realities, then four, then eight… Rick and Morty along with sister Summer must try to set things right.

I don’t want to give away too much more, as the episode is a true spectacle in terms of animation, concept, and depth. In this return to prime time, we see not only another wacky, crude adventure punctuated by Rick’s belching and Morty’s incessant nervous whining. There is also a redefining of the relationship between the two titular characters through the strangeness. Despite irrefutable mathematical evidence that Morty and Summer are actual, literal shit, Rick finds himself deeply incensed to both, grandfatherly love projected through a broken prism to rain down on Morty.

The clear Doc Brown/Marty McFly parallel is ever present but consistently takes a backseat to deeper, more clearly defined unique characters. Going back to the future is nothing at all for these two, neither is changing the present. Whether or not Rick and Morty becomes the next mammoth adult-oriented cartoon to take television by storm remains to be seen, if it doesn’t,  the outlandish approach to long-standing conventions will remain a legend spoken of in hushed tones in the hallowed halls of cartoon reverence.

Rick and Morty airs on [adult swim] on Sundays at 10 PM 

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