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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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Advertising Has Shown Me the Mirror of Time

by Anthony Wetmore (@TheMisterPipes, GhostConch)

Something a little strange to start off your NerdHall Monday.

Early this morning I was waiting in an office, naturally a television was playing the early news, nothing to out of the ordinary until there was a pause for commercial break. Still not having looked I was drawn in not by the flashy, yet responsible looking family SUV by Honda weirdly dubbed “Pilot”, but a stray, almost disinterested delivery of the opening line to Weezer’s “Buddy Holly”. Within the 30 seconds, the entire Honda family has half-sung through to the chorus, unaware of the chills they bestowed upon me, and the clicking wheels within my brain. 

“Why would this child pull this twenty-one year old song seemingly from the blue?” (pun unintended) Then it struck me, though the age appropriate parents seemed far older to me, they were looking to grab my attention. Not me personally of course, my tinfoil hat is always firmly in place, but my age category. 

Intoning the words of a young Rivers Cuomo to somehow send out a signal to those just entering post-collegiate life, the workforce, or some other personal money/home making endeavor. Isn’t it time you found your “Mary Tyler Moore”? Isn’t it time you leave the hallowed halls of “Whatsamatta U” find your shoes and get in a Honda and pilot a Pilot, kids and Grandpa in tow? 

Perhaps none of this is the case and they just found the Weezer track to be catchy, recognizable and comforting enough to get you into a 2016 Pilot, but deep within me I know that is probably not the case. Or perhaps I should take up marketing and overthink each ad to perfection. They could have easily used something from a further gone era to evoke deeper nostalgia as well as something more recent for a strangely similar effect. Either way, I’m goin’ surfin’, I’m still afloat.

A thank you to Honda for making me question several aspects of life and how we live it with the simple commission of a song that effects me on apparent deep levels, arising suspicion enough to provide you with this nervous musing.

This is no way an endorsement from Honda, though that would be pretty sweet. 

[Commercial care of Honda’s YouTube: http://bit.ly/1KGX9Fg]

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