Stay on target You Can Now Pre-Order ‘Dungeons & Dragons Vs. Rick and Morty’ SetToy Tuesday: The Schwiftiest ‘Rick & Morty’ Toys The third season of Rick and Morty premiered on April 1 this year, and creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland made us wait nearly four months for the second episode. Finally, after months of waiting and McDonald’s Szechuan Sauce jokes, season three began in earnest last night. Despite all the fuss about the sauce being Rick’s series arc, there was no mention of it at all last night. Whether Rick’s quest for the Mulan Szechuan sauce will come back at all this season is yet to be seen. We do know that Roiland’s quest is over, though. Holy shit. pic.twitter.com/vNEIfHTmNU— Justin Roiland (@JustinRoiland) July 30, 2017Yes, a McDonald’s chef (what? They have those.) got the company to make a special batch of the Mulan Szechuan sauce, and sent Roiland a gallon of it. And it sounds like they’re planning a giveaway of the stuff to Rick and Morty fans. So it appears a few more people will get to experience what Rick has been obsessing over since 1998. Mmm. I can taste the high-fructose corn syrup already.So now that the sauce once again exists in our universe, the Smith/Sanchez family can get back to dealing with the parents’ impending divorce. How are they taking it? Not well. Jerry, rather than do anything to fight for his family, is putting all his faith into his wife’s lawyer. For now, he’s just accepting the every-other-weekend thing. Beth’s abandonment issues are worse than ever now that her father has broken up her marriage, and the kids are doing everything they can to avoid dealing with it. And this is one of the funniest shows on TV.To avoid dealing with their emotions, Morty and Summer follow Rick through a portal to a post-apocalyptic Mad Max parody world. Rick is on the hunt for a powerful element called Isotope-22. Exactly what he intends to use it for, we don’t know, but it serves its purpose as a MacGuffin that keeps the family in the wasteland. The episode does a surprisingly good job of portraying a family dealing with divorce. It’s an emotionally fraught subject, and Rick and Morty approaches it with nuance and sensitivity in addition to the malfunctioning robots and post-apocalyptic violence. It’s part of what makes the show so great. Its silliness, gross-out humor and high-concept sci-fi stories all serve an emotional core.(Via Adult Swim)As the episode goes on, it becomes clear that both Summer and Morty are using the wasteland to deal with their feelings about their parents’ divorce. Summer is more overtly acting out, taking every opportunity to kill and maim in the wasteland. When she’s offered a chance to join the tribe of murderers, she happily accepts. It’s clear to Morty that she’s trying to hide from her problems at home, but it doesn’t occur to him that he’s doing the same thing. By pretending everything’s normal, he’s unhealthily suppressing his emotions. It’s not until Rick, to steal a bigger rock of Isotope-22, enters Morty in the Blood Dome (along with muscle memory stolen from a dead warrior’s arm) that his rage can come out. We learn that he’s angry at his father for giving up so easily, and he uses the Blood Dome to take out his feelings on any challengers.Even Rick isn’t handling the divorce well, despite causing it. He admits as much in this episode, which was already full of great character-building. Even though he constantly lets his grandkids know they’re replaceable, he goes out of his way to bring them back. He says it’s because building convincing robots would take too much work, but it’s clear he does care about them at least a little. (He does try to build those robots, though. Twice. Both times, they begin to gain sentience and are murdered. It’s hilarious both times.) He even helps Morty deal with his anger (by helping him drown a man in his bathtub), and cures Summer’s nihilism by turning the apocalyptic wasteland into a boring suburb. In the end, Morty accepts that he has to live his life even if his dad is too spineless to fight to be a part of it. Summer accepts the situation enough to give her dad a housewarming gift. (It’s a skull.)(Via Adult Swim)While it wasn’t quite as insane as April’s premiere, this episode was Rick and Morty at its best. I loved the use of the wasteland to explore how kids deal with divorce. Each character (even Jerry) saw some amount of growth, which is rare for an animated comedy. This show’s use of insane science fiction, dirty jokes and hilarious violence to explore real character drama continues to be astounding. Rick and Morty is back on TV, and it’s the best it’s ever been. Absolutely worth the two-year wait.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.