Creator/star Justin Roiland promises that Rick and Morty season 6 is a return to the show’s original form and admits season 5 was “a weird one.”
After the divisive season 5, creator/star Justin Roiland says that Rick and Morty season 6 is a return to the show’s original form. Roiland co-created the animated comedy series with Community creator Dan Harmon based on the former’s Back to the Future parody short. Rick and Morty centers on the titular mad scientist and his grandson as they go on multiversal adventures with the help of his interdimensional portal gun and flying car, often to the chagrin of Rick’s daughter Beth, son-in-law Jerry and granddaughter Summer.
Alongside Roiland, who voices both of the eponymous characters, the cast for Rick and Morty includes Sarah Chalke as Beth, Chris Parnell as Jerry and Spencer Grammer as Summer. Since its premiere on Adult Swim in 2013, the animated series has scored widespread critical acclaim, garnering two Primetime Emmy Award wins for Outstanding Animated Program, while also being a major ratings hit for the network and spawning a multimedia franchise. Despite its major fan following, some have taken issue with recent Rick and Morty seasons, including the creatives behind the show itself, though the latter are promising a better future for the show.
While speaking with IGN at San Diego Comic-Con, Justin Roiland offered some insight for what’s to come from Rick and Morty season 6. The creator/star admitted to having mixed feelings about season 5, citing the loss of line producer J. Michael Mendel as having influenced the “weird” season, and promised that season 6 is a return to the show’s original form. See what Roiland shared below:
“Season 5 was a weird one. We lost Mendel. It was tough. We were thrown for a loop. That was… yeah. If I talk anymore, I’ll start crying. I will say that it’s a bit more canonical. It really rewards fans of the show that have been watching up to this point…So it’s like, I think we’re kind of finally back into the rhythm of Rick and Morty, and I think Season 6 is… I didn’t particularly think Season 5 was bad, but Season 6 is f—-ng amazing. It really is a f—-ng quality season.”
As Roiland indicates, Rick and Morty season 5 saw a much more mixed reception from audiences, scoring its first “Rotten” audience score on Rotten Tomatoes with a 55 percent approval rating, while critics remained positive with another “Certified Fresh” rating of 95 percent. While previous seasons of the show did toy with a more serious tone, it was clear season 5 had a much more dramatic approach to its story and characters than the past, namely the Inception-like episode into Birdperson’s mind as Rick tried to save him and the episode in which Rick replaces Morty with two crows as his partner. Rick and Morty season 5 still delivered on some of the wackier elements of previous episodes, as seen in the Tremors-inspired “Rickdependence Spray” and the Hellraiser parody “Amortycan Grickfitti,” but audiences clearly weren’t as impressed as they once were.
With Roiland citing the first two seasons of the series as his favorites for the “silliness and fun” that came from the writers’ room and promising Rick and Morty season 6 to be “f—-ng amazing,” those who had mixed opinions on season 5 should find some anticipation in the show’s upcoming return. Given season 5 memorably ended with Evil Morty eliminating the Central Finite Curve and rendering Rick no longer the smartest man in the universe, the door has been opened for the show to not only explore the serious consequences of this move, but also the wackier possibilities of Rick trying to reclaim his status in the universe. Only time will tell if audiences agree with Roiland when Rick and Morty season 6 premieres on Adult Swim on September 4.
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