Over the weekend, Rick and Morty fans had the opportunity to do what Rick Sanchez has been unable to do on the series so far: get their hands on the limited edition Szechuan sauce that was released by McDonald’s in 1998 as a cross-promotion with Disney’s Mulan. It seems like a clever enough promotion by McDonald’s, but they were woefully unprepared for the demand from Rick and Morty fans for the coveted sauce.
Find out about the McDonald’s Szechuan sauce shortage below.
io9 rounded up the experiences that some unhappy fans had over the weekend as they tried to get ahold of the Szechuan sauce. McDonald’s locations had hundreds of fans show up to get their hands on some sauce, but the amount available was even more limited than many thought.
First of all, the sauce was only available in tiny packets, the same that ketchup usually comes in. McDonald’s locations received anywhere from 20 sauce packets to 70 sauce packets, which was nowhere near enough to satisfy the appetite of Rick and Morty fans. The limited edition posters were even less abundant. Nice job, Jerry.
Cops are at Wellington McDonalds where tons of angry people lined up for hrs for Rick and Morty Szechuan sauce only to learn they had none pic.twitter.com/3T272osid4
Even in the less populated areas, demand was infinitely higher than what was available. Here in the Midwest, I intended to make an attempt at getting some of the sauce, but roughly 300 people showed up to the location in South Bend, Indiana and there were only 20 sauce packets available and two Szechuan sauce posters made available.
While it was troubling to hear reports that some McDonald’s employees were trying to sell the sauce under the table, that wasn’t nearly as upsetting as the fact that some bad apples felt this was a big enough problem to start fights, with some locations having police involved in the fallout that followed.
McDonald’s heard how angry Rick and Morty fans were, and they responded online with this tweet:
So if you didn’t get your hands on Szechuan sauce this past weekend, you’ll get your chance this winter, and you won’t have to wait in line with hundreds of other people to get your hands on it (or pay stupid amounts of money to get it). Winter may be a couple months away, but at least it’s not nine seasons away.
“Boy, Morty. I really Cronenberg-ed the world up, didn’t I?” —Rick
It’s nothing new for a TV show to reference pop culture, including famous and iconic films and TV programs—in fact, it’s kind of a right of passage. The Simpsons, Family Guy, and South Park have done it so much that referential jokes make up a decent percentage of their punchlines, but when Rick and Morty came along they took it to a whole new level—the show didn’t just dole out a bunch of movie references, it became the reference.
Aside from being a giant animated parody of Back to the Future, Rick and Morty has referenced a ton of great films and TV shows, namely ones sci-fi fans love and hold dear to their hearts. If you’re curious to see which ones are referenced, this Fandor supercut has got what you’re aching for.
Keeping with its genre, Rick and Morty tends to reference films and shows that are based in the realm of science fiction. As you can see from the list below, just about all of the titles are sci-fi or have sci-fi elements.
“Nobody exists on purpose. Nobody belongs anywhere. Everybody’s gonna die. Come watch TV.” —Morty
Rick and Morty is one of the strangest hit shows to come out in quite a while.The Back to the Future parody sci-fi cartoon series takes audiences along on the adventures of a slobbering mad scientist and his anxiety-ridden grandson, and though the journies of these twisted Doc Brown and Marty McFly characters may be absurd in content, they’re anything but in structure.
In this video, James Hayes of FilmInTheMaking breaks down how Rick and Morty creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland approach telling some of the wildest stories on TV by using a simple story structure concept called the “story circle” inspired by Joseph Campbell’s monomyth.
Harmon and Roiland’s approach to storytelling looks a lot like Campbell’s monomyth—and not just because they’re both depicted as circles. They both have:
July Loot Crate DX unboxing featuring Rick and Morty & more!
ComingSoon.net is enhancing its Loot Crate coverage this month with an unboxing gallery for their premium Loot subscription box (which arrived late to subscribers due to a customs issue). The July Loot Crate DX theme is “Animation” and contains exclusive items from franchises including Rick and Morty, Bob’s Burgers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Futurama. Check out the DX unboxing in our gallery below, along with July’s standard Loot!
Loot Crate has also revealed its August theme: “Kingdom.” Loot Crate’s premium crate (DX) will feature upgraded “Kingdom DX” items from Dungeons & Dragons, Dragon Age: Inquisition and The Legend of Zelda. Containing four to six items with a retail value of over $ 100 dollars, the DX crate subscription starts at $ 49.99 a month.
With August’s standard Loot Crate you’ll get items tied in with hit fantasy franchises like The Lord of the Rings, Adventure Time and The Legend of Zelda. Subscriptions for the standard Loot subscription box start at $ 15.99 a month.
Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality is a new VR game available on the HTC Vive and Oculus + Touch that allows you to enter the wild world of Adult Swim’s animated series. Check out the Rick and Morty VR trailer below to see what kind of adventures you can have.
The Rick and Morty VR game takes the premise of the popular VR game Job Simulator and combines it with the Adult Swim animated series created by Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland. Owlchemy Labs (who designed Job Simulator) worked with Adult Swim Games on the project, but they were given a lot of creative freedom with the game.
You’re given the point-of-view of a clone of Morty helping Rick with various experiments by solving puzzles and completing tasks, all while following the directions of the perpetually drunk Rick. At first, tasks include doing laundry or repairing the spaceship, but IGN notes that “scenarios get more involved as you go, and developer Owlchemy does a good job of keeping the pacing up by cycling through several hallmark VR tasks like solving puzzles, environmental exploration, and the occasional shooting gallery.”
Aside from the experience of pretending you’re inside the world of Rick and Morty, perhaps the most appealing aspect of this game is the all-new dialogue recorded by the show’s voice talent for the two to three hour total game experience, including Justin Roiland, Dan Harmon, Spencer Grammer, Chris Parnell and Sarah Chalke.
If you’re wondering if Virtual Rick-ality is worth your time and the $ 30 price tag, here’s what IGN says:
Virtual Rick-ality does a great job emulating the dark humor of the source material, even if it occasionally overindulges in its self-awareness. Smart use of well-established VR minigame mechanics guides you through the experience, and aside from some slight issues navigating the space on a two-sensor Oculus Rift setup, these familiar and fun activities mesh well with the amusing efforts of the writing team and cast. Rick & Morty’s first foray into virtual reality is not only a solid VR experience, but the duo’s strongest attempt at translating the spirit of the show into a game yet.
Even though the internet was full of April Fools Day shenanigans yesterday, there was one surprise that wasn’t a stupid joke. The third season of Rick and Morty had a surprise premiere on Adult Swim last night, airing on a loop for a few hours before the channel went back to their regularly scheduled programming. If you missed it, you still have a chance to see it later today on the Adult Swim website (or you can seek it out yourself online where fans are posting links all over the place). However, there’s a theory that this might not be the real season premiere, and there is actually some evidence to support that theory.
Let’s take a closer look.
For those who missed the third season premiere of Rick and Morty, you’ll have at least one more official chance to catch the episode. Right now, the Adult Swim streaming website is airing a marathon of every single episode leading up to the third season premiere. But you’ll have to wait patiently for the episode to debut after sitting through the two season run (so far). As we’re publishing this, the marathon is in the middle of the second season, so you may still have time to catch it. Otherwise, you’ll have to watch it through other means elsewhere online. We won’t link to any of those episodes since they’re pirated, but you won’t have to look too far to find a good stream of the episode.
The season premiere is called “The Rickshank Redemption”, and while we don’t want to spoil anything that happens in the episode, in order to discuss the details of the theory that this episode wasn’t the real season premiere, we have to dive into some details. So if you’d rather not know anything about the season premiere of Rick and Morty, don’t read beyond the image below. But if you’ve already seen the episode or don’t care about spoilers, we’ll explain.
Where Was the Pickle Escape?
The season premiere picks up where the second season finale left off and we find Rick imprisoned by the Galactic Federation. Nathan Fillion voices an alien from the Galactic Federation sent into a virtual reality prison in which Rick’s mind is being kept with the intention of learning the secret of Rick’s portal gun. However, as we saw in the episode “M. Night Shaym-Aliens!”, Rick is an expert in manipulating virtual reality, and he uses the prison to create a fake origin story of the portal gun in order to escape.
The escape of the Galactic Federation prison is what has some fans thinking that this season premiere, although it appears to be a real episode, is actually an elaborate April Fools’ Day joke. Why? Well, at San Diego Comic-Con last summer, this early animatic was shown as a sneak preview of the third season:
The clip features Rick as a pickle escaping some kind of imprisonment. Some people believed that this was how Rick would escape the Galactic Federation prison, and when none of this sequence showed up in the season premiere, that’s what got fans wondering if all of this was how Rick escaped in another dimension but not the “real” timeline.
However, Occam’s Razor tells us that the simplest explanation tends to be the correct one, and it seems clear that the pickle escape is actually in an episode that we haven’t seen yet. Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland explained as much when they talk about the above clip during their panel from Comic-Con, starting at the 17:57 mark in this video:
In addition, Adult Swim teased that pickle episode arriving this summer on their Facebook page yesterday with this clip:
So while the pickle escape may not be an indicator that the season premiere of Rick and Morty takes place in an alternate dimension (which we’ve seen several times before in the show), there is one other cue that could indicate it’s in another dimension. Check out how the ending of the third season premiere (left) compares to the end of the pilot of the show (via Heavy.com):
There’s plenty of parallels between the two scenes, enough that this could easily be taking place in another dimension. But there’s another theory that actually makes a little more sense and could make for an interesting twist in the show.
Could Rick Still Be in Prison?
Some fans on Reddit think that this episode is all part of Rick’s virtual reality prison. Perhaps everything that’s happening is all an elaborate ruse to still get Rick to divulge the secret of the portal gun. Making Rick think he got away with tricking the Galactic Federation would be the best way to turn Rick’s smarts around on him.
This theory comes from the fact that some fans think that the ending of the season premiere doesn’t have any character development for Rick and basically undoes everything that happened by the end of the second season. The ending of the episode actually almost acts as a reboot that allows Rick and Morty to go on wild adventures again, with Rick revealing that he’s on a never-ending quest to get back McDonald’s Mulan-inspired promotional Szechuan dipping sauce, scaring his grandson all over again.
The case for Rick still being in prison makes even more sense when you consider the fact that everything in this episode went in Rick’s favor a little too easily, right down to getting rid of Jerry in the form of a divorce from his daughter Beth in addition to getting to go on adventures with Morty.
Then again, it could just be a way of showing us that Rick really is still just a selfish man who has been doing everything he can to fuel his love of that Szechuan dipping sauce, which works as another layer to Rick’s alcoholism. After all, in that Comic-Con video above, Dan Harmon indicates that they have an episode that’s entirely about alcoholism though booze isn’t mentioned once. Could this be that episode?
Either way, what matters is that we got a new episode of Rick and Morty last night, and we’ll be getting even more at some point this summer.
Here’s an April Fools’ joke you’ll like: Fans of the series Rick and Morty have been waiting more than one year, but Adult Swim finally aired a new episode of the show Saturday.
Available to viewers in the U.S. and other “select locations,” the Season 3 premiere is set to play on loop until midnight ET and PT as part of the channel’s April Fools’ prank. Viewers are advised to get their adult sci-fi fix of mad scientist Rick and his grandson Morty while they can.