Rick and Morty: One Crew Over the Crewcoo’s Morty Review
On this week’s episode of Rick and Morty, One Crew Over the Crewcoo’s Morty, the duo gets the crew back together to pull off the most convoluted and contrived heist possible in the most entertaining way imaginable.
Heist movies have become more and more popular throughout the years and Rick (voiced by Justin Roiland) just can’t stand it. He absolutely despises the genre, especially the crew set-ups, so you can only imagine how pissed off he gets when a simple adventure turns into the complicated heist ever assembled. On a more serious note, this episode is essentially one giant spoof on heist movies, especially the Ocean’s series, and it’s one of the smartest and carefully crafted Rick and Morty episodes that I’ve seen. Right from the start, it’s intentions and references are clear with picture in picture editing and continuous montages of crew set ups. Even the dialogue feels straight out of a heist movie and every time Rick locked hands with a new crew member and the words “you son of a bitch” came with it, I laughed my ass off.
There’re a bunch of wacky characters that Rick assembles throughout the episode that range from Ventriloquiver, a puppet archer that can control people by shooting an arrow into them, to Elon Tusk (voiced by Elon Musk), who is basically the same as Musk but with tusks. More importantly, though, this episode marks the long-awaited return of Mr. Poopybutthole, who is now a college professor with some wicked fighting skills. Ooowee it was good to see him again as he was my most anticipated character to see return and he doesn’t disappoint. He immediately made me laugh when he destroys all of his attacking students easily and the post-credit scene with him is great.
What’s really great is the hilarious amount of annoyance that Rick has in getting into HeistCon, which is exactly what you would expect and sounds like. This is where things really kick off with the heist spoof antics and where we get a fun voice cameo from Justin Theroux as a professional thief named Miles Knightley. Being in HeistCon is great for two reason with the first being that Rick’s animosity for conventions is absolutely comical. The way he snaps back at fans who boo him and doesn’t want to enter as fan because of what it signifies to him is great and some solid commentary on pop-culture conventions that it feels like Roiland and co-creator Dan Harmon have been holding back. The second reason is that after their short stint are HeistCon, Rick and Morty (also voiced by Roiland), who is pretty much useless this episode for a specific reason, have a new problem with Rick’s newest robotic creation, Heist-o-Tron.
This new robot that Rick creates to break up Knightley’s heist plan becomes more powerful than Rick, seemingly, expects and begins to heist everything – literally everything. Like Brainiac, he begins to conjure up quite the collection of planets and Rick’s going to put a stop his concise planning he only way he knows how – be random as hell. Rick’s bluntness in this episode is what makes it so damn good and the mental game he essentially plays to put an end to Heist-o-Tron’s heist is just incredible. It’s so convoluted, complicated, and contrive that it’s kind of brilliant. There’s always a point in heist movies where things always just end up being ridiculous and that’s exactly what happens here in the best way possible. If you ever needed proof that Rick is the sadistically complex mastermind that he claims he is, you’ll need no further proof this episode.
What makes One Crew Over the Crewcoo’s Morty truly a top-tier episode, though, is the perfect double-cross that comes right at the end. Throughout the episode, Morty won’t stop talking about this screenplay for a heist movie he is writing that he wants to pitch to Netflix. All of this comes together when Morty actually does pitch it to Netflix reps, which is funny because what he pitches is just the most generic heist movie ever and the Netflix reps just love it, and he ends up backing out because he falls out of love with the genre. While it all seems pretty normal at first, Rick has one more trick up his sleeve and its revealed that this entire episode was planned by Rick to get Morty to hate heist movies. It’s a total Rick move that kind of reminded of Inception, which is totally a heist film, because of how Rick slowly implemented the idea into Morty’s head. It’s a brilliant reveal that I laughed the whole way through and applauded when it finished. Just the image of Rick sitting back with his sunglasses as we see his plan unfold is a perfect surprise twist that continue to give a loving middle finger to Ocean’s series and heist movies in general. Not to mention, this end actually adds more character layers to Rick as we see the lengths he’ll go to keep Morty on his adventures and how lonely he kind of is without him – which makes sense given how the last episode ended. Personally, I get the vibe that this will be a running theme throughout the rest of the season and if it is than I’ll be excited to see where it goes.
Rick and Morty take on the heist genre with One Crew Over the Crewcoo’s Morty and knock it out of the park. It’s probably one of the best spoofs I’ve seen and some of the strongest storytelling and comedy I’ve seen from Roiland and Harmon thus far. It easily sets a new bar for the season that will be tough to overcome, but I have faith, and is a strong contender for one of the best of the series as a whole.