Rick and Morty: Claw and Hoarder: Special Ricktim’s Morty Review
On this week’s episode of Rick and Morty, Claw and Hoarder: Special Ricktim’s Morty, the gang goes on a magical quest with oddly sexual dragons while Jerry (voiced by Chris Parnell) hangs out with a talking cat (voiced by Matthew Broderick).
If all of that sound kind of weird, don’t worry, the episode definitely felt that way. As we catch up with Rick and Morty (both voiced by Justin Roiland) on the run, as usual, Morty is hounding Rick about fulfilling the promise he made to him to get a dragon. Reluctantly, Rick gets Morty gets him a dragon named Balthremar (voiced by Liam Cunningham), who is essentially like a giant cat as he simply wants to lay around, sleep, and hoard strange prized possessions. However, like most things, the second that Balthremar pisses Rick off in the slightest, he’s ready to put an end to Morty’s dream. However, after finding a hallucinatory bond with Balthremar, the two of them end up going on a drug-fueled, high-flying adventure set to Mask Off by Future that leads to them soul-bonding – which is oddly erotic.
Honestly, before this episode, I’ve never seen dragons made to be such erotic creatures and it couldn’t be more hilarious. The initial soul-bonding between Balthremar and Rick is so weird and over the top that you can’t help but to laugh and then to see that their soul-bond makes it so they both feel each other’s pain is just great. From Rick slowly choking after a disgruntled wizard hangs Balthremar to Rick losing vision in his eye because Summer (voiced by Spencer Grammer) accidently shoots Balthremar in the eye trying to cut him down, it’s a solid running joke that consistently funny. Even funnier and weirder, though, is the group of slut dragons the group comes across that are forced to live deep down in their sex caves because of the scrutiny they face above.
At times, it almost felt like a South Park skit with how one of the dragons only wants to have sex with wooly mammoths and the eldest dragon carries a staff with a rubber dildo on top. However, I kind of loved it because it’s a level of raunchiness that’s fun and rarely done in Rick and Morty – and it was hilarious how uncomfortable it made everyone. Even the hatred and lack of care that Rick has for the dragon world’s magic is incredibly funny and it’s a true testament to the comedic power of this show when an episode as strange as this can still find a way to my funny bone.
Where Special Ricktim’s Morty falls flat is once again failing to create anything special with its side plot with Jerry and the talking cat. Frankly I don’t know if this is supposed to be some kind of reference to something or where this idea came from, but it doesn’t come off strong. Broderick is a good voice choice for the character as his calm tone works perfectly, but it’s not given any depth or weight to make it interesting, so it just comes off as boring. The only good part of this plot comes at the end with the reason of the cat being able to talk coming to light – kind of. Rick and Jerry’s reactions are priceless as they see the, I guess, horrifying events that allowed the cat to talk while we can just hear it. It was a little unsatisfying to me at first, but it’s allowed so many fan theories to come out that I’ve come around. Hopefully, we might be able to see the talking cat as well as Balthremar again in the future as the post-credit scene offers the idea of them teaming up for a juicy soul-bond that’s hard to pass up.
So, while the series still struggle to give the rest of the Smith family fun and interesting plots of their own, Rick and Morty have enough raunchy fun with dragons this week to make Claw and Hoarder: Special Ricktim’s Morty a strange yet satisfying episode. It’s mystical, mortyfying, and oddly erotic – a combination that just feels so right with the series.