Wubba-lubba-dub-dub Wisecrack, Jared here.
You’ve probably noticed the internet has blown up talking about the season 3 premiere of
Rick and Morty: The Rickshank Redemption.
But rather than focusing on the fact that Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon
pulled off quite possibly the greatestanti April Fool’s prank of all time
everyone can’t stop talking about that sweetRick:Szechuan sauce and it’s delicious
Is the show doing something more profound than just invoking a totally random promotional
condiment from the Clinton era?
This sauce is [beep] amazing.Absolutely.
And we’re here to break it down for you.
Welcome to this Wisecrack Edition on the Philosophy of Szechuan Sauce.
We’ve talked about the existential themes in Rick and Morty before.
Between Rick’s creations despairing over their existence
What is my purpose?You pass butter.
Oh, my god.
Persistent resentment towards one’s creators.
What the heck? You brought me into this worldthat suffering abomination
and Morty’s unique life philosophy
Nobody exists on purpose. Nobody belongs anywhere. Everybody’s gonna die.
They’re not exactly hiding it.
Oh, my god. No.
The show has also dabbled in a sort of relative to existentialism known as “Absurdism.”
According to French philosopher Albert Camus, we live a cruel and absurd existence.
Humans are cursed with seeking meaning in a universe that will forever remain silent
and the image of a guy pushing a boulder up a mountain for all eternity is
the perfect metaphor for the human condition.
In the spirit of Camus, Rick and Morty paints an absurd, meaningless multi-verse.
Rick, accordingly, has a long history of trivializing everything.
Nothing you do matters. Your existence is a lie.
He doesn’t believe in things like love
What people call love is just a chemical reaction that compels animals to breed.
（听好了 科学点说 传统就是一件很愚蠢的事）
Well, scientifically traditions are an idiot thing.
Rick’s companionship with Morty is, allegedly, only a means for Rick
to hide his brainwaves from the government.
In the Rickshank Redemption, we see similar themes: the arbitrary nature of our social systems,
（等等 谁给我钱来吼这个人我能回答你 如果给钱的话）
Wait, who’s paying me to yell at this guy?I can answer that, for money.
We have infinite grandkids. You’re trying to use Disney bucks at a Caesar’s Palace here.
and the pointlessness of it all.
You’re not sure what you do for a living.You can make your own rules
That we live in a meaningless world is an idea held by both absurdism and existentialism,
but the transition from the end of season 2 to the premiere of season 3 really solidifies
Rick and Morty as an “absurd” work.
（他是间谍 炸了他 我去拉屎）
He’s a spy, blow him up. I’m gonna go take a shit.
It does so by dangling meaning and hope in front of us, only to rip it to shreds.
Something notable happens at the end of season 2.
Rick takes a break from his sociopathic shenanigans to have an authentic, heartfelt moment at
Birdperson is my best friend, and if he loves Tammy, well, then I love Tammy too.
to friendship, to love,
and to my greatest adventure yet
opening myself up to others.
But the show undercuts it when we learn that Tammy is a spy.
What makes this part special is that Rick’s flirtation with being a normal, caring, person.
It’s undercut by an outside force, not his own cynicism.
This is further explored at the end of the episode.
After the family is forced into hiding from the Galactic Federation,
Rick overhears the hardships he’s created for them.
In a moment of seeming anguish,
Rick turns himself over to the Federation.
（为了银河系 我才打电话给你 所以）
I’m doing what’s right for the galaxy by calling you, so
If we come back to earth, can my family have a normal life?
and will likely spend the rest of his days in prison.
In sacrificing himself, the finale suggests Rick is wrestling with something
he’s never dealt with: living with meaning.
尽管瑞克一直觉得爱 生活 等等一切都毫无意义
Given complete knowledge of the meaninglessness of love, life, etc,
he chose to do right by his family regardless.
The cliffhanger teases a possible shift in the show’s existential themes.
This idea of creating meaning in a meaningless world is one championed by many existentialists,
but firmly rejected by Camus.
This crossroads for the show parallels a beatCamus had with a particular thinker,
one who regularly contributes to my existential angst boners – Fyodor Dostoevsky.
Camus writes that authors, like Dostoevsky, often propose absurd worlds with characters
who understand the frivolity of life, only to chicken out and retreat to the comfort
of meaning- like religion n’ shit.
Dostoevsky’s problem, for Camus, is that he offers a reply to the absurd
some form of meaning.
然而 相反的 作为荒诞作品 不该做出回应
Whereas “an absurd work, on the contrary, does not provide a reply.”
Existentialists like Jean-Paul Sartre or Dostoevsky may realize the absurdity of existence,
but their analysis fails by resorting to hope, or trying to create meaning.
Camus said of them: “they deify what crushes them
and find reason to hope in what impoverishes them.”
At the end of season 2, we may have thought the the show would make a similar retreat
into meaning and sentimentality, but with the release of The Rickshank Redemption,
we now know this is not the case at all.
Instead, it doubles down on the absurd.
Not only was Rick’s imprisonment a ploy
Why would Rick Sanchez turn himself in?
（这个嘛 我只是个笨虫 但瑞克可能早就知道他会被这个设备审问）
Well, I’m just a dumb-ass bug, but it’s possible Rick knew he’d be interrogated in this facility
where we not only keep our most wanted butour most sensitive data.
but the show replies to our prospect of a humanized
Rick with a journey that will be darker than ever.
（哦 以后会更黑暗 莫蒂 欢迎来到冒险最黑暗的一年）
Oh, it gets darker. Morty, welcome to the darkest year of our adventures.
And if just to fuck with us even more, much of Rickshanks’s comedy is not derived
from joking about life’s meaningless like previous episodes, but rather,
but rather the biggest jokes are largely derived from our attempts to draw meaning.
Where are we going? To the day it all began and ended,
the moment that changed everything.
For example, when Rick explores the memory of him creating the portal gun,
we learn that Beth and Diane were brutally murdered,
turning Rick from a family man to a deranged loner scientist.
Your typical tragic Walter White-style anti-hero origin story
that would give meaning to his madness.
This baits the audience to empathize with Rick.
But the joke’s on you, it’s all a ruse.
True, but you can alter anything you want about a totally fabricated origin story.
So it’s not just that Rick and Morty evades meaning.
The writers seem to get a perverse joy in playing with our desire to search for hope and meaning,
as if Camus was making his point in the style of an internet troll.
In another instance, Rick saves Earth from the brave new world inspired Galactic Federation.
We may be tempted to say that Rick did this fora greater good,
to liberate earth from their alien oppressors.
However, Summer’s comment suggests that thenew world order doesn’t sound too good, either.
Oh, my god. Nancy says they’re drawing andquartering aliens in the school courtyard.
and it technically counts as patriotism.
In other moments, the idea that Rick cares about Morty and Summer is also toyed with.
We have your Morty and Summer.
First, Rick seems to care, as he rushes to rescue Morty and Summer
after learning they’re imprisoned by the council of Ricks.
Rick then exhibits a casual disregard for Summer’s life in his stand-off with another Rick,
Why not shoot through her?
The risk to me is minimized if I wait for you to shoot her
which I’m encouraging you to do.
but we learn it was all part of a well-crafted strategy.
Finally, the whole Rick-caring-theory disintegrates again
as he explains he only saved them so thatBeth doesn’t kick him out of the house.
Your mom wouldn’t have accepted me if I came homewithout you and your sister.
So now you know the real reason I rescued you.
which finally brings us to the Szechaun Sauce.
Rick isn’t motivated by family, or justice, or love,
but only that MuLan McNugget sauce
The show, undercutting even the most promising attempt to give Rick a sense of morality,
doubles-down by suggesting that his entire series arc will be his quest for
a forgotten promotional food item.
（那才是我想要的 莫蒂 它就是一切）
That’s what this is all about, Morty. That’s my one-armed man.
I’m not driven by avenging my dead family, Morty.
That was fake. I was driven by finding that McNugget sauce.
I want that Mulan McNugget sauce, Morty.
But is this really what drives Rick?
The only thing Rick’s love of Szechuan sauce means, is that it means nothing.
The quest for Szechuan sauce isn’t creating meaning,
it’s a reflection of the absurdity
of being driven by, well, anything.
Given the utter void of meaning in the world,
why not dedicate yourself to an absurd quest
for plum-flavored McNugget sauce?
Why not spend 9 whole seasons doing it?
For Jesus nine seasons.
Why not 97 years?
97 more years, Morty.
The quest for mcnugget sauce is meaningful
only in that its a joke about meaninglessness
Camus says that any figure who understands and finds happiness in the pointless of
it all is an “Absurd hero.”
The absurd hero must not only be happy with life’s absurdity, but fully comprehend the
cosmic indifference that surrounds him,
he calls it “lucid indifference”
And this all seems a lot like Rick.
And these babies just saved this lame-ass part-ay.
A man who’s knowledge of the vast multiverse,
where everything terrible and good can and has happened,
defines his existence.
What about the reality where Hitler cured cancer, Morty.
A man who reduces our basic morals to genetic programming.
A man who, in spite of being able to accomplish anything, only yearns for Szechuan sauce.
There’s also one important difference between Camus’ absurd hero and Rick Sanchez:
Absurd heroes find happiness in the absurd.
But as we know, Rick is in great pain.
Morty, do you know what Wubba lubba dub dub means?
In my people’s tongue, it means I am in great pain.
Maybe Rick’s actual arc will not be to give more shits,
or be nicer to his family,
but to actually enjoy the absurdity of it all.
So is the April Fool’s joke the fact that they actually dropped the episode
exactly when they said they would?
Turn into Rick and Morty season 3 in like,
a year and a half.
Or is the real joke the prospect of Rick finding meaning,
aka the Szechuan sauce.
Essentially, if you thought Rick’s self sacrifice was an indication of
意味着关心家人 正义 或者是你想到的其他事
a belief in family justice, or anything, for that matter.
You’ve been had.
There’s tits a lot more where that came from to.
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