‘Rick and Morty’ Season 5 Episode 2: Mortyplicity Explained


Some shows grow and become sentient as they progress; FUTURAMA had this quintessential virtue of creating a gargantuan storyline while being sensitive about the inculcation of new approaches and avenues for the writers and viewers, making substantially good quality content that ages beautifully. Rick and Morty Season 5 Episode 2, “Mortyplicity,” gives us a critical insight into the situational and charactorial positions of our beloved characters and embarks upon 20mins of sheer hilarity and fun. 

Decoy: You’re a decoy

Decoys don’t make decoys? Or do they? Any sentient Rick would create a new sentient life, proving his god complex, creating an Asimov Cascade, which our characters go through. The Ep Tales from the Citadel had similar notations where an interdimensional Rick was evading the wrath of Evil Morty’s Rick. While there is a slight nonchalant chance of an easy interdimensional cable ep, the creators didn’t shy away from extra work of creating a better episode altogether. We visit each decoy family, and the nuances are brilliant, to say the least.   

Creator said, “The challenge of this episode would be that the family would continue to ask more and more questions as the number of decoy families expanded.

Rick’s God Complex

If something has been established throughout the series is the innate God complex that Rick possesses and his charisma of dictating the world as he seems fine. Here we see God having human emotions, which makes us question how we see him. Yes, he is your I-don’t-give-a-damn who has cloned his daughter, but he hasn’t spared himself either. God succumbed to the emotions of humans is what we see Sanchez become. He creates “decoy” families that are supposed to take the hit if any danger is incoming. God’s complex shatters with the realization that the creation of decoys was more humanizing than the flesh and bones. The inflated feelings of personal ability, privilege, or infallibility are being demolished while rick and Morty allocate everyone in this existentialism. 

Asimov Cascade

The laws stated for robotics by Isac Asimov give us the basis for understanding what really happened. The laws are as follows:-

  • A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  • A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
  • A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law. 

As we see, the first law fails due to the ambiguity in the complicated situations where a clear yes or no is not applicable; the second is simply not acceptable for “decoys”, a law that requires sentient beings to remain as slaves. The Third Law fails because it results in a permanent social stratification, with the vast amount of potential exploitation built into this system of laws. All of this is happening in 20 mins with giving room to Jerry’s varnish craving existentialism. That is a job well done.

Rick V Rick is the final showdown, and the callback is a mark of genius as we see how irrelevant games come to harken the doom. You Should Have Hunted me!

Enjoy the exhilarating run of Rick and Morty Season 5 Episode 2, and just watch it now!

Also Read – ‘Rick and Morty Season 5 Episode 1’ Explained

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Shreshtha Shukla
Shreshtha Shukla
"Thou art the suffering from which unwarranted melancholia emerges" Shreshtha Shukla is a writer, teacher, and a film enthusiast.

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