S4 E19 In the self-repeating season 5 of Rick and Morty, predictable tropes overload

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[Episode theme]

This episode is a part of “RM conquers the podcast universe series”, a series by ten Chinese podcasts, each taking one episode from the latest season of Rick and Morty.

In this episode, we discussed the 8th episode of Season 5 of “Rick and Morty.” This episode reveals the history between Rick and his dear friend Birdperson. In this “Inception” parody, Rick dives into Birdperson’s memory to rescue his consciousness. We talked about the epitome of the characters, and why we are so underwhelmed by season 5 overall, which is stacked with predictable tropes and a derivative of previous seasons.

[Timecode]

2:50 Our first reactions

5:34 A summary of episode 8

7:07 Birdperson vs. Klara in Klara and the Sun

9:58 Birdperson as a manifestation of classic heroism

20:26 Why is Season 5 underwhelming to long-term RM fans? Too many old tropes?

23:58 Are we abusing the usage of nihilism?

27:00 Sci-fi as a genre represents backward ideologies toward race over time

30:35 The Southparkanization of RM - from an apolitical stance to awkward injection of political discussions

39:00 The meta-humor and its toxicity

[Guest introduction]

Wei Ye: an anthropologist who lives in Minnesota; co-creator of TyingKnots, an independent group committed to introducing anthropological perspectives, studies, and engagements to the Chinese-speaking public.

Daniel: a data scientist, a cinephile, and a cyber dumpster diver.

[Audio editor]

Lu Xiaoniao

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