I’m honestly not even sure where to start with this one. Every now and then, there comes an episode where you just sit there and shake your head and say, “Wait… what?”
I don’t mean that in a bad way. One of the beauties about Rick and Morty is that it is always happy to get the audience out of their comfort zones and, with “Claw & Order,” it’s also getting the characters out of their comfort zones… even the normally unflappable Rick when his precious science is taken away from him by the plot.
Morty guilts Rick into getting him a dragon and, although Morty loves it, Rick hates it and decides to slay it, only instead, Rick ends up bonding with the beast which is against the rules on the world that the dragon is from and, as the grand wizard (wow, that sounds wrong) decides to put the dragon to death, Rick, Morty, and Summer go on a mission to save it.
Meanwhile, Jerry has an adventure with a selfish talking cat.
I guess if I had anything to say about this episode, it’s “Ew.” Given the normally family friendly nature of this blog, I won’t go into too much detail as to what illicits the “ew” but I will say that, when a dragon soul-bonds with a human, they really go all out.
I suppose that, in the age of the internet when even the most innocent thing is sexualized in the dark corners of the web, this sort of thing is to be more and more expected, but still… “Ew.”
“Claw & Order” is all about, as I said, not only getting folks out of their comfort zone, but dousing the comfort zone in kerosene and setting it ablaze. Perhaps it’s also a study into the Classic Trek concept that wanting a thing and having a thing are often not the same thing. It’s not always logical, but it’s often true.
Equally bizarre, but not quite as “ew” was the Jerry and cat story. It was so random and strange, yet thematically went hand in hand with the dragon plot that it fit like a glove.
In any case, it was riotously funny which is really all I hope for from these episodes.
It’s been a stronger than average season for this show and I’m loving every minute of it.