This episode is genius-level.
There, I said it.
“Mortyplicity” is a gag-filled rollercoaster, a multi-layered examination of everything from uncaring gods to enlightenment and it’s simply hilarious from beginning to end. This is one of those high-concept free for alls, much like the Plot Train we were given last season, but unlike the Plot Train, this episode doesn’t feel like it’s way up its own hind end and too aware of how high-concept it is.
When Rick learns that a decoy family has been killed by space squids, he takes his family and runs only to discover that something is amiss and nothing is as it appears to be.
That’s it. That’s all I’m telling you because the less you know, the more you’ll enjoy it. Needless to say, this episode eventually delves into philosophy, the question of what is real and what isn’t, and of course… violence. Lots and lots of senseless violence.
Everything about this episode worked. The set up, the veering plot, the pacing, and jokes, and the bigger questions. This is, without a doubt, one of the best episodes of Rick and Morty. Top five at least. Who knows, maybe this new classic could be regarded as the best later down the line?
“Mortyplicity” is an episode that just has to be appreciated. There is palpable skill in its creation and execution, both metaphorical and literal.