Season 6 opens with a big chunk of the cycle, starting right where the previous one left off – with the destruction of Ricks Citadel as well as Rick’s portal gun. While the show has gotten back on track since then, it’s not quite what it used to be. So far, each episode has drawn attention to the fact that Rick doesn’t have a portal gun and can’t teleport whenever he wants.
It’s entirely possible, and rather, that Rick will fix the gate gun sooner rather than later in this very season, but right now this is a really big change to the show’s formula. The multiverse is one of the biggest aspects of “Rick and Morty,” and one of its biggest attractions early on. With the excuse of the multiverse, any single scenario is possible, any odd creature, strange world, and colossal discovery are just a portal away. Of course, this also means that any major plot development or even character development makes no sense, because you can just go to another universe and hit the reset button.
Without the portal gun, season 6 of “Rick and Morty” has focused on making character development advance sci-fi storylines, whereas before that, sci-fi plots promoted other sci-fi plots. character element. Take episode two, there’s a big sci-fi concept of being trapped in a video game that will soon reset and kill you, but makes it all about Rick coming in with his relationship with Morty and both escape their adventure. Likewise, season three uses Beth’s self-awareness and insecurities as a way to explore the idea of being human and what it means to love you.
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