The upcoming fifth season of world-renowned Adult Swim television show Rick and Morty (Season 5) looks like it will be changing up its formula somewhat if the second trailer is anything to go by.
Long-time fans of Rick and Morty will be used to being shocked and pushed outside of their comfort zones.
The show is quite unlike anything that has come before it; beginning as a comedic animated spoof on sci-fi culture and tropes, it has evolved into something so much more that includes social commentary and genuine thought-provoking moments.
It can’t have been easy, but the show and its creator’s ability to seamlessly meld complex and profound issues, all while being able to maintain a comedic overtone and deliver big laughs consistently, has made Rick and Morty one of the most popular animated television shows on the planet.
While fans of the show generally have to wait long periods between seasons because series creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon refuse to be rushed or bullied into releasing new episodes before they are happy with them.
However, there is always plenty of new Rick and Morty content to keep fans interested and engaged.
Rick And Morty Season 5’s trailer is here
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For example, along with the second trailer for season 5, Adult Swim also released a new short film featuring Rick and Morty using graphics inspired by old-school 18-bit side-scrolling games called Rick and Morty in the Eternal Nightmare Machine.
There is also the very popular virtual reality video game Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality, and there is even an official Rick and Morty slot game at Megaways Slots.
Even though long-time Rick and Morty fans will be accustomed to chaos, the actual construction of each episode of the show has been quite formulaic in the first four seasons.
Generally, each episode features Morty travelling around the universe on a crazy adventure with Rick, while the rest of the family is featured in a background story that is way less dramatic and wild.
However, the clips from the second trailer for season 5 of Rick and Morty indicate this could all be about to change.
Most of the antics from the trailer involve all five members of the Rick and Morty family, suggesting that Summer, Beth, and Jerry are likely to be featured in bigger, more family-centric episodes and not left out on the sidelines anymore.
Not only are the family pretty much always together in the trailer, they even go as far as showing a scene where Rick comments on how the Smith family look working together.
Stuff’s going to get very strange in Rick And Morty’s next season
Make no mistake, this is highly out of character for Rick, so as well as hinting at a new formula, it also strongly indicates something weird going on, and things might not be as they seem.
A new formula would be a welcome change of pace for Rick and Morty, not because the old one has become tired but because the show has built its reputation for keeping people on its toes, and this would be a great way to do that. It is also something they have been steadily building towards over time, like when they experimented with sending Summer along with Rick and Morty on one of their adventures in season 4.
It was well-received by fans and allowed Roiland and Harmon to explore a never-before-seen side of Summer’s character.
That is now something they can expand upon while doing the same thing with Beth and Jerry.
It’ll be interesting to see if there is still a B-plot featuring characters outside the Smith family.
Excitement and anticipation of the new season could not be any higher.
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