WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for “Never Ricking Morty,” the sixth episode of Rick and Morty Season 4.
It’s no secret that Rick and Morty has often found Rick Sanchez taking big jabs at religion. As an atheist, he often belittles people for believing in God, wanting them to focus on bigger things such as science and invention.
So much so, he has a god complex of his own and often comes off as the ultimate creator. Apart from multi-dimensional traveling, he builds devices to change the multiverse and he even makes worlds that revere him so it’s easy to see why Rick thinks this way. However, in Season 4’s sixth episode, “Never Ricking Morty,” Rick makes a shocking move by bringing Jesus in as his sidekick to beat a new villain he can’t overcome.
This happens when the Story Lord captures Rick and Morty aboard the toy “Story Train” and extracts the best stories from their minds. He wants to ensure the show’s writers have all they need to keep churning out the anthology, whether or not the duo agree to it. But as he sucks the creative energy out from Rick and Morty, when they enter a desert-like reality, with Evil Morty and an army bearing down on them, rather than give the Story Lord an adventure that’ll make the show better, Rick encourages Morty to pray.
They summon Christ which starts messing with the Story Lord’s controls, including his story potential, narrative energy, marketability, relatability and mass appeal. Rick knows no one wants to see this sort of thing on TV, especially with their show, and this leads to Biblesaurus and other religious cartoon characters appearing. This draws Story Lord into the realm, but Rick’s plan works to perfection as this summons the perfect inventor in Christ. It’s the greatest story ever told in his opinion and as Story Lord is blown away by Christ’s abs, Rick and Morty jump through the portal and seal it.
They can be themselves again after getting “all that meta-canon shit outta the way,” and while Morty feels it’s an offensive cheap shot to religion, Rick tells him to get over himself. He indicates Jesus literally saved them from a villain they couldn’t defeat, so it sticks true to the essence of the Bible, or as Rick says, the living hell he thinks the book represents. However, Jesus isn’t killing Story Lord or causing havoc; he’s just listening to the villain’s take on man-made religion and how he’s being fabricated. He’s intrigued and promises to break out to investigate more and as he calls on the “Father of Omens” to give him “Blood Beyond Sight” — a nod to Lion-O of ThunderCats — it’s way too much religion, which causes the train to crash.
By that time, though, Rick and Morty are alive and well in the real world, because the train is just a meta plot device, apparently holding their minds for the creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon (who both are embodied in the Story Lord) to mine. It leads to Rick arguing with Morty about buying another train as they have to give into consumerism during the COVID-19 era. But one has to wonder if the show will actually follow continuity and bring Jesus back at some point. He’s alive, has immense powers and Rick wants to buck the anthology trend so this would feel like the series is tying episodes together.
Created by Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, the second half of Ricky and Morty Season 4 airs Sundays on Adult Swim. Seasons 1 through 3 are available to stream on Hulu.
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