Rick and Morty is currently in its sixth season. With an extremely self-conscious Die Hard parody and a sleepwalking horror-themed episode, Season 6 was the show’s strongest run of episodes in years. Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon’s sci-fi cartoon has come a long way since its debut in 2013.
From Mr. Meeseeks and the Council of Ricks to Beth’s career as a vet and crazy interdimensional cable shows, many of Rick and Morty’s first season concepts have since been scrapped by the writers.
Standard A-Plot and B-Plot Narration
In the early episodes, Rick and Morty established a formula for each episode having a standard A-plot and B-plot, usually with a Simpsons-style family storyline and a Futurama-style extravagant sci-fi storyline.
But the series quickly abandoned this binding formula, and the storytelling became much more experimental in later seasons.
Rick had an active social circle in Season 1, but spent less and less time with his friends in later seasons. His best friend Birdperson was eventually killed and resurrected as Phoenixperson, whom Rick attempts to rehabilitate.
Back in Season 1, Rick invited acquaintances such as Gearhead, Squanchy, and Abradolf Lincler to the rager he started with Morty and Summer while Jerry and Beth were on vacation.
Beth’s Veterinary Career
In the first season of Rick and Morty, Beth had a lucrative career as a veterinarian. She dedicated her life to saving animals, and whole intrigues took place in the horse hospital where she worked. But she hasn’t been back to that horse hospital for a very long time.
These days, Beth’s storylines revolve around her strained relationship with Jerry or her complicated, on-and-off affair with herself, a space warrior.
The family dog
The Season 1 episode “Lawnmower Dog” revolved around the Smiths’ dog, Snuffles, who is treated badly by everyone in the family except Morty. In the episode, Rick implants a device that allows Snuffles to express himself, so Jerry can figure out what the dog needs.
With the help of this device, Snuffles eventually builds himself a mechanical suit, amasses an army of hounds, and takes over Earth. At the end of the episode, he takes this army to another planet and we never hear about it again.
In the Season 1 episode “Meeseeks and Destroy”, Rick gives the family a “Meeseeks Box”, which spawns blue humanoid creatures called Mr. Meeseeks, dedicated to solving any problem its user encounters. Summer, Beth, and Jerry each give their Mr. Meeseeks a specific goal.
Summer and Beth succeed in achieving their abstract and seemingly impossible goals – to be more popular and to find true happiness and fulfillment, respectively – while Jerry fails outright in achieving his seemingly simple goal (to get two strokes out of his golf game), driving her Mr. Meeseeks to madness.
Way back in Season 1, the so-called “Evil Morty” was teased as the series’ big baddie who would break with Morty lore and take down Rick. In Season 6, Evil Morty’s whereabouts are unknown and Rick does not take his threat seriously.
In the Season 6 premiere, after Evil Morty tried to stop Rick from traveling between dimensions, Rick joked that Evil Morty was acting like someone making a fuss of leaving social media .
Jerry’s advertising career
Jerry Smith is traditionally portrayed as a jobless loser, but back in Season 1 he had a thriving career as an advertising executive. His most successful pitch (“Hungry for Apples?”) was in an alien simulation and he was eventually fired from his job.
After that, he was called unemployed, and the show doubled down on Jerry losing his status as one of the main breadwinners.
Summer does not go on an adventure
Over the past few seasons of Rick and Morty, Summer – and Beth and Jerry, for that matter – have had as many interdimensional adventures with Rick as Morty. But back in Season 1, Summer was rarely included in the show’s high-level sci-fi exploits.
Summer only goes on one adventure in Season 1 and not because she’s Rick’s first choice. They travel to a distant planet to find more suitable parents for the half-alien love child Morty fathered with a Gazorpazorpian sex robot.
The Council of Ricks
The first season of Rick and Morty introduced fans to the Trans-Dimensional Council of Ricks, a parody of Marvel Comics’ Interdimensional Reed Council. Instead of alternate versions of Mr. Fantastic, this board is made up of alternate versions of Rick Sanchez.
Rick finally brought down the council and killed most of its members in “The Rickshank Rickdemption”. But there are still alternate Ricks, like the villainous “Rick Prime.”
In the Season 1 episode “Rixty Minutes”, enraged by Earth’s mundane reality TV, Rick sets up a set-top box that picks up TV broadcasts from all over the multiverse. This anthology-style episode got a sequel in Season 2 in which the writers revisited the fan-favorite concept, but the interdimensional cable has only appeared for the occasional Easter egg since then.
At the start of Season 3’s “Morty’s Mind Blowers,” as Rick exposes Morty to all his forgotten mistakes, he breaks the fourth wall and tells the audience, “We’ll do this instead of the interdimensional cable.” »