Last June 7th, Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty: The Complete Second Season debuted on Blu-Ray and DVD formats, giving fans of the animated sci-fi comedy series a chance to own the oddball show’s sophomore season and watch the episodes as many times as we want (roughly: way too much.)
For the uninitiated, Rick and Morty is a show that focuses on a scientist named Rick and his young grandson Morty, who both go on dangerous yet fantastic adventures through out the multiverse, all the while trying to cope with the perils of their personal lives. The series has been affectionately described by many fans as Back to the Future crossed with Futurama with a whole lot of crazy thrown in or good measure.
Rick and Morty: The Complete Second Season contains episodes that pick up where the debut season left off, which left time frozen. Many of the episodes devote a bit of time showing the fallout from Rick’s “scientific” pursuits, all the while addressing the tension building between Morty and his big sister Summer. Corollary to this is the characters being split up (literally, figuratively, or both?) between an increasing number of alternate universes as Rick tries to find out what the equally numerous amount of floating felines have to do with the entire thing.
Storywise, there’s nothing to complain about the second season. It continues the series’ trade mark penchance for peppering stories with equal mix of juvenile and smart humor, while sprinkling dashes of sci-fi and pop culture references that are oh-so-familiar with the show’s target audience. Basically, if you liked season 1, you’re going to have to watch the second season.
As for the home video release, it is what is expected of a modern Warner Home Video release, featuring a pristine VC-1 encoded 1080p transfer in 1.78:1. The show’s animation style and use of color lend itself greatly to HD, as it uses crisp (though thankfully not thick enough to look like cheap flash animation) lines and palette choices that lean more towards bright, pastel tones.
Audio was decent and takes full advantage of Dolby TrueHD 5.1, with dialogue sequences solidly heard front and center, while the crazy sound effects you would expect from a sci fi show come out clear and in some cases impressive enough to justify a home theater system (such as when a spaceship crosses the vastness of space, taking full advantage of huge panning effects.)
Of course, it wouldn’t be a worthwhile home video release if there aren’t any extras. In this case, Rick and Morty: The Complete Second Season contains everything you would expect as from a modern home video release, such as deleted scenes and commentaries. But it also has a nice featurette of the season’s premiere party, with live drawing/animation courtesy of series creator Justin Roiland and a performance by the band Chaos Chaos.
All in all, Rick and Morty: The Complete Second Season is a must for any fan of the show as it is a great home video release that justifies the $29.02 price tag (Blu-Ray version), but it can also be recommended to people who are looking for a fresh new sci fi comedy series to sink their teeth into. In which case getting a copy of this along with the first season should be enough to get you up to speed.