The new Adult Swim phenomenon Rick And Morty is coming back for a second season. It should come as no surprise that the series was renewed so quickly for anyone who has seen it, the show is freakin’ brilliant. Co-created by Justin Roiland and Community mastermind Dan Harmon, the show centers around the relationship between the anxiety-ridden teenager Morty and his alcoholic genius inventor uncle, Rick Sanchez. The initially presents itself as a crass parody of Back to the Future before revealing itself to be a fully realized world of science fiction, satire and a little bit of heart. It’s less Aqua Teen and more Futurama.
(That iPad game? It’s real now.)
So what can we expect for Season 2? Well for starters, the relationship of Morty’s parents Beth (Sarah Chalke) and Jerry (Chris Parnell) is back on the decline. Despite the mending that took place in the popular improv-humor-laden alternate-reality TV episode, the couple is on the outs in one of Chalke’s “favorite episodes”. “Rick gets fed up”, explained Roiland at NY Comic Con, “and says ‘alright, that’s it, you motherf***ers are going to couples therapy” before whisking them off for an intergalactic therapy.
In fact, much of Season 2 will be intergalactic. Whereas the first season put a lot of focus on Rick using new contraptions or dragging Morty away from his home life into other dimensions, the second outing will be a more expanded, interplanetary outing. The creators explain that there will be a lot of interplanetary travel, a bit more multidimensional travel and though they have been avoiding the “obvious” time travel Back to the Future references, there are still “some time issues that you can look forward to”.
Though Rick And Morty doesn’t shy away from being self-referential, don’t expect any characters like Mr. Meeseeks to return quite yet. In an interview with Den of Geek, Dan Harmon described one of his biggest challenges working on his hit series Community:
Harmon: We’re a little worried about the curse of Community, which is that if you do do a call back or exhibit some continuity, even if it’s not deliberately inside, even if it functions on its own, then the critics say, “Oh there’s this thing, it’s called The Human Being or Annie’s Boobs,” and then somehow the culture gets created that the show isn’t appropriate for new viewers, which isn’t true. I watched that happen to Community and I’m like, “C’mon, no. This show would be fine to watch [with] the first episode of the fifth season.” So, I kinda feel like if there’s no Meeseeks box in the second season then there can be one in the third.
There will be plenty of new characters however, including a few celebrity cameos. Expect to hear Stephen Colbert, Werner Herzog, Community’s Dean Jim Rash and “some great Battlestar Galactica folks” voicing new characters when the series returns Summer 2015.