Feeling a bit like "Back to the Future" on acid, Rick is certainly a colorful sort, with a wild mane of hair, prone to stammering and burping and bouts of panic - sometimes all in the same sentence. His reluctant sidekick, Morty, has missed a lot of school lately, much to the chagrin of his squabbling parents (Chris Parnell and Sarah Chalke).
Rick's universe-trotting gets better in the second episode, which features an elaborate "Inception" spoof, as the central duo leap into various layers of dreams, including a "legally safe knockoff" of a certain long-fingernailed horror-movie heavy. A "B" plot, meanwhile, involves Rick gifting the family dog with speech, which yields a pretty clever assortment of unintended consequences.
As with the "Family Guy" episodes that will provide "Rick and Morty's" lead-in, Adult Swim often seems overly reliant on simply being frenetic at the expense of being witty. While "Rick and Morty" isn't necessarily the stuff dreams are made of, in its buoyant flights of fancy, it does betray a welcome attempt to dream just a little bigger.
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