Pickle Riiiick!

Fermented Feuilleton #5

pickle rickHello, I’m Mika and welcome to another Fermented Feuilleton. If this is your first time reading one of these, I’m Anna’s son and I write about stuff here that still has something to do with fermented food, but usually ISN’T something that my mom would write about. And this post is most certainly not an exception!

Today I’m going to be writing about Rick and Morty. Now, if you are in the main demographic of this blog, you may not even know what I’m talking about. Basically, Rick and Morty is what all the young people are watching these days. It’s a hilarious cartoon series on Adult Swim about an alcoholic, dimension-traveling scientist and his adolescent grandson as they go on adventures together. The show recently aired it’s the third season and one of the most popular phrases to come out of the past ten episodes is Pickle Riiiiick!

It all started back in 2016 at San Diego Comic Con (big event with semi-exclusive collectibles, lots of cosplay and excruciatingly long queues). People were hoping to get a trailer for season three of Rick and Morty, however, they were disappointed to find out that the season was still in pretty early development. But the creators of the show wouldn’t let their loyal viewers go home without getting to see something, so they showed everybody a very rough storyboard animation of Pickle Rick brutally killing sewer rats. It even featured a un-bleeped f-bomb from!

Then, at next year’s ComicCon, Adult Swim finally released the long-anticipated trailer for season three of Rick and Morty. The trailer starts with a clip of Rick as a pickle… oh, it’s hard to explain. Just watch it for yourself:

And that’s how the internet fell in love with Pickle Rick before even seeing more than twenty seconds of footage with him. He very quickly became a meme (google that one if you’re not sure) and people were very excited to see what role he would play in the new season. It turned out that he would be the main focus of the third episode in this season, which is appropriately titled Pickle Rick.

When the episode aired, Rick and Morty’s fans were delighted to see that it lived up to all the hype. Many people consider it to be one of the best episodes in the whole series! Here’s the general plot: Rick turns himself into a pickle to avoid having to go to family therapy. He then falls into a sewer and uses his super-genius intellect to build himself a suit of armour out of a rat’s carcass. He then follows the sewer until there is an exit for him to take. He climbs up and jumps out of a toilet… in a heavily-protected embassy. He proceeds to kill many armed guards, forcing some guy who seems to be running the place to send a dangerous prisoner, called Jaguar, out to kill Pickle Rick. However, Rick forms a truce with Jaguar, they escape the embassy together and they lived happily ever after.

Now, if you know your crap when it comes to fermented food, you’ll know that there is a big difference between a dill-fermented cucumber (or ogórek kwaszony) and a pickle. So why am I talking about Pickle Rick on a blog called Fermented Food Freak? Well, when Rick goes to the embassy, everyone there seems to have a very thick Eastern European accent. So… oh damn! Are the creators of Rick and Morty using this as a big, figurative middle finger to European fermented cucumbers, saying that their American pickles are better and more badass?!?! Well, I guess that we will just never know…

Hey, hey. If you liked this break from the usual content on this blog, you may enjoy reading my own blog. I just recently put out a post about my top ten favourite Rick and Morty character. Click here to check it out. You can also click here to follow me on Twitter, as I tweet stuff that 98% of the people who read this blog don’t give a flying frick about. Oh, well. Bye!

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