Rick and Morty is returned on the screen, and simply as good as ever when it gets to combining classic science fiction homages with unpredictable creative twists. One of the major recognition in the Rick and Morty Season 4 premiere is instantly apparent from the episode’s title, ‘Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Rickpeat.’ A clear reference to Edge of Tomorrow, the 2014 Tom Cruise movie based on the Japanese sci-fi novel All You Need is Kill.
‘Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Rickpeat’ has two main story strands, one centered on Rick, and the other one is on Morty. As Rick’s storyline holds the greater similarity to Tom Cruise movie Edge of Tomorrow/All You Need is Kill, happening a similar premise of Rick dying and being resurrected over and over again.
But in Edge of Tomorrow where the hero always gets back to the same point in time Rick’s deaths and resurrections throw him between wildly different parallel universes most of which occur to be fascist dystopias in what can be seen as a satirical commentary on the more toxic side of the Rick and Morty fandom.
And Morty’s storyline begins as sort of an anti-Edge of Tomorrow, all about him controlling the incidents of his death using a Death Crystal, but it unfolds into a parody of another famous Japanese sci-fi story: Akira from writer/director Katsuhiro Otomo.
Morty turns against Rick in pursuit of fulfilling his perfect death of old age with Jessica, he uses Rick’s technology to go on a psychic turmoil, reminiscent of Tetsuo going mad with power after turning against Kaneda. Ultimately, he finds himself changing into a giant disgusting monster in a scene practically identical to Tetsuo’s transformation at the climax of the Akira anime. The new episodes of Rick and Morty aired on Adult Swim; Sundays at 11:30 p.m.