The latest episode of Rick and Morty is now out, so you’d better check yourself before you rick yourself. The second episode of Season 6 is filled with references and hidden details. Before we discuss our thoughts on the new entry, we’ll break them all down in this article.
After a stunning premiere, Rick and Morty Season 6 is off to a good start. The series’ latest episode, “Die Hard,” makes reference to John McClane’s heroics while also delving deeper into the connection between the grandfather and grandson.
It turns out that you don’t even need to watch “Die Hard” to “just do a Die Hard.” At least, that’s what Summer did in the second episode of “Rick and Morty: Die Hard-ish.” Yes! She has to act like John McClane to help Rick and Morty, who are stranded in a Meta world, even though her wolverine claws are now on vacation. This reminds me of last week’s Summer. So let’s see how Summer manhandles the “Die Hard” encyclopedia in an alien “Blips and Chitz” arcade.
Rick And Morty Season 6 Episode 2 Recap
The episode titled Rick: A Mort Well Lived makes a direct reference to Mortynight Run. Rick and Morty were forced to visit Blips and Chitz, an arcade containing a number of games, including Roy, A Life Well Lived. In this virtual reality simulation, Morty was put in Roy’s position, and together they experienced life as a young boy, college football player, and carpet salesman.
Morty was given a cancer diagnosis, but he overcame it. He ended up returning to his job at the carpet business, where a falling rug killed him, and Rick beat the s**t out of him for being such a wimp that he did. He played the game and ultimately left the grid, showing the differences between the two characters.
Roy And The Mortys
The episode features numerous movie references, notably Die Hard, in which Summer plays John McClane. Almost every character makes reference to this, so you could say that it was a persistent, die-hard one. We learn that an alien attack on the arcade caused a glitch in the Roy game, causing Morty’s consciousness to split when the game restarted. You might find it a little confusing to hear Morty’s voice in every single character when the episode initially starts.
We can tell early on that Rick, who plays Roy, is trying to convince Morty that he’s a virtual character because the character is dressed like Morty. Other characters are persuaded to adopt this behavior as a sign that they share Morty’s belief in the reality of their universe. Roy’s grandson is mentioned on a rally leaflet that we see. Even though Morty is made up of five billion components, Rick’s efforts to collect them have caused some of them to become nearly cult-like followers.
It’s All Morty’s Consciousness
Cut to the exterior to reveal Blips and Chitz already engaged in the attack. Now that we’ve gotten a glimpse into Morty’s mind, we can see that the girl we’ve been watching is from a Jewish household, which Morty has imprinted with his stereotypes. Every one of these episodes ends with commentary from the creative team, and in this case, they talked about how this episode is really a critique of organized religion and how it might work under simulation theory. This isn’t a religion, Rick repeats over and over. But in the end, everything sort of works out since everyone sticks to and holds the same belief.
When Roy arrives at the Mortys’ house, we see that Swat teams are also on-site to arrest the Mortys for joining a cult. We learn that the main marine participated in a bog-standard foreign war, which obviously makes a statement from Morty’s perspective. He is a little bit racist, but because of his best friend, who translated for him, he processes that he is a Morty.
Summer vs. The Big Bad
In the scene that follows, the main villain is introduced before Summer is seen snooping around. This character, played by Peter Dinklage, is obviously a parody of Hans Gruber because of his costume, and the post-credits even introduce his sibling in a manner similar to what happened in Die Hard 3. Han did something similar in the first Die Hard film to show how cruel he was: he shoots someone in the head while sitting at a table. Now, the hostages played a significant role in Die Hard as well, and John’s wife Holly was one of them.
Summer pushes one of the aliens too far, and the result is a big ball of goo. The over-the-top explosion of intestines is referred to as a “Ludicrous Gibs” in tv and film. In addition to finding a walkie-talkie that mirrors John McClane’s, Summer wraps her gun over her back to resemble how he wore his in the film. Similar to Tony in that movie, the first person Summer murders also has a brother who seeks revenge. However, the name Winslow that he goes by here is a parody of Reginald Vel Johnson’s Carl Winslow from that movie.
Even though Summer has not seen the movie, she immediately adopts the character, and Hans complains that it has become a cliché. They talked about how John believed he was Roy Rogers, who had come bursting in and saved the day in the movie’s meta-commentary. Yippe Kay Ye was Roy Rogers’ catchphrase, which was, of course, modified to “Yippe Kay Yay mother f*ker” in the movie. This is changed to “Wakie Takie Die Hard mother f*ker” by Summer.
Mortys Following Rick
When we go back to Roy in A Life Well Lived, we can see that people are slowly beginning to follow him. This covers locations such as Moscow, where a statue of Morty is particularly visible, Africa, the Taj Mahal, and more. As Rick becomes older, we discover that this search has continued for what seems like a very long time. The protagonist of Roy A Life Well Lived experienced the same thing, and over time, his appearance changed to resemble this.
Time dilation in the game causes it to move far more quickly than in the real world, as we saw in season 2. The idea that time moves more quickly because computer processing speeds are faster than reality was featured in both Westworld and Inception. Rick wants to leave the limits of reality and go into space, which will make the game over. In an effort to almost pull off his own inception and win her back, Rick has invited Martha’s father to speak.
Now, Martha herself might have been inspired by the character Bugz from Of the Matrix Resurrections because she shares the same beauty spot. Similar to how Rick is pulled out in this case, Bugz got into the program to remove Morty. There is a lot of stuff going on in the cult, which is similar to the movie “Free Willy” in many ways. I also like how Rick and Morty effectively play out their roles as Morty follows Rick.
The President And 8% of Morty Are Not Onboard
In the end, only a little part of Morty remains in the game, and over the seasons, there has been much talk about how Morty is cutting ties with his Grandfather. This was clearly depicted in Evil Morty as well, but it was also present in a number of other episodes. This element being left behind, in my opinion, also represents a part of him that will ultimately grow independent and follow his own path.
The rogue parts may all still be present in the game, which is an interesting indication that Morty will also be completely loyal in the main universe. The president, one of the primary world leaders who refuse to join them, makes reference to this. Do you believe that this will eliminate Morty’s falling side? This is 8% of him.
Also, even if the president is white in this version, I kind of hope Keith David still portrays him in the regular universe. He claims that he quickly realized he was playing a game and that he took use of this realization to increase his power. He simply manipulated the system and would prefer to rule in hell than in heaven.
We get an alien that is standing on a table and appears to be speaking while more references to Die Hard are made. This reminds me of the table scene from Die Hard, where the villain did the same thing, giving John the chance to kill him. Since Summer didn’t actually see the movie, she didn’t run under a table, which is advice you should follow.
Along with reading the book Nakatomi Paradigm, the main villain in the episode also mentions Plaza, the name of the tower in the movie. As the villain did in the original film, Hans claims he will roam the arcade unarmed while acting like a hostage.
8% Doesn’t Matter
The fact that Roy has reached the age he was at the time of his death in the first game indicates that the plot is almost about to come to an end. The additional lines on Martha’s face indicate that she is also aging. They talk about how 8% of the Snyder Cut was Batman dreaming while this was playing during the Knightmare scene. I wondered if Martha was based on Batman’s dreams, as they were a significant component of BVS too. Morty says to have not seen The Snyder Cut, but you have seen Batman V Superman, right?
Now, the world leaders’ screen also features a number of rooms modeled after their own. We watch how the world descends into a holy war with the Morts fighting against Rick since Rick won’t confess his love for Morty. They are determined to stay in the sim and do not want to return to the reality where Rick does not love them. Although he claims to love him, it is later shown that this is just a robot decoy—a tactic the character has used frequently throughout the series.
The big villain is holding Rick and Morty at gunpoint, just like how Hans held Holly hostage. Martha’s daughter chooses to go with Rick, and as he passes away, her father expresses a desire to revert to his teenage years—possibly eerily similar to Sato’s desire to grow. Martha returns to her grandfather and promises to let her people leave. At this time, she also introduces herself as Marta, a name with biblical roots that often means The Lady.
Rick And Morty Season 6 Episode 2 Ending Explained
Then they go back to Summer, who denies that the ending is unfolding in the same way, and they engage in some reverse psychology. On the other hand, we hear the pair laughing together and the odd pronunciation of mother f**kaaaaaaa. However, Summer has tied a gun to her back, and when Rick and Morty exit the game, she pulls it. They gain the upper hand and awaken similarly to Inception. Here, Winslow murders Hans in the same way that the actual Winslow killed Karl, which, I guess, switches things up from when Karl showed up at the end to try to kill John again.
Rick arranges to have the Roy game stored so that Marta can continue living her life, showing his concern, and we get an Indiana Jones allusion with it being placed in a large storage hall. In the post-credits, Hans’s brother convinces a character to wear a banner that references what happened to John at the beginning of that film.
The general nature of the situation prevents anyone from attacking him, and the snow base itself could be a nod to either the airport from Die Hard 2 or the one used in Inception. That concludes the episode, which I thought was another banger. I love it when an episode does these kinds of standalone, very movie-referenced episodes. I really enjoyed it, and it was a nice way to expand on Roy’s concept.
Rick and Morty Season 6 Episode 3 is titled “Bethic Twinstinct”. With a title like that, we can probably expect to see Beth and her clone again, who was previously introduced in Season 3’s “The ABCs of Beth.” One Beth continued to be the family’s mother while the other left for her own space travels, although this is unknown which of the two is the clone. The two Beths had patched up their issues and resolved to spend more time together when we last saw them in the Season 6 premiere last week. This was likely done to lay the foundation for the episode that would air the following week.