The pilot is mostly built on shock value. I think that’s good, because it pushes away viewers who are uncomfortable with it’s humour away right away instead of drawing them in and then catching them by surprise. These parts were actually the best parts of the episode; they felt freshest because they are doing things other shows would never. But, the episode is very much focused on introducing the characters and style, so it feels constricted in how much it can do. However, rest assured, the show explores all the themes presented in the pilot to a higher degree (except for Rick’s alcoholism; that still hasn’t gotten any worse than the opening scene).
Rick: I’m sorry, Morty. It’s a bummer. In reality, you’re as dumb as they come. But I needed those seeds real bad and I had to give ’em up just to get your parents off my back. So now we’re gonna have to go get more. And then we’re gonna go on even more adventures after that, Morty. And you’re gonna keep your mouth shut about ’em, Morty. Because the world is full of idiots that don’t understand what’s important. And they’ll tear us apart, Morty. But if you stick with me, I’m gonna accomplish great things, Morty. And you’re gonna be a part of ’em. And together we’re gonna run around, Morty, we’re gonna do all kinds of wonderful things, Morty. Just you and me, Morty. The outside world is our enemy, Morty. We’re the only
Rick: friends we’ve got, Morty. It’s just Rick and Morty. Rrrick and Morty and their adventures, Morty. Rick and Morty, forever and forever, a hundred years Rick and Morty, s… things. Me and Rick and Morty runnin’ around and Rick and Morty time. Aaall day long forever. All, a hundred days Rick and Morty forever a hundred times. Over and over Rick and Morty adventures dot com W W W dot Rick and Morty dot com W W W Rick and Morty adventures all hundred years. Every minute Rick and Morty dot com W W W hundred times Rick and Morty dot com.
Rick: What, so everyone’s supposed to sleep every single night now? Y-you realize that nighttime makes up half of all time?
Jerry: Since we’re fighting, if you ever have an affair with that guy, I will come to the hotel room and blow my brains out all over your naked bodies!
- Stargate (1994)
Rick operates an interdimensional portal that looks and works like a Stargate
- Airplane! (1980)
A parody of the PA announcement about the white zone from “Airplane!” plays in interdimensional customs