'Rick and Morty': 'The Vat of Acid Episode' Review

'Rick and Morty': 'The Vat of Acid Episode' Review
One of the Best Episodes of 'Rick and Morty'

Rating: ★★★★★

Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon are no strangers to bringing high-concept ideas to life, evident in their previous work or through this show. They also aren't shy of pulling the rug from under their audience. 'The Vat of Acid Episode' is the best of both worlds.

The episode starts with a deal between Rick, Morty and a few alien gangsters, but due to Morty's impatience, the episode quickly progresses into unexpected territory. While the high-concept idea may not be original, the way it is explored is unique. Not only is this the best episode of the fourth season (so far), it is most probably the best episode of the entire series up to this point.

The writing from Jeff Loveness and Albro Lundy IV is some of the best of the show. It perfectly balances comedy with the darker tone which, when blended so flawlessly has it has here, leads to an endlessly entertaining episode.

There is a 6-minute long, mostly silent montage that occurs roughly around the midway point of the episode, set to Eric Clapton's 'It's in the Way That You Use It', that can simply be best described as incredible. It is like the opening sequence from Pixar's 'Up' but with a 'Rick and Morty' spin.

While 'The Vat of Acid Episode' shares a similar structure to 'The Ricklantis Mixup', the two episodes couldn't be any more different if they tried. The eighth episode of the show's fourth season is at 'Rick and Morty's most hilarious and bleakest as it showcases how evil Rick Sanchez can truly be. By the end of the 22-minute runtime, this reviewer had their mouth wide open in awe at how brilliant it was. This is one of the best episodes to be aired on television.