The biggest revelations of the Rick and Morty season two DVD
The Rick and Morty season two double disc DVD/Blu Ray is already obviously loaded with some great episodes of the show, but the bonus content on the discs is what really stands out. The commentaries and animatics let fans really dig deep into how each episode was made. Each episode has at least one commentary and one animatic, and certain special episodes like “Mortynight Run” and “Total Rickall” feature second commentary tracks with notable Rick and Morty fans like video game writers Erik Wolpaw, Jay Pinkerton, and Cabe Newell (on “Run”) and WWE’s Sheamus with “Real” Abed Gheith (on “Rickall”).There are also deleted animatics, like an alternate ending to the Stealy show from “Interdimensional Cable 2”, and video from the season two wrap party where the band Chaos Chaos performed. Their song “Do You Feel It?” appeared at the end of “Auto Erotic Assimilation.” The packaging comes with a guide for your Plumbus illustrated by series artist Erica Hayes that can be read in both English and an alien language (the jury is out on if the Plumbus manual can be used to translate writing on the show).Besides those extra bonuses, which are obviously awesome just for existing, some of the juciest details about the show can be plumbed from the depths of the discs. Here are our favorite tidbits of information buried in the Rick and Morty season two DVD/Blu Ray set.Krombopulos Michael is the same species as the Galactic FederationDuring Andy Daly’s popular guest spot as alien assassin Krombopulos Michael in the commentary track for “Mortynight Run,” Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland reveal that the character is of the same species as the ones that serve the Galactic Federation. Because this episode is earlier on in the season, they also went back and planted the Galactic Federation symbol on the facility that was holding Fart (voiced by Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement).The co-creators of the show reveal that K. Michael is probably part of a higher caste race in the insect species, so his body design is sleeker and doesn’t include the face pinchers seen on the Galactic Federation goons in “The Wedding Squanchers” and in the very first episode of the series.The assassin and his girlfriend are both part of the same higher race of bug person, and Harmon points out the rich political backdrop that is suggested in K. Michael’s few scenes. Do the leaders of the Galactic Federation look like him? Is his race some sort of insurgent power?Roiland and Harmon make it clear they want Daly back on the show (Justin hadn’t even watched Review until after the voice recording session), even though Krombopulos Michael returning would require some twisted multi-verse logic.Interestingly enough, Reddit user Fancy Skink guessed that K. Michael was related to the Galactic Federation Goons a full ten months ago.Beth’s Storyline moves past Jerry in Season 3The episode “Big Trouble in Little Sanchez” isolates Beth and Jerry on a planet where they go through couples therapy on another planet (where guest voice Jim Rash plays an alien therapist). This isn’t the only episode that tracks Beth and Jerry’s failing marriage. The first season regularly put the parents on rocky ground, but they always seemed to be getting along at the end of the episode. “Rixty Minutes” and “Rick Potion Number 9” both feature tough times for the Smith marriage that end up with Beth and Rick re-affirming a type of love for each other.The second season doesn’t fix the problems with Beth and Jerry’s marriage, even if their relationship seems to be mending. Alien characters point out how toxic Beth and Jerry’s marriage is in both “Auto Erotic Assimilation” and “Big Trouble In Little Sanchez,” but both episodes end with Beth and Jerry still together.On the commentary track for the Little Rick episode, Dan Harmon starts out by admitting that the premise of Beth and Jerry’s toxic marriage was/is wearing thin, and that the next season of the show is going to make more progress on that front, specifically for Beth.“I thought that Jerry and Beth getting a divorce would be like Kenny being killed in South Park, like, when we first conceived the show… that it would never run out of shelf life that that was the kind of joke of like, oh all our parents were about to get a divorce,” says Harmon on the commentary track. “But, I think Millennial viewers are like, ‘I don’t understand, why don’t they just recycle more?’ So, season three we kind of move the Beth story forward.”To which Ryan Ridley and Justin Roiland responded: “Spoilers.”Morty Shorts and Time QuakesAccording to the commentary track for “A Rickle In Time,” the first episode of season two caused a lot of headaches because they hadn’t planned on picking right where the first season left off until after they started working on the second season. Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland are quick to point out that the solution to season three’s cliffhanger episode was already thought out when that episode was produced, so they hope to avoid the same problems the next time around.The first few scenes of the episode and the rules of splitting time went through a few changes as the episode was being developed. The original storyboarded episode didn’t split into different timelines because of uncertainty or because Morty and Summer touched each other. Instead “time quakes” would split the dimensions whenever there was “chaos.”The first version also revealed that Morty had started wearing short shorts during the months that time was frozen and Roiland ad libbed several minutes of a scene where shorts-related insults were thrown at Morty. When they changed the way the first act of the episode worked, the short shorts dialogue was cut.Eventually the writer’s room decided to change the trigger since “chaos” ended up being too vague on screen. “Uncertainty” proved to be an easier concept to grasp, and over a third of the episode had to be re-storyboarded. Because of all the changes, two versions of the “Rickle in Time” storyboards appear on disc one special features.There’s a Justin Roiland EP that includes “Get Schwifty” and “Head Bent Over”Love it or hate it, the improvised songs that appear in the episode “Get Schwifty” have the strange ability to get complete nonsense stuck in your head. It turn out, that’s exactly how they ended up in the episode. During one marathon recording session for background songs, Justin Roiland started freestyling lyrics over music the team had discovered in their sound banks. Everyone who heard them thought they were entertaining, so the songs were assembled into a collection they jokingly refer to on the commentary as an “EP.”Roiland knows that the vocal parts for “Get Schwifty” and “Head Bent Over” don’t necessarily match with the characters singing them. Both of those tracks were recorded in the improvised song session and caught the ear of enough Rick and Morty writers to make it into the main plot for a whole episode. Keith David, who guest stars as the voice of the President, did add additional vocals to “Head Bent Over” for the end of the episode, but otherwise the tracks that appear in the show are the originals.According to Roiland on the commentary track for “Get Schwifty,” he thought about re-recording the songs or recording new songs but it didn’t seem as funny as the improvised ditties they had on hand.