In the finale of season 5 of Rick and Morty “Rickmurai Jack” Morty himself grows old to rejoin Rick, but turning him into a child again causes some problems
The Rick and Morty season 5 finals age Morty up, down and in between, and each version has its own distinctive look. In the episode, Morty ages himself to a 40-year-old burnout in hopes of convincing Rick to leave his two crows (see: “Forget Sarick Mortshall”) and come home. When Rick returns, he takes Morty to the Citadel of Ricks to normalize his age again, but in the process, the 26 years of Morty they remove manifest as their own individual 26-year-old Morty who “almost ready to be sold out.‘Here’s what every elderly Morty looks like and how their design factors can affect their characterization.
The Citadel of Ricks was a playground for the Rick and Morty team to represent wild and comic variations on their two archetypal main characters. In Citadel episodes, fans can expect to see Ricks and Mortys of countless genetic origins work in different jobs. In ‘The Ricklantis Mixup’, a group of orphans (Rick-less) attending Mortys at school include a lizard-Morty, ‘smooth’ Morty, a Morty with glasses and left-handed Morty. Elsewhere in the episode we see Morty ruffians, a boss of Morty and the memorable Cowboy Morty. Mortys come in all shapes and sizes – and ages.
After episode 9, 40-year-old Morty appears to Rick in a tavern, and it seems like the last few decades have taken a pretty toll on him. His hair becomes thinner, his face unshaven and his eyelids droop heavily, just like his eye bags. He makes middle-aged jokes with the server while explaining to Rick that he’s been away so long that the Smith family all grew up — Jerry was even diagnosed with terminal cancer. However, his actions of indifference make sense when it is revealed that the whole thing was a cause to get Rick back after seeing how miserable Morty looks. Later, when he returns to his normal age, the 26-year-old Morty is revealed, with flowing hair and a fiery but useless need to fight injustice and leave a mark on the world.
Unlike many other Citadel episodes, the different ages Mortys do not come through alternative dimensions, but via transformation. Rick and Morty has played with transformations of members of the Smith family: instead of Jerry in the previous episode, Big and / or Inside Summer (and Beth) in “The Whirly-Dirly Conspiracy”, and of course the infamous Pickle Rick to make a name for himself give min. “Edge of Tomorty: Rick The Rickpeat” runs the line between the two, with many iterations, including shrimp Rick and Morty and wasp Rick and Morty, who are almost all fascists.
But as a Citadel episode, “Rickmurai Jack” certainly has a lot to offer in terms of Ricks and Mortys of alternate origins. Morty’s sewer is threatened with the new Citadel order, policeman and guard Mortys works on behalf of President (Evil) Morty (see: “Close Rick-counters of the Rick Kind”), and red-headed Afro Rick and Morty help illustrate his abominable plan. With the thrilling ending and escape of Evil Morty, fans eagerly await season 6 Rick and Morty with breathing.
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