Boy, that ‘Tales of the Citadel’ episode sure had a lot of Easter eggs in it, huh? Return of evil Morty and all that… Lots of theory fodder in there. Am I right? Don’t worry. I’ll get to that one soon enough. But there was one detail that I wanted to point out that isn’t enough for a full episode and one that all the next day Analysis overlook that I wanted to talk about, specifically this chart. See how reverse Rick outrage is at the end of the chart, But still has a 15 percent approval rating which is higher than the rent is too damn high Rick? Well, it’s an incredibly smart jab at one of the most subtle ways news media can and does bias what it’s showing you. Looking at the Graphic, most people would think that reverse Rick outrage’s at dead last… But he’s not and that’s even if they see him at all! They buried him in the back. It’s an easy way to discredit a candidate, a technique that was famously used during the 2012 presidential Election to undermine the strong poll results and growing popularity of Republican candidate Ron Paul. Long story short, the reason I’m pointing this out is to not only draw attention to an underappreciated Rick and Morty Easter egg, but also to tell you just be aware. Sometimes the data doesn’t lie, but the way it’s presented does Hello Internet! Welcome to Film Theory, the show where we take your favorite series, let them marinate in our salty mind brines, and pop out crunchy DILLicious! (nice) Theories just a short time later! And with that as the opening sentence of this episode, two things should be made immediately clear. #1- We’re talking about pickle Rick today. “I’M PICKLE RICK!!!” And #2- I’ve got pickle puns for days Picking him up wasn’t even that cumbersome, or should I say: cucumber some? Nope, I really Really shouldn’t. Sure, season 3 of Rick and Morty may have taken a little bit longer than expected to arrive, But honestly this was nothing compared to the way we’ve got coming for season eight and Game of Thrones. “Winter is coming. Now It’s here.” Now, We just gotta wait like two more years. When it comes to Rick and Morty, the wait was Totally worth it. Season three has delivered on both the lore side and the science side. Now in the past, I focused mainly on the lore bits. Click the link in the corner of the screen if you’re behind on those. But I’ve never actually spent any time getting into the nitty-gritty of what makes a Rick and Morty not only the funniest show on TV But also the smartest. Parallel universes, Reality simulations, memory altering-parasites — the list of things to explore are as endless as the channels on an Intergalactic cable box. But as someone who appreciates Memes as much as science, no analysis of season three would be complete without a look into the science of Pickle Rick. Not exactly whether Rick could realistically turn himself into a pickle; He can’t. But instead, how possible Rick’s alien-esque Cockroach and rat mech suits would be. A quick recap in case you missed this episode: Rick turns himself into a pickle to escape family therapy “I turned myself into a pickle, Morty.” As a pickle, he gets washed down into the sewer drain where he’s surrounded by Cockroaches. He bites the head off of one, but then manipulates its brain with his tongue to make it walk the next we see him He’s fashioned a suit of cockroach armor to kill rats. He dismembers one, Fuses its limbs to his pickle body, connects his brain to the rats, and then goes on a good old John Wick Style pickle murder rampage. You know, a classic Rick adventure, or should I say, “A Vlasic Rick adventure?” “Uh, no you really shouldn’t say that.” Cynical Hypothetical Viewer. You’re sounding a bit older and more grizzled than usual. “Yeah, 30 years of vodka will do that to you. I’m Dan Harmon, I’m the co-creator of Rick and Morty!” Ho- Wow Welcome to the show. Wait did you just come on the show to tell me to stop making puns…? “Well, not just to tell you to stop making puns. I just wanted to save you the trouble of making this episode. Pickle Rick is something we just made up. We thought, ‘Hey, What’s a funny vegetable we can turn Rick into?’ and we land it on a pickle.” Uh sorry, but you’re wrong. “What do you mean, pickles are hilarious!” No, obviously a pickle is hilarious! What I mean to say is, and I hate to correct you But it’s not technically a veggie. A pickle is a fruit because they have seeds. Pickles are technically a fruit of the vine. It’s decided by the US Supreme Court,. “But it’s made from a cucumber…” Yeah, fruit too. I mean, if you want to get really specific, Cucumbers are a pepo, which is a type of berry, and a pickle technically fell under the classification of condiment? But don’t worry, people will debate it out in the comments. “Well, whatever it is We just thought making Pickle Rick would be funny. We do a lot of scientific research for the show, but this wasn’t one of those times. Pickle Rick is not rooted in actual science.” Yeah, I hate to be the “but actually” guy, but uh, actually- “the existence of this channel tells me that’s not true.” Okay, so maybe I really love correcting my favorite creators, just not to their faces. But regardless, I wouldn’t be too sure of that one either, Dan. Tell you what, stick around for the rest of this episode and if you’re still not convinced by the end, I’ll give you 25 smeckles. “You know we made those up too, right?” Fine, lunch if I don’t convince you. I’ll buy you lunch. “Hmm, well I have watched all the episodes of Hoarders on my DVR, so I guess I’ve got some time on my hands. Let’s do it.” Awesome! We’ll investigate this together!