Rick & Morty’s Multiverse Twist Makes The Vat Of Acid Episode Tragic
By ending the show’s multiverse, Rick & Morty’s season 5 finale makes the twist of season 4’s “Vat of Acid Episode” far darker than it appeared.
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The Rick and Morty season 5 finale featured a show-shaking twist about the multiverse seen in the series, and it is one that re-contextualizes an earlier outing from season 4, “The Vat of Acid Episode.” Rick and Morty might be known as an anarchic animated sitcom first and foremost, but the series isn’t averse to moments of real pathos in among all the gore and goofy meta-jokes. The recent season 5 finale, for example, crammed both Rick’s heartbreaking backstory and the grim, brutal truth about his relationship with Morty into a fast-paced and gag-filled outing.
In the process of explaining the show’s multiverse (or “central finite curve”) and how it functions, Rick and Morty also added some dark context to an earlier outing of the show, “The Vat of Acid Episode” (season 4, episode 8). This critically-acclaimed outing saw Morty unintentionally wreak havoc when Rick gave him a device that could pause and reverse time — only to later reveal that it was actually a reality-jumping tool that caused untold destruction in the worlds Morty unknowingly left behind.
In the context of “The Vat of Acid Episode,” Rick’s lesson appears to be a mean-spirited exercise in convincing Morty never to question his scientific genius. The episode ends with Morty repenting his actions and accepting responsibility by combining all of the different realities into one. Rick and Morty abandoned realities on occasion throughout the series, but upon a rewatch, “The Vat of Acid Episode” sees Rick warn Morty not to take this process lightly, and to never become inured to the untold death and suffering he could cause via the process. Rick’s backstory, as revealed in the season 5 finale, gives this lesson a subtle, darker, twist.
At the time, Rick’s revelation to Morty that he hadn’t created a time-stopping device but rather a reality jumping one was a cruel trick and seemed like a hypocritical lesson about “actions having consequences” from such an amoral and apathetic character. However, the reveal that Rick has spent decades scouring the multiverse for his wife’s killer and slaying endless Ricks proves that he was trying to warn Morty about the pointlessness of trying to change the past, and not just taunting his grandson for fun. The season 5 finale sees him slaughter countless versions of himself in the hopes that one of the dead might be his wife’s killer. Comparing this history to the events in “The Vat of Acid Episode,” Rick’s real lesson to Morty becomes clear: He is attempting to show his grandson that his choices have real-life consequences despite him not having to face them, a reality Rick is aware he himself lost touch with years earlier.
Much like the underrated Rick and Morty episode “Promortyus” (season 4, episode 7) — which brought viewers back to a planet that Rick and Morty had gleefully leveled a scene earlier and forced both the characters and the viewer to contend with the destruction they left in their wake — the season 5 finale rewrites Rick’s “The Vat of Acid Episode” speech to be less hypocritical and more urgent. Rick may know that he is beyond saving, but he still tries to reach his grandson and implores Morty to use his experimental technology responsibly, even though the tragic reason for this lecture is not revealed until over a season later. The twist makes Rick and Morty’s season 5 finale all the sadder, but also improves an already well-liked episode.
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