Wow, Justin Roiland has done it again! “The Ricklantis Mixup” aka “Tales from the Citadel” is probably the most unique episode of Rick and Morty that viewers have gotten yet. “The Ricklantis Mixup” title is more of a throwaway, as we do not even see what takes place during this adventure.
The episode starts with Rick and Morty from Dimension C-137 about to go on an adventure to Atlantis. Before they leave Rick and Morty from Dimension K-22 visit them to ask if Rick C-137 would like to donate to the Citadel of Ricks redevelopment fund. After Rick C-137 reminds them that he was the one who destroyed the citadel in the first place they return home.
From there we get into the “Tales from the Citadel” portion of the episode, which is interesting to say the least. Several different stories are woven together as viewers finally get to see what life is like for the Ricks and Mortys who live on the Citadel of Ricks. Before we were led to assume that the Citadel of Ricks was just a place where Ricks pass through and not a city where they indeed live. Even though most Rick’s have the same intelligence they all have different jobs. Some Ricks even put on characters just to be a part of the system.
The same goes for the Mortys, so we can assume that the “Lawyer” Morty from “The Rickshank Rickdemption” was an actual lawyer in the citadel. There is also a class system in place within the citadel with Ricks being in charge and Mortys being treated as second-rate citizens. We get to see how this affects the politics of the city as well. Currently, the citadel is in the midst of an election to choose a new single leader to replace the Council of Ricks. One candidate being a Morty who is very positive about his standings.
How time elapses in the Citadel of Ricks is a mystery as some of the inhabitants seem to have lived there for years without showing signs of aging. I’m sure this may be answered in a later episode, but I’m sure it has something to do with the infinite timelines and dimensions.
Writer, Ryan Ridley, does a great job at creating a Rick and Morty version of Crash along with influences of Training Day and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. There’s a crazy political shake-up that in a way mirrors our own country’s recent election. I give “The Ricklantis Mixup” aka “Tales from the Citadel” a Superb 5/5.
I can’t wait to find out how events from the episode will affect Rick and Morty from Dimension C-137. Also it was great to see what became of “Evil” Morty while living on the citadel.
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