Rick and Morty Season 6 Premiere Hides a Deep Season 4 Cut

In “Rick and Morty” Season 6, Episode 1, a portal gun accident teleports Morty (Justin Roiland) to his home universe, which he and Rick left when it was invaded by a virus that has mutated its inhabitants. Shortly after returning, Morty meets his father Jerry (Chris Parnell). The two then share mutant meat cooked over a campfire in the post-apocalyptic shell of their old home. While they catch up, Morty suggests they play the board game Downbeat, which he mentions they never got to finish.

Downbeat is actually a meta joke from season 4, episode 5. In this episode, Beth (Sarah Chalke) walks into the Smith family’s dining room while Rick, Morty, and Summer (Spencer Grammer) are eating. play a board game called Downbeat. As noted in a Reddit thread that has been upvoted over 20,000 times, in screenwriting, a highlight refers to character actions at the start of a scene. So the highlight of this scene is literally the Smith family playing Downbeat. It’s impossible to win, as Morty mentions, because it merely serves as a disposable plot device.

“For me, a really well-rounded season has some big dogs knocking you over with the cannon,” producer Scott Marder said in an interview with GamesRadar. Season 6 Episode 1’s Downbeat callback isn’t that, but is nonetheless an example of “Rick and Morty” making the most of its ever-expanding canon.

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