Rick and Morty Breaks TIME TRAVEL Rule? (Season 4 Premiere) | Ricksplained

  • Published on Nov 12, 2019
  • Rick and Morty Season 4 Premiere Explained! Rick and Morty 4x01 Edge of Tomorty Rick Die Rickpeat plays with time loops and destinies... does this violate the show's long-held rules against time travel? In this Rick and Morty aftershow, Erik Voss joins special guest Rick and Morty writer and contributor Abed Gheith (inspiration for the character Abed on Community) and friend of the show Tommy Bechtold to discuss the deeper meaning of Rick and Morty Season 4 Episode 1. What's the story behind Red Meeseeks, and what would Yellow Meeseeks and Green Meeseeks do?
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  • growingoaks
    growingoaks 2 days ago

    no where is there a time travel. ricks "soul" travels alternate dimensions, but there's no time travel involved.

  • Thomas Noorlander
    Thomas Noorlander 2 days ago

    no but s1e1 did break the rule.

    do your dayum homework

  • Alex Morrison
    Alex Morrison 5 days ago

    Who's copy of Oedipus did you read? That's umm not how the story goes... Nor is it English Literature...

  • Bluetakkun
    Bluetakkun 8 days ago

    Actually, they broke the time travel rule on episode one, when rick goes off to get the broken leg medicine. He spent Tons of time with the ladies in the other dimension, but for morty, only a bit of time went by.

  • Zebulun Garner
    Zebulun Garner 8 days ago

    Thing is, the box of time stuff is perhaps foreshadowing. Perhaps there's a REASON Rick doesn't use time travel. Perhaps he knows it creates a time loop where he ALWAYS raises a Morty that will turn out evil.

  • Maddogg TV
    Maddogg TV 10 days ago +2

    I thought rick traveled in to the future in the first episode to get morty a medicine for his broken legs before he put those things way up his butt

  • TheOtakuX
    TheOtakuX 11 days ago

    ugh. All You Need is Kill isn't a graphic novel, it's just a novel. There IS a two-volume graphic novel ADAPTION, but the original is just a novel.

  • Hoang MVP
    Hoang MVP 11 days ago

    This season is dark.
    I think it comes from DC.

  • asmuel
    asmuel 12 days ago

    Seeing into the future doesn't mean they are travelling 'vertically' through the axis of time, the universe is already diverging into these distinct realities. If the crystal can predict how actions will effect how realities branch, that's not time-travel.

  • Grayson DuBose
    Grayson DuBose 12 days ago

    Why do you look like a sleepy toddler

  • Gaming Master Anthony
    Gaming Master Anthony 13 days ago

    Ummmmmmm........ did they actually time travel? Or even meddle with it? I don’t think so but I guess that’s what this video is for.

    I still don’t think so but....

  • Robert McCutcheon
    Robert McCutcheon 14 days ago

    The creators said they will never do time travel

  • MungeParty
    MungeParty 15 days ago +1

    The premise of this video is flimsy. This isn't time travel. Time travel is when you travel to a different time. That raises unique narrative problems this episode does not.

  • Francisco Alejandro
    Francisco Alejandro 16 days ago

    There's no real timeloop, the crystal only shows you possibilities, and Oedipus was not the one obsessed with fate. This video feels like it was rushed and they didn't bother checking if it made sense.

  • Manuel Ochoa
    Manuel Ochoa 16 days ago

    rick would have been killed regardless in that episode when he came back as clones in other realities. what possible proof would you have that he isn't a rogue clone.

  • GhostH20
    GhostH20 16 days ago

    The pilot episode had time travel.. But everyone thinks there isnt time travel in rick & morty just bc the writers lied about it during an interview

    • Francisco Alejandro
      Francisco Alejandro 16 days ago +1

      He didn't, Rick called it a "Future Dimension", wich could mean it is simply a very futuristic world, or that some dimensions time doesn't quite "line up" with others.
      Also it was a pilot, some inconsistencies are to be expected.

  • Josh McIntosh
    Josh McIntosh 17 days ago

    Checks out...no matter what path you take...its a horrible fate.haha

  • Billy Smith
    Billy Smith 17 days ago +1

    Can I just point out that there was time travel in the first episode?

    • Billy Smith
      Billy Smith 13 days ago

      @NV Comics Gone for five seconds: "There were a lot of attractive women there, Morty, and they they they they all wanted time with me.
      I had a lot of fun with a lot of young ladies, but I spent so much time there, my interdimensional portal device it's got no charge left, Morty.

    • NV Comics
      NV Comics 14 days ago


  • Canadianbacon eh
    Canadianbacon eh 17 days ago

    Anyone heard of steins gate.

  • Short Snort
    Short Snort 17 days ago

    This isn’t time travel at all, it’s just trying to do what’s needed to have the outcome you want. You aren’t changing anything in time at all

  • SuperTmarley
    SuperTmarley 17 days ago

    Rick getting stabbed in the left eye is clearly an occult reference the joke also being that occult symbolism often does it's best to hide in plain sight and laugh at the naive hence why rick says the exact line he says. "I'm sure there's a lesson here somewhere, but I'm not going to be the one to explain it"

  • Neverending Ong
    Neverending Ong 18 days ago +1

    Episode 2 just broke that rule.

    • Filip Arlet
      Filip Arlet 17 days ago +1

      I don't think so, Rick just went into reality where the guy's wife didn't die and he still shits in his toilet, so his wife has nothing to do with that :) and it's not an excuse to use his toilet.

  • Hermann Göring
    Hermann Göring 18 days ago

    0:20 that shit literally make me scared ;-;

  • Saurab Lama
    Saurab Lama 18 days ago

    Rick does go to the future though that one time - in the pilot episode Rick mentions that he went to a FUTURE dimension where they sell "broken leg serum" in every corner drugstore to fix Morty's broken leg.

    • Saurab Lama
      Saurab Lama 18 days ago

      @Daragh O'kane the way Rick says it in that episode really makes me think, because he also says that he spent a lot of TIME in that dimension, a lot of women wanted Rick and all...but then he reappears in the dimension with the broken leg Morty in seconds. That's why I think it was time travel.
      There are times when Rick is blatantly obvious about not using time travel, when he went and got those pizza and he says "I didn't time travel, I just grabbed them from the counter". That line makes me think that the pilot was time travel.

    • Daragh O'kane
      Daragh O'kane 18 days ago

      I thought that meant the tech was more advanced he didn't travel forward and then back in time

  • omni O
    omni O 19 days ago

    Its like they were playing around with the idea of evil morty & his transformation

  • Milan Teerink
    Milan Teerink 19 days ago

    This has nothing to do with Timetravel or anything like it. Rick gets "reborn" in alternate universes and tries to get back to his "original" (let's be honest, it's definitely not his original universe.) And knowing your future isn't "time travel".

  • conlang know
    conlang know 19 days ago

    No because they weren't in the future

  • Naivedo
    Naivedo 19 days ago

    Albed said deep down Rick is evil, I think the exact opposite. I believe he is evil, and deep down he cares about his family, it is the only thing preventing him from becoming pure evil, he has a purpose with his family, otherwise he would be evil. So really, deep down he has a purpose that holds back his evilness.

  • Brian Nolan
    Brian Nolan 19 days ago

    ONLY time travel forward by our reference is possible!

  • barih4prez
    barih4prez 20 days ago

    Great video! You guys ever consider doing one that questions if “Evil Morty” is actually the protagonist? Pretty much every single Morty in the citadel is a kidnapping victim. Imagine finding out the one constant among all realities is that you are a tool for your Grandfather to use as he saw fit. As precious and irreplaceable as an ordinary screwdriver..

    • White Asian
      White Asian 14 days ago

      barih4prez I’ll save you some time. He isn’t. Why would they make a character who appeared for only like 2 episodes the main protagonist? Maybe antagonist but never the protagonist

  • soal159
    soal159 20 days ago

    The death crystal shows morty's death in a hospice. Once again Rick uses it perfectly , to avoid immediate death. Mind blown.

  • ThePigletGamer
    ThePigletGamer 20 days ago

    The butt ice cream was in an episode

  • noir o'donnell
    noir o'donnell 20 days ago

    what happened to the blue dungeon?

  • cobanerdanny456
    cobanerdanny456 20 days ago +2

    10:06 Did Abed just confirm that there’ll be 70 episodes of Rick and Morty.....

    • Zero-Gravity
      Zero-Gravity 12 days ago

      @cobanerdanny456 at least probably

  • Andrew
    Andrew 20 days ago +3

    gonna use a green lantern meeseeks in the next vindicators

  • Agrionemys
    Agrionemys 20 days ago

    This is just quantum superposition

  • Petar Vukojicic
    Petar Vukojicic 20 days ago

    I don't think this episode comes anywhere near time travel. The way that crystals work is through very complex modeling that takes into account the current state of the universe as a constant and then factors in the user's immediate decisions and simulates outcomes accordingly by playing out the simulation. It exactly negates any idea of a predetermined destiny since the outcomes Morty sees change radically with every small decision he makes.

    EDWARD BRYAN 21 day ago +26

    It’s not really time travel. The crystal only “shows” the possibilities and it’s not certain either.

    • Joseph Frietze
      Joseph Frietze 17 days ago

      Right. There is no single fate he was being steered towards, nor a "right" outcome, like Marty McFly (who did change things and resulted in his parents being more successful). It's a myriad of possibilities, and he kept steering himself towards one.

  • DarkAkuma
    DarkAkuma 21 day ago +1

    I always assumed the "no time travel" rule was just to encourage staying away from a overused scifi device. But recently I realized something... That's probably just the quotable reason. The real reason? Probably because, seeing as Rick and Morty spawned from the Doc and Marty bits... it's probably legally a good idea to distance them from elements of the characters that helped inspire them, as much as possible.
    It's a rule they can, and probably will break int he future as Rick and Morty have defined themselves as a whole on their own without time travel, so it can be argued legally that they are different enough and can just use a simple common scifi device that everything uses. At some point they are going to realize they are leaving a good idea, in some form or other, on the table for no good reason by strictly adhering to the rule.

  • Wynand Olivier
    Wynand Olivier 21 day ago

    Butthole Ice cream in S2 Ep8

  • The Neo Normie
    The Neo Normie 21 day ago

    Well Since it set in multiple realities it has to have dimensions that are created as off shoots of a prime time line.

  • young9INE
    young9INE 21 day ago

    You got the Oedipus story completely backwards oedipus's father is the one who got rid of him because of the prophecy Oedipus was still a baby at the time

  • Mike Jons
    Mike Jons 21 day ago

    So Groundhog Day and Edge of Tomorrow places them in fascist worlds in strange bodies?
    Wait, this episode repeats the exact same timeloop over and over again?
    Then it aint breaking any timetravel rules.

  • CHANGstixx
    CHANGstixx 21 day ago

    Its not time travel, as they dont actually travel to the future or past at all

  • Nelson Ortez
    Nelson Ortez 21 day ago

    Morty is not shown to have a destiny; he is actually shown to have gained knowledge of multiple, probabilistic eventualities resulting from in moment, decision making behaviors. So no time travel 🧐🤓😎

  • Nick Goodlock
    Nick Goodlock 21 day ago +6

    they go into cause and effect but definitely not time travel

  • Jack Kontny
    Jack Kontny 21 day ago

    Wasp Rick is a commentary on how that when marginalized groups (or anyone really) gain any power (or mass), that they immediately become greedy destructive forces. Just playing devils advocate

  • Lane
    Lane 22 days ago +11

    The Lesson to be learned: gain corporeal eyeballs, get stung in corporeal eyeballs

  • Carel Boshoff
    Carel Boshoff 22 days ago

    I don’t know who else realized this, but Morty does everything he needs to do to die with Jessica, but then Rick comes along and mess it all up, so the other statement they (maybe subconciously) made was that even if you make all the right choices, your future doesn’t just rely on you, it is also influenced by people around you, so there really is no way to control your future.

    • coisman
      coisman 20 days ago

      Did you watch the post credits scene?

  • Z -RO
    Z -RO 22 days ago +1

    Was Rick making some kind of time machine by taking so many of those Death crystals.

    • Z -RO
      Z -RO 21 day ago

      @Rhythmically Difficult but the capability of those crystals can see how you die in the future if Rick were to experiment on it,he would try to find out what makes the crystals see the future,or just put it in that box that he has on the garage named time travel junk

    • Rhythmically Difficult
      Rhythmically Difficult 21 day ago

      No lmao he sells them like anything else... drugs nd money

  • Jason Franquez
    Jason Franquez 22 days ago

    I thought of Altered Carbon
    Waking up in a different body but same consciousness not like Tom Cruise's movie where you keep waking up trying to get past a certain object in the same body

  • Nerdy Bernie
    Nerdy Bernie 22 days ago +1

    Time travel episode: Slaughterhouse Rick.

  • Jason Theobald
    Jason Theobald 22 days ago

    Just wanna say. You all are super cool.

  • Kid From 21 Jump Street

    I read Slaughterhouse 5. I'm 23. I'll be waiting.....

  • Maximiliano Sanchez
    Maximiliano Sanchez 22 days ago

    How is Rick trapped in a Happy death day time loop? is more like the season 3 premiere when Rick was swapping bodies.

  • Maximiliano Sanchez
    Maximiliano Sanchez 22 days ago +1

    All you Need is Kill is a light novel adapted into a 2 volume manga

  • Adam Le Mieux
    Adam Le Mieux 22 days ago +1

    The only good thing that happened to Morty in this episode is that he was probably too crystal'ed out to remember that he declined a skinny dipping sesh with Jessica.

  • blarg bob
    blarg bob 22 days ago

    i think they just named it this to try and bait in retards like you into thinking its a timeloop but it isnt so they can be like naaah its not !!!!

  • Cyclops Was Right
    Cyclops Was Right 22 days ago

    by this argument, if i order something from Amazon it's time travel, because I'll know I'm getting a box from Amazon in two days. Weak. Downvote.

  • Fabrizio798667
    Fabrizio798667 22 days ago

    It’s called manga you uncultured swine