Do Rick and Morty and Back to the Future have anything in common? Turns out they just might

(image courtesy The Take via Laughing Squid)


As we see in today’s boomer, millennial and zoomer animosity, generational divides can seem so impenetrable that connecting with each other might as well require time travel. ‘Back to the Future’ made this literal when Marty had to meet his parents at his age to understand them. In the episode ‘Big Trouble in Little Sanchez’ gives us the variation on this idea when Rick’s teenage clone allows his grandkids to connect with a younger more open version of him. (synopsis via Laughing Squid)

You may wonder how two seemingly disparate properties like Back to the Future and Rick and Morty could possibly be related since one seems like a rollicking family friendly time travel adventure while the other is all kinds of anarchic, non-PC hilarity that dares to read liberally and brilliantly across all kinds of sacred cows.

But as YouTube channel The Take beautifully explores, there’s more connecting the two than you might imagine.

For one, Back to the Future is one of the prime influences of Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland’s show, as are other shows like Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Doctor Who, and while the show makes a lot of fun of time travel as a plot device, there’s no denying, says the video’s creators that the show is, pssst!, secretly about time travel (oh, and family connections too).

How’s that? How a show that makes merry with the time of skipping merrily through time actually be about the very thing it hilariously dismisses?

Ah, you may be surprised as this video beautifully deconstructs the two properties and details exquisitely well how they are connected.

Sit back and be dazzled and impressed.

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