After last week’s episode of Rick and Morty was generally considered pretty disappointing, fans are undoubtedly hoping that this week’s would be a rebound. Unfortunately, that does not seem to be the case, as this cameo-centric homage to sci-fi franchises might be one of the series’ worst episodes yet.
WARNING: If you have not watched Season 7, Episode 8 of Rick and Morty, “Rise of the Numbericons: The Movie,” you should stop reading now because this article contains MASSIVE spoilers.
Rick and Morty Season 7 Episode 8 SPOILER Breakdown
At the beginning of the newest episode of Rick and Morty, we see Water T (voiced by musician Ice T) return to his homeland, a planet occupied by letters. A Transformers-like war is happening between the letters and numbers, led by their general, 7. After Water T’s father, Magma Q, dies, he inherits an artifact with an equation. Water T returns to Earth to get help from his math teacher, Mr. Goldenfold, to save his people.
Meanwhile, in Mr. Goldenfold’s class, Morty is listening to hip-hop music during the lecture. As Mr. Goldenfold begins to scorn Morty, Water T interrupts and asks for Mr. Goldenfold’s help. At first, he refuses, saying that Water T never turned in his homework, but he is forced to come along with Water T as the numbers attack the school.
After escaping the numbers with Water T, Morty, and 7, whom they have taken captive, Mr. Goldenfold tells Morty the story of how he was once Water T’s math teacher, and he taught him how to rap using math and time signature.
Mr. Goldenfold deciphers the equation on the artifact and discovers that it is a map, leading them to the origin world of the letters and numbers. There, they find a primitive alphanumeric species that takes them to their village for an Ewok-style festival.
Meanwhile, Mr. Goldenfold explains that he still resents when he had dinner with the Governor (now the President), as Water T won a Grammy and did not thank math.
At the temple on their planet of origin, Water T and 7 begin to have sex, which causes them to experience a vision. The numbers crash the party, revealing that Water T has been double-crossed by a letter, S, who is actually the number 8.
Now that the numbers have the upper hand, Water T reveals to Mr. Goldenfold that he didn’t thank math in his acceptance speech because of his father’s hatred towards numbers. Using the artifact, 8 is turned into Infinity and sets out to kill all the letters.
Water T, Mr. Goldenfold, and Morty follow Infinity in an attempt to stop him. Water T and Mr. Goldenfold realize that the secret is to use rap to unite the numbers and letters. After Water T becomes Magma T, he and 7 make up and use the artifact’s power together to kill Infinity.
Back on Earth, Morty experiences a newfound passion for math, and Magma T finally turns in the homework he owes to Mr. Goldenfold.
In a post-credits scene, Ice Cube comes to Magma T and 7, asking for their help in saving the planet of the geometric shapes.
Interestingly, in this episode of Rick and Morty, we did not get a single glimpse of Rick. This is surprising, considering how Rick-centric much of this season has been. However, even as a throwaway adventure, “Rise of the Numbericons” utterly fails, with unfunny humor that amounts to little more than a few cringe-worthy puns. After this weak two-episode streak, we just have to hope something turns around — and soon.
Rick and Morty airs on Adult Swim every Sunday at 11pm ET/PT.