A “Rick and Morty” fan theory. Evil Morty

I’ve got a fan theory.

We know in an alternate universe, Beth never ended up with Jerry. She was successful and miserable until the alternate Jerry showed up. As the separation in this season continues, Beth will see herself becoming more and more cynical like Rick. Then we’ll see her memory of when her mom left Rick. It’s obvious at this point that we won’t get an accurate origin story from Rick. His cynicism ended the relationship. Presenting this, Beth will some how seek out Jerry because being with him keeps her from ending up like Rick. And that’s where Evil Morty comes in….

He’s from an alternate universe where Beth and Jerry split for good. And the cycle of cynicism continues with a darker Morty. 

Besides, she’s no idiot. She’s going to figure out that Rick manipulated her divorce from Jerry.

Something was bugging me. What could possibly be Evil Morty’ s motivations for, well, being evil? They came to me when I was mowing the lawn this morning. We can assume that Evil Morty’s circumstances are similar to Morty C-137. But without Jerry’s idiotic optimism. If you watch previous episodes, you’ll not that every time Morty tries to do the right thing, or take initiative, or outsmart Rick, he gets slapped in the face, metaphorically. He’s a character who wants his actions to matter. Now, in a universe where Rick’s cynicism passes to Morty, and armed with the knowledge that nothing he does matters, he craves to be unique and to finally matter. How does he achieve this? By wiping out every universe that bears resemblance to his own, and every other Morty in the process. Only then can he truly matter and be unique. He probably recognizes that Rick Sanchez C-137 is the only one who can stop him because he’s the “Rickiest Rick of them all.”

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Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “The Crow”

Shot, but ultimately deleted were scenes with a character from the comic known as the Skull Cowboy. This mysterious character is an undead being, like Eric Craven, who exists in a kind of Limbo.

There were two scenes with the Skull Cowboy. The first is when Eric Draven rises from the grave. The Skull Cowboy is standing above him, and the crow flies off his shoulder. He says, “Follow the crow.”

The second scene was when Draven attempts the rescue Sarah in the church. The Skull Cowboy appears and warns him to not to go off his mission and that the matters of the living are not his concern. He adds, “I took that risk, and  I lost.” Up until this point in the story, you think he’s the Grim Reaper, but this scene would’ve revealed that like Draven, he was a soul resurrected by the crow, but is now trapped between worlds.

He was played by famed horror b-movie actor Michael Berryman. 

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “A Face in the Crowd” (1957)

​Towards the end of the film, when Andy Griffith’s character, Larry ‘Lonesome’ Rhodes goes into a drunken rage, to help his performance the director Elia Kazan gave Griffith a bottle of Jack Daniels. After the first take, he discovered that Griffith had already downed half the bottle. He said, “Um, Andy. Maybe for the next take you should just sniff the cork.”

Griffith himself stated later in life that he believed his performance was so extreme that it altered his personality.

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan” (1989)

Technically speaking, this film actually takes place in a post 9/11 New York City.

1 through 4 take place around the early 80’s. When Tommy Jarvis returns in part 6, he’s 17, meaning 6 takes place around 1990. Then part 7 begins the same time with the telekinesis character Tina, and goes ahead to 2001 when she’s a teenager.

Meaning, that Part 8: Jason Takes Manhattan takes place around 2002.

This means that “Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday”, even though it was made in 1993, actually takes place in 2003.

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “The Duellists” (1977)

The hairstyles of the main characters are historically accurate. During Napoleon Bonaparte’s reign it was required of French officers, if they could, to grow their hair long and braid it on the sides. The idea was that the hair might be thick enough to protect their face from a sabre slash. As swords were still very much part of warfare.

Joe’s Character Analysis: Johnny Smith from Stephen King’s “The Dead Zone”

It is been said that a film is only as great as it’s villain. This can be true in many cases. It certainly is the truth in many of the works of author, Stephen King. In most of the films that have been adapted from his work, we have various and very memorable villains. It could be very easy to forget heroes which he has also written in his books. People forget, especially in the world of movies, that is the human elements which give the story it’s true strength, and not necessarily the supernatural parts. Stephen King’s human heroes are really where the power of his stories comes from. But in all fairness the scares are a pivotal part as well.
 Enter Johnny Smith. From King’s story, and David Cronenberg’s film adaptation in 1983, of “The Dead Zone.”

 In the story , Johnny Smith is a simple schoolteacher who is the result of going into a coma five years, awakens with psychic powers. One touch, and he can see someone’s past, present, and future. In the story, it has Johnny uncovering cases and going through certain events in his new life discovering both who he is now in the world, and what his powers can accomplish. This includes solving murder cases, and political conspiracy.

 There are many layers to Johnny as the story goes farther and farther. It’s worth mentioning first and foremost that he is a reluctant hero . He did not ask for these powers, and there are probably parts of the story where he regrets having to use them. But in using them and in accomplishing the deeds that he does , he discovers a little bit more more about himself.

The very name Johnny Smith implies that he is the everyman. Therefore as a representation of the average person, it’s fair to say that he in fact is a representation of every individual audience member who either watches the movie, reads the book, or even watches the TV series that is loosely based off of both. 

 As the story continues, Johnny Smith becomes less of the average, everyman and more more of an outsider.

 What else is very fascinating about the character of Smith, is that he follows a sort of character arc not too dissimilar from Brandon Lee’s portrayal of the undead hero Eric Draven, in “The Crow”. Smith is a man who was awoken from a coma after five long years. It really begs the question, how exactly does somebody reintroduce themselves into a world, and into a life, that is essentially already learned how to live without them? So Johnny’s mission in life is not only finding out how to use his powers, but also how to find a new meaning in his life . This quality makes him one of the most sympathetic heroes ever created by Stephen King . As stated before, it is the human elements and not necessarily the supernatural ones that make, not just Stephen King stories, but also horror, mysteries, thrillers, etc. into good movies and good stories altogether.

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Saving Private Ryan” (1998)

In the film, there is a scene of two German soldiers surrendering, but the Americans kill them anyway and laugh it off.

The two soldiers were not speaking German, they were speaking Czech. They were trying to explain that they were forced by the Germans to fight for them.