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Rick And Morty Fans Love The Irony Of The Ultimate Heist Crew Scene

Heists are nothing new for films and series — they're appealing to audiences who live vicariously through the stars and their missions. 1960's "Ocean's Eleven" ushered in the era with a super-cool Rat Pack trying their hand at taking Vegas for everything, the allure only grew with Steven Soderbergh's star-studded remake. The latter alone played off the mystique to create some unique details that even Danny Ocean would be impressed by.  So, it's no surprise the sub-genre is ripe for parody, and Adult Swim's "Rick and Morty" did just that. The episode, titled "One Crew over the Crewcoo's Morty," offers a sarcastic take. 

Fans on YouTube were quick to pick up on the tone. One in particular, u/nemdenemam9753, even said it stole something unexpected; "The greatest thing about this episode is, it actually robbed me of my interest in heist movies." What is it about the episode that carries such snark? Many viewers are basing it on the creative team's perceived hate for the genre — after all, co-creator Dan Harmon has spoofed heists in both this series and "Community." "I love this episode because you can just tell it's come from a place of such deep hatred," wrote u/thejesusaurus6573.

A talking point for users is the "Ultimate Heist Crew" scene. In it, Rick and Morty recruit an alien that plays piano for a club, an explorer with multiple tools for hands, and a monster truck driver who happens to also be a vampire. "One of the best scenes and sums up an entire genre of movies," posted u/Pasha Bin.

Some fans noticed problems with the entire episode

Not everyone was on board with the anti-heist genre sentiment. U/Artur Zinurov offered their critique of the episode, especially its ridicule of certain elements. "Funny how they have the nerve to criticize heist movies when their season 3 premier is literally a heist movie except instead of stealing something it's destroying the government," they wrote. The commenter is referring to the episode, "The Rickshank Redemption." It sees Rick destroy the Galactic Federation with consequences beyond the act itself. Viewers might be more familiar with the episode's use of McDonald's Szechuan Sauce, something that led the chain to make a special 64-ounce bottle of the sauce for co-creator Justin Roiland. They would also offer it to consumers a few times, most recently in 2022 as part an app-only promotion.

The theme of destruction came to mind for another commenter's disapproval of the sequence as well as the entire episode. "So, Rick killed an entire species + their planet, literally stole the earth and even more planets apparently, made the entire Heistcon his puppets and wrecked Mr. Poopybuttholes career, just to crush Mortys dreams?" questioned u/scamanderous. "Man, talk about being petty."

Others saw it as a problem for those recruited by the crew — namely not learning the job before taking it on. "Maybe they should [have] ASKED what was the job before joining him!" u/Ren Cen wrote. U/Griffin Sebastian referenced the team being left behind as soon as Rick and Morty got into the event. "You dragged them all the way through the universe just get some pass cards and not get called a regular audience," they wrote.