Rick’s car is a vital part of his adventures on Rick and Morty – but from its power source to its parking space, how much do you know about it?
Rick and Morty is well known for its variety of gadgets and weapons. In fact, the iconic portal gun has become a key part of almost every episode of the show, but one of the unsung heroes for the Smith family is Rick’s space cruiser.
The vehicle has been on countless missions across the many dimensions and planets that Rick and Morty have explored. While there have been a few episodes that actually developed what fans know about the car itself further, there’s plenty of things that audiences may have missed about Rick’s prized space vehicle.
Secret Parking Space
The Rick and Morty household contains a number of secrets that are still yet to be explored. One thing that has always been a puzzle though is where is exactly does Rick actually store his car? Considering it’s a dangerous weapon it can’t be out on the road.
The car parking space out the front of the house is usually empty and it doesn’t appear that the vehicle is kept in the garage or in the garden. The likely answer is that it’s stored underground, in one of Rick’s secret tunnels beneath the house.
A lot of things have changed about the show since its pilot episode. However, many fans hadn’t noticed the fact that Rick’s car actually has a major difference, that has never really been brought up since its disappearance.
In the first episode, the space cruiser actually has a crude sail attached the back. The fact is, the ship clearly doesn’t need this as it operates fine without it, so why was it there to begin with and where did it go after that initial episode?
In the Rick and Morty comics, Jerry is left in charge of the car, with some hilarious and disastrous consequences. The vehicle actually has a peculiar ability that hasn’t been seen in the show so far, but could explain a couple of peculiar incidents in Rick’s life.
When trying to get the car to work, Jerry presses a button which switches the minds of the two people in the passenger and driver’s seat. It’s a strange thing to employ in the vehicle, but it might be a genius way for Rick to gain control of the cruiser if someone has taken him and the car hostage.
An Infinite Battery
One episode saw a few battery problems with the car, which resulted in Rick revealed exactly how the space cruiser actually operates. It turns out he has created a microverse with the sole purpose of creating energy for the vehicle in an incredibly high concept episode.
When it’s revealed that that microverse created its own microverse, it started to beg the question, how many microverses are there? It’s very possible that the car is actually powered by an infinite amount of universes.
Throughout the show there are multiple problems with the battery and how the car is being powered. While Rick never goes back into the microverse again, it does imply that there are a few problems within those multiverses.
Every time there’s a power problem therefore it references issues within those tiny societies. There are fan theories that perhaps there are workers strikes, or some of the tinier multiverses are trying to produce their own power, leading to delays in supply.
Rick’s car has an artificial intelligence built into it. However, it’s been programmed to react to situations as Rick would. This has pretty disastrous results when Summer is left alone with the cruiser.
The car is supposed to protect her, but with the same sense of nihilism as its owner, it resorts straight to deadly, or mentally breaking measures. Many of its choices reflect exactly how Rick operates, which is a scary insight into his mind.
A Mind Of Its Own
Considering during the episode in which Summer is protected by the car, there are battery issues from the microverse, it begs the question of how the vehicle was operating at all. The likeliest answer is that there is a secondary power supply.
However, it could be that the vehicle has gained sentience to a point that it doesn’t actually need power. There’s a few pop culture references as to how the car could be acting like a droid or perhaps gaining sentience in a dangerous capacity and could play into the plot of the show down the line.
The Seed Computer
The Mega Seed was introduced into the show after Rick tried to smuggle out the plant based substance inside of Morty. However, it dissolved giving him short term mega intelligence, which he used to impress his family.
In the Rick and Morty game it is revealed that there’s actually a Mega Seed built into the cruiser, which helps to power it. It’s clearly part of the intelligent computer system and reveals a little more about how this car functions
A Personal Attachment
There have been many scenes where viewers have actually felt quite bad for Rick. He seems isolated in many ways, even choosing to have his own toilet in the middle of nowhere. Morty is one of his few constant companions.
But more so than that, his car has been with him through thick and thin. Considering his view of the world, it’s strange that Rick would have a personal attachment to his car, but he actually gets quite upset if it’s damaged or broken.
The design of the ship clearly demonstrates that Rick has constantly modified it form scraps that he has found. He’s always making changes, but the car also shows just how creative he is.
For instance, old flashlights have created the headlights for the vehicle, while trash cans have been modified to create the side thrusters. Even the chairs have clearly been pulled out of a traditional car.
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