There are many individuals out there who have yet to deviate from the familiar realm of Netflix, and they are seriously missing out on one of television’s greatest programs over on Hulu Plus. Adult Swim’s “Rick and Morty” has emerged as a new cult favorite among sci-fi and comedy fanatics everywhere. The animated series follows the misadventures of alcoholic mad-scientist Rick and his good-natured but aloof grandson, Morty, across space and time. In case you’ve missed out on the series thus far, here are the eight technologies from Rick and Morty that we wish existed:
1. Meeseeks Box
In episode 5 of season 1, Rick introduces a box that is able to summon creatures known as “Mr. Meeseeks,” whose sole purpose in life is to complete whatever task they are summoned for. I’m sure everyone has a list of tasks they wouldn’t mind getting some assistance with from these friendly creatures, as they can do virtually anything from helping someone become popular in high school to fixing a person’s broken self-image. A word of caution though: pick a task that is too unfeasible, and Mr. Meeseeks might become psychologically unhinged at the thought of being completely futile.
2. Alternate Reality Goggles
In the season 1 episode “Rixty Minutes,” Rick gives the family a pair of goggles allowing them to browse through different “channels” that display alternate realities. Because the multi-verse theory assumes that every possibility occurs in one reality or another, these goggles would allow the user to experience any reality imaginable. Move aside “Orange is the New Black” and “House of Cards;” with these goggles, the entertainment possibilities are literally limitless.
3. A Love Potion
Rick’s “Potion #9,” which would colloquially be known as a love potion to a layperson, creates a chemical reaction in a person’s brain that makes them attracted to someone else, or as Rick calls it, “compels animals to breed.” Most people have seen enough movies to know that love potions never end well (Rick and Morty’s portrayal confirms this), but that doesn’t mean we wouldn’t want a vial or two anyway.
4. Curse-Removal Services
In the episode “Something Ricked This Way Comes,” the actual Devil sets up a store that sells cursed items to unsuspecting customers. In usual Rick-fashion, he sets up a business across the street that removes the curses in order to spite Satan. Though this concept toes the ambiguous line between science and mysticism, the curse-removal market would probably thrive as well as the exorcism market has in modern times.
5. Time Suspender
After throwing a huge rager at the end of season 1, Rick uses a machine to freeze time before Morty’s parents get home and find the house thrashed. It’s good to know that even Rick would use this machine for the same reason 75% of individuals (and 99% of high schoolers) would.
6. Micro-verse Battery
Episode 6 of season 2 introduces a unique moral dilemma: how much should energy efficiency matter over individual freedom? Rick and Morty encounter this quandary after learning that Rick’s hover car is powered through energy produced by a micro-universe within the battery. The technical enslavement of an entire world might be a deal-breaker for some, but think of how energy efficient your new ride would be with this type of battery power.
7. Inception Machine
Much of the inspiration for the technologies and storylines in “Rick and Morty” comes from famous movies such as “Back to the Future” and even “Inception.” In the show’s second episode, Rick produces a machine straight from the realm of “Inception” that allows Morty and him to travel through the dreams of Morty’s math teacher. If Leo’s stellar performance in the movie wasn’t enough to convince you that dream-entry machines are a necessity, this show’s take on the concept definitely will.
8. Animal Intelligence Enhancer
In the same episode where Rick and Morty travel through the dreams of Morty’s math teacher, Rick gives the family dog Snuffles an upgrade with a device that magnifies his intelligence. While we all wish we could talk to our furry companions, Morty’s sister Summer put it best when she said, “you can’t endow a creature with sentience and then rip it away.”