The 6th episode of the 3rd season of Rick and Morty titled “Betic Twinstinic“mainly focuses on how Beth and Cosmos Beth fall in love with each other, which leaves Morty and Summer unsettled. To find out the extent and expiration date of their relationship, they enter Rick’s Holodeck, which allows users to create a simulated reality. Rick, Morty and Summer intrude on a couple believed to be elderly enjoying a great moment on the boardwalk before sunset: “Damn, did you do a full San Junipero here? through holodeck programming.
Rick is referencing an episode of Black Mirror that is considered one of the best episodes of the sci-fi series. Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mackenzie Davis, San Junipero is remembered for eschewing the show’s darker view of technology, instead emphasizing the power of connection and hope that scientific progress can bring forth. The episode is about two women who live in the beautiful coastal town of San Junipero and fall in love with each other. The idyllic escape they call home is actually a simulated reality where consciousness can live on even after death.
The latest Rick and Morty is more than just a surface level reference, it plays nicely with the idea that both Beths have the opportunity to see how their love can continue even when they get old. “San Junipero” also briefly toyed with the concept of cheating on a significant other – despite said cheating taking place in a virtual afterlife – a mystery that falls on both Beths.
In the end, the two Beths resolve their differences and come to an understanding with Jerry, which naturally traumatizes their children.
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