something im noticing already in the new season, only two episodes in-
morty is smart.
like, genuinely smart.
like, some of his lines and quips are even over rick’s in terms of like… smartness
hes always been the voice of reason but these past two episodes hes really stepping up. not only that, but hes angrier. hes fed up. hes still nervous, stuttery morty with confidence issues to fill a pool with sweat and tears but thats just him. but hes also willing to stand up for himself and hes pissed off, because rick doesnt care so goddamnit, someone has to
but on the same note, i think hes starting to doubt that a little? because hes so sick of being told that hes wrong and stupid and weak, but the main reason hes so sick of it is because, i think, he believes it. and everything around him sucks, and life sucks, and hes just one kid and what is he supposed to do? what CAN he do?
and rick, on the flipside, is more unsure of himself than hes ever been. his family is a mess, he doesnt know how to handle people or relationships where morty gets people so well he can lead a bunch of strangers into a suicide revolt. rick doesnt GET family and hes completely out of his element here, and hes adapting BADLY and he knows it. his impulse when confronted with what he doesnt understand, or cant understand, is to run away, where mortys is to figure it out (which is weirdly contradictory, huh?) so his confidence is sort of dwindling as he clings to what he DOES understand