‘Rick and Morty’ Episode Refers to ‘Star Wars’ Movie

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Star Wars has influenced many other TV and film productions, including Rick and Morty. In fact, the finale for Rick and Morty Season 4 was called “Star Mort Rickturn of the Jerri.” This is a reference to a Star Wars movie.

‘Star Mort Rickturn’ Refers to ‘Star Wars’

As with many Rick and Morty episodes in Season 4, the finale’s title was based off a popular movie. The title of Season 4 Episode 10, “Star Mort Rickturn of the Jerri,” refers to Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. 

Return of the Jedi was first released in 1983, directed by Richard Marquand, with the screenplay written by Lawrence Kasdan and George Lucas. Lucas was the executive producer. This was the third in the original Star Wars trilogy, taking place a year after The Empire Strikes Back. In this movie, the Empire was constructing a second Death Star. This also saw another standoff between Darth Vader and Luke.

The classic movie is beloved by many. Here’s a trailer:

Past Title Meanings

Here’s a look at what past Rick and Morty episode titles meant this season. This has minor spoilers for past episodes. 

Season 4 Episode 1: “Edge of Tomorty: Rick Die Repeat” – This was a reference to the movie Edge of Tomorrow, which had the tagline: Live, Die, Repeat. This was a sci-fi movie starring Tom Cruise about reliving time over and over until you can find a way to survive the objective. It tied in pretty closely with the show’s premise.

Season 4 Episode 2: “Old Man and the Seat” – This was a reference to the classic book “The Old Man and the Sea.” The episode was about Rick endlessly guarding the ultimate toilet, but “killing” a potential friendship in the process, kind of like how the book was about a man’s endless quest to catch a large marlin. (Or it may have been about Rick’s endless quest for the perfect joke.)

Season 4 Episode 3: “One Crew over the Crewcook’s Morty” – This referred to a classic novel and movie called One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Interestingly, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is NOT a heist movie, so it’s unclear why the episode is named after the book and movie.

Season 4 Episode 4: “Claw and Hoarder: Special Ricktim’s Morty” – This is a reference to a TV series called Law & Order: Special Victim’s Unit (also known as Law & Order SVU for short.) “Claw and Hoarder” also referred to the claws of a dragon that hoards its treasure. After watching the episode, it’s also clear that the sexual crimes part of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is also related to the plot.

Season 4 Episode 5: “Rattlestar Ricklactica” – This is a reference to the show Battlestar Galactica, even though the episode itself was more of a callback to Terminator.

Season 4 Episode 6: “Nevericking Morty” – This referred to the movie and book Neverending Story. 

Season 4 Episode 7: “Promortyus” – This referred to the movie Prometheus. 

Season 4 Episode 8: “The Vat of Acid Episode” – This was the only episode of the season that didn’t refer to a movie, book, or TV series.

Season 4 Episode 9: “Childrick of Mort” – This title referred to the movie Children of Men. 

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