Rick and Morty Season 7: Unity's Inconsistent Return Sets Up Mid-Season Finale

Unity returns in Rick and Morty Season 7 Episode 12, but her comeback raises questions about narrative coherence and character consistency. Her portrayal contradicts established canon, sparking concerns about the show's handling of recurring characters.

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Rick and Morty Season 7: Unity's Inconsistent Return Sets Up Mid-Season Finale

Rick and Morty Season 7: Unity's Inconsistent Return Sets Up Mid-Season Finale

Rick and Morty Season 7 Episode 12 marked the return of Unity, a character absent for three years, but her comeback has raisedquestions about narrativecoherence and character consistency. Unity, a sentient hive mind voiced by Christina Hendricks, was last seen in Season 2, Episode 3,"Auto Erotic Assimilation,"where she broke up with Rick due to his toxic influence.

In her Season 7 return, Unity says she worried when Rick didn't return her calls, resulting in her possessing the entire population of Virginia just to talk with him. This contradicts the established canon, as Unity had previously refused to return Rick's calls and set boundaries after their breakup.

The article notes that Rick and Morty's original premise "was a lot zanier and the ending of 'Auto Erotic Assimilation' was one of the earliest instances of the series taking Rick's anguish seriously." Rick's drinking, initially played for laughs in Season 1, was portrayed in a more serious light in "Auto Erotic Assimilation," making it clear that he was unable to maintain a healthy relationship.

Unity's return in Season 7 advances the storyline involving Rick Prime, highlighting the gravity of his ongoing vendetta. The mid-season finale portrays a despondent Rick, suggesting that his battles might be leading him away from the catharsis he seeks. The article suggests that Rick's friends, including Unity, try to warn him of this fate, but it's strange for the show to treat Unity as one of Rick's friends and not a bitter ex.

Rick and Morty Season 7 has relied heavily on recurring supporting characters, including Squanchy, Gene, Gearhead, Birdperson, Mr. Poopybutthole, and Mr. Goldenfold. While bringing back familiar faces can be a treat for fans, the inconsistent portrayal of Unity's character in Episode 12 underscores the challenges of maintaining narrative coherence in a long-running series. As the show continues to explore Rick's complex relationships and inner turmoil, it remains to be seen how his arc will resolve in the aftermath of his confrontation withRick Prime.