Saturday night saw the surprise release of Rick and Morty’s season three premiere and, while most of the internet was pleased as punch to finally get their eyes on the new season, there was one community who felt abandoned.
Adult Swim was supposed to release the fourth episode of Samurai Jack’s new season on Saturday, in its regularly scheduled spot, but the show never made it to broadcast. Instead, it seems like Samurai Jack was bumped for Rick and Morty, and while Polygon has reached out to Adult Swim to see if that was the reason, it didn’t stop legions of Samurai Jack fans from feeling let down.
Many of whom started making their own memes of what happened, including voice-over videos of Samurai Jack scenes featuring Rick and Morty or the cast of Spongebob Sqaurepants.
As one fan commented, “Remember when Samurai Jack fans and Rick and Morty fans lived together in harmony?”
The premiere of Rick and Morty’s third season aired Saturday night as an anti-April Fools’ Day joke, but the rest of the season won’t air until summer. Fans have been waiting for more than 18 months for the release of the third season, but co-creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland have delayed the show a few times to ensure production on the project wasn’t rushed.
Samurai Jack is in its fifth and final season, and so far, has been one of the darkest. Creator Genndy Tartakovsky told Polygon the mission of the fifth season was to explore Jack’s sadder, more subdued side.
“The haunting of the past and the self, is a pressure that you either need to forget or grieve,” Tartakovsky said. “He's traumatized and he cannot let go.”
Despite the clash this weekend between people, most Samurai Jack fans are also Rick and Morty devotees, and as many have pointed out, they just want to go back to being friends.