Fair enough. I guess one’s overall enjoyment of Season 3 ultimately depends on whether or not the viewer cared for RaM’s bigger focus on family drama.
I personally found it interesting throughout. The Smith-Sanchez family’s dysfunctional bond has always been an underlying part of the show since Season 1, so it’s likely that the writers wanted to jump into Jerry and Beth’s inevitable divorce so they could play with a different status quo that took a closer look at some character dynamics we hadn’t really seen much of (Beth and the kids, Rick and Jerry, Beth and Rick). And it’s not like the show sacrificed crazy sci-fi misadventures for the sake of covering more family drama; the Mad Max world, the Immortality Field resort, and “Rest and Ricklaxation” through “Morty’s Mind Blowers” all explored pretty fun worlds and crazy concepts, in my opinion.
Honestly, the only gripe I could have with Season 3 is how omnipotent it made Rick. I can admit that it gets kind of hard to root for an asshole-type character who practically faces no hardships or challenges. I think “Edge of Tomorty” was a good sign of the writers realizing that Rick needs a little more struggle for the audience to actually care about him. Samurai Jack didn’t go through the entire series with ease; there were actual challenges he needed to work around. Seeing Rick’s tiring treks through different dimensions in this season premiere was both cathartic AND entertaining.
I’ve been enjoying the show nonstop, but I guess I can see how some might have gotten bored with the shift to more character analyses.