Vet TV Animated Show idea,
Its not really a idea really, just a canvas with two characters inspired by “Rick & Morty” that I think would be an appropriate fit for a Vet TV Animated Show
I do not attend to steal the idea of the show, I just want to use something like the character dynamics I see in this show. This particular show Rick & Morty that airs on Adult Swim follows primarily a Grand Father (Rick) who is a alcoholic, self-destructive, cynical and cruel and his Grand son (Morty) who is young, naïve, idealistic, and in addition to Rick is the main protagonist. Along with Rick and occasionally is family, Morty is forced to go on crazy often demoralizing adventures.
These models of characters parallel with people I have seen in the Marine Corps Infantry,
“Rick” Character, Senior NCO/SNCO
I believe the “Rick” character would fit typically in a position of seniority such as a Salty- E5 squad leader/E6 Platoon Sgt who is disillusioned with the Marine Corps, abuses alcohol and is cruel on occasion with a cynical outlook, with a more old-school view that many of the older breed of the MC Infantry hold(Dislikes “Wooks”, always criticizes the Marine Corps attempts at integration, believes in hazing, Thinks the SAW is superior to the IAR etc, believes hazing is a better alternative to an NJP, cares about the wellbeing of his Marines) .
This character can present the reality some of us come to while we are in the MC or later realize, this “Reality” that I see in this character sees the Marine Corps that claims to care about mental health but never lets its Marines have a successful career after seeing SACO, looking at the Marine Corps as a giant machine that throws away its cogs (Marines) once they get hurt or no longer useful. However, this character always talks about getting out but Is too afraid to leave the MC.
“Morty” Character, Junior Enlisted/2nd Lt
Morty in Rick & Morty is dragged along in his Grandfathers adventures most of the time against his will, with Morty having very little power in the show I think that can easily parallel with a 2nd Lt or a Boot from SOI. Like many of us in our first years in the military, Morty is very naïve and innocent, untampered by years of being in the MC. He is the ideal boot Marine (Lawful good), always does the right thing always sees black and white and is completely opposite from the “Rick” Character. Morty believes that Integration is good, Counseling should be done and are a great tool, reads MC publications on his free time, Understands the role of a Automatic Rifleman (IAR) and how its different from a Machine Gunner(SAW). Although he is the perfect Marine in the Marine Corps eyes, he is seen as a boot and imperfect in the eyes of Veteran Infantryman around him. Morty does not believe in hazing but gets hazed, and is constantly getting involved in the “Ricks” outlook of the MC.