People love Rick & Morty, but what they don't love is being forced to wait over a year for a new batch of episodes to arrive. So you can imagine fans' joy when it was announced that the third season would be getting 14 episodes, and their disappointment when that number was reduced back to the standard 10. Dan Harmon, the show's co-creator, has explained why that happened.
He told Entertainment Weekly:
“I’m still learning how to do the show efficiently while catering to the perfectionist in all of us. I would like to think I’ve learned enough from my mistakes in season 3 that we could definitely do 14 now, but then I have to say, ‘Yeah but you’re the guy who says we can do 14 who turned out to be wrong so we’re not listening to you now.’”
Part of the problem seems to be that he's constantly gunning for a 'perfect record', which basically he means he doesn't want to release an episode they know is crap before anyone has had a chance to see it:
“We don’t believe in the concept of ‘this one’s allowed to be shitty.’ With Community, Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan, who worked on Scrubs for 8 years, said, ‘Look, man, you’re stressing yourself out a lot … stop killing yourself, let one of these be a standard house number.’
We did that a couple times on Community and the thing that should wake me up is they’re some great episodes where I kind of went, ‘Okay fine this isn’t that important of an episode,’ and end up doing something fun that feels like proper TV."
While it might seem frustrating for fans to be kept waiting, you can't deny that maintaining the quality of the series isn't a noble goal. Harmon seems to want to produce episodes that will satisfy Rick & Morty's more obsessive fans, if he (and the rest of the team behind the series) can meet their lofty expectations then that's better for the rest of us. I know I'd much rather have 10 great episodes of Rick & Morty rather than 14 episodes that were just alright. [EW via ComicBook.com]