‘Rick and Morty’ Fans Should Find a Fun Surprise in ‘Invincible’

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The following story contains very light spoilers for Invincible Season 1, Episode 6.

  • One of the best parts about Amazon Prime Video's Invincible series has been the show's tremendous and huge voice cast of A-list stars.

  • The show's episode "YOU KINDA LOOK DEAD" featured a cult favorite of the voice-acting/animation world in Rick and Morty's Justin Roiland, who played a doomed buffoon named Doug Cheston.

  • Cheston served as the universe's introduction to a complex character named DA Sinclair, voiced by Justice League star Ezra Miller.

There's been a lot to love during the first season of Invincible, Amazon Prime Video's adaptation of Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman's beloved superhero comic. And while the story is a fun and often subverted take on a traditional superhero/coming of age story, perhaps the biggest highlight of the show is its constantly impressive voice cast, which regularly includes Steven Yeun, JK Simmons, Sandra Oh, Zazie Beetz, Gillian Jacobs, Zachary Quinto, and Walton Goggins, while an assortment of recurring and guest stars have also so far included Seth Rogen and Mahershala Ali.

Accordingly, the show's sixth episode included an almost blink-and-you'll-miss-it version of a voice cameo, but it was one from someone whose fanbase is far too loyal to miss such a thing—Rick and Morty star and co-creator Justin Roiland, who appeared for a brief moment in the episode's earliest moments as a spoiled college student named Doug Cheston.

Roiland's role as Cheston wasn't long-lived in Invincible because his quick opening scene served as the show's introduction to another big name actor's introduction as an important Invincible character: Ezra Miller as DA Sinclair. The opening scene finds a drunken Cheston—a wealthy heir to a fortune—harassing some college girls on his campus at Upstate University, before he's kidnapped by Sinclair and has his vocal chords cut out. That's a wrap on Mr. Roiland's role in Invincible, though he did get one of his Rick and Morty trademarks into the show to help fans recognize him for sure: a burp.

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Roiland's character, Cheston, shows up again a bit later in the episode, but not in any sort of recognizable form; he's been turned into a rabid Reanimen, an advanced human-cyborg soldier, by Sinclair. Sinclair, who we learn is attending Upstate University via a genius grant, is a character who recurs throughout the Invincible comics. He follows a similar arc, also turning a character named Rick (Jonathan Groff) into a Reanimen—which also happens in Invincible episode 6.

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By episode's conclusion, Cheston is long dead—he impaled himself on a spike when what was left of his brain realized the monster he'd been turned into—and Sinclair is taken into custody. Fans should expect to see more of Sinclair in Invincible's future, however. In the comics, the universe's version of Nick Fury is Cecil Stedman (Goggins in the show)—and he lets Sinclair off the hook on the whole incarceration thing...but only if he helps with his Reanimen advancements. Now using only cadavers, of course.

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