In the episode The Ricks Must Be Crazy of Rick and Morty, a TV show host of the microverse says that the power generators (the "gooble boxes") provide electricity for the planet but also route energy to a volcano to prevent it exploding (but instead sends power to Rick's battery).

When Zeep (the scientist of the first microverse) created the miniverse, wasn't he aware of the volcanic threat? Or did he figure it out since he doesn't like Rick?

Bonus question: why didn't Zeep create a second miniverse to power Rick's battery at the end when the residents got back to the gooble boxes?

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TLDR Version: Although the graphic may suggest it, that's not what the TV Show host said, he indicated that the volcano is safely disposing of 'waste' power. (See video clip attached.)

If you listen to the Broadcast by the miniverse microverse1 residents, they explain that Rick provided the technology that provides electricity 'Powering our homes and businesses', 'while safely removing the dangerous waste power to a special disposal volcano.'

So, no -- Zeep isn't aware of the volcanic threat, as there isn't one described -- they thought they were sending 'waste' power to the Volcano, which Rick set up to be able to get rid of it for them.

That also answers your bonus question -- he didn't create a box to power Rick's battery because he thought the volcano was just disposing of their waste -- no need to use it since his 'new' tech didn't generate 'waste' energy.

Edit -- To address the expanded Bonus question: We don't know; possibly he will or did -- all we know is that power is being generated again. The simplest immediate resolution would be to return things to 'normal' by having people use their boxes again (which we see, along with a pissed-off Zeep, but that doesn't mean that's how things stay, given the time-compression they mention), but that doesn't mean he couldn't then profit by his experience and either

  1. Do exactly what you suggest and create two boxes (or just one and route some of it's power upstream to Rick -- think like a Pyramid scheme), risking facing what Rick eventually faced, when his new box develops far enough to build it's own miniverse, or
  2. Come up with a new way to generate power.

That said, the episode was showing scientists who didn't see the ethical ramifications of their actions, and how their creations mirrored them; Rick hasn't learned from the experience, so it's doubtful that Zeep has, either, except that he inhabits the first level of the smaller universes, and thus Rick can threaten him but he can't threaten Rick, possibly leading him to back down and just keep providing power indefinitely.

With luck, this could be explored in later episodes, much the way 'Ship in a Bottle' expanded upon 'Elementary, Dear Data' in the Star Trek universe; the show does do a lot of call-backs to previous episodes, so this has the possibility of being a plot-hook for a later episode.

Sadly, the video that was here (showing the transcribed segment, above) is now gone.

1 - Updated my terminology.. The first world was the Microverse. The NEXT one down the chain was the Miniverse.

  • Well, the waste is still "dangerous". Of course out-of-universe it is just the non-consumed energy which must be dispatched somewhere but as you said, Zeep found a way to not generate wasted energy. Sorry I was not clear for the bonus question, I was thinking "when Zeep knows the truth at the end". Editing
    – Goufalite
    Aug 28, 2017 at 13:25

Zeep didn't figure it out beforehand, because he is not only surprised by a change of perspective when he notices that a scientist in his miniverse is doing the same thing he did, which pisses him off quite a bit, which pales in comparison to how enraged he becomes when he gets that Rick created his microverse. His surprise is genuine. Zeep had the ability to solve an issue that his whole people was having (having to spend time and effort to produce current) and decided to help by having other people do this effort and rip their electricity off from them.

Your bonus question is much less answerable. We don't know. After all, we only see what happens in the microverse right when Rick is trying to start his engine, which is microverse's people using the gooble boxes, we didn't see them since that moment. While Zeep had to have Rick's battery powered so their microverse would survive, he could still do it through a miniverse afterward, that he would build while the powering is temporarily handled by the gooble boxes.

But I think it's unlikely: Around the same moment when Zeep learned that he lived in a microverse, he also learned that the same way he built another pocket universe to provide current to his people, the same thing would happen in it, and I doubt he would take the risk to have Rick's battery unpowered again, even for a short time.

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