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adventure time recapping: all your fault and little dude

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So what happens when you finally hit a bump in the road? I mean, you have to know it’s going to come some day, right? No relationship can continue on without any sort of instability forever, right? 

 
It’s what kept me from writing this for over a week now. Adventure Time is my unconditional comfort food. Plop me down in front of a Czech dinner and I’ll scarf it down with alarming speed. I look forward to it each and every week for years now. I was resistant to it at first, sure, but it’s like yoga for my childhood. Sure it’s sometimes difficult to get through and makes me cry like a girl… ok, losing the yoga metaphor… I hope. 
 
I digress, the Lemongrab character is something that I’ve thought long and hard about. I just can’t find what makes him funny. He’s like that kid in school whose inexplicably popular, even though his only discernible positive quality is blowing snot rockets with alarming velocity. Which, while impressive, is mostly irritating. Kind of like Mumford and Sons. 
 
I’ve not given up Lemongrab. Maybe I’ve missed something! Maybe there’s something wrong with me… or maybe there’s something really helpful about finding a problem with something or someone that you love. Maybe it means that you’re growing as a person, better able to accept flaws. Nothing’s perfect and the lows mean that you’re more able to appreciate the highs that they’re able to give you.
 
 
SPEAKING OF HIGHS this week’s episode gets everything right. It’s everything that makes Adventure Time  that warm embrace that I get to start my week with. Sweet gravy-soaked goodness.
 
The show’s never been afraid to be weird, but in an unflinching highly deliberate and sincere fashion. It’s like on the Simpsons, when the following exchange happens:
 
Frink: “Yes, over here, […] in Episode BF12, you were battling barbarians while riding a winged Appaloosa, yet in the very next scene, my dear, you’re clearly atop a winged Arabian! Please do explain it! 

Lucy Lawless: Uh, yeah, well, whenever you notice something like that… a wizard did it
Frink: Yes, alright, yes, in episode AG04-” 
Lucy Lawless: Wizard!

 
 
It doesn’t waste time trying to bore you with explainations like, “why do they have a sausage-flare? Why do they call them sassages? How does an anthropromorphic hate turn food into poo? It doesn’t really matter. Would an answer really make you happier as a viewer? 
 
It reminds me of J.J. Abrams. He has a box that he received from his father at a young age, that he’s never opened. He’s never once opened it. Not even one peak. The mystery will forever remain. It’s what made Lost so breathtakingly unsatisfying. As a creator, you owe it to your audience to either answer questions appropriately or not at all. Adventure Time stratles that line to an impressive degree. You’re left longing for answers about the back story while feeling that much closer to the characters in the show. Just like early season of Lost. Can you imagine how much more satisfied we’d all have been if they’d simply never promised to answer questions about the origin of the island? Did we really need to see “Across the Sea?” Did a single human-being feel that they know more about the show, the origins of the island, or the characters on said island following weird reveal of WHO WERE THE BODIES IN THE CAVE THAT none of you honestly remembered from season one… you know… that burning question you had… and why do they fight over wine or something….
 
Adventure Time circumvents all that nonsense, because no one really cares about how flower/Master Shake wizard came to be. He was underground to hide himself from the world until a magic flower grew out of his head and gave life to Finn’s hat. Now that that single sentence is out of the way, let’s have a story arch where there is a clear redemption of his character where he’s allowed to overcome the demons his father thrust upon him through the power of maternal love. Just a few sentences that allows you to feel close to a character whose first appearance is coming out of the ground and snarls a bit. 
 
Finn and Jake spin around in a pool of water and make a whirlpool that’s small and kinda sucks. Everyone does it as a kid, he’ll I’ll still do it any time I’m in an above-ground pool, which admittedly happens so often. 
 
But in the end, good moms can put an end to badness. The last sequence is kinda great. All it takes is some good parenting to turn evil into good. You get to see the once evil hat made good, and the Wizard no longer turns everything he touches evil. Balance is restored and everyone gets to be happy. All because someone’s mom was a mench along the way. I gotta imagine Osama bin Laden had a shitty mom. I bet she was a real piece of work. 
 
 
Rando thoughts:
 
Why’s there a raspberrying horse? Why’s there a saloon? A cowboy? Banana Guards don’t seem to be particularly helpful.
 
Master Shake should be everywhere.
Kitchen gloves stop heat. Heat and magic. 
 
“He turned it into poo! This is poo now! Smell it!”
“BMO hit you on the butt… hehehe….”
“Sassages”
“You’re gettin’ kinda fat, dude.”
 
Anime-explosion jokes! 
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fringe: a rant (and recap) part two

***Warning: While there are recaps for the last three episodes, there are also a lot of horrible analogies and metaphors, and crazy amounts of me freaking out and ranting. Also, this will be broken up into two parts, as it’s too long for one post.  Oh, Fringe. You crazy show, you.***

Are some of these problems I have things I have already talked about? Of course. But they’re not getting resolved in the show, making them seem even more apparent now.

I’m sad–devastated–that Fringe is ending. However, another, smaller part of me wishes it ended in season three. Or even season 4. There are only six episodes left, and will they really be that great? I’m not too sure. We’ve got the one Abrams is supposedly directing (which I don’t care about at all. We could say that he completely ditched the show, bringing about its downfall, but instead, because we’re bitter fans, let’s say that Abrams helped create something awesome, stuck it in the oven, then SABOTAGED his friends by changing the oven time. But if the cookies turn out good, we all know he’s going to be there bragging about how he helped with them.), the rumored “episode 19”–which breaks my heart because last season’s episode 19, Letters in Transit, have lost its “episode 19ness” because of this season.

I also do not like how the alternate timeline and future timelines have served as a completely different background and setting than the parallel universes in seasons two and three. Instead of being an intriguing place with subtle but distinct differences, the alternate timeline and future timeline is, in my mind, the lazy way of not explaining anything. Plot hole? Continuity errors? It’s okay–we’ll just blame it on the fact that this is an alternate timeline.

Can they really wrap up three seasons of awesomeness, one season of meandering, and half a season of not-very-good-storyline? Time will only tell.

If it seems like I am freaking out, it is because I AM.

I don’t know why cheesy metaphors seem to be the way I’m expressing myself, but I’m going to keep going with it. Fringe, you are like a cup of Mountain Dew Baja Blast with lots of ice (bear with me on this one). The first sip of that tangy, delicious bright-blue drink is nothing short of amazing. You continue sipping. It continues tasting delicious. Life continues, and you are happy–like is perfect. Then you suck on the straw and you come up empty. You freak out. “I’m done already? I’ve only been drinking it for a few minutes!” You open the lid; the straw was caught between ice. Don’t worry–you’ve still got about a third of the drink left. You replace the lip and shake the cup, relieved to hear lots of liquid and ice. But doubt begins to fill your mind. What if the ice dilutes the drink? Maybe to enjoy the last few sips, you must eat most of the ice first! (Here is season four–a delightful break, but not really what you’re in the mood for.)

You begin chomping away on that ice, shoveling it into your mouth. There are just a few pieces left. “That’s okay,” you think. Those few pieces won’t ruin the last of my drink. You take a first tentative sip. It’s slightly watery. “But that’s okay, too,” you try to comfort yourself. The next ones will be better. You swallow a half-melted ice cube that somehow went up your straw. “What the hell?” you think. You begin to get frustrated. Your mouth is half-frozen because you decided to eat all those ice cubes and the drink isn’t even tasting that good anymore. You angrily rip off the lid and throw the straw to the floor. Your eyes grow wide and you breathe in a gasp because–.

Well, we don’t know why because, because Fringe isn’t over yet! I’m hoping it’s something magical, like you discover that the last sip is a sip of the fountain of youth, and not something horrible like, you realizing that the cup’s been empty for a long time and you’ve been drinking half watery soda-water, half air. We will find out soon enough. And maybe I will revisit this analogy after the finale and give it a proper ending. But probably not.

Until next week’s episode, which, from commercials, looks to be slightly better than last week’s episode (although, really, that isn’t saying much), I will be rewatching seasons two and three. Because that feels like it aired a lifetime ago, and was a different show.

In news that’s a bit happier, John Noble just tweeted about the finale, and said that it was MINDBLOWING (all caps his words, not mine. Well, maybe mine. We will see on January 18. Please don’t let me down, Fringe. You will kill my soul and destroy my heart.)

 

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