I found Adventure Time to indeed have all the merits that are attributed to it. It has a magnificent sense of humour, a natural and realistic dialogue, it tries to develop it's characters as best as it can in a 9-11 minute format, and, of course, it truly shows fathomless imagination.
It is tragic that it couldn't escape marysuedom.
It began as a short that basically has the conventional "rescue the princess" plot, albeit with a 12 year old. In in itself that is quite clichéd and moronic, but it becomes genuinely creepy if you think about it more than once. "Penn" - as the short's protagonist was called - truly is an Author Avatar
, being basically Pendleton Ward as a 12 year old slaying monsters with his sharpei and rescuing his preteen crush - who, mind you, in that short didn't even have a personality. This is exactly
the sort of thing you see in My Inner Life
, the difference being that, for some idiotic reason, Penn is considered "likable" while Jenna is rightfully the subject of ridicule. Frankly, Penn and Jenna are exactly the same character, the difference being that one has a penis while the other has cat-motiffs.
To be fair, a lot of positive changes occured in the remake, the actual series. Bubblegum has an actual personality, the Ice King is a tragic villain rather than [just] a sexual competitor, Pendleton voices another character in the show that is most certainly not based on his actual personality, and Finn does have genuine problems and flaws. And most shockingly, it still manages to be fundamentally a power fantasy, and the flaws and problems do little more than to highlight this. For instance, Finn is stupid and judgemental, and not only do these traits rarely place him in genuine trouble, they either end up being fundamental in a non-ironic way, or are actually idolised
. He has problems, but these problems seem to be "masturbatory suffering", on other words, to satisfy the author
rather than provide a serious narrative. For example, most of his romantic issues with Princess Bubblegum are basically the sort of thing one sees in "nice guy" fantasies, to the point that one has to wonder if the writers are projecting themselves into the character.
Fundamentally, Finn is more likable than Enoby
, but that's like comparing a school shooting to the Apartheid.
17th Feb 13
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11th Mar 13
I love how the reviewer is accused of taking things to seriously while the commentators goes ape crazy over a offhand comment.
12th Jun 13
12th Jun 13
12th Jun 13
Finn shows a good deal of character development during the seasons. Sometimes he's a sue in the sillier episodes, sure; they're silly episodes, anything goes. But when The Lich is involved, Finn is quick to try his best at defeating it, and he usually fails in some way or another. He fails to protect PB from The Lich's whirlpool, though that's more Ice King's fault and gets tricked by The Lich into giving up the Enchiridion and then turning it into a portal to the Multiverse. Finn is far from perfect; he's messed up a good deal in the show, and he learns from his mistakes (look at PB for one). I wouldn't be surprised if he loses an arm at some point, as what keeps happening to his alternate selves - Farmworld!Finn has a bionic arm, and Pillow!Finn has a pillow arm. In fact, they're both replacing the same arm - Foreshadowing?
13th Jun 13
How did you even think to bring up apartheid and school shootings when reviewing a children's cartoon? Like seriously, explain your thought process.
1st Jul 13
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