Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Adventure Time (S01E13)

Episode #013
'City Of Thieves'
Season 1, Episode 13

Finn and Jake approach a city of thieves where they are greeted by a hag warning them that anyone who enters the city will become a thief themselves. They also run into a little girlfriend outside the city limits who claims to have been robbed of her basket by people within the city, so they venture inside to find and retrieve her basket -- even at the risk of the city corrupting them.

I always enjoy watching Finn and Jake in a dungeon-like setting, and while this set-up isn't technically a "dungeon", I tplays out in a similar way. The animation here is dark and suitably grubby, and the and rapid-fire action make for some hilarious and clever chase scenes. There is constantly so much going on in this episode, as it moves from place to place filled with creative character designs/animation and funny ways to move the plot along. I enjoy how this episode didn't feel the need for a sappy resolution, allowing Finn and Jake to both become susceptible to the effects of the city without ever really absolving them of it. It's the first time we really see Finn and Jake fail and in multiple ways, ending with the realization that good people can sometimes do bad things -- even if for the right reasons. It's a fast-paced episode that offers plenty of laughs, fun action scenes, and puts value in accepting doing a bad thing doesn't necessarily make you a bad person and that sheer good will sometimes isn't enough to change a person.

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