Monday, February 13, 2017

Adventure Time (S01E22)

Episode #022
'Henchman'
Season 1, Episode 22

Finn happens upon Marceline and her old henchman, who desperately wishes to be set free from his role as her stooge. Finn offers his services in exchange for the old man's freedom. Marceline accepts, and takes him with her to complete a series of seemingly-evil but innocent tasks. Meanwhile, Jake attempts to conquer his fear of vampires in order to save Finn from a lifetime as a henchman.

I've mentioned before how much I hate Marceline's first appearance, and it's not just because it wasn't a fun episode. It was a terrible introduction to a character who has far more going on with her than almost anyone else in the show, oversimplifying her personality, and just generally being unfunny and annoying. I would have been more than satisfied with this as her actual introduction, especially since it almost disregards the first one to begin with. This one digs a little more into her character, has a few great moments, and actually allows for some entertainment. Several episodes back we saw Finn try to get over his fears to save Jake's life, so now we see that here. It's much more of a subplot in this one, but it's still a nice additional touch to add to the story. I would skip 'Evicted!' and just call this her first episode: it's funnier, more of an actual introduction, and far less irritating to watch.
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