You Should… is a column written by people who really love stuff. And they want you to love it too.
If you haven’t heard of Adventure Time, you probably don’t use the internet very much. That’s okay though, because you’re here!
Adventure Time, as I like to put it, is like drugs in TV form. I mean, I haven’t taken drugs before, but if I had, I bet it’d be like watching Adventure Time.
Imagine a post-apocalyptic world in which vampires, ice wizards, liches, magic and alternate dimensions exist. Monsters frequently wander around, and humans are scarce, almost extinct. This is the world inhabited by Jake and Finn in this bizarre Cartoon Network show.
It sounds terrifying, and if you dig deep into the show’s mythos, it is, a bit. While it is never fully explored, there are easter eggs all over the place, and in some flashbacks, we see the destruction left behind by ‘the Mushroom War’. Luckily for those who just want some fun, this show can be enjoyed completely superficially. It’s got a childish charm coupled with some surprisingly adult themes (death, depression and loss of memory spring to mind), as well as occasional musical numbers (usually featuring ukuleles or wacky Autotune.)
To top it all off, Adventure Time has a zippy pace that stops it from ever getting preachy or boring. There’s an energy and brightness to it, with a stream of consciousness type of fluidity and action that is incredibly appealing.
If that’s not enough, there’s a genderswap episode featuring Cake the Cat and Fionna the Human. Pure genius.
Be wary. This show will either suck you in to its madness, or you may be one of those people who just doesn’t get it.
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