Fionna and Cake began out because the gender-swapped variations of Finn and Jake that appeared in Ice King’s brief tales, however “Fionna And Cake And Fionna” hints at a deeper story behind these characters. When an aged Fionna seems at Ice King’s studying of his latest “Fionna and Cake” story, she supplies new data that modifications the function of those characters within the Journey Time universe. This data comes courtesy of an previous VHS tape telling the true story behind Ice King’s most up-to-date work, and as Ice King learns extra about his new customer, we get snippets of a Fionna and Cake story that has them interacting with the newest gender-swapped character: the Queen of Ooo.
Chelsea Peretti visitor stars because the Queen of Ooo, and she or he’s an distinctive casting selection for a duplicitous, self-absorbed character that may do no matter she will be able to to make sure her private achieve. It’s not that totally different from her character on Brooklyn 9-9, and Peretti simply has to slide into Gina Linetti mode to present the Queen of Ooo a wealthy character. This present may be very good about casting visitor actors whose voices have a definite high quality that matches the half they’re enjoying, to allow them to convey extra of themselves into the function as an alternative of placing on a personality voice.
It’s at all times an excellent factor to have actors which have that flexibility and may tackle a lot of totally different characters that every one have their very own particular sound, however in terms of smaller elements just like the Queen of Ooo, bringing in actors whose voices naturally align with the characters is a fast strategy to give these figures extra character. (I’m additionally somebody that likes having the ability to acknowledge a visitor actor, so having them hold their voices with minimal modification makes it simpler to pinpoint the performer.)
This present does constantly wonderful work discovering enjoyable new methods for the shapeshifting characters to make use of their powers. This episode opens with sea creatures that rework into no matter their opponent is considering (a sandwich, a pretzel, a child shark in a diaper), however the actual cool stuff occurs with Cake. There’s one particular second that received an audible response out of me as a result of it was simply so rattling intelligent: Fionna and Cake encounter a locked door, however Cake can flip herself right into a key to get them in. First she turns her hand right into a key, however that’s not all that imaginative so she decides that her eye must be the important thing. Her eye transforms and enters the keyhole, adopted by a close-up side-shot of the within of the lock. Reasonably than altering form to maneuver the pins like an actual key, the tip of the key-eye transforms right into a mini-Cake who shouts, “Bam!”, as she punches by means of the pins and demolishes them.
This can be a remarkably inventive use of Cake’s powers, and regardless that it’s a small second, it’s the factor that sticks with me most on this episode. “Fionna And Cake And Fionna” isn’t unhealthy, however after the emotional highs of the final two episodes, this episode feels shallower and extra frivolous. It’s not fully devoid of feeling, although, and it supplies a robust impression of what Fionna and Cake imply for the aged Fionna, who’s only a common previous woman that attire up like Fionna as a result of it makes her extra assured. A former recluse, the lady found Fionna and Cake when her tv picked up a wierd sign, and she or he emerged from her cave so as to discover extra Fionna and Cake content material, which leads her to Ice King.
The previous girl says that Fionna and Cake is definitely a TV present from a bygone period, and the ultimate second of this episode seems to verify this assertion. Ice King says early on that his concepts are beamed into his head whereas he sleeps (similar to everybody else!), and we see that literal beam of data hit him on the finish, suggesting that he’s been selecting up historical TV alerts every evening. This brings up some intriguing questions: Why is Ice King receiving these alerts? Is somebody broadcasting them to him particularly? Are Fionna and Cake actual folks? What’s their relationship to Finn and Jake? I don’t know if any of those will ever be answered, and I don’t know in the event that they have to be. I most popular it when Fionna and Cake had been merely the main focus of those foolish, barely creepy tales Ice King made up about his pals, however the writers of Journey Time have extra deliberate for these characters.
- I like that Ice King’s tales are gaining an viewers, and whereas it looks like folks aren’t all that engaged with the fabric, they’re nonetheless exhibiting up for the readings. I’m wondering if “Fionna And Cake” will get so widespread that Ice King finally indicators a film deal and we get an episode about “Fionna And Cake” on the massive display.
- The colours and designs for the swamp the place Fionna and Cake uncover the door to the mum’s chamber are very evocative. You get a way that it smells actually unhealthy there.
- Are we going to see a few of Ice King’s video diaries sooner or later? They’re most likely actually bizarre, actually unhappy, or each.
- “I kinda dig getting loosely tailored.”
- “I mentioned the tip!”
- “What format is that?”
- “Dude, I actually have one bazillion questions.”