I don’t know what the logic is behind placing 4 new episodes of Journey Time on a Sunday night time (and Emmy Sunday, no much less), however Cartoon Community’s scheduling is so in all places that I’ve lengthy given up on making an attempt to find a technique to the insanity. Fairly than doing 4 separate opinions, I’ve determined to discover how these episodes operate as a single session of tv and what they showcase concerning the collection. Lumping the episodes collectively in a single night means that they’re united by a typical thread, and that thread is Uncle Gumbald, the evil mastermind who has manipulating occasions from behind the scenes. By the tip of the night time, we all know Gumbald’s origin story and the position he performed within the improvement of each Princess Bubblegum and the Sweet Kingdom, and the primary two episodes give glimpses of his villainy as he assaults his enemies with totally different mad scientist creations.
The night begins on a heavy word with “The Wild Hunt,” which delves into Finn’s trauma after wiping out his evil doppelganger, Fern, in “Three Buckets.” In “The Wild Hunt,” Finn is racked with guilt after killing Fern, and he finds himself unable to ship remaining blows in battle as a result of he retains seeing Fern’s face, begging to dwell. This prevents Finn from fulfilling his duties as a protector of Ooo and particularly the Sweet Kingdom, which is at present being terrorized by a large banana-fudge-sloth monster named Grumbo with a starvation for banana guards. Teaming up with Huntress Wizard, Finn embarks on a quest to take down the Grumbo, however he wants to return to phrases with Fern’s demise earlier than he can really play the hero.
With “The Wild Hunt” and “Son Of Rap Bear,” we’ve private tales about characters having to type via their emotional baggage as a way to overcome psychological blocks. Huntress Wizard doesn’t know Finn and Fern’s entire story, however she does have a stable deal with on the state of affairs. She realizes that Fern was headed down a darkish highway, changing into a darkish mirror of Finn that wanted to be taken care of to ensure that Finn to turn into a greater model of himself. This isn’t sufficient to persuade Finn to take motion, although, and she will be able to solely reawaken Finn’s killer intuition by placing her life on the road, throwing herself on the Grumbo as a result of she is aware of Finn will pull via and save her. And he or she’s proper. Put able the place he doesn’t have the time to check Fern’s face earlier than hanging, Finn rushes to the rescue and slays the Grumbo. He wanted one thing to jolt him out of his funk, and Huntress Wizard’s assist comes on the excellent time as a result of Uncle Gumbald has many extra monsters to throw Finn’s means.
Lives aren’t on the road in “Son Of Rap Bear,” however Flame Princess may lose her kingdom if she doesn’t overcome her emotions of resentment towards her father. After spitting mad warmth at a clam rap, Flame Princess is entered in a rap battle towards Son Of Rap Bear, who has completely no regard for his father’s nicely being. Flame Princess is within the reverse place, and she or he actually cares about her dad regardless of him giving her completely no purpose. Flame King is one in every of Journey Time’s many terrible fathers, and when his daughter approaches him to restore their bond, he utterly ignores her efforts.
Flame Princess thinks you want a number of life expertise to be an incredible artist, however she shortly learns tousled household state of affairs might be simply as useful. She bumbles via the primary spherical of the rap battle till she sees her father within the viewers, and whereas it’s his help that provides her the motivation to beat Son Of Rap Bear, I additionally suppose Flame Princess’ deep-seated rage towards her father is what offers her rhymes additional energy. In contrast to her opponent, Flame Princess loves her father regardless that he’s at all times discovering new methods to frustrate her, and that inside rigidity is the place artwork thrives. With “Son Of Rap Bear,” we see how Journey Time has expanded past its important forged and created advanced relationship dynamics for the supporting characters which are given room to vary over time. Flame Princess has grown a lot since she first appeared on the present, and her drama along with her father is a significant catalyst for her persevering with evolution.
I hoped for extra of a Glengarry Glen Ross pastiche after I noticed the title for “At all times BMO Closing,” however as an alternative the episode takes a extra normal take a look at BMO as a salesman, partnering with Ice King to promote junk to the residents of Ooo. It’s the lightest of those 4 episodes, but additionally the slightest. There’s some enjoyable slapstick comedy in Ice King being compelled to navigate environments from inside a large coat that has zero visibility and it’s at all times a deal with to see BMO strive on a brand new identification in his fixed quest for self-discovery, however there’s not very a lot substance to this story. The opposite three episodes have some kind of deeper emotional battle to complement the general silliness, however this chapter doesn’t goal for any profound message because it particulars BMO and Ice King’s gross sales excessive jinks.
“At all times BMO Closing” makes use of BMO and Ice King’s partnership to advance the Gumbald plot when the salesmen get misplaced and discover themselves at Gumbald’s secret hideaway, the place they make their greatest sale by unloading a bag of Finn’s child enamel. These child enamel are changed into raging child Finns that Gumbald sends to the treehouse to assault the heroes, and whereas they’re all destroyed with sledgehammers, the infant Finns have Gumbald taking his battle on to Finn and Jake’s residence. Gumbald is changing into extra daring, and in “Bonnibel Bubblegum,” we uncover why PB’s uncle is so fixated on messing with the candy sweet world she’s constructed.
Gumbald is perhaps known as “uncle,” however he’s really one in every of PB’s early sweet creations, a part of a trio of gumball folks she dropped at life 800 years in the past in order that she and Neddy may have a much bigger household. The opening scenes of the “Bonnibel Bubblegum” flashback spotlight the post-apocalyptic wasteland that was Ooo within the years following the Nice Mushroom Warfare, and seeing a household photograph in an deserted residence tugs on PB’s coronary heart strings and makes her lengthy for extra substantial companionship. As a lot as she loves Neddy, he’s not an particularly participating associate, and she or he desires members of the family that may assist her rebuild the world and maintain an precise dialog. However as an alternative she finally ends up making a monster.
Gumbald is a grasping opportunist, and whereas he additionally has concepts for enlargement, he’s much more involved in private achieve quite than enhancing all the world. He shortly begins pondering of their household as a life-style model, and his plans for a brand new group are constructed round methods of creating him rich. PB isn’t on this in any respect, and she or he ultimately realizes that her efforts to create a household for herself have severely backfired. At first, she thinks she will be able to have a brand new household by assigning roles like uncle, aunt, and cousin to new beings, however with out an affectionate basis, these roles find yourself creating an influence construction that works towards PB.
Gumbald assumes he is aware of finest as a result of he’s the uncle, however PB understands that he’s simply one other experiment that has gone uncontrolled. Gumbald poisons his spouse and son and transforms them into his first sweet staff, however earlier than he can full his evil plan, he’s doused within the poison and remodeled into a large bowl of punch. This finally ends up sending PB down a brand new life path, and quite than making a household, she decides to create a kingdom that she will be able to watch over because the reigning princess. She will be able to’t danger one other Gumbald, so she makes certain that her new creations perceive that they’re subservient, which, as we’ve seen in previous episodes, introduces all types of different issues with the politics of the Sweet Kingdom.
With “Bonnibel Bubblegum,” Journey Time is in full-on mythology mode, profiting from this world and its characters’ centuries of historical past to discover loneliness, the necessity for companionship, and asserting authority when it’s challenged. This story has the largest scale of the 4 episodes, and having all these chapters in the identical night reveals simply how extensive the scope of this collection has turn into over time.
- The rapping in “Son Of Rap Bear” is pleasant, however my favourite musical second in these episodes is the transient scene firstly of “Alway BMO Closing” with Finn and Jake making an impromptu tune from slurping espresso and crunching cereal. It’s a really pure Journey Time second.
- There’s some very slick animation for the Grumbo sequences, particularly that remaining sequence when Finn lastly takes it out. The animators have enjoyable taking part in with the monster’s proportions to create some cool motion.
- Throughout Flame Princess’ life expertise montage, she takes an underwater voyage and sees what seem like pizza-based manta rays. I wish to see extra of this underwater pizza ecosystem.
- It seems Crunchy and Manfried are literally PB’s cousin and aunt after they had been remodeled. That’s a enjoyable little retcon.
- “Dying isn’t any laughing—(slips on banana peel).” I’ve a delicate spot for bodily comedy getting used to undercut dramatic moments, and it is a actually nice instance.
- “Can’t consider I unloaded that department. It wasn’t even our greatest one”
- “Mysterious sentinel, you have got a beautiful residence.”
- “These child smashing hammers are nice!”
- “The Iceman leaveth.” Who’d have thought an episode of Journey Time would reference each David Mamet and Eugene O’Neill?
- “I believed I used to be the Glob of rap, rivaled by none. However I’m extra like bubble wrap ‘cuz she smashed me for enjoyable.”
- “You introduced a peashooter to a technoharpoon battle?”