“Three Buckets” · Journey Time · TV Evaluation Finn and Fern face off in an Journey Time that ends in tragedy · TV Membership · The A.V. Membership

Jealousy inside circles of associates is a standard prevalence, and it’s exhausting to not decide your self in opposition to the accomplishments of an individual with whom you share a powerful private connection. You may in all probability consider that pal who all the time will get higher grades that you simply, or makes extra money than you, or is all the time doing cool, thrilling issues that you simply solely expertise by way of their social media feed. (In case you can’t, you’re in all probability that pal.) When that jealousy bubbles up, you’ve gotten two choices: Settle for that the worth of that friendship outweighs the envy and proceed a constructive relationship, or succumb to resentment and push that individual away. Underneath the affect of the grass demon wrapped round his soul, Fern takes the latter possibility in “Three Buckets,” however in his case, he’s pushing his pal away so he can take his place and reside the satisfying life that eludes him.

Fern wastes no time placing a plan in motion to do away with Finn. Final night time’s episode had Fern deciding that the one technique to be one of the best model of himself was by taking the place of his human doppelganger, however when his whole existence is outlined by failure, the likelihood of Fern’s success may be very small. For some time, it seems to be like Fern may really take Finn off the board. He fools Jake, BMO, and NEPTR in the beginning of the episode when he tries out his shapeshifting skill and poses as Finn (with Finn’s whole help), and he traps Finn in a dungeon chamber after they go exploring beneath the pretense of getting some bonding time. Left with only a chair, a trash bucket, and a pile of dust in a meatloaf tin, Finn is in dire straits, however as a result of that is Finn, he has the means to flee and doesn’t even comprehend it.

Finn has a secret weapon: his bionic arm. His prosthesis has all types of cool options, which he hasn’t been capable of entry as a result of the microphone was caked over with outdated ketchup. As soon as the microphone is cleared up, Finn learns all concerning the additional settings Princess Bubblegum has programmed into his arm (see a full checklist in Stray Observations), together with a weed whacker function that’s particularly acceptable for his present state of affairs. The motion then instantly cuts to Finn ambushing Fern in a large area, the place they have interaction in a combat that ends tragically for each of them.

Finn acknowledges that there’s one thing fallacious with Fern as a result of his eyes get all demonic throughout the combat, and he needs to attempt to calm his pal earlier than taking this too far. Sadly, his arm finally ends up escalating the state of affairs regardless of Finn’s finest intentions. When Finn says “finality,” his arm hears “fatality,” turning the weed whacker to its highest setting and plunging Finn’s hand deep into Fern’s stomach. Fern is obliterated within the course of, exploding right into a bathe of grass that rains down on a traumatized Finn. He’s in full shock after unintentionally homicide his doppelganger, and this dramatic moments results in one of many episode’s largest laughs when BMO instantly realizes what occurred. “I do know the look,” BMO says. “You simply killed somebody.”

BMO has by no means been particularly good at studying the room, and whereas he doesn’t notice how shaken Finn is, Jake undoubtedly does. He goes over to his bro and offers him a hug, and the episode might simply have ended on this somber observe, however as an alternative concludes with one thing extra ominous. At nighttime of night time, a mysterious man walks by way of the sphere the place Finn and Fern fought, gathering Fern’s stays earlier than asking him if he would really like a brand new uncle. This remark plus the person’s bodily similarity to Martin means that he’s Finn’s uncle, introducing a brand new department of Finn’s household tree to be explored sooner or later.

The title of the episode comes from the three buckets that seem within the story: the trash bucket in Finn’s jail cell, the bucket that Finn has in his backpack, and the bucket that’s used to assemble Fern’s stays. The title card additionally exhibits Fern utilizing three buckets for a variation on the “coin within the cup” magic trick, with a hoop as an alternative of a cup. That ring doesn’t seem till the ultimate scene, the place it’s being worn on the uncle’s finger, suggesting that this new character often is the mastermind of some type of grand scheme. I assumed that Fern was a brand new villain on the finish of final episode, but it surely seems to be like he’s simply one other pawn.

Stray observations

  • I’d have appreciated to see how Finn makes use of his arm to get out of the chamber, however I perceive that there are solely 10 minutes within the episode and a few stuff must be glossed over.
  • Issues Finn’s bionic arm can flip into: small guitar, exhausting drive, cursed scroll, dehumidifier, weed whacker, torque wrench, rock drill, pasta maker, crab claw, deep tissue massager, fan, spindown cube, toaster, ear piercer.
  • Finn’s arm answering all of his questions throughout the combat may be very humorous. The writers might provide you with loads of enjoyable jokes with that conceit.
  • Everybody in the home hates it when Jake performs his vuvuzaila (I’m positive I’m not spelling that appropriately).
  • “Imitating uncool folks infects you with their loserishness.”
  • “I’m sorry, I don’t really know the best way to make meatloaf. That’s only a pan of dust.”
  • “Have you learnt who my favourite is? It’s NEPTR. I’m a NEPTR man!”

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