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In what world would spiders discuss marital issues, candy hold a talent show and a boy and his magic dog go on adventures battling the forces of evil? That would be Ooo, a post-apocalyptic world from the show “Adventure Time,” a world that is not that much different from our own ... except for the talking bananas, cloud people and cat assassins, that is.
“Adventure Time” follows Finn, a 13-year-old boy, and Jake, his magic talking dog, on their missions to have the most “flippin’ awesome” adventures ever. The show is like the “Seinfeld” of cartoons; though there is some plot development, the watcher almost does not care where the characters end up and just wants to go along for the ride.
The boys promise to stop all evil and help anyone who needs saving, which is often one of Ooo’s many princesses, who were kidnapped by the dastardly, and desperately lonely, Ice King.
Some of the many friends that join the duo on their totally awesome adventures are: Princess Bubblegum, leader of the Candy Kingdom, where everyone is candy; Jake’s girlfriend Lady Rainicorn, a half rainbow-half unicorn who speaks Korean and B-MO, Finn and Jake’s roommate and personal computer.
The show has darker undertones, like how Finn is the last surviving human and how Ooo is Earth after the bombs have fallen and magic has come back into the world. But the show’s take-nothing-seriously attitude is a refreshingly enjoyable contradiction that really makes you think on the bright side.
Full of hipster jokes, social satire and the best catch phrases imaginable, “Adventure Time” is a bizarre wake-up call to the classic Saturday morning cartoons that anyone, even a giant mountain Cyclops, can enjoy.
“Adventure Time” airs Mondays at 7:30 p.m. on Cartoon Network.