Now here is when we get into some of the biggest
back-stories and lore drops of the whole miniseries!
This episode shows us where Susan ended up and we get a ton
of her backstory!
As revealed in Preboot, we find out how Susan knew Dr. Gross
and her real name was “Kara” and she was a seeker on the Founder’s Island!
Dr. Gross teaches the seekers about why the island is a
great place to live and why it’s terrible to try to leave, as her song explains
that out there is “disease, monsters and problems”.
A robot guardian was also made to return people back to the
island. We have seen that thing before, many times.
Dr. Gross really reminds me of a corrupt Miss Frizzle, from
Magic School Bus, for some strange reason. I think it’s her singing, especially
her song about “Evolution” in Preboot.
I am really beginning to believe that Dr. Gross could easily
become one of the next villains of the show before it ends, seeing as she may
I thought it was really upsetting and awful when she mind
controlled Susan to make sure her best friend Frieda doesn’t leave.
And speaking of Frieda, we get to see that Susan was really
close with another girl, that some could argue that they had a pretty close
The writing of this episode was really strong and we get to
see how believable that Kara / Frieda’s friendship was and that they think
there’s more to outside the island.
Also, Frieda has some pretty-looking hair.
We also get to see Susan help return some hiders, which
later turn out to be some important characters, which are heavily featured in
the next episode!
One line I really laughed at was when Susan noticed trying
to escape, while she flips her desk over saying “I HAVE TO GO PEE!”
I’m really glad we got some of the answers here about Susan’s
past and that I originally thought she could’ve been Finn’s mother, but my
theory was debunked, especially in the next episode.
Great episode about Susan and amazing work from both Hanna
K. Nyström and Aleks Sennwald!
I think they are easily becoming two of my favourite writers
of the series, especially with their works from Season 7! I can’t wait to see
what they bring towards the end of the series!
Min and Marty
Now that Susan has remembered her past and found out she
worked at the Founder’s Island, she starts to speak coherently!
Finn, Susan, Jake & BMO are all together once again and
Susan reveals that they can go back to the island to find Finn’s mother!
To which Finn is shocked that Susan knew his mom and we get
another huge back-story about Finn’s mother and how Finn was born!
Finn’s mother is revealed to be a Doctor / Helper named “Minerva
Campbell” and she has an amazing voice by Sharon Horgan!
We also get to see how Finn’s father, “Martin” got to meet
Minerva, which I am so glad we finally got the answers that I’ve been waiting
I was actually surprised to see that Martin was actually a
pretty loving father to Finn, especially when he meets Minerva.
I’m not surprised that Martin was always pretty scummy in
the sense of being a con-artist and making gadgets. His breadstick wand is
honestly really awesome.
I liked how the episode tied into Susan’s backstory, in that
Susan helped bring back Martin from escaping, while taking him to Minerva.
I also finally understood now when Finn was taking over
Doctor Princess’s job in the episode “Do No Harm”. It felt right to him,
because his mother is also a doctor!
Seeing Minerva finding Martin interesting in how shady and
pathetic he is, was kind of interesting, as he promised he’d take her on a date
if he made her feel sorry, which he definitely accomplished.
The montage of Minerva / Martin was really adorable and sad,
especially how it shows they were a very loving family.
Nice that they got Ashley Eriksson to sing another song for
the show! I love her voice, especially for the Island song in the credits.
Martin ends up escaping with Finn from getting away from the
Island and his troubles.
And it’s revealed that Martin was not lying at all to Finn,
back in Season 6, the episode “The Visitor”, Martin tells Finn where he came
from and that they were on a banana boat and whales, tigers and squids tried to
eat him, along with escaping from The Guardian!
And he did get some parts right, but I’m sure with leaving
Finn and Minerva behind, he was traumatized and didn’t want to think about it
and his old age didn’t help either.
There’s just many other questions, such as how did he end up in Ooo and in the Citadel, etc?
From this promo, he seems to have been rescued by pirates.
I am so glad this was finally explained, because I almost
thought that Martin was not his dad and an impostor, but I don’t think the
writers would’ve done that cliche. I just thought he was really slimy and an asshole, but this kind of made me sympathize with him.
The ending of seeing Minerva looking over the sunset,
heartbroken that her family is gone was done so effectively. I’m amazed that
the AT crew can make you care about characters in so little time.
This whole story made Finn speechless, as the viewers did.
This episode was fantastic and these two episodes were
stories that I’m glad were finally answered in this miniseries.
So now that the group has made it back to Founder’s Island
and Finn now knows about Minerva’s existence, we now see that not only is
Minerva still around, but Susan ends up spotting Frieda as well!
I liked that this episode not only had some bittersweet
moments, but a lot of comedic moments as well.
Jake getting the humans’ attention with his jokes, but only
to discover to think he’s actually a mutant dog.
Those BMO-cakes with batteries looked odd, but humorous.
And not only that, but we see that there are several Minerva
bots helping people throughout the island, which Finn doesn’t really understand
why she wasn’t paying attention to him when asking if you lost someone.
It was kind of creepy how the bots tranquilized Finn and
Jake, as well as de-boning them for identity.
One of my favourite quotes is when 3 of the Minerva bots
come to the dungeon where Finn is and he says, “I’ve had weirder fights than
And here is when I talk about some of the bittersweet
moments, the Minerva bots then discover that Finn is alive and take him to see
the real Minerva who has had her body transferred to a computer!
Seeing Minerva really happy that her son is alive and all
grown up was really adorable.
It actually all makes now why Susan Strong ended up in Ooo,
due to Dr. Gross sending “Kara” to find Finn back to the island. But how she
ended up in an underground cave in Ooo, I hope we find out soon or possibly
not, who knows?
It was really sad to see that due to Dr. Gross’s deadly
virus of killing humans and years having passed without any sign of Finn coming
back, Minerva had created many helpers to protect the island.
Only thing that that the episode leaves off is that Minerva
wants Finn to stay on the island forever, which is kind of surprising!
The last thing I want to bring up is that I really applaud
the AT writers for including Susan saying, “I made a mistake a long time
ago, my friend got hurt. I don’t know if I’m allowed back in her life.”
I’m glad that even though she finds that her best friend Frieda
is still around, she doesn’t feel right that she hurt her feelings and I like
that Adventure Time includes emotion and deep feelings for people, which I
think is a great thing for kids to learn, but even though I feel Adventure Time
kind of ages along with its viewers!
Great episode with some funny and bittersweet moments, but
now we come into the big finale of the miniseries!
The Light Cloud
Right away, you can see the parallel name to the previous AT
miniseries “Stakes”, which the final episode was called “The Dark Cloud”. I’m
most certain that was intentional!
But here is the last episode of Islands and I think this is
where they concluded Susan and Finn’s story, nicely.
While I do think it was a little bit rushed, it
is a common nitpick with Adventure Time as a whole, since sometimes I think 11
minutes is a little too short, but that’s not to say the episode was bad at
all. The ending was very sad and heartwarming, which I’ll get to soon.
I thought it was pretty morbid showing what would happen if
Finn and Jake tried to leave the island and the Guardian destroying their ship,
even when Minerva wanted to let them see it again.
I like that this episode both has Susan and Finn trying to
convince their loved ones (and I do mean that possibly for Frieda and Susan)
that there’s more outside of the Founder’s Island.
Frieda has long been over trying to leave and upset at Susan
for hurting her, which is pretty sad.
I think what was satisfying to see was when Finn shows
Minerva both what his life has been like on Ooo, as well as helping people, as
we see clips from past episodes, in some of the biggest highlights of the
series, which makes it satisfying to see how far Finn’s character and
progression has come into the show!
I thought it was really funny to see how Minerva reacted to
all of this, which is almost like showing this series to a non-fan.
I almost did think that Finn would’ve stayed on the island
and let Fern or Marceline take care of Ooo, but I know Finn has ultimately made
his decision he loves his home.
I liked how when Finn tried to rally the island and convince
people, he says that letting fear make your decisions is scary and you should
be able to do what you want, as life is boring if it’s just “good”.
This is what Finn has learned in the series, as he’s
experienced great things, while also feeling pain, sadness and boredom.
I like that when he mentions parts of Ooo, he also refers to
Ice King as an “incredibly sad wizard”. I really hope Simon becomes happy near
the end of the series!
I was almost thinking his mother would become a villain from
sealing the island in a light cloud, but after showing Minerva that he’s helped
people, she backs down immediately. Which I think was a bit anti-climatic, but
it might also be because she saw the good in Finn and that since she’s a
computer, she could easily have her mind changed instantly. I’m probably
reading too into it.
So now that Minerva allows Finn to leave the island, we also
get to see Frieda has her mind changed to leave, but all the humans decide to
It’s cool that Frieda gets to trick the Guardian and Finn
gets to disable it, with the help of his mom! Minerva is a cool mother!
Not only do we see Susan and Frieda go out on their own
adventures, but it makes me wonder if we’ll ever see them return again and
possibly even more! I’m glad people already ship them.
Here is where I get to the ending, which was really both sad
Finn going into a VR reality and saying one last goodbye to
his mother, possibly believing to be the “real” Minerva was really sad, since
Finn could only hug her in a simulation, which leaves Finn to discover a huge
part of himself and feels he’s made this whole experience worth it and sheds a tear.
I know the show has had a lot of similarities to Futurama
before, but this ending immediately reminded me of the “Game of Tones” episode
where Fry goes into a dream with his mother and she still cared about him when
he was gone.
And that is the entire Islands miniseries, which I thought
that after 8 seasons, the crew still knows how to make one heck of
Even though the show is coming to a close very soon, I’m
excited to see where this show will end and will leave a great mark on one of
Cartoon Network’s greatest animated shows and a game-changer in modern
Thank you to Adam Muto, Pendleton Ward and the rest of the AT crew for this great adventure!