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Are you interested in watching Adventure Time, but intimidated by the thought of watching 252 episodes? Have you watched the series before, but want to watch again without any filler episodes (unless it’s Bubbline, of course)? This is for you!

After seeing a request in the ATimers tag, I have compiled a list of all the Adventure Time episodes that contain major plot, important backstory, major characterization, and/or Bubbline moments. I have also included optional episodes that I think will increase your understanding/enjoyment of the show (I put the reason next to it; if it says something about being an arc, backstory, characterization, etc., be warned that not watching may make the major plot points of the show a bit more confusing for you). 

I condensed the show down to 128 of the 10-minute episodes (69 episodes if you don’t watch any of the optional episodes). Optional episodes are in italics. Episodes with Bubbline moments, characterization of Marcy/Princess Bubblegum (PB), or major backstory/plot related to Marcy/PB are in bold. Anything with a an asterisk (*) can be watched at any time (order doesn’t matter, though you may still want to watch it in the same season). 

I hope this helps someone out since I spent three hours putting it together! Without further ado… 

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Ragethirst highlights: City of Darkness

You guys.

You guys.

I honestly don’t know if I can do this movie justice. There was just. So Much™ going on. But I will try.

Also, shout out to Chuch’s brother, who bravely joined us for his first ever Ragethirst and somehow managed to keep up with us. Truly a worthy soul.

  • We begin our journey with the villain nutting to Wagner-esque music. We know he’s a villain because he listens to classical and waxes rhapsodic about wine. (He didn’t actually nut, but suffice to say we know what Collin Chou’s O-face looks like.)
  • His #1 henchman is basically Chinese Snape with more scimitars per square inch.
  • While Snape is busy killing people, the villain offs a guy with… an ice cube. (The victim wet himself, we crossed piss off the kink bingo. Not five minutes in.)
  • Cut to a K-pop looking boy (Joe about pissed herself) aggressively playing guitar. He runs afoul of more villains, plays the guitar at them, kicks everyone’s asses, and runs into a herd of cyclists to escape.
  • Listen. I lost track of the “plot” right about here. Basically all I can do is give you random highlights of things that happened from then on, but don’t expect any of this to make sense.
  • Donnie’s at the supermarket shopping for his cop boyfriend, who’s talking to him on the phone. Donnie scolds him that he wants to make him some good food for once because Pen only eats crap stuff. (Seriously, you expect us to read them as straight?)
  • Guys with machine guns burst into the supermarket. Donnie tells Pen they’re making a movie, holds the phone up to one of the bad guys, realizes they’re not making a movie, and proceeds to kick ass.
  • Random point of interest: Donnie wears tracksuits almost exclusively throughout and I hate that he looks so good in them.
  • Pen, aka cop bf, shows up as the villains have two people hostage and he and Donnie proceed to Road to El Dorado them. 
  • This is getting long already, Read More it is.

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Kidnapping isn’t really his thing.

Through analysis of the modes of action of Mr. Jian’s henchman and his goons.

1) Goes kidnapping without a clue

(WTF? …are you a tourist? I’m even surprised you actually found the building)


2) Told to take one boy called Jian Yi. Randomly picks up the first teenager on his way.  Because he didn’t want to answer his question, so rude. Deserved being kidnapped.

(…shouldn’t you go check the apartment you were heading to, btw?)


3)  Altough he heard someone screaming the real name of the fake Jian Yi they were taking away, he did not stop the elevator.

(The actual target had to go chase the kidnappers himself)


4) How can you brag with your boss after that mess???


5) It took one tiny, bonsay girl to actually fuck up the whole plan.


6) Can’t even control that little brat of your brother…


7) The bottom line:

More Alignment Stuff

I took a look at several of the alignments on TVTropes and saw that there were several types of each alignment. I decided to have a little fun and throw this together.


Lawful Good:
Type 1: The Paladin
(Heroic Figure of Honor and Altruism. More Lawful than Good)

Type 2: The Good Shepherd
(Benevolent community leader. Typically Priests/Pastors)

Type 3: The Knight in Shining Armor
(Heroic Figure of Benevolence and Courtesy. More Good than Lawful)  

Type 4: The Benevolent Boss
(An authority figure that everyone likes. Government type varies)

Neutral Good:
Type 1: The Good Samaritan
(The typical decent human being. Will passively help others)

Type 2: The Humble Hero
(The typical decent human being. Will actively help others)

Type 3: The Anti-Nihilist
(Encourages others to spread goodness because “Why the heck not? Might as well.”)

Type 4: The Benefactor
(A person who seeks out and accepts responsibility during crisis. Minutemen and militia typically.)

Chaotic Good:
Type 1: Ethical Rogue
(Outlaw with ethical standards, possibly forced to break rules. More Chaotic than Good)

Type 2: Blithe Spirit
(Idealistic Free-Spirit. Shakes up the social order with new ideas.)

Type 3: Freedom Fighter
(Activist in tearing down the establishment and replacing it with another better one.)

Type 4: The Vigilante
(Views authority as useless and takes doing the right thing into their own hands. More Good than Chaotic.)

Lawful Neutral:
Type 1: Professional Enforcer
(Cops, Soldiers, Guards, maintainers of order)

Type 2: Principles Zealot
(Those who believe that Law is equated to Goodness)

Type 3: Coded Warrior
(Warriors who operate within a culture of war and honor said culture)

Type 4: Anti-Anarchist
(Any government is better than no government)

True Neutral:
Type 1: The Mercenary
(Will do work for whoever as long as it benefits them or gets them by)

Type 2: The Hermit
(Refuses to be a part of society)

Type 3: The Pacifist
(Refuses to be a part of conflict, just does what they want.)

Type 4: The Nihilist
(Believes life has no meaning, so why bother with anything?)

Chaotic Neutral:
Type 1: The Hedonist
(Person who does anything for pleasure)

Type 2: The Anarchist
(No government is better than any government)

Type 3: The Rebel
(Hates rules and tries to undermine them at every opportunity)

Type 4: The Trickster
(Only tries to mess with people indiscriminately)

Lawful Evil:
Type 1: The Dictator
(Not always cruel, but certainly ruthless and restrictive. More Lawful than Evil)

Type 2: The Noble Demon
(Definitely evil goals, but with a code of honor)

Type 3: The Dragon
(The reliable henchman)

Type 4: The Despot
(Holds power and exercises it in a cruel and oppressive way. More Evil than Lawful)

Neutral Evil:
Type 1: The Henchman
(Your basic evil organization’s hired hit)

Type 2: The Bully
(Enjoys the suffering of others, usually petty)

Type 3: The Egomaniac
(Right and Wrong is whatever this person decides)

Type 4: Evil Worshipper
(Anything to further the cause of evil)

Chaotic Evil:
Type 1: The 4-Channer
(Believes they should have the ability and freedom to do evil. More Chaotic than Evil)

Type 2: The Psychopath
(People who act on any insane depraved whim that enters their head. More Evil than Chaotic)

Type 3: The Social Darwinist
(There is predator and there is prey. You are prey)

Type 4: The Sociopath
(Loves destruction of both lives and order)

an ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.

dir.: chad stahelski, david leitch (uncredited)
action / thriller
2014

keanu reeves as john wick
michael nyqvist as viggo tarasov
alfie allen as iosef tarasov
willem dafoe as marcus

some facts:

  • according to keanu reeves, he did 90% of his own stunts in the film.
  • keanu reeves learned & memorized the nightclub fight sequence the day that the scene was filmed.
  • director chad stahelski was keanu reeves’ stunt double in the matrix movies.
  • john wick is intended to be a trilogy franchise.
  • the red circle bar is a clear allusion to 1 of the main influences for this film: le cercle rouge (1970).
  • according to the directors’ commentary, when they shot the top-level nightclub fight sequence keanu reeves had the flu & was running a 104°F fever.
  • john wick is referred to as “baba yaga”. in slavic lore, baba yaga is usually portrayed as a witch that lives in a house standing on chicken legs. she is often portrayed in a scary way but tends to act more like a trickster. even so, she has been known to be helpful to those who are pure of heart.
  • the filmmakers took into account keanu reeves’ native hawaiian ancestry for john wick’s tattoo. “fortis fortuna adiuvat” (fortune favors the bold) is the motto used by 3rd battalion 3rd marines based in marine corps base hawaii, kaneohe bay. suggesting that john wick was once a u.s. marine in hawaii.
  • john wick smoothly transitions between several shooting styles depending on the situation. during close-quarters battles & while moving through tight hallways, he employs a center axis relock stance. when moving & shooting at longer ranges, he changes into more traditional weaver & isosceles stances.
  • during hand to hand combat scenes, john wick shows himself to be a judoka & use japanese traditional jujutsu. judo is a japanese martial art emphasizing throws. specifically, wick repeatedly uses head throws and arm throws. on the other hand, his rival assassin, ms. perkins, uses brazilian jiu-jitsu (employing a kimura shoulder lock, the crucifix position & using her leather jacket as a gi to perform a wing choke in her fight against wick in the hotel room).
  • the film reunites actors keanu reeves, daniel bernhardt, randall duk kim along with producers-directors chad stahelski & david leitch, all of whom were involved in the matrix trilogy.
  • the character of john wick is also a playable character in the video-game payday 2 (2013). he was added to the game 2 days before the movie’s wide release.
  • while chad stahelski is the credited director & david leitch is the credited producer (due to dga & pga regulations), the 2 produced & directed together as a team.
  • keanu reeves’ 6th time playing a role named john.
  • the logo with the 2 arrows seen on the van from the cleaning team is the symbol for the german recycling system called green dot (grüner punkt).
  • american muscle cars in movie are 1969 mach 1 mustang, (mistaken for a 429 boss mustang), 1970 ss396 chevelle a 2011 dodge charger ld & the 1968 dodge charger in aureilo’s garage.
  • the pistol john wick primarily used in the beginning of the film is a heckler & koch p30 with a silencer or compensator.
  • gregori is playing dust 514 (2013) at the safe house, a first person shooter only available on the playstation 3 system. yet he can be seen playing it on xbox 360.
  • during the dust 514 (2013) scene, the mobster can be seen shooting an enemy with the name point break (1991), another keanu reeves title.
  • the shotgun john wick uses towards the end of the film is a keltek ksg.
  • bridget moynahan, who plays john wick’s wife, has only 8 seconds of screen time.
  • derek kolstad had no actors in mind when “john wick” was a spec script. the writer only had non-living action stars in mind before it was produced.
  • the book on the coffee table is a monography of alvaro siza, a portuguese architect, considered to be one of the best in the world.
  • derek kolstad’s grandfather, 88-year-old john wick served as an inspiration for the movie’s title & character name.
  • daniel bernhardt played an agent in the keanu reeves vehicle matrix reloaded (2003).
  • marilyn manson (matrix’s soundtrack) is also in john wick’s soundtrack.
  • 2nd movie where keanu reeves drives a black dodge charger, the first being los reyes de la calle (2008).
  • this movie reunites 2 actors from the hbo tv series the wire (2002). although they don’t share screen time, both lance reddick & clarke peters appear in the continental. reunites 3 actors from the hbo tv series oz (1997). although they don’t share screen time, lance reddick, clarke peters, & dean winters appear in the movie.
  • bacon grease was placed on keanu’s face to attract his dog to jump on him when he wakes up in bed.
  • kevin nash plays a large russian henchman. he also played 1 in the punisher (2004), though in that film his lines were cut in post-production.
  • 1st time that keanu reeves & willem dafoe have acted together on film, both were in the speed franchise: reeves was in speed (1994), & dafoe was in speed 2: cruise control (1997).
  • bridget regan, who played addy the bartender at the continental, played the confessor in the legend of the seeker (2008) tv series.

spoilers (the trivia items below may give away important plot points)

  • the body count is 119 in this film.
  • the security guard who waves wick onto the airport runway is reading the 1970s thriller novel “shibumi” by rod whitaker, under the pen name trevanian, also about a retired master assassin dragged back into the game. the story viggo tells about how wick killed three men “with a pencil” alludes to a crucial scene from the same novel.
  • both producer basil iwanyk & keanu reeves reference the number 84 as being the total number of kills by john wick.
  • according to the directors’ commentary, their first cut of the movie was 2 hours & 20 minutes long. they didn’t reveal much about approximately 39 minutes of footage that was cut out of the movie but they did mentioned that ending fight between john & viggo was longer but was cut down after they both acknowledged that viggo shouldn’t really pose a big physical threat to wick. also, david leitch said how “there’s a ton of great shots on the cutting room floor that’s just keanu reeves walking in cool environments.”
  • the red shirt henchmen are an homage to star trek (1966).
  • iosef (alfie allen) is shot in the genitals before being killed. in game of thrones (2011), allen’s character was castrated.

+: imdb / amazon

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Lord Of The Flies Aesthetic - Roger

Roger started out not too different from a normal ten year old boy. Except for the fact that he was quiet and calm, keeping to himself, wanting to stay unnoticed and away from attention; in the dark (row 2, square 2). But other than that, he had some immaturity to him like any ten year old boy would have; throwing stones around Henry, for an example. Or hunting, as he enjoyed being free without adults to hold him back, and he could use weapons and kill “stuff”. But what he didn’t realize, was the entire time, he was slowly being manipulated by Jack, the one he held hatred for; the ginger took not just Roger’s, but every other hunter’s normal (for most) young boy’s slight violent behavior and stretched it larger, turning it into savagery. Jack manipulated them, pulling them from their child stance and into savagery with the idea of freedom, meat, protection, and hunting.
Roger’s personality stayed calm as it always was, yet had his “waves” of violence (row 3, square 1). Slowly he began to love the killing (row 1, square 2), loving to hunt pigs and kill them viciously (row 4, square 1). He loved blood (row 4, square 2), he loved the freedom Jack gave him; even though these “gifts” were actually just manipulation strategies to take away Roger’s ten year old innocence. Roger was tempted and led into savagery, locked into this hell as Jack’s “henchman” (row 2, square 1). Eventually, being the one to push the boulder that led to Piggy’s death, and torment the twins.
But deep down, Roger was just an innocent boy who was covered in paint and blood (row 3, square 2).

Karen:Henchmen. You know, big strong muscular men who do whatever you say.”
Plankton: “I like the sound of that.” 

(- Plankton’s Army, Season 3)

just a random idea; an au where krabs and plankton never got into a disagreement and became rivals. instead, as plankton descends down the path of villainy, krabs follows suit and becomes his #1 henchman.

The following madness was inspired by this post, and enabled by @castillon02, who did me a huge favor (well, a couple of them really), and dedicated to @jordankaine, who requires some ridiculousness (and deserves all the love. Truly a good egg).

Contents: 00q, crack?, BAMF!Q, impressed James.

Arsenal

Q hissed as the henchman pulled his arm up behind his back. James had already been handcuffed to the pipe overhead, his weapons found and removed.

“So this is your average day?” Q asked conversationally as the first cuff snapped around his wrist.

“Not average. Usually I’d also be bleeding at this point. They’ve been rather courteous, all things considered.”

Henchman Number 2 backhanded James across the mouth, and a tiny trickle of blood seeped from his lip.

“Better?” he barked.

“Yes, thanks. Now it’s an average day.”

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