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…
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.
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
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.
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.
As we are the bodyguards of SIR Topham Hatt, Thomas, the signalman has shared this blog with us, to “document the mishaps of the Fat Controller”. Thomas likes to use us to ‘cover up’ little things, so Sir Topham Hatt can look after the much bigger things (like rouge engines). Updates will be posted as soon as possible! -Henchman 1
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.
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.