Abstract (Adventure Time)
We return to this week of new Adventure Time episodes are actually the last 5 episodes of the eighth season of the series and they definitely did not disappoint!
Just for clarification, so if people don’t know is that these episodes were made to be still part of Season 8, but Cartoon Network decided to divide the seasons into smaller chunks to possibly make even number of episodes for home media releases, such as the Season 7 DVD, for example and we are now officially on the ninth and final season of the series. The actual Season 9 will have about 16 episodes, if you count the shorts as being episodes.
The division of the seasons did not affect how the episodes were made or how the story was told, but knowing how CN mishandles a lot of their shows, it’s not surprising in the slightest that the AT crew was not aware of this happening. Regardless, it should not affect your enjoyment of the series!
Let’s start this week of AT episodes, by talking about “Abstract”.
Continuing right after the big cliffhanger from the “Elements” miniseries, where Jake has changed into a new blue alien appearance, everyone is disturbed by his look, where Jake doesn’t seem to really notice a difference and or doesn’t seem to care too much.
Jake ends up having a dream about his brother “Jermaine” painting some abstract art which gets confused as he has hated abstract art.
After Jake awakes, he goes to look for his brother and finds his art studio and his abstract paintings.
Jake wants to rescue Jermaine from changing what he’s doing, but he tells him that change is always important on what you do on the inside and that you never stop changing who you become, even if Jermaine now likes to make both landscape and abstract painting.
Jake comes to accept this and returns back to his normal self and comes back home and comments to Finn that he looks the same, yet different!
After Elements, I wasn’t sure where Jake’s alien form would’ve gone with the show, if it was going to be a permanent change until the end or just something that’d take a few episodes, but even though some may find it was a bit rushed that Jake turned back so quickly, I think it made sense to the context of Jake’s character development.
Jake has never wanted to admit that he has changed throughout the course of the series and is always in denial of everything that happens around him.
I think this episode had a really good message that you should accept and embrace change as just being natural and something that just always happens and we never really stop changing.
One quote I find pretty meaningful to this philosophy is that you can never tell when an abstract is finished, just like we, are never considered complete, so I’m glad Adventure Time is still really embracing many good life lessons!
Not only was this episode meaningful, but a lot of good comedy and expressive animation! Jake’s dream, I believe were storyboarded by Graham Falk and you can just tell by his drawings that he knows how to make humorous and comedic expressions.
I believe the message that Adventure Time has always wanted to get across and this has shown true to the series, in general, is that “Everything stays, but still changes”, which to this day, is still one of my favourite songs and quotes I find so meaningful.
I liked the cameos of James and Bryce in this episode and I always think its cool how both Jermaine and Bryce are the same voices of Greg Universe and Marty from Steven Universe!
Jesse Moynihan was credited under the story for this episode and I couldn’t help but feel this was an idea that he always had for the show and never really made sense to place anywhere until now.
I recently found out that this was Laura Knetzger’s last board on the series and I will definitely miss her work on Adventure Time, as she brought out some amazing episodes, like Do No Harm and Winter Light from Elements.
All in all, this was a very solid Jake episode and a meaningful episode that gets much deeper every time I think about it!
Looking forward to seeing where Jake’s character arc goes in the final season.