Review of Vault of Bones TReview of Vault of Bones T by ~wasabi-beans
Review of Vault of Bones
The Flame Princess is back! And in such a unique way as well; this is one of the most coherent episodes thus far, and surprisingly making it one of the funniest as well.
Basically, Finn got spooked that the Flame King is trying to influence FP to be evil in a hilarious scene, (evil-evil-evil-evil, said Keith frackin' David!), so how does our human boyfriend help her to clear mind on whether she truly is evil?
Dungeon crawling, duh.
What makes this such a unique episode is how balanced it is with its character development, action and comedy.
It uses the dungeon-crawling conventions from video games and turns it on its head, for one.
And yet, it's also one of the least random episodes as well, as it uses more of a sitcom style to incite the laughs, such as the aforementioned 'evil-evil-evil-evil' scene, dungeon monsters being forced to do splits, etc.
It also has a clear structure to it as well, thanks to Finn essentially guiding FP on the ways of dungeon crawlin
Review of MLP: FiM's Crystal EmpireReview of MLP: FiM's Crystal Empire by ~wasabi-beans
The big two-parter has arrived! And My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is kicking off with the Crystal Empire two-parter.
The first part is about Celestia giving Twilight the rather monumental test of finding a way to protect the Crystal Empire upon its mysterious return from the shadowy King Sombra (meaning shadow in Spanish).
And the second part is focuses more on Twilight finding the Crystal Heart which is key to stopping Sombra.
This two parter is easily the most visually stunning two-parter yet. Everything from movement to lighting to the absolutely gorgeous looking Crystal Empire is incredibly well-designed.
And surprisingly enough, darker as well. As in, there was more liberal use of black and shadows this time around, giving some pivotal scenes more atmosphere.
This willingness to be 'dark' just means that kids get a more well-rounded entertainment. They're gonna' have to use the potty on their own one day after all.
However, that's also the double-edge sword with Crystal Empi
Review of Adventure Time's The LichReview of Adventure Time's The Lich by ~wasabi-beans
And we go from pretty much the most emo episode to one of the biggest gobsmackers in Adventure Time's many seasons.
The Lich (as in, the episode) starts off with a freaky premonitory dream that has Finn and Jake seeking Billy's guidance, and they steal the jewels from the crowns of power.
And things go down. Way, way down.
This episode is essentially a tightly packed exposition dump that will jet set season 5 into whole new territory.
Whilst I'm not going to spoil the ending, I will say this much: I can definitely see the link now between Finn and Jake, and Fionna and Cake, wink wink!
So much stuff happened and revealed in so little time that the amount of content is a little overwhelming.
What does elevate the episode is just how crazy unpredictable it is, going back to classic AT sensibilities, which is, barely any sensibilities, but with characters that try to anyways.
One small shoutout goes to sweet little Princess Bubblegum. Sweetness that's creepier than the Lich.
Her little 'ex
Review of Adventure Time's I Remember YouReview of Adventure Time's I Remember You by ~wasabi-beans
Adventure Time is, on the surface level, all about the wacky, weird and then weird, topped with some weird-flavored sprinkles.
But there are certain episodes that hint at more, almost as if the creators are apprehensive about being in-depth with the world of Ooo, out of fear of a ratings drop or pushing the censors, who knows?
But when it does show its depth, it goes from Adventure Time to A Special Time. Episodes that involve Susan Strong, the very intense 'Burning Low', and of course, 'Holly Jolly Secrets', all give Adventure Time so much more depth than the casual viewer may perceive.
The basic summary is that bad 'ol Ice King (Tom Kenny) wants Marceline's (Olivia Olson) help to write songs to woo the princesses, as usual. Turns out, Marceline knew Ice King from a long time ago.
In short, 'I Remember You' is Adventure Time's most emotional and complex episode yet, and one of its best.
Nothing Ooo-shattering happens, no big action is about; this is a quiet episode of Marceline and a