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'Adventure Time' recap: Dark-magic time

Season 6 | Episode 15 | “Nemesis” | Aired Aug 5, 2014

Elsewhere across the television universe, it is “Shark Week.” That’s a fun, annual summer celebration when lots of people go to the beach on vacation and spend their evenings watching terrifying nature documentaries about how they could get eaten by that most glorious of carnivores: the great white shark. On AMC, there was a Jaws marathon. Discovery Channel did its whole thing. Sharknado 2 happened on Syfy, apparently. But in the land of Ooo, there is a far greater threat facing the citizenry than shark attacks—yes, even attacks by sharks flung from funnel clouds. And that threat is dark magic.

The episode opens with a clandestine meeting in the Candy Kingdom. The Veritas Brigade, a secret crime-fighting organization, has taken up residence a back room behind a bathroom. To gain access, you must know the password, and the gatekeeper must let you in by pushing a green button. We see Kenneth—who until recently we knew only as “Donut Guy,” so way to go, Kenneth, on getting a name—enter the meeting along with other Candy Kingdom residents Starchy, Nurse Pound Cake and a Banana Guard in a disguise, spying for Princess Bubblegum.

The group is primarily concerned with the elimination of otherworldly threats. Part of the concern about otherworldly threats involves Princess Bubblegum, whom Starchy is convinced has otherworldly dealings. PB has got eyes on the group, though, and doesn’t seem to consider them any kind of a threat, as she and Peppermint Butler watch the meeting from a security room in the tower.

Kenneth brings the real heat to this meeting of the Veritas Brigade. He pulls out a machine that, he says, can produce waves to disrupt parallel dimensions. The group is appropriately impressed with Kenneth’s discovery. Perhaps most terrifyingly impressed of all is a shadowy figure in the corner whom we have not yet heard from. Like Quint, the shark hunter in Jaws, the Peace Master asks Kenneth if he realizes the power of what he has discovered. With his face wrapped in bandages, the Peace Master asks Kenneth if he will be ready when the flames of those parallel dimensions consume everything in this dimension, in the land of Ooo.

Kenneth doesn’t seem to have any idea what the Peace Master is talking about, or even who he is. Without stopping to explain, the Peace Master goes on to tell the Veritas Brigade that there is a dark entity in the Candy Kingdom. He says that this dark entity has infected everyone and everything in Ooo. He reaches into the ceiling and pulls out PB’s camera. Staring into the lens, he addresses the dark entity, telling it that he plans to vanquish it tonight. Then he runs out of the meeting, back to his minivan, where his children are waiting.

Princess Bubblegum assumes that  thePeace Master’s threat is against her and sends the castle into alarm mode. Charging down to the guard room, she tells everyone to be on red alert. She wakes up Colonel Candy Corn and tells him to whip his troops into shape, stat. Elsewhere in the castle, Peppermint Butler has enclosed himself in a secret room. While Princess Bubblegum calls Finn and Jake, who are too busy holding their breath in the bathtub to answer the call, Peppermint Butler casts a dark and fortuitous-sounding spell that arms him with a fire sword and reveals the Peace Master to him.

Meanwhile, the Peace Master drives his family through the candy kingdom, satisfied that he will only vanquish evil once his children are safely in bed. During the drive, the kids ask if they can be allowed to go to the sorcery and dark arts fair the next day. Needless to say, the Peace Master doesn’t think that sounds like a cool idea and is thrown into such a tizzy that he crashes the van. As he gets back on the road, a dark, peppermint-shaped figure looms in the shadows.

When Peppermint Butler, who is the dark evil, attacks the Peace Master, the two engage in a righteous battle for the soul of Ooo. After exchanging a few blows, the Peace Master captures Peppermint Butler in a hat that will send him into a dark void forever. But the rest of the Veritas Brigade is confused. They’ve known Peppermint Butler for a long time and don’t think he is an evil dude. So Kenneth uses his transdimensional machine to free Peppermint Butler from the void. The two foes then agree to meet on the plains of battle tomorrow.

The next day, in an old, run-down stadium, the Peace Master and Peppermint Butler face off. But Peppermint Butler has a few dark-magic tricks up his sleeve. He reveals that he has captured all three of Peace Master’s children. He immediately transforms one of them into a monster kid.  Peppermint Butler tells Peace Master that if he wants to keep his other two kids as non-monsters, he has to throw all his charms down a deep hole in the stadium floor. But Peace Master doesn’t act fast enough, and his second child is turned into a monster kid.

Peppermint Butler threatens to transform the Peace Master’s final kid unless he humiliates himself with embarrassing physical acts like pretending to be a chicken and eating dirt. The Peace Master’s kids, who are under Peppermint Butler’s mind control, laugh at their humiliated father. And, once Peppermint Butler has had enough fun humiliating the Peace Master, he returns his children and goes back to the palace, letting the family leave.

Will the Peace Master return to vanquish the evil that occupies the Candy Kingdom? What is Peppermint Butler’s plan for the future of the Candy Kingdom if he is allowed to go on unstopped? Be sure to check back next week to see if any of these questions are answered!

Adventure Time Quotables

Kenneth: Excuse me. I believe I’ve made a startling discovery of my own. I’ve developed this high-tech device. It broadcasts waves that, theoretically, disrupt parallel dimensions.
Starchy: Woah, Kenny Boy, you’re blowing my mind.

Peace Master’s Daughter: Finally!
Peace Master: Sorry about the wait, guys. Daddy was pontificating.

Colonel Candy Corn: You can’t teach a butterfly to bark.

Adventure Time, rated TV-PG, airs Thursday nights at 7/6C on Cartoon Network.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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