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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.

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