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Adventure Time – “Apple Thief” Recap

by on October 3, 2011

Finn and Jake spend the day at Tree Trunk’s house hoping for some of her delicious apple pie. Unfortunately for them, their pie-eating dreams are dashed when Tree Trunks’ special apples go missing. An apprehensive Tree Trunks joins them as they look for her apples in the seedy underbelly of the Candy Kingdom. Missing fruits become the least of their problems when they get sucked into the criminal underworld, though…

After last week’s big musical extravaganza, Adventure Time follows it up with a more low-key episode. The episode doesn’t feel as tight plot-wise as “What Was Missing”, but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. The issue with this episode’s relaxed feel is that is feels a bit too meandering. The bit with Jake having a former life of crime comes up a few times but never goes anywhere, even when it seems like the story is building up to a payoff. The plot with the investigation in the city also just seems to end as a red herring, even when it seems like there’s more of the story that could have built upon, like the rivalry between the two rivaling crime bosses. I do give the writers credit for coming up with a clever ending that ties some loose ends from the beginning together in an unpredictable way.

“Apple Thief” is kind of average by Adventure Time standards, but the wonderful characters make “average” a pretty enjoyable experience. Tree Trunks is one of my favorite side characters from the show, and it’s mostly because of her voice actor Polly Lou Livingston, who adds a cute sense of fragility and naivete to the character. Comedian Ron Lynch also has a pleasant guest spot as a talking pig. That’s the thing about this episode; it’s pleasant, but not quite up to the show’s usual standard.

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