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Adventure Time – “Davey” Recap

by on January 16, 2013

Finn enjoys heroics, but the adventurer’s lifestyle becomes too much for him when adoring fans start to follow him everywhere. To escape the paparazzi, Finn dons a disguise and creates a new persona: Davey (modeled after and voiced by the baseball player Davey Johnson himself), an unassuming old man who wanders from place to place, doing odd jobs. Finn finds that playing is Davey so satisfying that he becomes unable to break character. In danger of losing his friend for good, Jake goes on a mission to pull Finn out of the slow lane before Davey takes over permanently.

A vast shift from the various “shocker” episodes we’ve seen as of late (Lady Rainicorn’s pregnancy being a very recent example), it’s ironic for Adventure Time to turn out an episode focusing specifically on avoiding adventure. It’s a nice change of pace, but “Davey” can get a little too mundane for its own good.  The catalyst for Finn taking a hiatus from hero-ing seems kind of forced and artificial, as the issue of Finn and Jake being hounded by fans hardly ever comes up, and when it does Finn’s reaction is never negative. Aside from a few sight gags like Davey literally sweeping a broom and the premise of Finn enjoying just sitting on a park bench or walking by a bunch of people, the second act of the episode isn’t that engaging either.

Things pick up when Jake and BMO come back into the frame, partly because it’s a breath of fresh air to see people other than the (intentionally?) dull Davey having screentime in the episode. Another character I wish could have more screentime is the manic superfan voiced by Pen Ward, though I can’t say I expected him to appear any more than he did. The ending is kind of odd in that it sets up a more dramatic conflict between Finn and his persona, but ultimately ignores it entirely to go with a more dull prison breakout sequence to bail Jake out of a botched attempt to get Finn to come back. The ending is pretty indicative of the episode as a whole; it does its job of focusing on the mundane well, but at the expense of being consistently entertaining.

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