Originally Posted by Admiral Woofington
Adventure Time hasn't been strong in a while. It's at its strongest when they go plot-heavy and focus in the serious episodes, but they don't tend to do those.
Today's newest Gravity Falls episode was absolutely amazing and I will argue that it is the strongest western children cartoon atm, but SU has it beat in how its release schedule isn't total ass.
I don't know, I always thought Adventure Time was generally excellent. It's funny generally speaking, and it's practically got the "so weird it's funny" formula down perfectly to where most of the time it doesn't seem just completely donged up for no reason ala Uncle Grandpa or the Gumball, and their persistent use of same characters and backstory (no matter how minor that character may seem on screen, they have actual story arcs you can follow if you pay attention) give the whole world an oddly plausible and fascinating sort of foundation. Maybe I give it more praise than it deserves, back when it still throws out arcs like Lemonhope where it's the first time I've seen the so-called 'chosen one' genuinely selfishly just ask "why [doesn't he] even get to choose to be a hero if [he's] truly free?" And that story went to all sorts of messed up places by the end with the Ballad of Brave Lemonhope.
I think their one offs can be really fun and engaging as well, but they have this really alluring centerpiece story involving Finn and Jake and their families and this odd future/past they've been through. And the way they've made Marceline and Ice King into characters you'd never have expected when they were first introduced, I think the show can be daring and exploratory when you'd least expect it.
It's definitely less consistent than some other cartoons that have cult followings, but I think its highs are way fucking higher than most imo.
Originally Posted by Raxus
Totally, with you. Alone Together, Maximum Capacity, and Future Vision all do a great job at this. Overall the series has come a long way with Steven and maturing him with his experiences. Kind of makes me dread what the upcoming episode is going to entail.
BTW Steven Universe has it's own Soundcloud where you can listen to all its excellent music for free, including Lil' Butler!
As far as Star Wars Rebels, it shows promise but it has some kinks to work out. Namely Chopper (the robot protagonist) is straight up evil in the series at points.
It does put a lot of her reactions in a new context. It also sets up for (hopefully) new interactions with Pearl and Steven. I feel she has been the most motherly towards Steven but a lot came from her dedication to Rose.
Thanks for the link to the SoundCloud, that's good stuff. The show has lots of nice, chillaxing sort of game inspired music. It's really smooth. ("Oh littlest Butler, you're the Butler who Butlers our heaaaart!"
I was pretty shocked honestly at the plot tendril they established between Amethyst and Greg Universe. That's pretty heavy stuff, and when she transformed into Rose Quartz? That was legit dark and juggling some shit I don't even think I've ever seen an American cartoon go there. And then you combine it with the *wink wink nudge nudge* jokes from Amethyst about how she's seen his junk plenty of times before? Yeaaah. That sort of jealousy was unexpected, but somehow fit the characters perfectly. And it again layered the history these characters have to new and unexpected levels, really taking one by surprise. Now maybe they had hinted at the complexity of this relationship in the past but I missed it then because I was surprised by the intensity of it.