Adventure Time: The Enchiridion!   Rewatch 
May 22, 2015 5:04 AM - Season 1, Episode 5 - Subscribe

In reward for rescuing her, Princess Bubblegum sends Finn (and Jake) on an adventure to find a mysterious book.
posted by drezdn (6 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Apparently there was originally a different version of this story that included Choose Goose.
posted by drezdn at 5:46 AM on May 22, 2015

The use of the line "Slay this non-aligned ant!" was the clincher that proved to me that at least one person behind the scenes of "Adventure Time" was into Dungeons & Dragons, because that's the only context I know of in which questions of moral positioning are denoted by the word "alignment".

I thought Finn's nervousness upon discovering that the book covered romance with princesses in its curriculum was funny, very true to early adolescence.
posted by Ipsifendus at 12:42 PM on May 22, 2015 [3 favorites]

This was the first episode of Adventure Time I ever saw, and it still ranks in my top five. The bits with the Gatekeeper are some of the best physical comedy this show has ever done, and I have been waiting with rapidly diminishing patience for the return of Mannish Man the Manly Minotaur.
posted by Parasite Unseen at 1:41 PM on May 22, 2015 [2 favorites]

This is one of the first episodes I saw too, and is still one of my favourites. It was the first that I really 'got' adventure time. The childish interpretation/subversion of classic fantasy tropes in this episode is fantastic. The last few minutes always has me in fits of giggles.

Oh, also, discussion point: I was having a conversation with a couple of friends the other day (who are really, massively into the show) about the best episodes to use to introduce people to adventure time. This episode came up a lot, as did a lot of the early ice king ones, but we couldn't come up with anything definitive. Any thoughts?
posted by Ned G at 5:45 AM on May 27, 2015 [2 favorites]

Personally, I'd stay away from the Ice King ones (except maybe Nice King?). So much season 1 stuff would work though. Enchiridion, Dungeon, Business Time, City of Thieves, or the one I've probably seen the most, Wizard.
posted by drezdn at 8:35 AM on May 27, 2015

I usually start people with Memories of Boom Boom Mountain, because it is both hilarious and also sets the weirdness bar high enough that if they enjoy the episode there's a pretty good chance that nothing else in the series will bother them.
posted by Parasite Unseen at 4:56 PM on May 27, 2015 [2 favorites]

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