So, Monday’s episode of Adventure Time really seems to have left a lot of viewers scratching their heads, myself included. However, after watching it a second (alright, third) time, I think I’ve come to a fairly sound conclusion as to what this episode was doing. Spoilers abound ahead, obviously.
With that out of the way, let me dive right in:
The pillow fort is actually a projection and visual metaphor for Finn’s mind. Finn really did dream the whole thing; this explains the rather uncreative names for things (“Abra Cadabra Mountain”, anyone?) and the intrusions of random sensory factors, such as why everything tastes, smells and feels like pillows until the oracle guy farts in his tent, presumably just Finn farting in real life and the smell translating over to the dream.
Sword storms in general, as a matter of fact, seem to have some mental effect on those who are stuck in them. Just throwing that one out there.
- Jake’s “favorite cup” is a parallel to Finn’s pillow family in the land of Puhoy. He throws it away, thinking that it could serve as an example as to how Finn shouldn’t dwell on the past (note the quotation, “Now it’s not real, and I don’t care anymore”), but quickly regrets it, and corrects his error when he realizes that there was no reason to throw out something he loved, solely because he had the capacity to.
- Also note that Jake’s cup had a flower on it, and Finn’s wife’s name was “Roselinen”, a floral name.
- This really boils down to the episode’s full significance. It’s about letting go of the past, certainly, but more important it’s about not letting the present be ignored or put aside for the sake of things past. Finn’s “life” with his pillow-family really provides a beautiful representation of the lesson.
We got to see another cosmic being this episode…perhaps it served as the gateway to one of the dead worlds? Or perhaps it serves as the judge to which dead world those it consumes go to, which is why it blocked its throat with its tongue as Finn approached, because he was not ready to truly “die” yet.
Also, CMO? Where’s that going, huh?
Lastly, “pillownomicon”. There’s no point there, I just appreciated it.