Time for part three in my continuing series detailing why Adventure Time is basically the greatest show ever. Here are some of the lessons these episodes teach…
Season 1, Episode 9: My Two Favorite People
- Most of this episode is about how tough it is to balance friendships and romantic relationships. Managing time, the difficulties of trying to hang out with different groups of people at the same time, jealousy, etc. It helps young people see both sides of the situation so they can understand each other better and communicate better when it happens to them.
- Some people speak different languages and that is totally normal and cool, even if it takes a little extra effort to communicate sometimes.
- If you learn another language, you can communicate with a whole new group of people and understand things you can’t understand in your own language.
- People can fall in love no matter how different they are.
- Boys can be beautiful.
- Boys can have names you think of as “girls’ names” and vice versa.
- You have to talk about stuff to work it out. If you react to what you think is happening, it might all just be a misunderstanding.
Season 1, Episode 10: Memories of Boom Boom Mountain
- Helping someone in need is more important than playing around.
- Some people have problems you might not understand. They might be upset by things and you don’t get why. You don’t have to understand why, you just have to respect their needs.
- When you try to solve a problem, your first solution might not work. That doesn’t mean you should give up. You might have to try a lot of times before you find the answer.
- You can’t really solve everyone’s problems, but you can do your best to help.
- On the other hand, you can get overloaded if you try to solve everything. Sometimes you have to take care of yourself first.
Season 1, Episode 11: Wizard
- Beware of people offering you something for nothing. People don’t generally give away free stuff without getting something in return, though you may not find out what price you paid until later.
- Meaningless badges are not a good enough reason to do something you don’t want (or even something that might be dangerous or unhealthy).
- It’s easy to think you know better than people who are older than you. But you shouldn’t assume that people older than you know less than you. It’s kind of a dumb thing to assume and it can have very dangerous consequences.
- Don’t take credit for ideas that aren’t yours.
- It’s easy to make the same mistake many times.
Season 2, Episode 12: Evicted!
- The most important thing isn’t where you are, it’s who you’re with – but that doesn’t mean it’s not difficult and painful to leave a familiar place.
- You can end up homeless quickly and unexpectedly, and through no fault of your own, and it’s no easy thing to find a new home. Keep that in mind when you see homeless people.
- The only way to stop a bully is to stand up to them, even if they seem stronger than you.