Gone Wishin (The Marvelous Misadventures Of Flapjack)
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Flapjack and K’nuckles make wishes using special candy that was taken from a mermaid.
Why It Sucks
- The main problem with this episode is how needlessly disturbing and dark it is. While this show is no stranger to disturbing imagery and dark humor and themes, this episode amplifies it up to the extremes to the point where it can’t be considered kid-friendly. It is needlessly dark because it shows a mermaid appearing to only for the twist to reveal in the end that she was actually metamorphosising into a “Skymaid”.
- The episode tries way too hard to portray K’nuckles as unlikable and at his absolute worst due to him using so many wishes that it causes the mermaid to decay and not caring about it. However this attempt is rendered moot when the mermaid turns out to not only be fine and alive but has ascended to a superior form of existence
- Hypocrisy: The moral of this episode for kids is to never stop wishing and that all of their dreams will come true at some point of their lives. However, the episode went out of its way to intentionally scare kids into not wanting to wish through showing a mermaid dying as a result of wishes being used.
- Whenever Flapjack or K’nuckles make a wish using the candy, a heavenly choir signs the word “wish” to symbolize that the wish is granted. However that gag is over 30 times throughout the episode to the point where it not only gets very annoying but it also make the episode sound tone-deaf because of how dark the episode becomes later on.
- Plot Holes: There are a lot of plot holes in this episodethat make viewers question some of the choices the characters make.
- The episode reveals that for a wish candy to work, the person needs to say “I wish” and then make the wish. They don’t even need to be even touching the candy as they just need to be in close proximity to it as shown when Flapjack wishes he knew what to do. However, Bubbie and K’nuckles wish for each other to shut up when they were both near the candy and Bubbie makes that wish first, yet only K’nuckles’ wish was granted. Why didnt’t Bubbie’s wish work when she wishes first and met all the requirements? Had this followed logic, the episode’s problem would have been solved right then and there.
- Flapjack had wish candy on him that he hid in his hat when he confronted K’nuckles and intended to use it to replenish the candy in the glass heart yet he hid it in his hat instead of using it immediately after wishing he knew what to do. The episode never reveals why he did that as that allows K’nuckles to take that candy. Why didn’t Flapjack hide the candy in a place where K’nuckeles could never find it.
- Flapjack does acknowledge that he was partially responsible for how the mermaid was deteriorating and does show remorse over it.
The episode got a 8.4 out of 10 on IMDB. However that episode was revised in conjunction with Something’s a Miss.