So, I've been watching Adventure Time and my most questions come from The Silent King and The Great Birdman,
I don't know why those episodes have taken more interest to me, but they have.
So here we go!
Q1 - The Goblin Book of Rules & Spanking
When Finn was the Goblin king, the goblins would not allow him to do anything on his own, even chew his own food. I started to wonder how Xergioc could have tolerated that in the first few days of his own kingship. And then I asked myself a crucial question: Is there anything in the Goblin Book of Rules against spanking? I don't think there is. Xergioc may have noticed this at some point and started using it to enforce his power over the Goblins, and then it turned into an obsession. Even more so, he was able to get away with breaking the whole slew of silly laws within the Book of Rules.
Q2 - "There you go, little ones"
The goblins are born in 'birthing pits' within the palace. They are born fully developed, so even an "newborn" goblin would appear to be an adult. Since they don't have infants, they should have no reason to be lactating.
I really shouldn't be questioning this, since Xergioc "manipulates space with a vibration chant" to swap Cardamom's injured leg with his own during The Great Birdman. But I question his ability to nurse the baby birds more than that!
How did he even get to thinking "Yeah, I'm definitely going to breastfeed those baby birds. Absolutely"
For sure it's part of his new lifestyle of caring for the birds, but I'd just like to know how he decided to do it, and more importantly how (though, even that might have something to do with the spiritual meditation that he does).
And on a slightly squick-y note, I noticed that he feeds all four of the babies in about six seconds. Obviously he'd probably have them split two-and-two at a time...each of them taking their fill in about three seconds.
No wonder he was dizzy when they were done!
This question connects to the next.
Q3 - "I hope you'll excuse me while I balance my Qi"
Apart from making him dizzy and wiped out from nursing the baby birds (the little vacuums...), Xergioc's qi gets imbalanced, or so he states. When Cardamom is injured, he's still meditating and recovering from the feeding. On top of being dizzy and probably pretty sore, he adds the agony of a wounded leg to his qi imbalance...heck, the bone in that leg is probably shattered, possibly dooming Cardamom to his death. All of this combined may have been enough to destroy his Taoist focus when he regained his eyesight and returned to the "old Xergioc" that was crazy for spankin' Goblin hams. He goes so far over the edge that he hurts Cardamom. He snaps out of it when Cardamom throws him off his/her back.
Winning the Crowning Moment of Heartbreak is perhaps the only time he looks at one of his birds in the eyes...
And gets THIS:
Which promptly puts him in the "Oh Glob, what have I done!?"
(Poor Cardamom...it's not a good day for him/her)
So, the regaining of his vision on top of a whole bunch of stress that caused a qi imbalance causes him to get his old powerlust and ultimately lose his only friends in the process. Here's my thinking with this:
This article here **BOOP* helped me to get a better grip on my theory and found this:
Huang Di Neijing says, “Overindulgence in five emotions of happiness, anger, sadness, worry, fear and fright can create imbalances. These emotions can injure Chi, while seasonal elements can affect the body.
Sudden anger damages the Yin Chi, to become easily excited and overjoyed will damage the yang Chi. This causes the Chi to rebel and rise up to the head squeezing the Shen out of the heart and allowing it to float away.
Failing to regulate one's emotions can be likened to summer and winter aiming to regulate each other, threatening life itself.”
Xergioc was driven so out of focus from a qi imbalance that he lost control of himself.
My question is that, if he had balance of qi, could he have regained his sight with sanity?
And maybe instead of looking at the sunset-an aspect of his old life that he enjoyed simultaneously with smackin' some hams- he looked at each of his birds in the eye? The birds probably would give him some extra reinforcement besides the qi balance...and maybe even more if less pain was in the picture. If there had been regulation, could things have been different?
Q4 - HOW THE LUMP DO HIS EYES STILL WORK!?
So yeah...his eyes have been in his beard forever...does not compute.
Not at all.
I mean, even if they did get stuck in his beard at some point, they should have shriveled up and dropped out.
Q5 - Who takes care of the babies, really?
Xergioc has already been shown (though offspring) nursing the baby birds, but my question is, do any of the adult birds in the flock feed them?
It's a little unsettling.
The adult birds might have been around the nest, as they probably constructed it (though Xergioc might have put the feathers in).
They were shown sleeping in the ledges above the ground near the nest, yet none of them came around to take care of them when they were squawking to be fed.
There might be an adult to take his place, though the babies probably imprinted on him as their parent...which might be a reasonable explanation for why they were being left to holler.
I imagine Xergioc would be seriously flipping out over this matter and might even get Finn and Jake to help make sure they're okay.
I guess the Great Bird Man is my favorite episode since it's a perfect incarnation of my fangirl mind.
Namely, "Villain is reformed after finding something to love"
And did it EVER.
But I still had a lot of questions that I needed to vent out.
I also like how the birds seemed to return Xergioc's love.
They came with him to the goblin kingdom out of loyalty to him; Their loyalty was from how he had cared for them.
So of course, they leave him at the drop of a hat as soon as he goes back on his spanking craziness...and you can see it with Cardamom even before Xergioc starts smacking his nose.
His recovery from being abandoned seemed a little TOO quick, though.
Though I adore the full circle with the mermaid girlfriend, it feels a little wrong from him to go from being in utter tears to complete elation.
(It's the imbalanced qi, I tell you!!!)
I like to think he spent the rest of the day like this
Why is Taffy the only one of the birds who has a fan tail, while all the others have mouse-like tails? Just...something at the last second.