I bought the whole season on Amazon for posterity and for the sake of support (I've done much stupider things with $10), but I'm using the downloads because those episodes aren't unlocked there yet (and I can't play iTunes on my TV). The first two episodes are also available for free, in HD, from both places.
Just watched it all at once. I've been hyped for this since I found out about it back in June, and it totally lived up my expectations. The show is really "artsy", for lack of a better word, but still fun and unpretentious. I'll wait until the episodes actually air to rewatch and talk more; there's obviously a lot of stuff to catch the second time around.
I just love how the format of a miniseries lets you have episodic stories but tell such a tight overall arc. You can't do that with a full show or even a movie--not as well, at least. I really hope CN, or any other network for that matter, try other animated miniseries in the future.
An instant classic, as Alex Hirsch puts it. Actually rewatched it more than 5 times now not because I loved it, but to look carefully at the details that further explain the story. For example, the early scenes from Chapter 9 explain how Wirt was familiar with the difference of the interior design in the mansion on Chapter 5.
>>231202 The Woodsman probably found himself in the Unknown by getting lost in the woods, before subsequently getting tricked by the Beast to bear his lantern. Because of how the place works, it only looked like he had been missing for a short time relative to whatever era he was actually from.
>231202 That confused me, too. Looking the scene over, I did noticed the Beast asks the Woodsman "Are you ready to go back to that empty house?" right before the light was put out, implying he'd not been there since he took the lantern. That still leaves a lot of question unanswered, though.
The alternate theory is that scene was a flash-forward to when he's dead and meeting her in the afterlife. Plus the "broader" theory, that it didn't happen at all.
The way it seemed to me is that The Unknown is an interstice between time, space and dimension across alternate worlds, purgatory and the boarder of life and death. Wirt, Greg and the Woodsman were all souls who were taken there near death, I'm guessing the woodsman was lost and contemplating suicide if his daughter was gone when the Beast approached him. In these cases it seems the person is returned from the unknown at the point they lost their way in life.
>>231210 After reading this and having re-watched the episodes that were on TV, I think I made a wrong assumption about what "the Unknown" included: I thought it was everything but where Wirt and Greg really came from, but then the Innkeeper said the Beast lives "out there in the Unknown" as if the tavern wasn't part of it. So it seems anytime Wirt and Greg were in an actual town, they'd left the Unknown, but went back as they left and went back into the forest. The "interstice" theory would explain why the towns seem to be set in such different time periods (i.e. Lorna and Auntie Whispers look like almost colonial puritans, but the frogs ride on the river in a steam boat).
http://www.cartoonnetwork.com/video/special/tome-of-the-unknown-episode.html http://www.cartoonnetwork.com/video/special/ridin-with-burgess-episode.html http://www.cartoonnetwork.com/video/special/jammers-episode.html http://www.cartoonnetwork.com/video/special/twelve-forever-episode.html New stuff is soon so keep yur ears to the ground.