Adventure Time aired its hour long series finale on Monday, September 3rd [a Labor Day treat, if you will]. Se will dive into an emotional review after reminding you that ADVENTURE TIME ISN’T OVER.
As reported by Comicbook.com (readable here) During San Diego Comic Con 2018, BOOM! Studios announced they would be continuing their Adventure Time works (they’ve been publishing comics and graphic novels related to the series since 2012), and the coming series of novels will be the unseen season 11 following the aftermath of the “Great Gum War” destruction brought by Golb, as everyone finds their place and the world and continues living their lives. We are most excited for more Bubbline, the living arragements of Finn & Jake, and Simon’s quest for Betty.
The journey of my reaction to accept the finale and allowing myself to emotionally react mirrors my journey to originally enjoy the show in the first place. I used to be one of the people that thought they were too good for the show, that it’s absurdist humor was annoying, and it was a childish show premiering as I graduated highschool and it had no place in my life. It wasn’t until catching episodes with nieces and nephews, and the Emmy nominations, and buzz i was catching from classmates, that let me take the stick out it my ass and sit down and enjoy this brilliant cartoon. But it didn’t stop there.
Adventure Time finally made long time shippers happy with solidifying Bubbline, but that ship had tip toed the line and pushed boundaries for years and we fully believe it was the Adventure Time team pushing cartoon network on representation, and we see that in multiple ways, including it being thr springboard that launched Sugar’s career and gave her the platforms she has today. We fully believe that it gave other creators ay other networks an example to follow and courage to push boundaries to give us things like the Legend of Korra (don’t get me started on the genius of the A:TLA Universe either – which after finishing the original in 2008 started a 3-4 year stint of not watching “cartoons”). The only love story on the show stronger that’s gone longer? Simon and Betty’s, except we never get to see them have their happy ending.
Just look at that parallelism to Magic Man’s visit to Prismo.
It was the finale that fans deserved– It gave closure, it tied in plots from season 1 all the way to season 9, addressing the show’s patented flashbacks and prior teased glimpses of their universe’s future. It was smartly done, riffing off the Golb mythos they’d been establishing since Season 2,
And told in BMO’s narration that melted the hearts of fans? The finale honored its own legacy and got a little meta if you view the Time Adventure theme that they’ll always be back then and forward as a nod to shows they’ve inspired and a tradition of heros they kept alive in and out of the show. Our only critique? The shared dream sequence, while necessary to address Fern’s internal struggle and a smart way to tackle Finn’s repression vault, lasted too long when we would’ve appreciated that time to see more action, more Simon and Betty, and more epilogue flashes. In our rewatch that was the only scene we weren’t 100% there for, which means thwybheld our attentionfor the entire rest of the finale analyzing every moment. This is an A+ finale that deserves the short form animation Emmy, not because of its legacy, but for the heart and emotional impact seldom seen outside of a full length animated film.