When it comes to cartoons, few have been as defining for the 2010s as that
of Adventure Time. It was different, it was whimsical and poignant and
filled with enough lore to make George R.R. Martin jealous. Even now, two years after it ended, it’s still remembered fondly by many people. So when it was announced a limited series of hour-long specials would be coming to HBO Max, fans were excited. Heck, watching it was half the reason I got the new streaming service. So, did the first special, starring BMO, live up to its hype in the end?
I’m happy to say that even after all this time, Adventure Time’s still got the magic that made it so much fun.
Sheriff BMO Here To Save the Day
In this 45-minute special, we see BMO off on a trip into space, only for it to go awry when he lands in a place called the Drift. The Drift is this old space station populated by a bunch of aliens, and its falling apart. Thus, BMO takes it upon himself to become the Drift’s sheriff, with a little bunny girl named Y5 as his deputy.
Now, I won’t say how this story ends, as the ending is too good to spoil. What I will say, though, is that the special keeps the themes of the show alive. Specifically, the idea of kids rising above their deadbeat parents. It’s clear that Y5’s parents don’t think very highly of her, yet she wants to make them proud. When push comes to shove, though, she has to choose between pleasing her parents and doing the right thing. Ultimately, thanks to BMO’s influence, she does the right thing.
I think the takeaway from that is that you don’t always need your parents approval to be happy in life. You may end up disappointing them in some way, but if they really love you, they’ll accept your choices. That, and you should always try to do the right thing even if others think you look stupid.
Ultimately, I think Distant Lands: BMO was a nice return to the world of Adventure Time. I honestly can’t wait for the rest of the specials to come out. With everything going on in the world, we need this kind of escapism in our lives. Welcome back, Adventure Time.
I Give Distant Lands- BMO A Solid 4.5/5
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