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"BMO" is the first hour-long episode that is part of Adventure Time: Distant Lands.

Synopsis

When there’s a deadly space emergency in the farthest reaches of the galaxy, there’s only one hero to call, and it’s probably not BMO. Except that this time it is![2]

Plot

BMO is traveling through space on a mission to terraform Mars, as he[3] meets a small eyeball like robot, whom BMO dubs Olive. The mysterious robot suddenly transports BMO's ship into a distant part of space, which contains an ailing space station called The Drift.

BMO encounters a young rabbit girl, by birth named Y4, who is a scavenger. She plans to take BMO and have them sold for parts so as to impress her disapproving parents, her father and her mother, KS-2; during the process, she has bond with BMO and is persuaded to have the name Y5. They eventually visit Hugo, the leader of The Drift, who cannot find anything useful from BMO, but needs a crystal, known as the Genesis Crystal, from one of the jungle pods on The Drift, so as to power a ship that will allow the Drift's residents to escape the station.

BMO is hurt when they learn what Y5's plan was and ventures into the jungle pod alone. However, BMO is betrayed by Hugo's assistant Mr. M and is abandoned in the pod. Y5 overcomes her parents' disapproval and rescues BMO, with the help of a robot named CGO. CGO reveals that Hugo came from the Earth to escape from a war and, after arriving at the Drift, stole the natives' technology for himself; he has no plans to bring his followers with him. Y5 and BMO rush to stop Hugo. Hugo is outed, but escapes onto his ship. At BMO's suggestion, everyone works together to remove all the power to save the Drift, but Hugo still takes away most of the resources from the Drift during the process. Y5's parents apologize for not listening to her as the Drift natives decide to rebuild together. As Hugo laments his loneliness, Olive is revealed to have joined him.

BMO takes a space lard and flies back out into space, where they land on the Earth. BMO crash lands near the tree house where they spot a much younger Finn and Jake playing out front - revealing that the episode is a prequel to the initial series.

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Trivia

  • This is the first episode to take place before the events of the main series that isn't a flashback or dream.
  • The show on the TV in the bunny hotel resembles art from "Rumble Jaw", the faux show made to cover Distant Lands' existence.
  • The animation in CGO's backstory was done by David Ferguson, who also animated the episode "Water Park Prank."
  • The episode's end credits feature footage of AstroBMO, the real-life BMO currently aboard the International Space Station.[4][5]
  • This is the first canon episode where The Snail does not make an appearance. According to Adam Muto, they decided to not include him in order to make Distant Lands distinct from the original series.[6]
    • Despite this, a shell can be seen in the background of The Drift as a subtle reference.

Cultural References

  • CGO can be heard singing "Tossed Salads & Scrambled Eggs," the theme song from the sitcom Frasier. This is the third time a sitcom theme has been sung in Adventure Time, along with the themes from Cheers and Mr. Belvedere.
  • The city of Seattle is mentioned by CGO. This is the fourth time a real-life location has been mentioned in Adventure Time, along with England, Korea, and Scandinavia.
  • The scene where BMO travels at hyperspeed with the help of Olive is reminiscent of the iconic Stargate Sequence from the 1968 sci-fi film, 2001: A Space Odyssey.
  • Just before BMO's spaceship gets sucked into space, Cole begins to say "I've got a bad feeling about this," referencing the iconic line said in all nine Star Wars films.

Episode Connections

  • At the beginning of the special, BMO was being sent to Mars in a MO Co. rocket to plant potatoes. Moe previously showed interest in Mars in the flashback at the end of "The More You Moe, The Moe You Know," where blueprints for the Martian colony could be seen on his desk.
  • BMO gives the name "Ricky" to Twinkletoes, just as they did to Sparkle in "BMO Lost."
  • Various alien species from throughout Adventure Time are seen.
    • A Void Caster, members of Cuber's species, and a mantis alien from "High Strangeness," are all seen throughout the market in the desert pod.
    • In CGO's backstory, the gray aliens from "High Strangeness" appear.
  • Y5 and Mr. M are seen playing the game Card Wars, which is a holographic version of the one seen in "Card Wars."
  • When trapped in the chasm in the jungle pod, Football shouts "Dirt hole" in a manner similar to how they did in "Football."
  • BMO playing the role of an old west sheriff is similar to his role as cowboy in "Angel Face."
  • BMO's rainbow-colored subconscious selves seen as they "die" were first seen when they contemplated Moe's death in "The More You Moe, The Moe You Know."

Storyline Analysis

  • Mr. M has a strong resemblance to Martin Mertens; Adam Muto claimed in the Reddit AMA that them being the same person is an "unsubstantiated rumor."[7] However, Muto's reply seemed to be sarcastic and deliberately worded to sound like what Mr. M or Martin would say in denial of such an accusation, and thus it's likely that Mr. M and Martin are in fact the same person and Muto was joking. Some of their similarities include:
    • Both characters are voiced by Stephen Root.
    • The "M" in Mr. M's name matches with both Martin's first and last names.
    • Mr. M's shady con artist actions are very similar to Martin's.
    • Mr. M gambled with Y5; in "On the Lam" Martin mentioned that he gambled on lard fights. 
    • His body type matches Martin's. 
    • When removing his boots, Mr. M's skin tone matches Martin's.
    • Mr. M remarks on kids "always calling out their deadbeat parents," which Finn would later do after his run-ins with Martin. 
    • Mr. M's final line is "Here comes the rascal," which Martin also says in "On the Lam," and "Min and Marty."
    • Mr. M's fate is left ambiguous by the end of the episode, similar to the situations Martin ends up in by the ends of "Escape From the Citadel," "The Visitor," "On the Lam," "The Comet," and "Min & Marty."
    • Mr. M's presence in space fits in with Martin's whereabouts. By the time Martin is introduced in "Escape from the Citadel" he is imprisoned in the Crystal Citadel which happens when committing a cosmic crime. In addition, in "The Comet" Martin mentions that he doesn't revolve around a star or certain time, implying that for several years he had been planet-hopping and traveling throughout space. 
  • CGO's backstory offer insight on the circumstances that caused the huge crater seen on post-Mushroom War Earth. As various mushroom clouds detonate on the Earth, there appears to be some sort of giant electric ball that disintegrates part of the planet. It is unknown what caused this particular event, though it is likely the result of a destructive weapon used for the war similar to the Mushroom Bomb.
  • This episode takes place before the main events of "Adventure Time."
    • The episode ends with BMO crashlanding in front of Finn and Jake's Tree Fort. By this time, Finn is a young child and Jake is a teenager.
    • The episode shows that Finn and Jake had lived in their treehouse for several years before the main events of the series. This also hints on the time period where Finn and Jake's parents, Joshua and Margaret died.[8]

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