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

Synopsis

Marceline and Princess Bubblegum journey to the imposing, beautiful Glass Kingdom, and deep into their tumultuous past, to prevent an earthshaking catastrophe.[1]

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Trivia

  • Olivia Olson expressed that she felt Princess Bubblegum and Marceline had to talk about their relationship and see how it would move forward, which will be discussed in the special "Obsidian".[2]
  • Adam Muto says the title "Obsidian" is a metaphor, as it is the most powerful fusion, and also has to do in the Glass Kingdom. What they want is to focus on Princess Bubblegum and Marceline's relationship.[2]
    • The conversation that follows this, however, shows that when Muto made the comment about obsidian being the strongest fusion, he may have been making a reference to the Cartoon Network series Steven Universe, in which Michaela Dietz is well known for playing one of the main characters.[2]
  • "Glassboy" was originally a temporary name, but it stuck and they never ended up changing it.
  • As stated by Adam Muto, Obsidian takes place a "few years" into the relationship of Princess Bubblegum and Marceline, implying that it takes place not that long after the events of "Come Along With Me", the Adventure Time series finale. However, the exact amount of time remains ambiguous.[2]
  • Finn has a tattoo of Jake, while Princess Bubblegum wears Lady Rainicorn slippers, and Simon wears Gunter slippers.

Cultural References

  • The scorpion bears a cap which contains the Cool S, also known as a "Stussy S"
  • The motorcycle which Elise was seen repairing was a 2000 Honda CB600F.
  • Glassboy mentions that he enjoys reading Manga, a popular form of Japanese comic publication.
  • The RV featured at the end resembles a modified 1977 RAF 2203 "Latviya" Minibus.
  • In the bunker, when Marceline sings "Red Light," the cockroach stood atop the pork and beans could be a possible reference to Wall-E.

Episode Connections

  • Princess Bubblegum repeatedly uses the word "Egress," as she does in "Hall of Egress".
  • The omnichord from "I Remember You" is seen again when Simon is performing "Remember You".
  • In a flashback, Marceline is seen giving Princess Bubblegum her Rock T-shirt from "What Was Missing".
  • An aged up version of Finn appeared near the end of this episode. A younger version of Finn showed up in the previous Distant Lands special, "BMO".
  • The side of Marceline's fridge bears a photo booth strip depicting images of herself and Princess Bubblegum. These pictures make their first appearance in the episode "Ketchup".

Storyline Analysis

  • As stated by Adam Muto, Obsidian takes place a "few years" into the relationship of Princess Bubblegum and Marceline, implying that it takes place not that long after the events of "Come Along With Me", the Adventure Time series finale. However, the exact amount of time remains ambiguous.[2]
    • Finn has aged considerably since "Come Along With Me" where he was seventeen. Finn is now slightly taller, his hair has darkened from a golden-yellow blonde to a dirty-dark blonde and he now grows facial hair implying that a considerable number of years have passed.
      • However, Simon Petrikov does not appear to have aged significantly since "Come Along With Me".
  • It is revealed in the flashbacks that Marceline's mother Elise did in fact the survive the Mushroom War. Following the apocalypse, she and Marceline continued to live in a trailer in the desert (previously seen in "Everything Stays"). Elise came down with an illness (possibly radiation poisoning) and began to cough out blood which eventually led to her death.
  • Jake's fate is unclear. He is not seen with Finn at the end of the episode though he does a have a tattoo of him on his chest and Bronwyn appears seemingly in his place. Though Finn does come to help, he appears to now taking a more relaxed approach to living.

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References

  1. "Adventure Time Revived at HBO Max" by Andy Swift, TV Line (October 23 2019)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 San Diego Comic Con (2020-07-24). "HBO Max and Cartoon Network Studios: Adventure Time: Distant Lands | Comic-Con@Home 2020". YouTube. Retrieved on July 24, 2020.
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