I’ve been a fan of Adventure Time since the beginning, by which I mean the original Random! short. I’ve seen every episode, and I have seen the writing on the wall: As a show, Adventure Time has reached maturity.
What do I mean by maturity? Well it’s probably safe to say that the objectively best episode of AT is in the past, rather than the future (The Lich/Prismo three-parter being this highwater mark). That’s not to say that season five has been bad (its been excellent), but this season has marked a shift in focus.
The land of Ooo is all but fleshed out, we now have a pretty good understanding of all the characters’ backstories (expect PB) and the world’s lore. Finn and Jake have taken a backseat to secondary character episodes (Simon and Marcy, Lady and Peebles, Bmo Lost, Bmo Noir, Mystery Dungeon, etc). A new main character has been introduced (Flame Princess). This season will feature two Graybles episodes.
We’ve visited alternate realities and alternate timelines. None of this is bad, and we’ve had some excellent B-cast episodes, but they demonstrate that the core concept of AT, Finn and Jake, is getting stale.
They’ve met Lincoln. Made peace with Ice King (mostly). Defeated the Lich (maybe). What else is there? Well, there’s enough to sustain the show for another season, yes. But season seven and beyond? I’m not so sure. Maybe I’m just antsy. I’d rather see a great show end early than see a great show become a good show become a mediocre show.
So what would I like? We’re nearing the end of season five right now. Six seasons would be good. Maybe six seasons and a movie. Hashtag.

I’ve been a fan of Adventure Time since the beginning, by which I mean the original Random! short. I’ve seen every episode, and I have seen the writing on the wall: As a show, Adventure Time has reached maturity.

What do I mean by maturity? Well it’s probably safe to say that the objectively best episode of AT is in the past, rather than the future (The Lich/Prismo three-parter being this highwater mark). That’s not to say that season five has been bad (its been excellent), but this season has marked a shift in focus.

The land of Ooo is all but fleshed out, we now have a pretty good understanding of all the characters’ backstories (expect PB) and the world’s lore. Finn and Jake have taken a backseat to secondary character episodes (Simon and Marcy, Lady and Peebles, Bmo Lost, Bmo Noir, Mystery Dungeon, etc). A new main character has been introduced (Flame Princess). This season will feature two Graybles episodes.

We’ve visited alternate realities and alternate timelines. None of this is bad, and we’ve had some excellent B-cast episodes, but they demonstrate that the core concept of AT, Finn and Jake, is getting stale.

They’ve met Lincoln. Made peace with Ice King (mostly). Defeated the Lich (maybe). What else is there? Well, there’s enough to sustain the show for another season, yes. But season seven and beyond? I’m not so sure. Maybe I’m just antsy. I’d rather see a great show end early than see a great show become a good show become a mediocre show.

So what would I like? We’re nearing the end of season five right now. Six seasons would be good. Maybe six seasons and a movie. Hashtag.

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