BMO shows he’s been a hero all along in Adventure Time: Distant Lands.
Despite all evidence of the world around them falling apart, most characters in Adventure Time: Distant Lands maintain a contagious enthusiasm. Perhaps more than any does BMO.
The first episode of the four-part HBO Max limited series Adventure Time: Distant Lands centers on the brave little robot. BMO’s adventure begins with him on a ship destined to terraforming Mars. And it isn’t long before BMO laughs in the face of danger, happily fixing the hole in his ship by welding a Band-Aid over it.
Soon after, he meets another robot in space, one that looks like Plankton from SpongeBob SquarePants condensed into a little ball. BMO names his new friend Olive. Olive, much to BMO’s chagrin, zips the ship past its original destination and takes BMO through trippy space travel akin to 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Eventually, BMO crashes on a troubled planet. And even though he loses an arm, he is ecstatic to meet a young rabbit scientist, whom he encourages to think up her own name. She settles on Y5.
Much like Finn the Human’s parents in the original series, Y5’s parents are dismissive and demeaning. They look down on Y5, and tell her to scrap BMO for parts. But BMO’s contagious heroicness leads Y5 to her own coming-of-age story.
Adventure Times: Distant Lands: BMO, Hero and Comic
It’s too simple to characterize BMO as childlike. Throughout Adventure Time, and especially in Adventure Time: Distant Lands, BMO is sanguine in the trials and tribulations of his maturity.
But BMO always makes the adult decision to heed the cry of dangers. So often does he rush into action that it takes the sound of an alarm for Y5 to realize she misses BMO.
With the help of his new friends Y5 and Olive, who plays the Jake the Dog role to BMO’s Finn, BMO helps save the planet on numerous occasions. He also has incredible one-liners that make him a 21st century Adam West Batman.
“He died as he lived, sucking big time,” BMO says, as a villain is sucked into outer space.
And even when BMO is at the depths of despair, with his systems shut off and his hardware scattered and littered in the dangerous jungle pod, he calmly and patiently awaits the good he knows will arrive.
Adventure Time: Distant Lands: The Best is Yet to Come
After helping Y5 stand up to her parents, BMO is saved by his new rabbit friend. They save the day together, and BMO only leaves the planet after the young scientist decrees that all the citizens have to learn how to get along and share the limited remaining resources after the villains took most for themselves.
BMO ponders on his ship how Y5 will probably become Mayor of the planet.
BMO ends the episode on a new, strange planet. He looks to the horizon and finds a young Finn and Jake playing outside their treehouse. Ever the optimist, BMO is excited about this new adventure.
There’s much to admire about Adventure Time: Distant Lands. Obviously, having new Adventure Time content is great. Each episode is an hour-long, even better. But retaining the story, humor, and humanity of the characters is the best.
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Adventure Time: Distant Lands Episode 1 is available now on HBO MAX.