Ryan Thomason

Adventure Time returns with a 2-part season premiere, here is our advance review of Wake Up and Escape from the Citadel

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Wake Up/Escape from the Citadel promo by writer/storyboard artist Steve Wolfhard, http://kingofooo.tumblr.com/

Wake Up/Escape from the Citadel promo by writer/storyboard artist Steve Wolfhard, http://kingofooo.tumblr.com/

Wow.

Simply, wow.

I’ll admit that I’ve probably watched the season premier at least 4 times since Cartoon Network sent it to me for this review. I may have watched it more, I don’t want you to judge me. I’m going to obviously leave this spoiler free because this season premier doesn’t deserve to be ruined.

Design and color by Derek Ballard. Art Direction by Nick Jennings. http://kingofooo.tumblr.com/

Design and color by Derek Ballard. Art Direction by Nick Jennings. http://kingofooo.tumblr.com/

Wake up is essentially the setup for the game changing episode that is Escape from the Citadel. After carefully going through AdventureTime Wiki and between what’s on the official staff tumblr I can say these things. In Wake Up Finn and Jake find that the only way to make it to the Citadel according to Prismo, is to commit a cosmic crime. Unless The Lich gets their first. How does The Lich come into play? Well since Prismo is in play, and you have the ending of Jake the Dog episode from last season, The Lich is struck into a state of stasis, remember? The Lich’s wish at the end of Jake the Dog (Episode 2, Season 5) resulted in an unintended outcome for the Lich.

That’s all I’ll mention because if you’ve been reading at least the Synopsis for the episodes you know what is in play now from a very basic point.

Escape from the Citadel is to me, most likely one of the biggest “oh snap, grab yo butts” episode in the last couple of seasons. Huge things happen in the search for Finn’s dad. Finn engages in his most epic battle ever seen on Adventure Time. His new Grass Blade sword in wondrous use, it’s a scene that you truly must watch, rewind and watch again. There are more things that those of us that are observant (or obsessive) about the show have been getting inklings of will now start to sprout. In the end, the importance of family is what this episode is all about. Literally, straight up to the end.

It’s essentially what Adventure Time is all about, family. How every family is different, every family has their own way of doing things, some just need to spend more time together, some dont. So, make sure you’re ready for a most mathematical last 5 minutes of the episode ending that will have you on the edge of your seat as our heroes ago about their business. The business of heroes is tough. Sometimes things aren’t what they seem but like Adventure Time always sometimes not so subtly says, your true family and love, win in the end.

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