My view on the finale

and I hope they beat the simpsons when it comes to # of episodes.

(If you aren't interested in a rant that is about TV shows going on too long, skip to my second quote thing. It's where I analyze Adventure Time more.)

You shouldn't. The Simpsons is a stagnant beast. It's current episodes just make me sad. It's like they are simultaneously pandering to an audience that has been weened on the stupidity of newer media, but also trying to reclaim their old sentimentality from the earlier seasons in a really half assed way.

And don't get me started on the damned "Pop culture reference, you guys!"

I get your sentiment, but believe me, there comes a time when even Gods must die. I would rather see Adventure Time go out with a bang. Rather than drag out for years with a whimper.

And you can tell that Simpsons is going to go out with a whimper. When they finally decide to put down ol' yeller, you know they are going to try to make it some sentimental tear-jerker thing. The way "American Family the TV Show" Sitcoms tend to do.

But it won't be one. Not genuinely. The show hasn't felt passionate for years. Any emotion they try to pour into it will be artificial.

Compare and contrast Simpsons with Mission Hill. You'll never hear anybody say a bad word about it, and it was cancelled before the first season was through, and from what we've seen, the episodes that never made it out were brilliant. The Pretty in Pink script-readings are magical. It died before it's time, but you'll never hear anyone say a bad word about it because it went out in it's prime.

Rest of your analysis.

Your reading is interesting, but I look at it in more of a classical fiction way, less of a modernist fiction style. That is to say Man v. God rather than Character v. Author. Please bear with me, because this is rooted in my opinions on when Adventure Time should end. TL:DR - It should have ended with this episode.

I want Adventure Time to end with dignity. Not as a bloated beast, desperately trying to stay relevant and catering to an audience that doesn't appreciate what it was originally meant to be.

Frankly, I was a bit disappointed in this episode. Because it was too perfect. That set up... Could have been the perfect ending for the series as a whole.

This sort of ties in to my reading of the episode, which is a bit different from yours. I viewed it as... How to put this... Okay... Let me say it like this. I am damned sure that the bit about Finn "Being a butterfly" was a reference to a quote by Zhuangzi.

"Once upon a time, I dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly. I was conscious only of my happiness as a butterfly, unaware that I was. Soon I awaked, and there I was, veritably myself again. Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man."

Frankly, I hadn't viewed it as Finn being the... God of sorts of Ooo. Not in a Religious sense. More in a sense that it is a figment of his imagination. Ooo is his dream. Thus his being able to be free from Love, Hate, Friendship, Solitude, etc.

To accept the Comet's offer would be to wake up, as it were. If this was Inception, Finn is Sato, Ooo is his Limbo, and the Asteroid is Cobb asking him to wake up (Though it sounds like there is less at stake.)

Franky I am sad now, because I don't know how they can end it better than that.

They pulled out the big guns too soon. I don't know how they can drop that sort of bomb (Finn is the Butterfly dreaming he is a Man) prematurely and find a way to gracefully bow off the stage without being redundant.

The only way I could imagine is to completely disregard it,

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