One of the greatest achievements of season 5 and Adventure Time history
While Season 5 has been arguably one of the best seasons, Lemonhope Story (pt1 and pt2) easily support that assumption. There is nothing in this episode that I can describe as "bad" or "low quality". Everything in the episode serves a purpose and--since it was a double part--the episode had time to breathe and relax at times.
The episode brings us back to Lemonhope who is being bugged by PB that he must free his people from Lemongrab. Lemongrab--who is even bigger now--has forced his people into a prison camp/dictatorship sort of society where he rules all and eats the unfortunate. Contrary to most characters, Lemonhope is actually selfish and only wants freedom...freedom from other people's choices. He literally doesn't care about his dying brothers and sisters, he just wants to be free from everyone's concern. This significantly adds to his character and it is a rare character trait. I can't name any character's off hand who share no sympathy for people who are suffering. Though, throughout the episode he has strange expressionist/surreal dreams that help express his inner- thoughts quite well.
However, Lemonhope eventually runs away into the wilderness where he almost dies but is saved by a sky-whale hunter. He learns that he doesn't need to save them, however if he doesn't, he will be plagued by their thoughts for the rest of his life. In the end, Lemonhope saves Lemon kingdom, but doesn't decide to stay--as requested by PB--but he actually says "I'm going now, see you in a 1,000 years or so. Peace."
This leads to the most important part of the episode: PB singing a song about Lemonhope and us seeing him when he returns. The ending shows the truth that hundreds of years later... Candy Kingdom looks identical to the ruins of the great mushroom war. Everyone is dead. However, Lemonhope isn't disturbed by the death and decay, he simply finds his old room that PB made for him and goes to sleep.
This episode does everything right. It has beautiful animation, great character development, it is funny, it is dark, and... it is really emotional. Very few cartoons have actually made me look away from the screen because I'm afraid I might cry. This episode shows us that even the happy, magical, friendly, land of Ooo will eventually turn into a war zone that will result in the death of everyone... but in the end Hope lives on.
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