|"The New Frontier"|
| Season 3, episode 18|
|Airdate:||November 28, 2011|
|Story:|| Mark Banker|
| Written &|
| Tom Herpich|
"Holly Jolly Secrets Part I"
"The New Frontier" is the eighteenth episode in the third season of Adventure Time. It is the seventieth episode overall.
Finn tries to stop Jake from embracing a dream that he believes foretells his final demise.
Jake has a Croak Dream involving a rocket ship and a Banana Man in space. He runs out of air after holding his breath too long and sees the Cosmic Owl. After he wakes up and tells Finn about the dream, they hear someone knocking on the door. Finn looks out the window and sees the Banana Man. Finn freaks out and throws Jake behind a large container, and hides there with Jake and tells him that the Banana Man is there. Finn looks outside again to see what he's doing. They decide to follow him to his house after he begins to walk away from the Tree Fort, and across the Grass Lands. They get to his house and go up to the Banana Man's window when he walks into his house. They see him turn on the T.V. and put on a helmet just like the one seen by Jake in his dream. He starts to dance along to what was on. Finn pulls out a crossbow and an arrow from his backpack, and uses some type of friction that creates fire when you rub your hands together, and blow in between your hands and small flames form. This sets the arrow on fire. After firing arrows at him to try to scare him away, the arrow that they used flies into the back of his home, and when Finn and Jake go there to get it they find his rocket ship in his backyard. Jake tries to ride it, despite Finn trying to convince him not to, because he says it's his destiny. The Banana Man walks into the backyard (holding glass, which was probably for the window) and sees them fighting on the floor. The rocket fails to launch since it didn't have enough dynamite to blast off. The Banana Man drops his plate on glass on the ground, shattering it (in its own cutaway,) which in conjunction with the windowless vessel featured in the croak dream suggests that Finn's attempt to avert Jake's fate might actually have sealed it. When the ship lands on the ground it creates a hole, which Jake, Finn, and the Banana Man fall into. They fall into a pool of water which re-creates Jake's dream, only Finn is there so the Croak Dream does not come true. They find out that the Banana Man only wanted to borrow some sugar. After that, Jake then says that his Croak Dream wasn't real; unless he didn't die since Finn was with him this time, meaning it was destined to happen again. The episode ends with Finn running after Jake, so that his Croak Dream would never come true. In the final scene, The Banana Man starts dancing along.
- Banana Man is voiced by Weird Al Yankovic.
- This episode was originally titled "The Croak List," but it was "too spoilerish" according to Adam Muto.
- There is a drawing of a skull stabbed to one of the trees in Finn and Jake's room.
- Banana Man's wall has pictures of bananas, a monkey, ice cream, an astronaut helmet, the Solar System and what appears to be some kind of war/air medal.
- When Jake creates the diagrams of himself, Banana Man and Finn on his stomach, Finn's shape resembles Bueno the Bear.
- This is the first episode where viewers see Finn having a weapon other than a sword. His choice of weapon in this episode was a crossbow and arrow.
- The original title sketch card had a picture of V838 Monocerotis, one of the largest known stars, but in the final title card, it shows a star cluster in the background rather than the actual star itself.
- In this episode Finn starts a fire using only his hands, but in "The Hard Easy" neither Finn nor Jake are able to do it.
- The wrecked limousine outside Banana Man's house is similar to the one on the newspaper next to Simon Petrikov in "I Remember You."
- Jake is comfortable with dying while in Jake vs. Me-Mow he agrees to kill Wildberry Princess to save his own life.
- The final scene of the randomly-dancing Banana Man is a possible reference to the internet phenomenon the "Dancing Banana," which involves an animation of a dancing banana set to the song "Peanut Butter Jelly Time" by the Buckwheat Boyz.
- In this episode, Finn and Jake's house is filled with computers that resemble old Macintosh LCs.
- The scene in which Finn, Jake and Banana Man fall down into the underground lake might be a reference to Gandalf and the Balrog in The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring falling into a subterranean lake under Moria.
- When Jake wakes up, Lady Rainicorn is not seen in the picture he has and right above it there is a frame with only a green background.
- When Finn and Jake find the rocket, there is no large tube near the dynamite, in the close up, it is there and a dynamite cartridge that was on the ground disappears.
- When Finn goes to light the fuse, Banana Man's stuff that was on the ground dissapears, all the dynamite is set up in the rocket and the fuses are tied but when they found the rocket there was dynamite in the ground and the fuses were loose.
- When Finn says that they are out of arrows, the crossbow that was laying on the grass near his feet is gone.
- When Finn said that Banana Man was going to walk into the sun, his backpack seems to be up by his head instead of on his back.
- There is less detail on the Banana Man's rocket when Finn,Jake,and the Banana Man fall down the pit into the Underground Cave
- Jake's croak dream shows him floating in space near a perfectly spherical Earth, akin to the Earth prior to the Mushroom War (and not the true Earth as seen from space in "The Real You"). Since the "Earth" seen in Jake's dream actually turned out to be a miniature model of a planet, it's possible that the model was made before the Mushroom War. If the model was made by Banana Man or someone else in recent times, it can easily be explained that since no one has been in space since the fall of civilization due to the Mushroom War, no one would realize the planet's true shape and could imagine that Earth remains a big sphere as it always has been. Space travel was not possible because rocket ships hadn't been "re-invented yet." Either that, or he viewed it at a different angle where the giant crater was seen.
- Finn might have actually prevented the croak dream from happening. They could have found the banana man later and a similar sequence of events could have happened to lead to Jake dying.
- The ending scenes have similarities to the season one episode "Tree Trunks" where Tree Trunks was believed to have died. In the penultimate scene, Banana Man is seen to be unconscious or dead, the latter possibility supporting that Jake had cheated death.