Samurai Jack

Samurai Jack – The Complete Fifth Season

by Alan Rapp on October 25, 2017

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  • Title: Samurai Jack – Season Five
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Samurai Jack - Season 5 DVD reviewAfter years of waiting Samurai Jack‘s (Phil LaMarr) journey comes to a close in the fifth, and final, season of Samurai Jack. Even with Mako (Greg Baldwin steps in to voice Aku), this final installment is a gem. Set years after the last time we saw Jack, the season opens with the weary warrior separated from his magical sword and any hope of ever defeating Aku or returning home. The introduction of Ashi (Tara Strong), one of five deadly Daughters of Aku sent to slay the samurai, will help push Jack back on his path and lead to his final confrontation with the shape-shifting master of darkness.

Highlights include Jack’s battle with the Daughters of Aku, Ashi’s search for the samurai, a quest for the sword, the return of a hero, Aku’s victory over Jack, and the series finale.

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  • Title: Samurai Jack – Episode VIII: Jack versus Mad Jack
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Samurai Jack - Episode VIII: Jack versus Mad Jack TV review

While it’s jam-packed with action and features Samurai Jack (Phil LaMarr) literally fighting a manifestation of his internal demons, “Episode VIII” is one of the least memorable of the series. Opening with an extended sequence in which Jack’s battle with a bar full of bounty hunters which spills out into the forest, Aku (Mako) decides to raise the stakes by pitting the samurai against an evil doppelganger. Of course, the frenzied Jack eventually gets his emotions under control and is able to realize the situation he finds himself in. Our hero is able to regain his composure, defeat “Mad Jack,” and continue on his quest once more.

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  • Title: Samurai Jack – Episode VII: Jack and the Three Blind Archers
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Samurai Jack - Episode VII: Jack and the Three Blind Archers TV review

Throwback Thursday takes us back to the adventures of the time-displaced samurai and his quest to make his way home. Noble sacrifice is a common theme in Samurai Jack, and in “Episode VII” Jack (Phil LaMarr) must decide between travelling home or freeing those trapped under the curse of Aku (Mako). Learning about the Well of Ozric, a portal with the ability to send the samurai home, Jack heads for the tower but finds the three archers more than enough to stop an entire army in its tracks. What hope does the samurai have?

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  • Title: Samurai Jack – Episode VI: Jack and the Warrior Woman
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Samurai Jack - Episode VI: Jack and the Warrior Woman TV review

Throwback Thursday takes us back to the adventures of the time-displaced samurai and his never-ending quest to make his way home. While Jack (Phil LaMarr) lost many battles in his war with Aku (Mako), it’s rare to see him as defeated as he appears at the end of “Episode VI.” Nor can I think of any episode which relies so heavily on montage (to good effect). Learning of a magical jewel which can fulfill the samurai’s most fervent wish, Jack sadly doesn’t heed the warning from the shopkeeper about a looming ultimate evil gathering closer to him, nor does he notice the obvious signs that his new companion is not who she appears to be.

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Samurai Jack – Episode CI

by Alan Rapp on May 22, 2017

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  • Title: Samurai Jack – Episode CI
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Samurai Jack - Episode CI television review

“Episode CI” offers a bittersweet ending to the tale of the time-displaced samurai warrior that began on August 10, 2001. With Jack (Phil LaMarr) captured all eyes turn to Aku (Greg Baldwin) who broadcasts his victory across the entire world. The final episode brings in several faces we’ve seen over the course of the series including a personal favorite of mine in the forest creatures that once taught Jack to jump good. Rising to the call, all of those once saved by Jack attack Aku giving Jack a fighting chance. While not in any serious threat, the sheer number of Woolies, Scotsmen, Spartans, Canine Archaeologists, Archers, Triseraquins, the giant Robo Samurai, and others do provide the momentary distraction for Jack to reach the Aku-controlled Ashi (Tara Strong) who not only discovers her free will but also the fact that she shares Aku’s powers – which include the ability to create a time portal.

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