Samurai Jack

  • 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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Samurai Jack – Episode C

by Alan Rapp on May 16, 2017

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

The penultimate episode of Samurai Jack brings Jack (Phil LaMarr) and Aku (Greg Baldwin) face-to-face for the first time in the show’s final season. Learning from Scaramouch (Tom Kenny) that Jack is without his magical sword, Aku shows up to interrupt Jack and Ashi (Tara Strong) to destroy the samurai once and for all. The disappointment that the samurai has retrieved his sword is short-lived, however, as Aku discovers a brand-new weapon of his own to use against Jack.

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