Have you seen the first two episodes of the
fifth season of Samurai Jack yet? The
series looks awesome so far and I'm excited to see how things are going to
proceed toward the finale after a 13-year hiatus. If you're feeling the urge to
binge-watch and don't have the time, the list below details what I deem to be
the finest and most significant episodes in the series.
Jack first premiered, it showcased these three episodes as a single film.
They introduced the nameless samurai, how he obtained the name "Jack," and how
he adjusts to the new world he is forced into.
Episode 4: Jack, the Woolies, and the Chritchellites
Technically, this is the first episode after the
premiere film and is important because this is where we see Jack experience the
wild for the first time after leaving the city. Here, he discovers how
different the world is from his initial predictions. After this experience,
there is no doubt how Jack has grown wiser from it.
Episode 7: Jack and the Three Blind Archers
This is the first time we see Jack find a potential way home as he is hindered by three blind archers. This also the first time we get to see how skilled a warrior Jack is and how quickly he adapts to dangerous situations.
Episode 11: Jack and the Scotsman
This is only because the Scotsman turned out to
be a fun character and someone we would be seeing over the course of the
This a filler episode and is skippable by all means. It just tells three short stories of Jack's adventures and how he sacrifices yet another chance to go back in time.
Episode 17: Jack and the Scotsman II
I find this episode more important in
speculative ways. Here, the Scotsman introduces Jack to the rest of his clan as
they travel to rescue his wife. How is this important? Well for one thing, the
Scotsman is here and you get to meet his wife as well. To top it off, Jack makes
a lot of friends here, which is nice.
Episode 19: Jack Remembers the Past
This is an amazing episode. It starts out with a five-or-so-action sequences before proceeding to storytelling, where Jack thinks back on the simpler days of his childhood.
Episode 22: Jack and the Hunters
I had to decide between either this episode or episode
23. Both are fantastic, but this one showed that there is still good and honor
left in the world, along with Jack potentially making powerful allies in the
future. Or not. Either way, it's an awesome episode.
Episode 25: Jack and the Spartans
I'm putting this on the list because it was such a cool episode. I wouldn't be surprised if the Spartans make a return in the fifth season.
Episode 30: Jack and the Zombies
This episode kicked off with Jack cutting pieces
off of zombies before Aku himself shows up.
Episode 31: Jack in Egypt
Besides being a really cool episode that shows
Jack's childhood, it also showed new cosmic horizons by opening up a couple of
questions that no one ever bothered answering.
Episode 32: Jack the Traveling Creatures
This is a very important episode that sets the
stage for the fifth season. I can't decide if you should watch this first or
the next two down the list and then go back to this. I suppose it depends if
you want sweet moments or a surprising one. For reference, this is the episode
that has that surprising moment.
Episode 36: Jack, the Monks, and the Ancient Master's Son
This episode delivers spot-on epic moments when Shaolin monks guide Jack to a time portal. However, Jack's judgement is cut down by honor.
Episodes 37 and 38: The Birth of Evil
Let's take a break from Jack and focus on Aku
instead. This two-part episode shows us where Aku came from and the conflict
that arises from the cosmic entities in the universe. All throughout the
series, Aku is shown to be a goofy villain, and so we don't really know how
dangerous he is. The episodes elaborates on this, displaying brutal and
horrifying deaths of both beasts and humans.
Episode 43: The Aku Infection
Jack is infected by Aku's evil and seeks a cure. He finds a cavern filled by monk-like lizards who welcome him and offer a time portal home, leading towards an emotion-fueled climactic confrontation.
Episodes 45 and 46: The Scotsman saves Jack
Look, we all know where this is going. Jack will
eventually find a way back in time and kill Aku, saving the world. If you look
at this in another angle, the Scotsman may have actually saved the world by
Episode 51: Young Jack in Africa
One of those episodes where we get to see more of Jack's childhood.
There you go. 20 of the
best episodes you should watch if you intend to refresh yourself for the fifth
season. There's another episode called Jack
vs the Ninja which is really cool, so you can add that in if you want. Only
eight episodes remain until the final episode and Samurai Jack never looked this good.