[SPOILER WARNING] This article contains major plot details for the fifth season of Samurai Jack.
Gear up ladies and gents, the fate of the universe is at stake! Now that there is redemption for the mind, body, and soul, the final showdown between Samurai Jack and Aku in the titular 2001 American cartoon is now within sight!
It has been a long wait. So what better time to take a quick recap and give highlights on what made this final season so memorable.
Jack's back! Dressed in a hardcore armored
getup, riding a motorcycle, and using guns to boot, this wasn't the Jack that
we've come to love over the years. There are also a ton of dead people in this
episode. Yup, the fifty years Jack spent wandering has really messed him up.
Now that we understand this season of Samurai Jack is darker, the show is now free to tackle more mature themes, such as dealing with death.
In this episode, Jack is arguing with his younger self; guilt-tripping himself to commit suicide. This theme carries on until the next episode as Jack kills one of the daughters of Aku. The horrified expression on his face as he witnesses the blood splatter and the realization that he just killed a fellow human being brings a weight over his shoulders.
This episode also deserves credit for having the best action sequence in the entire series so far and the first that we actually see Jack fatally wounded.
Jack recuperates and we are taken back to the past. This is the equivalent to iconic "pub" scenes we see in most fantasy stories, where entering a pub signifies you've reached adulthood.
This is that moment when Jack comes to accept that killing is part of the warrior's path and that everyone, whether good or evil, has a choice.ÃÂÃÂ Another reflection tackled in this episode is that Jack tried to wash his guilt by telling himself that it was okay to kill.
Compared to every other episode in this season, this one contains some funny moments, as Jack and his pseudo-captive Ashi try to get to safer ground.
The scenes here were reminiscent to the older episodes: particularly those that involved the Scotsman and his wife. But more than anything else, the end of this episode laid eggs inside people's stomachs for a possible budding romance for the lone samurai.
Speaking of the Scotsman, he's still alive!
For a time, at least; until Aku crushes him and his army. It was a tough episode to watch as one of the series' most beloved characters (and possibly one of Jack's closest friends) went down in flames and his killer shrugged off his efforts like they were nothing.
As with a samurai cartoon, I suppose it should have been expected that at some point Jack would consider committing seppuku. This episode is about Ashi learning more about Jack's deeds, which transformed her into his guiding light to redemption.
This episode sees the return of an old friend. That's all I'm going to say.
The tone here is lighter and a lot more nostalgic to the previous seasons, as if to welcome back an old friend. However, all the jokes are filled with so much sexual innuendo that an American Pie spinoff isn't hard to imagine. This episode has been criticized for sexualizing the strong female character, Ashi. In the end however, everyone got what they wanted and the show closed off with Dean Martin singing in the background.
The penultimate episode kicks off with Jack and Ashi going into a mountain and finding a pair of red glasses that were worn by the Guardian, a being who prevented Jack from entering the time portal in Season 3.
This is the episode the bridges the gap to the final battle and the ends with Ashi being possessed by Aku and Jack laying down his arms.
With a cliffhanger setting the scene for the grand finale, it looks like Samurai Jack will finally give fans the rest that this samurai, and the audience watching him, deserve.