Thank The Cartoon Gods, Samurai Jack Is Back
After thirteen years of silence, the fifth and final entry into the storyline of our favorite time-displaced Samurai will come to an end. I will be buying all the crispy M&Ms I can afford, putting on my pajamas and enjoying this.
First released in August of 2001 as a TV movie titled Samurai Jack: The Premiere Movie, the production had a total of four seasons. The show followed the adventures of the titular character, Jack, on his quest to find a time portal that will allow him to go back to the past where he can defeat his archnemesis, the shapeshifting demon Aku, and save the future. The plot is 80s action movie fodder yeah, but it’s part of its charm.
Jack is a world class swordsman armed with a magical katana once owned by his father and a lifetime’s worth of training he acquired traversing the world. Living in the future is jarring for sure but Jack adapts to the odd technology, alien creatures and killer robots, all while staying true to his Japanese Samurai lineage.
Aku has been waiting for what seems like centuries, biding his powers and expanding his domain so that he can deal with Jack when he appears in the future. Aku’s powers are amazing and his world so vast, the stakes are very high.
The plot was balls to the wall insane and so were the characters. Jack would often meet many adversaries on his way back home, and (whether they be friend or foe) they were often just as complex or interesting as Jack himself.
How about X9? The emotional robot assassin who only fought because of his dog Lulu, who was taken hostage until he defeated Jack. Or my personal favorite, the scotsman, a scottish accented warrior wielding a sword, bagpipes and a machine gun peg leg. Machine gun. Peg. Leg!
The Samurai Jack franchise hasn’t been totally quiet though, he just hasn’t been seen on television. Our favorite down on his luck Samurai has been seen on the panels of comics since the show ended, being cameoed in DC comics and IDW works, however all these stories have been considered non-canon. A Samurai Jack movie has been in the works since 2002 as well, however the project has been in development hell for years and with this season being the conclusion to the story, I highly doubt we’ll be hearing any news on that.
4 Primetime Emmy Awards, 6 Annie Awards and an OIAF Award for best television series prove I’m not just blowing hot air.
Many people love Samurai Jack, and are excited to finally hear this news. March 11th, 2017 will be a day many a millennial will remember. It’ll be the day we were reminded of Aku, the shape-shifting Master of Darkness, whom unleashed an unspeakable evil and the foolish Samurai warrior wielding a magic sword, whom stepped forth to oppose him.
They will remember how, before the final blow was struck, he was flung into the future, where the demon’s evil is law. How the Samurai now seeks to return home and undo the future, that is Aku.