The series created by Genndy Tartakovsky, has returned for it’s final series. If you don’t know the series follows, Jack, a samurai that is thrown through time-space. Jack battles a series of warriors, through various time lines looking for the demon Aku. Samurai Jack was first released in 2001, and ended 52 episodes later in 2004. The series has reached critically acclaim, winning several awards, including 4 primetime Emmy awards.
“Fifty years have passed, but I do not age. Time has lost its effect on me, yet the suffering continues. Aku’s grasp chokes the past, present and future. All hope is lost. Got to get back. Back to the past. Samurai Jack,” Jack says in the opening sequence. The first episode reintroduces us to Jack, who has developed a somber personality. He’s now hopeless, uncertain that he will ever return to his original timeline. Jack is tormented by vivid hallucinations of his family, his kingdom and a daunting shadowing figure on horseback.
Jack still has his fighting skill, however, he has forgone his classic samurai garb and sword for guns and armor. While Jack continues on his journey, the Daughters of Aku, are born and begin to train for the sole purpose of killing Jack. The primary battle is against the robot assassin, Scaramouch. Having murdered an entire village to get Jack’s attention. The battle between Scaramouch and Jack is entertaining, but eventually Jack prevails. Meanwhile, the Daughters of Aku mature and are sent to kill Jack.
Episode XCII of Samurai Jack, seamlessly feels like it picks up where the series left off. Jack as a character has often been somewhat uptight. It’s unsurprising that he’s gotten worst over time. The animation of Samurai Jack has gotten cleaner, but has kept its design aesthetic. Samurai Jack always made use of red and black. The series also used the camera and a black box to add more dynamic effect, focusing our attention to little details. The series makes great of black and white. The scene are always enjoyable, but the best fights are the ones where Jack is in some kind of danger. However, Scaramouch was a funny character, even if he put up a minimal fight.