Gotta get back.
It’s Finally Happened: Samurai Jack is Back
Apparently they're going a darker route for this. Which, to be fair, the original series had a shit ton of darkness as well. The Tale of X9 and Jack and The Haunted House in particular come to mind. The Tale of X9 especially fucking destroyed me.
Gimme dat grimdark!
I remember how even back in the day I found it funny that Jack only fought robots to get around the potential gore. Guess we're moving away from that.
I really want to revisit the series now, there were SO many legitimately great episodes. I want to see how they hold up.
They hold up pretty well.
I can't wait for this show to return.
How much is he involved? That affects my interest level.
What-what-WHAT? I've been dying to hear when that show was coming back!
That's a great sounding premise. Jack never really changed much as a character in the original series. I imagine 50+ years of futile searching would have left some sort of impact on him.
Any fears that they would rely too much on being grim and mature were allayed when a Freestyle Jazz Robot Assassin speaking like Sammy Davis Jr. showed up.
So fucking happy to have this back. That was an awesome opening.
This is the Genndy I've been missing for so long. From the cinematography to the design and the beautiful palette of colors it's great to see him flexing his creative muscle here, the first two episodes are pretty amazing. Especially the second with Jack confronting the Daughters of Aku,
Speaking of Aku, Greg Baldwin does a pretty good Mako and he's just awesome here.
Yeah, Greg Baldwin also did Uncle Iroh on Avatar after Mako passed. They were very right to get him.
And FUUUUUUCK that was definitely even better than the first ep. That whole confrontation, the parallel with the old lone wolf. Jack's shocked realization that he's NOT fighting robots. Just everything, really.
I'm loving how it jumps from silly fun gags to DARK and vice-versa here.
"Oh! Aku is talking to himself as a therapist. Hahaha!"
"Oh...Jack is talking to himself and contemplating suicide..."
Anyone but Genndy, that would not work. But the man is a fucking maestro so it does.
Why did you have to put that in my head?! Now I have to spend forever knowing that series doesn't exist!
Well, Michael Mann was once about to make a film based on Stephen Pressfield's Gates of Fire.
I probably lament that fact at least twice a week.
But since I finally got a final season of Samurai Jack that is actually (amazingly) exceeding expectations (minus Mako's absence), the hurt has diminished ever so slightly.
4 for 4 so for...I mean far.
Gorgeously animated as always and probably the funniest episode yet. Which, after the preceding two eps of grimness, was rather welcome.
Ashi screaming as she keeps swinging in and out of frame fucking killed me. Also, "I like the back fur!" Jack is still such a goofball.
AND THE NEXT EPISODE CAN'T GET HERE QUICK ENOUGH LADDIE!
I thoroughly enjoyed the brief trip down memory lane with Ashi. It did effectively set up the remaining journey a bit, but I like both the timing of that reveal and the conceit. This has been such a beautiful and strong set of episodes. I'm thrilled they came back to finish it.
And Scaramouche's final comment about the guy that got him on the boat absolutely floored me in the best way possible. Genius.
Agreed. It's one thing that's always been great about this series. The framing and shot composition are dynamic, colorful, and fun.