Samurai Jack (Season 5)

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Samurai Jack Season 5 title

CreatorGenndy Tartakovsky
StudioWilliams Street
Original run2017
Number of episodes10 (Episodes 53 – 63)

Man oh man oh man oh man OH MAN OH MAN OH MAAAAAAN!

Samurai Jack, Season 5. Holy shit. When I first saw the trailer, my inner child shat bricks.

Samurai Jack began airing in late 2001 on Cartoon Network, after creator Genndy Tartakovsky had himself well established with Dexter’s Laboratory. It ran for four seasons up until late 2004, where the series ended on an anti-climactic note. And mysteriously, we got no more new episodes.

In 2002, we were promised a whole Samurai Jack movie after Cartoon Network tried to give its most popular series at the time their own feature-length movies. But because The Powerpuff Girls Movie barely got its money back from the box office during the same year (despite the TV show’s popularity), the movie didn’t get the greenlight. But eventually, the greenlight did happen in 2006. So we waited and waited and waited and waited…

Sadly, the movie never came. We got comics as a continuation (which are now considered non-canon) and Tartakovsky finally confirmed that the movie didn’t make it. But then… that trailer happened with the tagline:

Jack is Back.

I… AGGGGGHHHHHHHHH! MYYYY HEEAAAAAAAARRRRRTTT!!!!!!

Season 5. Not just a return of a great series back on Cartoon Network, but a transition to an older audience. That’s right, the kid’s gloves are off now. We’re viewing Samurai Jack on [adult swim]. Bloodier, darker, badass… er… This was one of my favorite cartoons of my childhood, so I am really happy to see it’s finally getting a true conclusion.

Okay, I am writing this portion while Genndy and his wife Dawn were performing their live Q&A. I could have sworn the first caller just said, “GTFO,” with a crappy microphone as a salty response. And I heard another girl say, “Aku spinoff when?” Do people English anymore?

And so comes 9:30 PM of 3/11/17, where [adult swim] livestreams a marathon of the season premiere. And so, I shall do my duty as an “unprofessional” to review Season 5. And my reviewing style: FULL of spoilers. So if you haven’t seen the episodes yet, get the hell out of here and WATCH THEM. Or if you don’t care or have already watched them, keep reading.

Season 5 Summary

* Currently being updated

Samurai Jack (Season 5)

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