Samurai Jack Review
First cartoon review ive done and plan to do much more of these. With the recent hype of Season 5 of Samurai Jack’s revival i thought it would be good to review the original series and find out is it worth watching. Of course if you are planning to watch it don’t expect very high quality footage since it was done in 2001 till 2004, so 360p is probably stuff you find.
Samurai Jack tells the story of a young prince (voiced by Phil LaMarr) from feudal Japan, whose father acquired a magical katana that he used to defeat and seal the shape-shifting demonic wizard named Aku (Mako Iwamatsu/Greg Baldwin). Having foreseen that Aku would eventually break free, the Emperor sent his son to travel the world and train his mind and body before returning years later to Japan as an adult. After taking his father’s katana, the prince challenges Aku to a duel and defeats him. But Aku creates a time portal before the prince can deal the final blow, sending his opponent into the distant future with anticipation that he would be able to amass sufficient power to deal with the samurai by that time.
The prince arrives in a dystopian, retro-futuristic Earth ruled by Aku and filled with his robot minions and a large number of alien immigrant races of various appearances; fortunately, his world travel and training allow him to adapt to his new environment with relatively little trauma. The first people he encounters in the future call him “Jack” as a form of slang, which he adopts as his name (his true given name is never mentioned in the series). Standard episodes follow Jack’s search for a way to travel back to his own time, where he hopes to stop Aku before these events come to pass. The cartoon depicts Jack’s quest to find a time portal, while constantly facing obstacles set by Aku in a classic battle of good vs. evil. Typically, each time Jack believes he has reached the end of his quest, something causes him to miss his chance.
- One of the better soundtracks made in North American cartoon history
- Certain episodes were able to tell a story through movement and animation rather than words
- Diversity of different styled episodes with different themes and art styles
- Iconic Theme Song
- The Monster of the week format can get old after while, episode quality can vary quite a lot in first three seasons
- There isn’t that much progression in Jack’s quest in first seasons, mostly setbacks
- Sometimes too much no-dialogue episodes which no real meaning
- Some weird things about Aku’s power like able to track where Jack is all the time through magic lense yet never happened to attack Jack when he was sleeping or attacked by random bandits? Obviously its a kid show, but it seems illogical to me