After thirteen years off the air and almost two years since its announcement, #SamuraiJack is coming back for Season 5 on March 11, 2017. After several mouth-watering teasers released by Cartoon Network, we finally have a full-length trailer, which gives us Jack in all of his samurai glory.
That wasn't all though, as we got a brand-new synopsis for the series that teases dark times ahead for our beloved main character:
"It's been 50 years since we saw Samurai Jack and time has not been kind to him. Aku has destroyed every time portal and Jack has stopped aging, a side effect of time travel. It seems he is cursed to just roam the land for all eternity."
There are plenty of significant points note regarding the new direction Samurai Jack is taking. It looks as if this season will be his hardest fight yet.
Fifty Years Have Passed And The Suffering Continues
The whole premise of the show revolves Jack trying to get back to his time to stop Aku. Season 5 picks up 50 years from where Season 4 left off and things aren't any better for the world or for Jack, who is beaten down and purposeless (which is completely understandable considering the circumstances) in this Aku-controlled reality.
We Gotta Go Back... Back To The Past!
I don't know about you, but this line reminded me of Doc Brown in Back to the Future. This season will be the culmination of Jack's journey through time but I'm very curious as to what causes him to get off his butt and try to change the future once again.
As we discovered in the original series from a portal guardian (I've watched this show a lot), he is predestined to succeed in stopping Aku, so it must have taken something pretty bad to discourage him from his triumphant fate; which leads me to believe it takes something just as powerful to encourage him to continue his fight. That definitely sounds exciting but his success will not be so easy with...
A New Group Of Enemies
We din't get much info on these new adversaries but we do know they're working for Aku and are extremely (like, hardcore) loyal to him. They can also give good ol' Jack a run for his money in the fighting department, to the point where our favorite Samurai goes Commando on them and starts desperately shooting. So it looks like they will be interesting new villains.
A More Mature Approach To The Story
The shot of one of the ninjas stabbing an adversary with an arrow actually caught me off-guard. I wasn't expecting the show to go all-out on the violence. I'm normally not interested in newly-incorporated extreme violence to projects that didn't have it but the setting of the show naturally lends itself to a more mature treatment. And considering that most of its original audience is already grown up, it makes sense to give them an updated continuation suitable to their age.
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I loved Samurai Jack while growing up. I honestly never expected it to come back after so many years and in such an amazing way. Hopefully, #SamuraiJackSeason5 delivers in the high-quality storytelling we've gotten used to from the show and reminds us why it's one of the best animated series out there.