Samurai Jack: CI
May 21, 2017 7:48 AM - Season 5, Episode 10 - Subscribe

"Long ago in a distant land, I, Aku, the shape shifting master of darkness, unleashed an unspeakable evil. But a foolish samurai warrior wielding a magic sword stepped forth to oppose me. Before the final blow was struck, I tore open a portal in time, and flung him into the future where my evil is law. Now the fool seeks to return to the past and undo the future that is Aku. NOT! Because, after all these years ..."

... I have captured Samurai Jack and the sword! Hahahahahahaha!"
posted by filthy light thief (4 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I'm really curious if that closing sequence was a Gurren Lagann callback or if it was just parallel narrative construction.

More broadly, I'm not entirely sure how to feel about this as the final episode. It was everything I was hoping it would be, and it contained all the elements I figured it had to have, but somehow I think I was expecting one last turn rather than it playing it straight?

Probably apt then, in the end. It was an earned ending.
posted by CrystalDave at 12:20 PM on May 21, 2017 [2 favorites]

The last turn was Ashi ceasing to exist... I was kind of expecting it, but when the wedding was happening I was hoping they wouldn't actually adhere to the laws of time travel. But this show is not one to ignore such fictional laws. I'm glad they did it.

But what was confusing me was that if Aku was destroyed in the past, then he wouldn't be there in the future to create Ashi, then she wouldn't be able to send the Jack that just got sent to the future back to the past. Then this current Jack wouldn't... be there? So Aku wouldn't get killed and the 2nd Jack would still be stuck again... arg time travel gets confusing.

Unless this universe adhere to the "no duplicates" law, where there is only one version of you at any given time, so if you were to travel to the past and see yourself, most likely a time paradox would destroy you or you would merge with your past self (in which case you kind of create a time split which gets super complicated). In such a universe Jack's current self has gone to the future and is now back, unaffected by an Aku-less version of the future. Time curves around him, and what should happen is he loses his memory of the future, which has cease to exist since Aku didn't shape it. He would forget Ashi too, though.
posted by numaner at 3:22 PM on May 21, 2017 [1 favorite]

The ending was kinda predictable, but everything was earned.
posted by lmfsilva at 6:51 AM on May 22, 2017

I expected Jack and Ashi to kill Aku in the future because no time portals. The time between when Ashi realizes she has Aku's powers and when she makes the portal was so fast, I barely had time to breathe. There were so many great moments--the Scotsman naming all of his daughters was great. I really loved this, and when Ashi didn't disappear right away, I thought she might not after all. The appearance of the ladybug to give Jack hope was a great callback and a beautiful moment.
posted by ceejaytee at 10:34 AM on May 22, 2017 [2 favorites]

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