Samurai Jack partners with a deadly assassin in order to escape a gargantuan creature that has swallowed them whole.
In the fourth episode of Season Five, Jack and the last of the Daughters of Aku, Ashi find themselves stuck together. This interaction really helps to show a side of Jack which hasn’t been on display the entire season. For the most part Jack has been alone with his demons which are doing nothing but pushing him to the breaking point. Having Ashi around and watching them interact allows Jack to show some dry wit as he comments on the assassin. “You are very troubled.” Of course Jack is one to talk considering he has a Braveheart moment as he is covered in the blue blood of gigantic parasites he has no choice but to defeat to stay alive.
A lot of great art effects are employed in this episode. A flock of birds taunting Jack and calling him a murderer adds to the ways he can be tortured. There is also come striking and unique creature designs employed in this episode. Just when you think the art team is going to take a breather and not bring their A game, they show off some new trick. It’s becoming very obvious this entire season is going to be nothing but and the finest the creative team has to offer.
The fourth episode takes a familiar approach of two enemies having to stick together if they want to survive but takes it in a new direction. It looks like Ashi is going to be sticking around for a while. Good, seeing the more human side Jack is much more entertaining than watching him get tortured to the point he’s about to have a mental breakdown. Hopefully from here on out, Jack will have more moments to breath like he did at the very end of this episode.