Slower than the previous episode but containing some of the best animation ever in the series.
Episode Rating

Striking Visuals Highlight The Third Episode of ‘Samurai Jack’ Season Five

Samurai Jack is gravely injured, but still decides to face one of the deadliest foes he’s ever faced, Assassins from the Cult of Aku.

It’s hard to follow up on a perfect episode but the third episode of this adult swim oriented season tries its hardest. It utilizes a lot of striving visuals to help in this task. The near lifeless body of Jack as he’s taken by the river, the use of a silhouetted figure covered in red to show damage reminiscent of Sin City, and figures running through pure white background to demonstrate a blizzard are employed in the episode. All of which are very impressive and really helps to show the passion which went into this season.

This episode features a flashback like never before. It showcases Jack’s father, The Emperor having to fight off some bandits who wish to rob them. With no other way to protect his family, the emperor kills the bandits and Jack is traumatized by the event. Only now as he himself has to use excessive force to defeat his enemies does he understand what his father went through. It’s a nice bit of personal growth, especially for a character which is being tormented the rest of the season.


The dichotomy of the Daughters of Aku is also shown this episode. It seems like all they know is killing to the point they are like children in the outside world. They don’t recognize what a deer is or understand the concept of affection. Being raised by a cult would obviously not be the most loving environment but you would think the elders should educate the girls in basic wildlife classes. Without understanding how nature works, how could they hope to succeed in trapping Jack, a man who has lived off the elements for most of his life?

The episode is a great ride and maintains the heights were have been established would be in this final season. It’s good, just not as good as the previous one. Yet, it is still an episode which must be seen to be believed.

Anthony Wendel
Anthony Wendel
Anthony is a geek through and through who still looks forward to new releases, sneak peeks, Giant Monsters, and robots of all shapes and sizes. He loves animation of all shapes and sizes. He has a distinct apprehension for trolling and clips shows. His books, The Handbook for Surviving A Giant Monster Attack and Santa Claus Conquers Manos: The Hands of Fate are available on Amazon.
Slower than the previous episode but containing some of the best animation ever in the series. Striking Visuals Highlight The Third Episode of 'Samurai Jack' Season Five