“Fifty years have passed, but I do not age. Time has lost its effect on me, yet the suffering continues.” And so we join Samurai Jack in his fifth and final season, a changed man. Gone is his katana, forged by the deities. With a long beard and unkempt hair, Jack now rides a motorcycle into battle and uses an array of guns and polearms to defeat the forces of evil. Samurai Jack has changed since the last time we say him 13 years ago, but the show is as beautiful as ever.
So far, two episodes have aired, and without going into spoilers, I will say that this season is already a darker take. Perhaps that’s appropriate for the final season. There’s still comical moments, and the absurd still makes an appearance – in the first episode he fights a robot who talks like Sammy Davis, Jr. and who controls rocks with a magical flute – but Jack is fighting inner demons this time, as well as his normal foes. The second episode in particular has a moment that takes the series into darker territory than has previously been seen.
While only two episodes in, the show is still candy for the eyes. The animation and artwork is unique, colorful, and creative. It’s a show unlike anything on television, and I can’t wait to see more.
Samurai Jack appears on Adult Swim on Saturdays. Take a look at these screenshots from the first two episodes. At 720p they don’t do the artwork justice.