Samurai Jack

Season 1 Episode 2

II: The Samurai Called Jack (II)

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Aired Saturday 12:30 AM Aug 10, 2001 on Cartoon Network
8.7
out of 10
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62 votes
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Jack befriends some talking archeologist dogs and learns of his location: In the future shaped by years of Aku's evil reign. He vows to help the dogs gain their freedom from a life of enslaved jewel mining.

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  • ...and flung him into the future where my evil is law...

    7.5
    The show, still taking its baby steps into the new world, had an awkward start with this episode. The clash of genres was immediately evident here as Jack gets flung into a future city with chaotic flying cars and machinery. Jack spends most of the episode predictably in a state of shock and confusion, leaving the viewer in a similar state.



    With all the street rags, dance clubs (with some very kinky looking dancers), talking dogs, this episode is one of the more "light-hearted" episodes that doesn't take itself too seriously. However, the show was still in a fledgeling state and the humor of it probably fell on deaf ears. However, we see Jack introduced to his new time, earn his name (rather embarrassingly) and sip space alcohol with talking dogs.moreless
  • Very good episode.

    10
    Cast forward into time by Aku, the samurai finds himself dropping through a strange cityscape as flying objects hurl at him. One of them opens fire and the samurai leaps to attack it, disabling what is a flying car in a future city. The samurai drops to the ground but is confronted by a giant mechanized garbage crusher on wheels – he leaps underneath it then gets clear and up on to the street above. He confronts three street punks who congratulate him and name him “Jack.” They explain he’s at a spaceport, in the bad part of town, and laugh when he asks to speak to their king – who they reveal is Aku.



    The gangers direct him to a nearby bar where he nearly overwhelmed by the loud techno-music and the many aliens. He promptly gets slugged for staring and offers his apologies, but the lead alien doesn’t accept. When the alien attacks him, “Jack” the Samurai is forced to defend himself and cuts off his cybernetic arm. Eight more aliens join the fight and as Jack fights them, in a corner three talking dogs try to hire a mercenary. They see Jack defeating all of his opponents, dodging and deflecting missiles.moreless
  • The beginning continues...

    8.0
    The energy of this episode was great. From the initial 'flight of Jack' through the futuristic cars to the dance club scenes to preparing for the battle, this episode had some fun stuff but not much else seemed to happen.



    When paired with the other two parts of the original movie it is a great breather between the major action. However, by itself it's lacking somehow in that we only get a taste of what Jack's capable of (which was the original point I'm sure.)



    I do like how that actually made you feel kind of sorry for the 'dogs who were forced to work like dogs'



    (This review is part two of three since the original movie has since been separated into 3 separate eps)moreless
Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Homeslice/Dog 1

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Jeff Bennett

Jeff Bennett

Alien/McDuffy/Dreyfuss/Leader/Dog

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Jennifer Hale

Jennifer Hale

Waitress

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