Samurai Jack

Season 4 Episode 1

XL: Samurai versus Ninja

Aired Saturday 11:00 PM Jun 14, 2003 on Cartoon Network

Episode Fan Reviews (2)

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  • Good episode elevated to brilliance because of the final fight

    Honestly, the only thing worth mentioning about this episode is the final fight between Jack and the ninja, which is one of the supreme moments in the show. Jack clothes himself fully in white to contrast the ninja's black robes and the sun setting on the fortress causes everything to go black and white, creating a black and white background for them to fight against. This way, when they fight, one fighter might be cloaked in shadow or light, appearing invisible to the other. It is, quite simply, brilliantly conceived and executed.
  • Jack battles a ninja who uses a village child for bait to lure him out.

    After stalking him through the jungle, Aku's ninja finally challenges jack to a battle to the end in a cavernous tower by the sea.

    In a thrilling battle where both warriors are clothed in fully black or white, the setting sun determines who will have the upper hand.

    When Jack's odds are down, he relies on his samurai training in hearing and sence to finally defeat his opponent.

    The episode end is a scene of "Awww" as Jack is greeted with a hug by the greatful child.