Samurai Jack

Season 4 Episode 2

XLI: Robo-Samurai versus Mondo Bot

Aired Saturday 12:30 AM Jun 21, 2003 on Cartoon Network
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Jack must use a giant robot to defeat the monstrous Mondo-Bot.

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  • I often use this episode to introduce people to Samurai Jack that are not familiar with the series.

    This is definitely one of my favorite episodes for many reasons and a great stylistic representative of the series. As we see Jack's ancient samurai incarnation square off against Mondo Bot, the Cinemascope-like aspect ratio imparts the vast scale of the city, as they tower above it. The encounter is purely visual as there is no dialog during the battle. All we hear are the wonderful sound designs, creative score and the FX mix as the attack on Jack begins. I really can't say enough about the attention to detail in the audio of Samurai Jack. It's the best I've heard on Cartoon Network and for Samurai Jack a potent conveyance of story telling. I really don't want to give anything away but if you are a fan of Spaghetti Westerns, Lone Wolf and Cub and Zatoichi you are sure to enjoy this episode in particular.moreless

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    • Mondo-Bot Appearance
      The Mondo-Bot is nearly identical to the legendary female bounty hunter Samus Aran of Nintendo's Metroid video game series. Both have red armor and the helmet is almost an exact copy.

    • Merging With Robot
      To merge with a robot and become it, to also move like it and feel its pain, is similar to the concept of the Guymelaf mechas from the anime series 'Escaflowne'.

    • Red Robot Saving Jack:
      The shot where the red robot saves Jack after he falls from mondo-bot is obviously lifted from the scene near the end of The Matrix: Reloaded where Neo saves Trinity from falling from a building.

    • Robot Leader: He is 'The One'.
      The leader of the robot survivors makes a reference to a prophecy that 'The One' will someday come and destroy Mondo Bot. Jack is that one.Parallels to the Matrix movies abound:
      * Survivors who live in the sewers beneath their destroyed city
      * Jack leaping through a glass window in slow motion and landing on a building rooftop
      * Jack awakening underground (or is it a dream)
      * Shells falling in slow motion as Mondo Bot blasts the Samurai Giant

    • Travelling by Sea:
      When travelling on the sea, the samurai robot resembles Daimajin, from the 1966 movie trilogy produced by Daiei (which was also a basis for the 1972 anime series "Mazinger Z," which began the super-robot wave).

    • Entering the Robot:
      When Samurai Jack locates the samurai robot under the sea, he enters it from a beam through his forehead. This was right out of the 1975 anime series "Brave Raideen" (who was also featured in the Shogun Warriors toy collection).

    • Voltron:
      This whole sequence was doubtlessly inspired by the old anime series "Voltron" (and the numerous cartoon and live action "giant robot" series that came after it).