Samurai Jack

Season 2 Episode 2

XV: Jack Tales

Aired Saturday 12:30 AM Mar 08, 2002 on Cartoon Network
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Three "short stories": 1) Jack confronts a two-headed riddling worm who will grant him his wish if he can answer their questions. 2) Jack confronts a family that feed on metal, only for him and they to find out that they are robots. 3) Jack tries to rescue a wish-granting fairy from a gargoyle.


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  • A Cabinet of Curiosities

    Unlike in Aku's Fairy Tales, were not given any background storyline, we just hear Jack narrating three separate stories. It seems like Genndy came up with three quirky storylines that he didn't want to dedicate a whole episode to and this is what we got. Considering this, it's still a pretty decent episode. The first story is of Jack and a two-headed "magical" worm which play the which-one-of-us-is-lying game. After that Jack got eaten, and if he lost he'd be devoured for 500 years and if he won he'd be teleported to a magic place that would grant his wish. Of course, this would be true of either of the worms were telling the truth. The look on Jack's face when he's inside the worm is priceless, "So when does the magic begin!?" Though, it's very sad when he notices all the old people around him, who have obviously been trapped there for ages (..and not starved to death...or been digested in any fashion). Ah well, he probably broke them free, but that's the end of the first story.

    The next is a bit more of a witty "what if..." type of story. He's met with a lost family that needs food. Little did he know that food meant his metal sword, as he noticed when they all tried to eat it. Now if this wasn't disturbing enough, it gets worse when the mother's face falls off revealing a metal interior... It turns out the family are all metal eating robots that were probably disguised as humans so that they wouldn't eat themselves. Annnnd with that disguise broken, you can imagine what happens next, and it wasn't pretty.

    The last story, Jack attempts to save a magic pixie or something from a demon gargoyle or something. Anyway the pixie is trapped inside a electric forcefield or something and only the gargoyle's electric necklace ball thing can open it. Jack attempts to free the pixie by stealing the key while the gargoyle is asleep, but the gargoyle wakes and they duke it out. The gargoyle is left as a pile of rock and dust and Jack is left with his hand stuck in the forcefield with the pixie with no way to get her or his hand out without saying the magic words that the gargoyle apparently knew. On a whim, Jack whispers "I wish we were free" they grin, the episode cuts to black, there's some electrical noise and the episode ends. One would assume that that freed the pixie...but that would mean she'd grant him his wish, which obviously didn't happen for whatever reason. Or maybe the pixie just died or something.

    Anyways, all in all, each individual story isn't particularly interesting, but putting em all together in the way that was seen in this episode was still entertaining enough to want to rate this a 9/10. However, out of the rest of the season, this was probably one of the weaker episodes, though not by much, it still beats some of the duds in season 1, still worth the watch.moreless
  • A fun-disturbing-cute episode

    I like the first segment of this episode involving Jack and an obnoxious 'wish-granting' worm. The exchange is one of the most humorous in the whole series.

    The second segement is....disturbing. All I'll say is that if the robot 'metal' wasn't red, it wouldn't seem as gruesome to me. And the lady's face falling off was a bit much for a cartoon. *chills*

    The third installment was cute, I love how 'tinkly' the fairy's movements are.

    I wish more eps of Jack were segmented like this, it was a nice breather from the usual full-episode adventures.

    All that and the episode was Aku-free!moreless

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