Samurai Jack

Season 2 Episode 3

XVI: Jack And The Smackback

Aired Saturday 12:30 AM Mar 15, 2002 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary


Jack must fight for his life in...The Dome of Doom!

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  • Beat em up good Gladiator Jack

    This is one of the battle-focused episodes of the series, and a good example at that. Most sock-em' up Jack type episodes beforehand involved Jack just effortlessly slicing through Aku's metal minions, but here we see Jack engaging in all types of hand-to-hand combat. Jack fights various "champions" in the dome of doom. The episode begins with what I swear have had as a nightmare before with him opening his eyes to see three slave-master robots staring down at him. The next thing he knows he's tied up to other slaves and he is forced to fight them in the dumb sounding doom dome...dumb doom dome...heheh

    Anyways, he fights various opponents, each more difficult than the next, and of course there's the typical losing of the shirt, gown, and hairpin. In the end he defeats all the champions and sets the rest of the slaves free. If the peak of the episode wasn't him punching Gordo, it was probably him tickling Sumoto, cracked up at that.

    A fairly simple episode, as most of the battle-focused episodes are, but a good one, and definitely a highlight of the season though definitely doesn't stand up to some of the epic episodes to come towards the end of the season.moreless
  • Jack is a true warrior!

    This was one of my favorite episodes of Season 2, Just so much action, it was great! Jack used all kinds of weapons in this episode, which was awesome to see, He also versed all kinds of enemies, But you know how Jack is about just " fighting " without the proper reason. The Dome of Doom is a pretty sweet episode. I don't really know what else to say about this episode, it's just action scene after action scene, which is great for me =) And I don't really like to blow the story for y'all so think of it as a favor? lol.moreless
  • A great action-packed episode!

    Combining elements of "Gladiator" "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome" and "WWE", this episode features some the most thrilling action scenes in a Jack ep.

    Taken prisoner Jack is forced to fight against other warriors in the Dome of Doom. He starts by besting their greatest challenger, which eventually leads to Jack fighting against multiple opponents at the same time!

    I like how it all just gets straight to the fighting, one of the main reasons to even watch Jack.moreless
Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Aqualizer/Slave 1

Guest Star

Jeff Bennett

Jeff Bennett

Ringmaster/Li'l Aqualizer/Slave 2

Guest Star

Richard McGonagle

Richard McGonagle

Slave Driver/Slave 3/Slave 4

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In the two fights that Jack heard before he was taken into the arena, Gordo didn't bother gloating; so why did he bother to gloat when he saw Jack?

    • Jack uses the shield to sever the blade-end of the Aqualizer's staff-weapon. However, in the next shot, the Aqualizer holds up his weapon and the blade on the severed end is just visible on it.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Ringmaster: Facing the twelve-time champion of the ring, the Administer of Agony, the Baron of Brutality, the Carver of Carnage, the Dealer of Destruction... Gordo the Gruesome!

    • Ringmaster: Our talent search has spread throughout the universe, to bring you only the finest quality of challenger. He'll battle the greatest of champions. No victory is too small, no wound is too great, no weapon is illegal. And now, the Dome of Doom presents for your pleasure... Two-Sandals the Treacherous.

    • Gordo: Prepare to suffer, Two-Sandals the Treacherous! I will beat you like a drum, I will hang you out like laundry!
      Ringmaster: And now, without any further...
      Gordo: I am the Master Mechanic. The Alpha and Omega. I will put a hurting on you, slave. I'm going to tear you up into little shreds and then I'm going to take those shreds and tear 'em up into little shreds! I will make your mother cry! I will make your Aunt Edna from Wiversham-Under-Barnaby cry! Are you ready for pain, Two-Sandals!

    • Ringleader: Thank you, Sumoto, for putting the "doom" back in the Dome of Doom!

  • NOTES (1)


    • The Ringleader: Dr. Dealgood
      The Ringleader's voice, characterization, and general appearance (although chubbier) is a in-joke reference to Dr. Dealgood in the movie Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. He refers to Jack as "The Man With Two Sandals" - in Thunderdome Dealgood refers to Max as "The Man With No Name." The Ringleader also sounds a lot like WWE ring announcers.

    • Aqualizer: Help me! Help meeee...
      This line echoes the last line spoken by the main character from the 1958 original version of The Fly, where the scientist, his head transplanted in miniature onto a fly, cries the same thing out as a spider closes in on him.

    • Mr. Roboto:
      Mr. Roboto was created for the Styx concept album Kilroy Was Here.