Samurai Jack

Season 2 Episode 13

XXVI: Jack's Sandals

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Aired Saturday 12:30 AM Oct 11, 2002 on Cartoon Network
8.9
out of 10
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Jack goes after a gang who destroys his sandals, and has trouble picking new footwear.

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  • Jack and the Sandal Vandals

    8.5
    This wasn't the strongest of season finales; easily forgotten after the epic Jack and the Spartans, this is childsplay in comparison. However, it redeems itself towards the end of the episode, though not enough for it to stand up to most of the other episodes in the season. Jack's sandals are broken beyond repair by some transformer-bike-robots. Jack, seeking vengeance chases after them into one of Aku's cities. Being barefoot, he ends up hurting his feet so much that the robots can't be beaten.



    A shoe salesmen attempts to help him out by giving him various pairs of shoes, but each fail miserably (my favorite was the high-healed spike sandal that got some woo-s and wolf howls from the crowd). After trying the shoe salesman's last pair of shoes (which popped, being filled of air), he sees a young boy with sandal shoes just like his. He chases the boy to the boy's family abode, meeting the boy's father who seems to be a mechanic or engineer of sorts.



    The mechanic is overwhelmed with joy to see the famous samurai and invites him to dinner. Jack soon finds him in an old traditional Japanese style home. The parents profess to keeping the old traditions, and telling the old stories so that the culture lives on. This was probably the strongest part of the episode (though, it was not quite as heart-warming as it could have been). Anyway, Jack gets a new pair of sandals that were made just for him, and makes great use of them on the robots.



    Perhaps the scene with the family is why they chose this for their finale (last season finale showed the younger generation catching on to stories of Samurai Jack, I suppose this episode shows that hope has spread to older generations as well) but honestly it seemed kind if like a left-over compared to the other episodes in this season...Still, not a bad episode, but not a terribly good one either.moreless
  • Another funny episode of SJ!

    9.5
    Jack is sitting near a river, he decides to take his shoes off and put his feet in it, then later on here comes some transformable bikers and they run over his shoes! completely ruining them! So Jack heads into town where he meets a guy who owns a shoe company, and this episode he's just trying on every type of shoe their is! even womens shoes! XD this episode is hilarious, if you like the SJ type comedy this is a good one for ya, But will Jack get his old style shoes back? I suggest you watch and find out!moreless
  • A very cheerful and varied episode, combining both cartoon-type humour and butt-kicking. While resting, Jack's wooden sandals are run over and broken by a biker gang. The sandals have been insulted, this time it's personal.moreless

    10
    I get the impression this is a slightly under-appreciated episode, similarly to 'Jack is Naked', possibly due to its low position in the ranks and lack of reviews. I wish to be the first to ratify this.

    On the whole, 'Jack's Sandals' is a classy episode. I immediately liked the change of scene from the very serene, almost pastoral, brook by the wheat field to the bustling, vermin-ridden metropolis.

    The episode shows that Jack has a sense of humour, made evident during his trials of all the different types of shoes. Jack is not merely a swashbuckling, truism-spouting serious warrior type (see Lord of the Rings/Matrix for examples of these), but his sensitive brand of humour adds dimension to his character. I also like the episodes where he's with the Scot, who is too close to the real thing for comfort.

    The different types of shoes are cool and very imaginative; the fish tanks, the furry things (what are they?), the robot legs, the stilletos (insert Wolf whistle here), the inflatable ones...

    Yes, a good pair of shoes is very important, we all know that. It's heartwarming to see Jack having 'normal' problems, like not having shoes and cutting his feet on glass... that sort of thing. It brings him slightly down to earth, and is a change to the usual 'getting sent into the future and having to battle hordes of killer robots' problems. Even Jack needs a break.

    Aku-Air, I like that.moreless
Brian Tochi

Brian Tochi

Kid B/Boy

Guest Star

Kath Soucie

Kath Soucie

Kid A/Daughter 1/Daughter 2/Mother

Guest Star

Kevin Michael Richardson

Kevin Michael Richardson

Biker 1/Lady 2

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    • The Shoe Store Owner is dressed in referee garb; this is poking a little fun at those famous 'Foot Locker' stores.

    • Among the shoes Jack tries include a pair of spiked heels (which he realizes too late that they're actually a woman's shoes); cast-iron shoes (that prove to be too heavy for Jack to jump in); wooden shoes with a water-base complete with real goldfish (which break in about 3 seconds); a simple pair of tennis shoes (that get stolen from Jack by two street punks); extra-furry boots (that are revealed to be living creatures); and a pair of experiemental tennis shoes that "pump up" and give Jack extra jumping power (although the pumping part pops and Jack goes flying).

    • Those "Biker Bots" are obviously a reference to the popular 80s cartoon series "Transformers" which now lives on in the form of "Beast Wars" "Robots in Disguise" and "Armada"

    • First UK showing : 29th October 2002 6:30pm on CNX

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Jack: My sandals don't like laughing...
      Clearly a reference to Sergio Leone's A Fistful of Dollars. In the film Clint Eastwood's character confronts four gunfighters who shoot at Clint Eastwood's mule. When Clint asks the gunmen to apologise to his mule, they burst out laughing. At this point Clint utters the line "...my mule don't like people laughing - he thinks they are laughing at him." Similarly, when Jack confronts the three robot bikers with his broken sandals, they start laughing. This prompts Jack's response about his sandals not liking "laughing."

    • Jack Running:
      When Jack runs with the pumped-up sneakers at high speed is an obvious reference to the popular video game series Sonic the Hedgehog. Even the music that played while he was running was reminiscent of the games.

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