Samurai Jack

Season 3 Episode 8

XXXIV: Jack And Swamp Monster

Aired Saturday 11:00 PM May 10, 2003 on Cartoon Network



  • Trivia

    • When the Hermit stands on the glass dome just after dawn, his shadow lengthens as the sun rises.

    • Hermit/Aku's reflection on the water reveals his true form. But when Aku drank from the oasis as the warrior woman (in the episode of the same name), his image was unchanged.

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  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Aku/Hermit: The power of the Titans!
      In Greek mythology, the first ruler of the universe was Uranus, who banished his children to Tartarus (the underworld). His mother, Gaia, pleaded with the Titans (who were also her children by Uranus), to destroy him, but only Cronos agreed. He sliced off his father's genitals, killing him, and took his throne.
      Cronos was affected, for having attacked his father, by what later came to be called the "Punishment of Neoptolemus", which consists in suffering oneself what one has done to another. Soon Cronos was prophetically informed by his parents that he would be dethroned by his own son. Believing that this fate could be averted, he started to swallow his offspring at birth. But once the procedure had been repeated several times, her wife and sister Rhea, feeling for her children as Gaia for her own, deceived her husband by wrapping a stone in clothes and giving it to him to swallow, as if it were the newborn child Zeus. Zeus later slew his father and took his place on the throne.

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