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Samurai Jack

Season 3 Episode 10

XXXVI: Jack, The Monks, And The Ancient Master's Son

Aired Saturday 12:30 AM May 31, 2003 on Cartoon Network
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Episode Summary

A Shaolin temple aids Jack in finding a gateway that will take him to his own time.

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  • It is an average episode in which Jack's hopes are raised about another rare portal which in the end he can't use. Actually, rather predictable and unusual for Samurai Jack.

    This episode is not very special unless you have a strong attachment to the Shaolin martial arts. Otherwise you will be disappointed by an uninspired plot mixed with predictable consequences. A few things bugged me, such as;

    the pace of the group slowed on unstable wooden scaffolding but the giant rock monsters had no difficulty maneuvering the weak and rotted planks. I was very upset when Jack chose to save the Shaolin monks instead of leaping through the portal, it didn\\\'t make sense, Jack would inherently know that by travelling back in time and undoing the evil that is Aku that the monks would cease to exist. Why save them and have Aku slaughter more people when you could end it right now? Weak. Still, a beautiful episode, one that I would watch again and again. Samurai Jack is one of the best shows on television.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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    • Jack & The Monks: The first fight.
      When Jack first encounters the two monks, their fight is very similar to the old computer game IK+: the 2-D sideview, the animation, the fighting-style, and even the music was similar to the original from the Atari ST.

    • The Monks: The secret symbol
      Apparently David Carradine doesn't exist in the Jack universe, since the Shaolin "secret symbol" is the same one that was used on the TV series Kung Fu and Kung Fu - The Legend Continues. :) If anybody had video tapes of the show laying around they'd know the "secret" symbol too.