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Samurai Jack: 4th Season (2d)

Director(s): various

Theatrical Release: 2003-2004

Cast: Phil LaMarr, Makoto Iwamatsu

Genre(s): TV, Comedy, animation, martial arts, samurai, epic

Countries: USA


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Running Time: 292m.

DISC ONE

Episode XL - Jack must combat a Ninja sent by Aku.

Episode XLI - Jack must use a giant robot to defeat the monstrous Mondo-Bot.

Episode XLII -Jack takes on "Da Samurai," a would-be rival.

Episode XLIII - Jack is infected with a bit of Aku which tries to take over and drive him to evil.

Episode XLIV - A team of bounty hunters band together to defeat Jack.

Episode XLV (Scotsman Saves Jack, Pt1) - While traveling the Scotsman finds Samurai Jack . . . working as a waiter named ęBrent Worthington.' The Scotsman "rescues" the amnesiac Jack from bounty hunters and realizes that Jack was injured by the tango beast. He follows the trail from the tango beast to a bar of bounty hunters to a sea captain to a chart that directs them to "The Great Unknown." The Scotsman hires a ship to take them there. (tv.com)

Episode XLVI (Scotsman Saves Jack, Pt2) - The Scotsman helps Jack defeat the Sirens.

DISC TWO

Episode XLVII - A prince and princess flee invaders of their planet and go for help, but ended up stranded on Earth and captured by Aku's forces - only Jack can rescue them. (tv.com)

Episode XLVIII - Tiring of the failure of his minions, Aku decides to engage Jack in one-on-one combat to settle matters between them once and for all. (tv.com)

Episode XLIX - Four separate stories following Jack through the four seasons: Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring. In Summer, Jack is travelling through the desert and is set upon by strange creatures formed of sandstorms. In Fall, a creepy little scientist attempts to make a poison to kill Jack. In Winter, a warrior race forge a mighty sword with which to slay Jack. In Spring, Jack finds rest in a mysterious garden paradise. (tv.com)

Episode L - The first three-fourths of the story is a monologue: a Terminator-like killer robot with human emotions tells us the story of his life. He formerly worked for Aku, but stopped because of his emotions and because he felt in love with a little dog. But Aku kidnapped his dog and forces him to fight against Jack if he wants to see it again. He is tracking Jack and he is finally destroyed by the samurai His last words are for his puppy and Jack looks sadly at him. Then there is a close-up of his car and the last image of the episode is a photo of the dog. (tv.com)

Episode LI - This episode takes place during Jack's childhood. After Aku's first attack, Jack is brought to a tribe in Africa where he is admitted into the adult community after a small ritual and the chief of the village teaches him the art of fighting with a stick. But an enemy tribe attacks the village in order to get a reward promised by Aku for Jack's capture and everyone is captured except for Jack. So he follows them, mastering the captors' weapon, using qualities of the animals he has observed to do so. After a difficult series of fights, Jack releases all the prisoners and with their help, the enemy tribe is defeated. At the end, Jack leaves the tribe because he is now considered to have learned all he can from them. (tv.com)

Episode LII - While peacefully enjoying a snack of peaches, Jack hears a baby cry and races to find out what's the matter. He rescues Baby from a crew of hungry (baby-eating) monsters. The two then set off to find the baby's mother. Jack makes a great temporary parent, finding food, shelter, dealing with diapers. He tells Baby a bedtime story of Momotaro (Peach-boy, an archetypal Japanese folk-tale). When sick, Baby wants peaches; when they return to the peach orchard, the monsters find them again. After the final defeat of the monsters, Baby's mother is found. When she notices a surprising change in her child, Jack explains the baby has achieved "sakai", the spirit of the samurai. (tv.com)

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The half-hour animated series Samurai Jack was the full fruition of a dream long held dear by creator Genndy Tartakovsky (Dexter's Laboratory). As Tartakovsky explained to an interviewer from the Sequential Tart online magazine, "I love action and I love action shows, but I've never seen a show that has enough action to satisfy me. I decided I want good action that's choreographed and since I like samurai, I came up with Samurai Jack." He also wanted to create a series that "has comedy, action, and adventure; it's all those things combined! From show to show you will never guess what will happen next." Though inspired by ancient Japanese legends (stylistically, the series resembled a marriage between cutting-edge anime and "classic" Hanna-Barbera), Samurai Jack's backstory originated in the mind of its creator. The hero was the son of a Japanese emperor, whose civilization was destroyed thousands of years ago by the evil, shape-shifting wizard Aku. Suddenly thrust forward centuries into the future, the young emperor's son endeavored to undo the long-range damage perpetrated by Aku -- which included conquering the world and subjugating generations upon generations of luckless mortals. Adopting the name "Jack" (as he'd been designated by a sarcastic passerby in the 21st century), and armed with his father's sacred sword, our hero utilized his finely honed samurai skills in his efforts to save the world from Aku's clutches. In the course of events, both Jack and Aku zig-zagged forward and backward in time...but alas, never far enough backward to nip Aku in the bud before all the chaos started. Per Genndy Tartakovsky's vision, one was never quite certain if Samurai Jack was to be taken deadly seriously, or if the whole thing was a campy put-on. Not only did the scenario veer sharply from comedy to drama and back again, but even the mixed-genre musical score kept viewers happily off balance. Additionally, Tartakovsky's yearning for "enough action" was carried out in the series' lengthy pantomimic passages, in which action rather than dialogue carried the storyline (a rarity in TV animation of the early 21st century). Introduced with three back-to-back episodes on August 10, 2001, Samurai Jack was one of the best -- and best-received -- of the Cartoon Network's "original" offerings. (allmovie.com)
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