Gotta Get Back, Back to the Past

Donovan Brooks, Staff Writer

We’ve been waiting for this for 13 long years, and the date is fast approaching for Jack to come back. Adult Swim will be airing the fifth and final season of Samurai Jack on Saturday, March 11, and it doesn’t look like we will be disappointed.


For those who do not know, Samurai Jack was a show that aired on Cartoon Network in 2001, and had the highest production value of any other cartoon in its time. It paved the way for the complex story driven shows that we have today. It was the first show to have minutes of animation without any dialogue, and was very intense during its action scenes. The story followed a samurai from ancient times, who was flung and stuck several thousand years in the future by the demon Aku.


Despite how intense Samurai Jack was, it still had to maintain a TV-Y7-FV rating. Adult Swim, however, does not hold themselves to this standard, and so season 5 will be rated TV-14-V. Samurai Jack will therefore be shown this time around in his full violent glory, using guns and bleeding, all sorts of fun stuff.


The premise of the fifth season is that Jack has been stuck in the future for fifty years, but has not aged, a side affect of his time travel. His new aesthetic fits this passing: he wears full armor and sports a huge beard. He also seems to care less about sparing his enemies, telling people that he will kill them in the trailer.


The production value appears to have gone up exponentially as well. The trailer exhibited vibrant colors and beautiful backgrounds, even more so than the original four seasons. Even if season 5 doesn’t live up to the original, we can be sure that it will be a pleasure to watch.