Samurai Jack, S3E04: Episode XXX (aka Jack And The Zombies) [TV review by the Drudgeon]

Samurai JackOriginally broadcast September 12 2003
Written by Bryan Andrews & Brian Larsen
Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky
My rating: 4 stars
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Now this is a great cartoon!

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If you don’t know the story of Samurai Jack (shame on you) I’ll briefly fill you in.  In the past there is a demon named Aku (voiced by Mako Iwamatsu) and he is terrorizing the land.  A samurai named Jack (voiced by Phil LaMarr) is the only person that can stop him, but before the killing blow can happen Aku opens a time portal and pushes Jack through it.  Jack is now in the future, a future where Aku is ruler over everything and good people (and creatures, aliens, etc.) have to struggle just to survive.  Now Jack is on a journey to find and defeat Aku and hopefully find a way home.

This episode has Jack walking down a road and when he gets to a fork in the road he tosses a stick in the air to decide which way to go.  Aku has been watching and makes it point to the left.  Jack follows and ends up in an extremely foggy graveyard where he also hears the voices of young children.  As he tries to find them zombies start popping out from everywhere and Jack must fight.  Even when Jack thinks he’s killed them all Aku raises even more.  Suddenly Jack is attacked by a different monster that possesses his sword (one of the only things that can hurt/kill Aku) and it flies away, into Aku’s hands.  Can Jack defeat Aku now that his sword is in Aku’s hands?

There are a number of reasons why I love this show and this episode is a perfect example of why it’s so good.  For one they make great use of music.  There are times where the music is the focus and it helps to advance the scenes and there are times where there is no music and the scenes just rely on sound effects and the voice acting, and both times it’s done it is really awesome.  They really know how to use music in the best way possible.

One of the other things that I really like is just the animation style.  It’s very unique and instead of being completely filled with details, it’s pretty plain, especially when it comes to Jack.  A lot of times the backgrounds are very detailed, usually in the very complex cities, but by contrast Jack is very drawn very plain.  It’s a very beautiful style.

In the end you may be asking, how horror is it?  Well there are a few scenes that are actually pretty creepy, but overall it is just a “kids” cartoon and in the end it’s not all that scary, but it’s extremely fun and beautiful to look at.  If you’ve never seen Samurai Jack you may want to.

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I don't remember my real name or where I came from. All I know is that I'm traped in an underground cave with nothing but a TV, DVD player and a notebook and pen. They keep calling me The Drudgeon, I don't even know what that means. Someone keeps dropping horror movies in and yelling at me to watch them and write about what I watch. Then I eat the DVD and case, because they tell me if I consume the horror I will understand the horror. I think there are three of them. So if you are reading this right now, HELP ME!!!!!!! OUCH!!!! Someone just poked me with a sea urchin attacked to a pool cue, what the fuck is going on?
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