The fifth and final season of Samurai Jack , an American animated series , premiered on Adult Swim 's Toonami programming block on March 11, , and concluded its run on May 20, The announcement of the season came in December , eleven years since the series was originally concluded on Cartoon Network. Genndy Tartakovsky , the series' creator, returned as a director, writer, and storyboarder for this season. The season received universal acclaim from both critics and fans, praising it for its visuals as well as its more dark, intense, and mature tone. Fifty years have passed, but I do not age. Time has lost its effect on me.
I touch on the adult darkness and Hindu-Buddhist elements made all the more poignant in this final season. Many fans of Samurai Jack have known about the Guardian and his secret time portal for quite some time. The portal shows the audience a future version of Jack where he is older, has a long beard with a white streak and is dressed like something of a Spartan king. This is where everything changes. Almost nothing aggravates a fan more, or possibly a writer as well, than seeing continuity, in action or sequence, get deviated radically and without symmetry. It was rather disappointing, as it makes you wonder just what the point was in showing a possible future version of Jack anyway. There is no way Tartakovsky could have predicted a years long hiatus, or even the creation of the current story line.
Now that we're halfway to the end of Samurai Jack 's final season , we can make a few confident judgment calls about what works and what doesn't about this show. Along the way, we got another Aku scene and a refresh on the damage the evil wizard's tyranny has wrought to the world. After three few very fast-paced, emotionally charged episodes opening the season, bottling Jack and Ashi inside the belly of a monster last week felt like a dud. I'm not shipping them for even a second.
By creating an account, you verify that you are at least 13 years of age, and have read and agree to the Comicbook. After more than a decade, fans of Samurai Jack have been given an ending befitting of the critically acclaimed series. The cartoon, which first premiered on Cartoon Network back in , saw Samurai Jack throw into a desolate future after attempting to destroy the demon Aku.