Samurai Jack Season 5 Finale Review & Discussion

When Samurai Jack returned from a 10 year hiatus for season 5, it was clear that the series had changed; much like its original audience, Samurai Jack had matured. No longer appropriate for Cartoon Network, the series moved to a late night slot on Adult Swim where it’d be free to depict more savage deaths and bright red blood.

However, the switch from family-friendly to a more mature rating wasn’t simply out of a desire to sensationalize the violence, but to more deeply explore its effects on Jack. For 50 years, he has roamed this forsaken future, yet he does not age. At every pass, Aku eludes him and his continued failure makes him grow weary and lose …

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