Tag: season 5

Help! My Heart is Full of Pony! – Virtue in Troubled Times

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Source: Season 5, Episode 26.

I was just thinking about the season five finale.  Each alternate timeline showed us what would happen if a different villain hadn’t been defeated.  In each one, there was some sort of major resistance.  During the fight against Sombra, Equestria essentially turned into WWII Britain, complete with giant battles, railroads to safety, and a society that has pointed every ounce of its industrial weight toward the war effort.  During the fight against the changelings, ponies took to the hills, and became merciless guerilla warriors – even Fluttershy.

Nightmare Moon, however, while clearly a tyrant, continued to command the loyalty of her subjects.  It’s not a pleasant timeline.  Based on the fear, and exhaustion we see in those around her, one gets the impression that a single day of serving Nightmare Moon is like an entire chapter of The Devil Wears Prada.  Still, this segment stands out because there was no resistance movement (that we saw), and because main characters serve the villain.

Personally, I find it difficult to extract easy answers from the situation, since I think that I, personally, would fare very well in a Lunarchy.  If my job were to follow Nightmare Moon around and tell her how beautiful the night sky is, I would consider it a dream come true.  Especially if this were a world where I didn’t know that there was such a thing as good Princess Luna.

However, my own admittedly ridiculous feelings aside, the episode itself raises questions about monarchism in Equestria. Is princess worship a more deeply-ingrained value than friendship, (at least in a world before the Elements are rediscovered)?  Do ponies accept tyranny more readily from leaders that they perceive to be “of their tribe,” than they would from foreign invaders with similar ambitions?  I think a lot of us do that very thing, so long as the societal infrastructure that we are accustomed to remains familiar.

I think the most important thing that we can take away from this segment is a lesson on the nature of ambition.  The two main characters that we see serving Nightmare Moon most directly are Rainbow Dash, and Rarity – easily the most ambitious ponies in the Mane Six.  Decorating for a princess – even an evil one – is a prestigious career move for Rarity; and Rainbow Dash has always endeavored to rise through the ranks – to become a prominent Wonderbolt – to prove herself.

In seeing Rainbow Dash serve Nightmare Moon with such ferocity, and Rarity serve her so tirelessly, there is an entire backstory – a whole elaborate lesson, right there in just a few short minutes.  What we are seeing is their virtues – parts of their very souls – being twisted, and used against them. Raritiy’s generosity, and willingness to give of herself creatively – it ends up getting abused, until she is absolutely exhausted.  Rainbow is even worse.  Her loyalty, when misdirected, turns her into a savage attack dog.

There’s so much to think about in what we saw of Nightmare Moon’s Equestria – who we are as individuals, what we have the capacity to become if we aren’t careful, how troubled times can sculpt us.  I think the problem with a situation like this, is that nopony can prepare for it.  In real life, everyone has very specific ideas about what they would have done had they lived through INSERT HISTORICAL PERIOD HERE.  The fact of the matter is that none of us really know.

The paths before us are not straight lines.  The best that any of us can do is to follow our own hearts, and be sharply aware of the fact that they can be used against us.  Our ambitions can lead us to dark places.  Our virtues can betray us, if they are not guided by principle.

-Sprocket

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Samurai Jack Promo: Episode XCIV

 

Samurai Jack Preview: One vs Many

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Do you enjoy human on robot violence?  How about motorcycles?  Fresh full minute of the upcoming premiere of Samurai Jack, Season 5, starting March 11th.

Samurai Jack: Season 5 Trailer via [ Adult Swim ]

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Yesterday we posted the ‘teaser trailer’ Adult Swim had published across their social media on Friday, which featured only a few seconds worth of footage, namely Jack’s sword.  As of this morning a full trailer has been released, 3+ minutes worth.  Most talked about in the clips (yes spoilers a little) is the fact we see blood, something that was missing from the original Cartoon Network run, but going back to the conventions this past summer, we are to expect a more mature theme.  I just read somewhere they say Jack will have to deal with taking actual lives in this final 10 episode arc and finale.

Samurai Jack, Season 5 begins March 11th

Long ago on a cable channel populated by Johnny Bravo, Grim & Evil, and the Powerpuff Girls, a new show came out of the ashes of an old one.  Genndy Tartakovsky, creator of Dexter’s Laboratory, made a new cartoon that was a mixture of action, magic, ancient samurai ways and futuristic sci-fi dystopia rolled into a single series, that began to air in 2001.  Three years and four seasons later, the series like many others were retired from Cartoon Network’s lineup.

Eleven years later in 2015 it was announced the series, which had not fully concluded in 2004, would get a 5th and final season.  Originally a general date of “Fall 2016” was set, but then the series was delayed slightly, and now has an official starting date of March 11th 2017.

Details of what to expect from this new and final season were talked about during the San Diego Comic Con, including the fact the show had been pushed back to 2017.  The final season will be ten episodes and is dubbed to be more ‘movie’ than show in tone.  Since it will be airing on Adult Swim’s Toonami the series will take on a darker and more mature path than the original four seasons that aired on Cartoon Network.  The storyline itself will take place fifty years after the end of Season 4.

So be sure to tune in to our sad attempt at ‘covering’ the show, whatever that even means now.  If you don’t have cable and if the internet managed not to leak it beforehand, you know were to find it and or catch a stream of it.  And hey, if you’re interested in possibly scrambling crude words on the bathroom wall for this website to copy down, hit us up, maybe we can squeeze at least one reviewer for the show.

Samuari Jack – Season 5 – Toonami – March 11th – 11:30pm et.

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Samurai Jack SDCC Recap via Chevistian

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Our friend over at Madame Pom News (Chevistian) was able to snag some details from the Samurai Jack – San Diego Comic Con panel.  It was mostly a show of the work they’ve been doing for the upcoming 5th season, 10 episode “mini-movie”, including the prototype opening, and discussion about the show itself, such as the storyline picking up 50 years after the end of Season 4.  The biggest news though was the fact the show has been pushed back to 2017.  Check out Chevistian’s Twitter account for other SDCC news.

From Chevistian:

  • Show moved to 2017
  • Evil Cults &  Childbirth  in the first clip animated
  • S05 will have 10 episodes as a 5 Hour Movie
  • This time we have one really big story for jack – we could tackle more of the drama of his storyline”
  • it’s going to be action-packed & very cool
  • A prototype of the opening sequence of is shown.
  • Gennedy showcasing prototype ideas for the aged Jack
  • The series will take 50 years in the future. It was originally a film, but became a new season
  • Adult Swim has no limits
  • The Scotsman is planned to return
  • A fan ask did if Sym Biotic Titan could return. Gennedy’s response: Never say never.
  • Gennedy got someone who can replace Aku  TBA

Samurai Jack: Season 5 Behind the Scenes

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So we’re a little late with this one.  About a week ago, Adult Swim released a video about the Season 5 production of Samurai Jack.  The almost 8 minute video features the cast and crew talking about coming back to the show after a decade, the changes we’ll see in the show, and what to expect.  As previously announced, Samurai Jack Season 5 will consist of 10 (30 minute) episodes with an arcing storyline from start to finish.  They actually touch on the reason, which boils down to Tartakovsky and others pitching a Samurai Jack movie that would have attempted to finish off the series.  Repeated pitches to Cartoon Network and Adult Swim were passed on until Tartakovsky suggested an episodic series.  Mike Lazzo returned his call the next day.

As for the show itself, we’ve already heard the “darker & edgier” reference from the last news report.  Tartakovsky goes deeper into this, explaining that with the show being produced by Adult Swim rather than Cartoon Network, there is technically more in terms of what they can and cannot do in the show.  And while he could probably have Jack decapitating people with blood flying all over the place, they’re well aware the original series is watched by both kids and adults, and making sure the show will be watchable by all.

The video also covers the topic that the original show was crafted in old school traditional animation, where as Season 5 will be (like all shows now) digitally crafted.  And while the show is going digital, the crew is working hard to maintain the artistic style of the original, but admit that working digital gives them an advantage and the ability to do more.

Zero word on when the show will begin.  Since promotional material is starting to slowly roll out, sounds like it’ll be sooner than later.  Here is the video.