Discussion in 'General Chat' started by NIGHTBRINGER, Dec 5, 2015.
dang someone ease just found this...
Found what? Nothing is showing up on my computer.
the post before mine.
I too was disappointed when this never finished. I had some if the action figures for it. Was a really cool show.
Amazing that it ended. I really enjoyed (binge) watching the entire series as I painted my last few projects. The series was "for kids" but had a lot of adult themes sprinkled throughout. I thouroughly enjoyed many aspects of the series, from the beautifully artwork and landscapes Jack walked through, to how the film harkened back to spaghetti westerns, which in turn drew a lot of inspiration from old Kurosawa samurai films. Amazing stuff!
The ending was bittersweet, but it made sense. It did feel a bit short, but the entire last season was basically one ten-part episode. It was a fitting, bittersweet ending, I have only one small complaint.
Spoiler: spoiler spoilers SPOILERS
When my wife and I watched final episode when jack finally accomplished his mission, we were shocked when the lady didn't immediately disappear. Having her disappear later really drew out the sadness factor, but we though a choice would have been more interesting.
What if Jack had to choose between using this LAST chance (because as the season showed, literally EVERY SINGLE time travel device was destroyed) to go back into the past and defeat Aku, and or the choice of saving the woman he loved, who was an "innocent" technically, but it would have been a VERY selfish decision on the part of Jack as well.
Jack was always about saving the innocents. It was seen in many episodes where he chose NOT to go back to the past, but instead save an innocent in the present. If he had more time to think about his decision, realized that his success would have meant his love's death, would he still have made the same choice?
Loved the show.
This last season however, definitely had a darker tone to it than the ones that came before.
I have heard others raise that issue. They sacrificed a bit of "realism" for emotional effect. Personally I was happy with that trade off in this instance. Especially because the delay of her disappearance could theoretically be attributed to the effect of traveling through the time portal (just as it created the effect of Jack not aging). One could easily say that the time portal partially shielded her for a time. Of course, you're still stuck with the Grandfather paradox.
In relation to your idea of forcing Jack to choose, that is definitely an interesting idea. I think it could have worked well. My only concern is that it might force Jack to be painted in a bad light no matter what he chose. This instance was very different from the others that came before it. In previous episodes, when Jack would give up the chance to travel back through time to save an innocent in the present, he still retained the hope that he would find a way back at a later date and complete his mission. However, with Ashi, if he chose not to sacrifice her, it would mean that he could NEVER go back and free the people from Aku's evil rule. Which would mean that thousands of generations and billions of innocents would suffer (from the moments of the very first episodes to the moment directly after Ashi's "conception". On the other hand, if he chose to sacrifice Ashi, even if she insisted on him doing so (which she likely would have given the circumstances), it would completely have completely gone against his established character.
At the same time, forcing him to chose would have created a tremendously powerful moment in the show. I'm torn to honest.
I love the angular design elements of "Mad Jack", makes him more intense. Even his dialogue choices are really bitter. Probably my favourite line comes from the "tea" scene in Ep 7, which just comes right out of the blue and and was equal parts funny and creepy.
My favourite line of the season is the opening lines of this scene...
This one is an insult to Aku, but I shall post it anyways. You've been warned.
Spoiler: An unjust portrayal of Aku. You've now been warned a second time.
Spoiler: Fan made alternative ending to Samurai Jack...