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Recap / Samurai Jack - S1 E2: "The Samurai Called Jack"

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The Samurai suddenly finds himself hurled hundreds or even thousands of years into the future. He lands in a dystopian metropolis inhabited by aliens, robots, talking animals, and other non-humans. Learning that this strange new world is ruled by none other than Aku, the Samurai (now known as "Jack") volunteers to save a group of dog-people from Aku's tyranny.


  • Appropriated Appellation: "Jack" is not actually the Samurai's name, it's the slang term that the first people whom Jack talks to in the future refer to him as. However by the end of the episode, after he agrees to help the dog archaeologists out, he tells them that people refer to him as Jack.
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  • Bar Full of Aliens: Jack unwittingly walks into a nightclub filled with exotic alien dancers, and patronized by alien criminals. Naturally, he soon gets into a Bar Brawl with those criminals, which attracts the attention of a few talking dogs who are looking for help.
  • Bullying a Dragon: The alien thug at the bar chooses to bully and abuse Jack, even after he apologizes for staring at him, eventually deciding to murder him. Needless to say, he becomes the first of many fools to fall victim to Samurai Jack.
  • Crapsack World: A combination of Bad Future and Villain World. Without Jack or his sword around to destroy Aku, the latter was able to conquer the entire world, and he enslaved everyone in order to mine resources to conquer the rest of the galaxy. Worse, Aku has allowed criminals from all over the cosmos to crash on Earth and wreak havoc as they please.
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  • Do Not Taunt Cthulhu: While a group of alien refugees ask Aku for shelter on Earth, a younger alien angrily calls out Aku after he revealed he was responsible for their plight. Aku punishes the youth by teleporting him to the Pit of Hate, where he will eventually learn "proper respect for Aku".
  • Fake Arm Disarm: The alien thug who attacks Jack, along with the rest of his gang, all have cybernetic arms which can shoot missiles. This allows Jack to disarm them without having to kill them.
  • Fantastic Racism: At the aforementioned nightclub, the gang of alien thugs are offended that Jack (a human) had even dared to enter the place, and they try to kill him for it.
  • Fish People: The aquatic aliens from the planet Badaquas. Aku decided to have their oceans drained, forcing them to immigrate to Earth and personally beg for Aku's permission to stay.
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  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Jack becomes this after arriving in the Bad Future, which is filled with flying vehicles and populated by all kinds of strange creatures. Naturally, this leaves Jack more then a little stupefied throughout the episode.
  • Gone to the Future: Jack finds out Aku took over the world while he was absent for thousands of years.
  • Mr. Exposition: The Archaeologist Dogs serve this role, helpfully explaining how Aku had taken over the world during Jack's absence.
  • Shout-Out
  • Time Travel: Jack exits through the time portal that Aku had thrown him into from the previous episode.
  • Totally Radical: The three locals who bestow Jack with his name speak only in a faux hip-hop slang.
  • Uncomfortable Elevator Moment: Jack sitting in the private booth with the dog archeologists.
  • Wretched Hive: The futuristic, cyberpunk city Jack finds himself in. It's filled with enormously tall buildings, flying cars and spaceships, and infested with criminal gangs. Oh and of course, it's just one shitty little corner of Aku's shitty world.


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