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Recap / Samurai Jack - S1 E7: "Jack and the Three Blind Archers"

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Jack is informed about a wishing well located in a tower on an island by a Viking warrior who saw it firsthand. However, as the Viking warns him, the well tower is guarded by a trio of sightless master archers. If he is to reach the tower, Jack will have to master fighting against and as a blind warrior.

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  • And I Must Scream: The archers are implied to have been fully aware of the curse that the well had put on them and that it had been controlling their sight and minds for several years.
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  • Be Careful What You Wish For: The well grants wishes, but it also brings a con to the wishers. Years ago, three men have wished on the well to be strong warriors. The well grants their making the well's eternal guardians.
  • Beat Them at Their Own Game: After noticing that the archers are blind and rely on their hearing to detect intruders, Jack blindfolds himself so he can defeat them in the same manner.
  • Blind Weaponmaster: The titular archers, and Jack himself when he realizes he can only defeat them if he battles them on their own terms.
  • Deadly Dodging: How Jack finally takes out the archers—he stands between them and dodges, so their own arrows hit each other.
  • Deal with the Devil: The wishing well is powered by an evil force (implied to be Aku) which grants it's visitors' wish while also taking something away from them: the archers wished to become great warriors, but were enslaved to protect the tower as a result.
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  • Horny Vikings: The episode opens with a whole army of robot Vikings (with horns, of course) assaulting the tower, only to be destroyed by the archers.
  • In the Style of...: The designs of the forest animals, especially the birds, are based on Charles Harper illustrations.
  • Not So Stoic: This is the first time Jack shows any visible signs of anger, here out of frustration for how many times his chain has been yanked.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Being a samurai, Jack rarely displays emotion, but he visibly trembles with rage when he learns that the wishing well is yet another way home that he can't use.
  • Selfless Wish: When he learns that the wishing well is deceitful, Jack wishes for it to be destroyed so it can never trick anyone ever again.
  • Shout-Out: The three archers resemble stylized mice, referencing the nursery rhyme "Three Blind Mice".
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  • Silence Is Golden: The show itself is already pretty light on dialogue, but in this case it's actually relevant to the plot. Jack has to rely on his acute sense of hearing in order to better understand how the archers plan on fighting him.
  • Wishing Well: A very malevolent one that can warp the wishes addressed to it in various nefarious ways. The archers wished to be great warriors, and the well corrupted them into it’s guards.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Going back to the past is just in Jack's reach, but before he can make his wish, he's told that whatever wish of his that is granted will enslave him to the well.

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