The penultimate episode of Samurai Jack is a slightly wobbly calm before the storm

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Does Samurai Jack really need to get back to the past? That’s been his mantra for 50 years, the entire purpose of his existence. It’s even part of the theme song (or, for this season, the end of the opening narration). But this season has spent a lot of time reminding us how beautiful the future can still be—and has…

Samurai Jack takes a backseat to Ashi in a contemplative, thrilling episode

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“XCVII” is a pretty unusual episode of Samurai Jack, in that the samurai himself is barely featured. The only real precedents for this are “Aku’s Fairy Tales” (which still sort of includes Jack), “The Birth Of Evil,” and this episode’s closest spiritual predecessor, “Tale Of X-9,” which also follows a confused…