Ninjago Decoded – recap episodes on Cartoon Network

Ninjago Decoded - Cartoon Network recap episodes

Update: You can now watch the episodes here.

Here is a bit of interesting news for US Ninjago fans (or those a bit more internet savvy – VPN *hint*hint*). You can watch recap episodes (with some new content!) on Cartoon Network app, right now! These recap videos are called ‘Ninjago Decoded’. There is 10 of them and each is 11 minutes long. They are narrated by Zane and each focuses on a different topic:

Part 1 – Legacy

Zane glances over the events of all the seasons, with added comments from Nya. They explain why the older episodes have lower resolution! Also, apparently Zane now remembers events of the Skybound, thanks to Nya tinkering with his memory.

Part 2 – Vehicles and Mechs

Something has happened to Zane while his memory was being backed up into the Samurai X mainframe. Nya and Jay are trying to fix whatever is wrong with Zane. In this episode Jay needs to remember all the vehicles in order to restore Zane’s memory. Once Jay managed to solve the puzzle it showed the text ‘D PO LWB’ in Ninjagonese.

Part 3 – Legendary Places

Nya and Jay continue helping Zane – this time with the help of Cole, who’s “possessing” Zane. This time around Cole needs to guess which location Zane is thinking of. They start of with Temple of Airjitzu, with which Cole is very familiar with. Jay decides that the strange structure in Zane’s memory is called ‘Ninjigma’. Once they figure out which locations it is referring to they find out that Zane is actually being hacked!

Part 4 – Ninjago’s Most Wanted

Kai joins in and suggests they need to figure out who’s hacking Zane and behind the ‘Ninjigma’. They don’t manage to do it in this episode, and someone starts attacking Samurai X cave. Cole leaves Zane’s mainframe to go fight whoever it is. One new reveal happens here, Nya seems to remember the time when she was under the influence of Dark Matter.

Part 5 – The Digiverse And Beyond

The rest of the crew continue trying to figure out who’s behind the attack on Zane. The key to solving this mystery seems to be the technology of Ninjago. The crew starts reminiscing about it. They are successful in solving the puzzle but the progress of the hacker is not slowed down. They find out that the hacker is not trying to destroy Zane but rather control him.

Part 6 – The Elemental Masters

Nya manages to slow down the hacker by using her technical expertise. The next puzzle is actually a riddle. It’s a riddle about Elemental Masters in Ninjagonese. The ninja need to solve this puzzle quickly because the cave is running out of power. This episode kind of jokes with the poor handling of the origin of elemental powers. Good that they’re aware!

Part 7 – Beasts and Dragons

Power is restored by Nya, while Cole reports that the outside enemy has destroyed one of the generators. Things do not look good for the Ninja! They’re trying to figure out who’s attacking them (why can’t Cole see what it is?). Cole is able to stop whatever is attacking them without them actually realizing who/what it is. Zane is taken over by the hacker.

Part 8 – Rise of Garmadon

Zane attacks Nya, but regains his senses in the last moment. With only enough power left to get everybody out or put Cole back in, the crew decides to stick with Zane to the bitter end. Somehow the crew start reminiscing about Garmadon’s youth. Zane’s memory is fading and it’s up to the rest of the Ninja to fill in the blanks.

Part 9 – Prophecy of the Green Ninja

The next puzzle is actually a labyrinth where the path is a message in Ninjagonese and the goal is to reach the Green Ninja in the middle. The Ninja open up paths in it by remembering details about the Green Ninja. Nya translates her emotions into code (I also need to learn how to do that!). Lloyd joins everybody. Didn’t they have enough power only for Cole? The Ninja solve the final puzzle as well and by doing so release the Overlord!

Part 10 – Greatest Battles

In the final episode it’s shown that the ‘Ninjigma’ stored the memory of Zane battling Overlord and dying in the process. Nya reveals that the Overlord is not actually the Overlord, but a fragment of his code and a virus at that. The ninja battle the virus by thinking about all the other enemies they’ve defeated and weapons they’ve used. However, this strategy is not working and the virus seems to have the upper hand. In the end the ninja do prevail with the power of friendship and happy memories!

These recap episodes are an excellent way of bringing friends and family into the fold (pun intended). They’re edited very nicely and cover all the major events and concepts. I assume these were made with new fans coming from the Ninjago Movie in mind. Do give them a spin, I have a feeling you’ll enjoy them, I certainly did!

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