Ninjago Sons of Garmadon, episode 77 – semi-review

I don’t know how they do it, but each episode in this season is better than the last one. The writers truly outdid themselves. Episode 77, ‘The Oni and the Dragon’ (can that name get any cooler?), is an excellent episode, although a bit slower than the first two. Mind you, that doesn’t mean it’s boring at any point. We get to see lots of old characters, either through actual roles or cameos. I have to warn you again – stop reading if you do not wish to be spoiled.

Dragon, First Spinjitzu Master and Oni

So many great things in this episode, I just don’t know where to start. The beginning I guess? The episode starts off (almost) right where we left off – on Destiny’s Bounty. And that’s my only gripe with this episode. In the last episode we saw that Destiny’s Bounty was badly neglected, yet in this one it was fully operational and very clean. It was even used to store Cole’s blue underwear (yeah, Jay’s my favorite Ninja). The only redemption was the pictures of Ronin and Jay’s parents. The rest of the episode? Pure brilliance.

The high point of the episode is definitely the interaction between Zane, Cole and the Sons of Garmadon. Lots of tension, lots of comedy. Zane and Cole infiltrate the Sons of Garmadon by using disguises and aliases – Snake Jaguar and Rocky Dangerbuff, respectively. Very fitting aliases, in my opinion. Things go well, and they are able to infiltrate their headquarters, which turns out to be (Grand Sensei) Dareth’s Mojo Dojo. However, they’re unsuccessful in coming closer to the leaders and decided they need to take drastic measures – Cole needs to sing. You read that right. Unfortunately, due to Zane’s sabotage things go south and Cole’s kidnapped, but Zane earns the trust of Mr.E.

While substantial, the infiltration was not the main plot of the episode. The main plot was the Ninja’s visit to Mistaké’s tea shop, and the subsequent revelation of the origin of the Oni masks and the First Spinjitzu Master. We already knew much of it thanks to story teasers. However, there are a few things that the teasers didn’t show. For example, the First Spinjitzu Master is part Dragon and part Oni and, consequently, so is Lloyd – which explains quite a bit. Tired by the constant fighting between the Dragons and the Oni, the First Spinjitzu Master leaves their realm and creates Ninjago. The rest is history.

This episode gives many answers, but it also raises many questions. Are the dragons we’ve seen so far the same ones as the ones in the realm of the Oni and the Dragon? Is Overlord an Oni? Are offspring of Dragons and Oni humans? If so, is elemental mastery the power of Dragons/Oni?

What are your thoughts?

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