Ninjago Sons of Garmadon, episode 79 – semi-review

Another Saturday, another (semi) review, this time of episode 79 – ‘Dead Man’s Squall’. I’m glad to be able to report that Ninjago is back on track of delivering amazing episodes on a weekly basis! The episode was full of excitement and throwbacks for old fans. If you haven’t seen it yet, definitely do so at your earliest convenience! Then come back and read our thoughts on it, which are, be forewarned, full of spoilers.

Still from Ninjago Sons of Garmadon Episode 79

What an episode! If nothing else, the episode was a rush of emotions, mostly because of the music. When Zane was incapacitated and that theme from when Zane sacrificed himself in the battle against Overlord started playing, I knew we were in for a ride. I feel that this particular scene shattered some long time fans. [joke] Also, some fans might be shocked to find out that I was mistaken [/joke]- it was Harumi who sang the lullaby in the trailer and not Nya. Now I am certain, Harumi is definitely evil.

To be honest, I can’t really tell you why I liked this episode so much, I guess it’s because of all the little details and the nuances. And because it was a nostalgia trip for me. I liked how Harumi more or less revealed that she’s the main villain in this season via facial expressions, (non forced) replies and her prophetic lullaby. I loved how they hinted at the fact that Wu is the baby – the baby loves tea. I might end up being wrong and this a deliberate nudge in the wrong direction, but I like how it was handled. It was also nice seeing that the ninja are no longer using their elemental powers (almost) exclusively for attacking via Spinjitzu. Zane was shown throwing freezing punches, Jay was lightning bending (Avatar reference?), Kai created a mini sun (shown in the picture) and Nya was basically water bending the rain. Undeniably a great direction for the development of elemental powers.

Of course, it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows, the episode did have some things I didn’t quite like. Or, actually, just one thing, but, for me, it’s a big minus. The revelation that P.I.X.A.L is Samurai X was handled quite nicely – she revealed that to the ninja only because she knew that it would be a threat to them if they didn’t know. However, the reason why she didn’t reveal her identity before is because she thought she would endanger them? How? They’re a ninja team which exposes themselves to danger constantly – together with her. Wouldn’t it be safer for them to be in the loop? That they have another member that they can rely on?

What are you thoughts on the new episode? Did you like it? Love it? Hate it? Tell us in the comments!

2 comments

A very good episode. I liked it, but we now know Harumi is evil 🙁

Yeah, it’s a shame… Can’t wait to see the reason though!

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