Ninjago Sons of Garmadon, episode 80 – semi-review

Yesterday’s episode was kind of a mini jubilee for Ninjago – it was the 80th episode – only 20 more until 100! The title of the episode is ‘The Quiet One’ which makes it sound like it contained additional information about the Quite One, but it really did not. However, it did have a lot of (obvious) reveals – too many for a single episode in fact. Be that as it may, they’re obviously huge spoilers, so don’t read the review if you don’t want to be spoiled.

Still from Ninjago Sons of Garmadon Episode 80

The episode was OK. It was definitely not the best episode of the season, most likely because it’s meant to set up the third act of the season – we’ll see how the reminder of the episodes will shape. As we saw in the previous episode, the Ninja team is stranded in Primeval’s Eye, which, I presume, is the Yin in the Yang part of Ninjago. Lloyd and Harumi are on their own, searching for the third Oni Mask.

So, what are these huge reveals? First, as I’ve guessed, it’s confirmed the baby is indeed Wu. How did Wu become a baby? He touched the Reversal Time Blade and was flung into the future while battling the Time Twins in the Iron Doom. How was this confirmed? The baby is aging rapidly and it responded to Jay when he said he’s giving up with ‘Ninja never quit’, which made him realize it was Wu. Second, it’s confirmed that Harumi is indeed the Quiet One. How? The location of the one who told Sons of Garmadon that Snake Jaguar is in fact Zane was calculated to be Destiny’s Bounty. Both of these reveals were anticlimactic and I was expecting something more. Fortunately, Lloyd is still unaware that Harumi is the Quiet One so, hopefully, that reveal will be a bit better.

While most of the episode was a bit lackluster, there was one shining moment of brilliance in it. Interestingly enough, the most human moment of the episode and the season, if not the entire show, played out between two nindroids – Zane and P.I.X.A.L. P.I.X.A.L explained to Zane that she missed having a body, but was willing to sacrifice should the team and especially Zane needed her more in a computer. Her facial expression and tone were so obviously pleading to Zane to save her from that torment that she instantly turned into a human for me. Of course, Zane’s love for her couldn’t let her suffer, so he released her from this curse, knowing full well that she would do the same for him.

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