Thirteen years ago, Samurai Jack, the action-packed, animated brainchild of Genndy Tartakovsky (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, The Powerpuff Girls), ended with little fanfare after a fourth season. The saga of a samurai from the past fighting an evil wizard in the future, Tartakovsky had planned on finishing the story in a movie. That never panned out.
Luckily, to the ecstatic applause of Jack fans everywhere, Cartoon Network's Toonami commissioned one final season for 2017. The premiere episode, now available to stream online, is a banger that rivals the epic scope of Game of Thrones, carries the emotional weight of Logan, and features more robots than Westworld could shake a pistol at. The setup of the new season is simple: Jack, who has not aged after 50 years of fighting Aku's forces in the future, has grown weary of his struggle and his guilt. And as we learn in a flashback, no longer possesses his iconic, magic sword.