Archive | May 2014

LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu Episode Three Review

SEASON 1 EPISODE 3: SNAKEBIT

We open with Sensei Wu waking the guys up at sunrise with a gong, but it turns out a rickety old abandoned boat is not the most comfortable place to sleep. And it quickly becomes apparent that, as cool as this old boat is, it’s still falling apart.

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LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu Episode 2 Review

SEASON 1 EPISODE 2: HOME 

After a quick recap of the previous episode, we open to a basic repeat of the opening of last episode. Except this time it turns out instead of playing video games the guys really are training. Zane in particular suddenly switches from meditating to cavorting about the training ground like the others aren’t even there.

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LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu Episode One Review

SEASON 1 EPISODE 1: RISE OF THE SNAKES

We open with a quick recap of the show’s mythology/back story: the tale of the golden weapons. Then we see the theme song for season one. It’s nothing special, but it grows on you.

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LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu Pilot

So, a while back I saw The LEGO Movie, and, surprise surprise, I was on a LEGO kick for the rest of the week. Two Fridays later it looked like I was finally getting over the hype when I stumbled upon a little link on TV tropes… A reference to LEGO Ninjago on the LEGO Movie WMG page. It was the weekend, I had some time to kill, so I clicked it, not completely on a whim.

You see, a few years back I spent Christmas at my cousins’ house, and they have a crap ton of LEGO!  Including some ninja minifigs who came with these nifty back-mounted sheaths for swords, spears, what have you. And in the time since that, I had caught the end of one episode while waiting for Adventure Time to come on.

So, fast-forward to last week, and I click the link mainly to satisfy my curiosity. Unfortunately it just piqued my curiosity more. So I decided to watch the first episode, just to see if it was any good.

WHOOPS! WEEKEND GONE!

Yeah, this show is surprisingly good, with a quick pace to fit its 13 episode season, a very likable cast, and a tongue-in-cheek, slightly self-aware, rule-of-cool atmosphere to counter the admittedly clichéd plot. The show doesn’t take itself too seriously, but does treat things with enough weight that when something serious happens it doesn’t feel completely out of place. 

So, to share my new-found love for this series, and try and explain to myself just why I’ve gotten so into a little boys’ cartoon about LEGO, I’ve decided to review the series episode by episode.

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