THE PROBLEM WITH REWRITES REVEALED
SAMURAI JACK SEASON 5
Often, when people talk about Season 5 of Samurai Jack so many years ago, they often talk about how it had poor pacing and rushed, and "needed more episodes"
But what's clear is that the problem never was "more episodes". In fact the opposite is true, if your series has bad pacing, more episodes is never the solution
The problem with Season 5 of Samurai Jack that aired in 2017 is the lack of a rewrite.
no amount of episodes would change the endgame where Ashi could not physically be involved with the action of Jack going back to the past
it really seems like the writers found this out way too late, because the script for episode 10 acknowledges the paradox but just lets it sit there without making any attempt to clarify or fix it, leaving the viewers extremely confused in the final 180 seconds of samurai jack
ultimately, this robs us of satisfaction. We are now confused, we are no longer satisfied the series is over. This only raises more questions that will never be answered. And it's all because they didn't fix the script
The problem with writing is always deadlines. You have a deadline to make a script, and in the case of Season 5 they had to ransform a movie script into a 10-episode mini-series, so the writers had a lot of work on their hands, and not enough time to do it.
On the other hand, rewriting Season 5 to not include Ashi in the ending might have drastically changed the message and theme the series was going for, something the directors and other members might not have been okay with. And so sometimes when there's a flaw in the writing you have to let it pass so you can convey the message you want.
This is the problem with rewrites.