>>93521435>However, I got a 10 episode series which explored some points of Jack's mind in the beggining and simply forgot all about it afterwards just to become a stupid and meaningless romance.
And the worst part about it is that there was a lot of fucking material there to make it work, to make a romance story between a man and a woman both suffering from completely broken worldviews (one from lies, the other from despair). Ashi and Jack's relationship could have progressed slowly as the series went on, Jack's hallucinations could have been mitigated by Ashi's growing influence, while Ashi's deep distrust of Jack could have waned as she watched him help people.
The episode where Ashi goes looking for Jack was pure fanservice and, while certainly nice in a nostalgic way, did absolutely nothing for the story (to say nothing of Scaramouche's journey, which spent almost an entire episode's worth of collective time JUST for a shitty goddamn joke that respected absolutely nothing about his character). The episode where Jack gets his sword back completely undermines the gravitas of his psychosis presented in the first three episodes, turning genuine despair and depression into "LOL THIS TEA SUCKS". Worse still, the plot point of Jack having lost his sword, which implicitly promised some hardcore Aku retribution, was just a stupid fucking red herring since Aku fails to find out about it until well after Jack's already gotten the sword back.
God, I hate how much fucking wasted potential there was with this season. I hate the fact that it felt like Samurai Jack fan fiction. I hate the fact that it retroactively cheapened what was a treasured childhood cartoon by canonically destroying all of Jack's adventures outright and refusing to acknowledge that his time in the future was important in the most tone-deaf way imaginable.
I hate the fact that this finale left me hollow. I didn't need much to be happy with Samurai Jack's finale, but what we got did nothing for me.