LEGO Ninjago (Pilot Episodes-Season 6, 8-9, 12-present)

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LEGO Ninjago (Pilot Episodes-Season 6, 8-9, 12-present)

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🎵🎶Just jump up, kick back, whip around and spin! And then we'll jump back, do it again. Ninja-go!🎵🎶
Genre: Action
Adventure
Comedy-drama
Running Time: 22 minutes (Pilot (version 1), Seasons 1-10
Pilot (version 2), Seasons 11-present)
Country: US
Canada
Release Date: January 14, 2011 (Pilot)
December 2, 2011-April 11, 2012 (Season 1)
July 18, 2012-November 21, 2012 (Season 2)
January 29, 2014-November 26, 2014 (Season 3)
February 22, 2015-April 2, 2015 (Season 4)
June 29, 2015-July 10, 2015 (Season 5)
March 24, 2016-July 9, 2016 (Season 6)
April 16, 2018-May 2018 (Season 8)
August 11, 2018-August 25, 2018 (Season 9)
March 21, 2020-April 2020 (Season 12)
July 6, 2020-July 12, 2020 (Season 13)
Network(s): Cartoon Network (US)
Teletoon (Canada)
Created by: Tommy Andreasen
Starring: Vincent Tong
Michael Adamwhite
Kirby Morrow (Season 1-15)
Brent Miller
Kelly Metzger
Jillain Michaels (Seasons 1-7)
Sam Vincent (Seasons 8-present)
Paul Dobson
Mark Oliver
Episodes: 2/4 (Pilot)
13 (Season 1 & 2)
8 (Season 3)
10 (Seasons 4-6, 8-9)
16 (Season 12 & 13)


LEGO Ninjago (formerly known as LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu) is a Canadian-Danish-American CGI animated TV show created by Tommy Andreasen and released on January 14, 2011 as well as created to promote the series of Lego toys of the same name.

Plot

The show follows the story of four (later six) young ninja warriors on their adventures in the world of Ninjago as they defend their land from various threats:

Pilot

Long before time had a name, the NINJAGO world was created by the First Spinjitzu Master by using the Four Golden Weapons of Spinjitzu; weapons so powerful, no one could handle all of their power at once. When he passed away, his two sons swore to protect them, but the oldest, Lord Garmadon, was consumed by darkness and wanted to possess them all. A battle between brothers broke out. Lord Garmadon was defeated and banished to the Underworld.

Season 1: Rise of the Snakes

Since Lord Garmadon’s disappearance from the Underworld, NINJAGO Island has been at peace, but the young ninja have grown lazy. While Garmadon lurks in the shadows, waiting for the right moment to strike, the ninja meet his young son, Lloyd, who carelessly unleashes a fearsome new enemy upon NINJAGO Island – the ancient tribes of the Serpentine. The leader of the Serpentine, Pythor, hatches an evil plan to bring back the legendary, all-consuming snake, the Great Devourer.

Season 2: Legacy of the Green Ninja

Lord Garmadon has disappeared with all Four Golden Weapons and now he controls the Serpentine. Meanwhile, the ninja intensify their training of young Lloyd so he will be strong enough to defeat Lord Garmadon in the final battle. To gain evil power, Lord Garmadon goes to the Golden Peaks to convert all Four Golden Weapons into the weapon of creation – the Mega Weapon.

Season 3: Rebooted

Victory in the Final Battle between the Golden Ninja and the Overlord has ushered in a new era of peace and begun a technological renaissance. NINJAGO City has been rebuilt into a futuristic wonder and is now completely interconnected. Welcome to New NINJAGO City. The ninja have found there is very little need for their heroics and have become teachers at Wu’s Academy. But peace is an illusion...

Season 4: The Tournament of Elements

When Zane sacrificed himself to stop the Golden Master, the power of the Golden Weapons unlocked new abilities within him, revealing a new layer of titanium. The immense energy dispatch destroyed parts of him and caused Zane to vanish into the Digiverse. Only P.I.X.A.L. was aware of Zane’s digital presence – or so she thought...

Season 5: Possession

A grieving Lloyd is possessed by the ghost of Morro – the Master of Wind and Wu’s first student. In Lloyd’s body, Morro renders the other ninja powerless before stealing Wu’s staff. It contains three hidden symbols, the path to finding the Tomb of First Spinjitzu Master. Wu knows that if Morro finds the tomb, he will claim the Realm Crystal. This relic has the power to open the fabric between realms, enabling the powerful Preeminent to enter the NINJAGO world.

Season 6: Skybound

With the defeat of Morro’s ghost invasion, the ninja have now become huge media celebrities. But dark forces once more threaten NINJAGO Island as the Teapot of Tyrahn is rediscovered by the ghost of Clouse, Master Chen’s former right-hand man. He allows Nadakhan, an evil Djinn, and captain of the infamous Misfortune’s Keep, to escape the teapot. After reassembling his pirate crew, Nadakhan returns to his home realm of Djinjago, to find it collapsing. This destruction, caused by the ninja defeating the Preeminent, leads Nadakhan to vow revenge. He refits his ship so it can fly and prepares to attack. Now they are Sky Pirates.

Season 7: The Hands of Time, Season 10: March of the Oni and Season 11: Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu

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Season 8: Sons of Garmadon

A year after the loss of Master Wu, the ninja, led by the newly dubbed Master Lloyd, must protect the Royal Family and prevent a group known as the Sons of Garmadon from successfully reviving Lord Garmadon at the Temple of Resurrection using the Oni Masks.

Season 9: Hunted

While Lloyd and Nya resist Emperor Garmadon's oppressive hold on Ninjago City, Young Wu and the rest of the Ninja are stranded in a barbaric realm where fierce dragons are being hunted down by Iron Baron and his gang of Dragon Hunters. Lloyd must endure in NINJAGO City, the others need to find the fabled Dragon Armor if they ever hope to get back home to stop Emperor Garmadon once and for all.

Season 12: Prime Empire

"Would you like to enter Prime Empire?" In the hyped video game, Prime Empire, you can be whoever you want to be. Jay, ever the avid gamer, can’t wait to start playing. But when hundreds of players, and Jay, suddenly start vanishing without a trace, the ninja need to get inside the game and find out who is playing Unagami. Now they must compete in adventures and difficult game worlds, win all three Key-tanas – and only then can they face the evil Unagami. Can they reach the final level and beat the game?

Season 13: Master of the Mountain

The ninja are invited to the beautiful Shintaro Kingdom to celebrate the young Princess Vania’s birthday. At first glance, the Ivory City looks like a pristine place, but the ninja soon uncover a dark, obscure, long-forgotten underworld: The Dungeons of Shintaro. Once inside, they must fight their way to freedom through a maze of tunnels paved with dangers and strange creatures ruled by the merciless Skull Sorcerer. The ninja must choose their path wisely...

Season 14: The Island

An expedition led by Misako, Master Wu, and Clutch Powers has gone missing! With so much at stake, the ninja embark on a rescue mission to a mysterious and uncharted island. A piece of land which has never been mapped due to strange never-ending electrical storms. The ninja track down the only survivor and convince him to be their guide. On board the Destiny’s Bounty, they head straight for the island! Prepared to enter a world of storms, monsters, doom, and much much more!

Why These Seasons Rock

  1. Nice-looking CGI, especially in later seasons. Season 8 has hit it big time. The animation by WildBrain (formerly DHX Media) is also good as well, despite being downgraded from Season 8-10's animation.
  2. Great character designs.
  3. Interesting concept despite being similar to Super Sentai/Power Rangers and Kamen Rider.
  4. Interesting and sometimes dark storylines for almost every season.
  5. Likable and relatable characters such as Lloyd, Kai, Jay, Zane, Cole, Nya, and Master Wu with developed relationships.
  6. The soundtrack, including "The Weekend Whip" and its countless remixes, "After the Blackout", "Ninjago", the show's overture, etc.
  7. Almost every problem is explored in later seasons rather than being left out.
  8. It has a balanced mix of funny and serious moments.
    • It also has saddest moments, such as Zane's death in Season 3 and Cole's transformation as a ghost in Season 5.
  9. Every season has a unique adventure, soon leading to a great finale.
  10. Good morals in almost every episode.
  11. Awesome and sometimes intimidating villains, with the dark Lord Garmadon, the embodiment of evil that is the Overlord, the vengeful ninja Morro, the hot-headed General Cryptor, the tragic Nadakhan, and many others.
  12. Most of the dialogue are hilarious and great.
  13. Almost each season focuses on at least one main Ninja with character development, which is similar to Teen Titans.
    • Season 13 FINALLY focused on Cole and his promise to make his mother proud by standing up against his cruel enemies, especially the Skull Sorcerer. It is actually the first time for Cole to become the focus character of the season, not counting the TV special, Day of the Departed.
      • It is well-received for Cole's long-awaited character development and his emotional backstory, two fine major subplots that include the separated Ninja and the two warring tribes that are deeply connected to the main plot, and the addition of a new likable and supportive character, Princess Vania.
    • Season 15 Finally gave Nya her own season, Season 15 also showed the return of Ray and Maya, and also provided the saddest moment in the shows 15 seasons.
  14. Although the characters are LEGO, they seem like a combination of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the Avatar Characters
  15. Very funny moments such as when
  16. The best Seasons are seasons 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 13, and 15

Bad Qualities

  1. Seasons 3 (depending on who you ask), 7, 10, 11 (Mostly The Fire Chapter)TTSW and the TV special, Day of the DepartedTTSW, are very weak, but not entirely terrible.
    • As for Day of Departed, the concept of returning villains (Samukai, Pythor, Kozu, Cryptor, Chen and Morro) coming back to plot revenge on the Ninja is a great idea, but cramming that much material into a one hour special feels a bit rushed. The special could've been a two or three-parter instead.
  2. Season 8 has removed the uses of Elemental Dragons and Airjitzu just for the sake of not making the Ninja look overpowered.
  3. KaiLCW and DarethLCW have been somewhat flanderized since Season 8 and 9 respectively, although Season 12 doesn't portray Dareth as awfully as Season 9 and Kai has been essentially restored from his Season 8-12 flanderization since Season 13.
  4. The anime-esque scenes and character designs from Season 11 and Season 13 are flawed and unnecessary.
  5. From Season 11-onwards, the episodes are reduced to being 11-minutes long, which is a bit disappointing as it resulted the finales of Season 11 and 12 being rushed and less impactful.

Reception

Ninjago has been well received by critics and fans and has become one of the most beloved Lego television shows. Aspects that are often praised include the storytelling, music, characters and their development and the distinctive tone of each separate season:

The Pilot Episodes are well-received by fans and have garnered an immensely positive reception over time. Praise was aimed towards the establishment of both the world of Ninjago itself and the introduction of the series' main characters, with the soundtrack and overall impact of the newly-introduced theme also receiving praise.

Season 1: Rise of the Snakes has also been overall well-received by fans over the years. The Green Ninja storyline, the True Potential stories and deep character development for the Ninja, Nya's role as Samurai X and the overall formation into a full-on LEGO TV series have all been significant points of praise over the years, with minor criticism being drawn to how the season's quality is not completely on par with some of the show's later seasons.

Season 2: Legacy of the Green Ninja has received more of a mixed reception over time. The first six episodes have been more criticized due to their filler-like nature and overall aimless storytelling, yet the episode "Child's Play" remains a high point of critical praise. The season's final seven episodes however received much more critical praise, and even to this day remains one of - if not - the show's most beloved and critically praised storylines. The storyline of the Final Battle, continued character development of the main Ninja, Garmadon and the several side characters are all majorly loved by fans, with "Rise of the Spinjitzu Master" still referred to as one of the show's best and strongest episodes yet.

Season 3: Rebooted has been extremely well-received overtime. The character development of Zane and Garmadon, introduction of P.I.X.A.L. and technological theme, and the return of the Overlord and Pythor have been critically acclaimed by fans, while the season finale, "The Titanium Ninja", has been marked as one of the series' greatest episodes yet. Criticism was drawn to the love triangle involving Jay, Cole and Nya, as well as the inconsistent release schedule of the season.

Season 4: Tournament of Elements has also been extremely well-received. The introduction of Skylor, Master Chen, Clouse and the other Elemental Masters, the relationship between Kai and Skylor, the resolution of the love triangle from Rebooted and the continued character development of Garmadon all being major highlights of the season. The season continues to be known as one of the series' best and most beloved, nearly 5 years after its initial release.

Season 5: Possession continues the streak of being a very well-received season by fans alike. Nya's character development and transition into the role of the Water Ninja, Cole's character development and transformation into a ghost, the introduction and characterization of Morro and Ronin, the season's darker tone and the larger cinematic scale are all high points of praise throughout the season. The introduction of the Sixteen Realms and the Cloud Kingdom were points of more mixed reception.

Season 6: Skybound has received more divided reception with fans, with some finding it as one of the series' best seasons, and others seeing it as one of the worse. The character growth of Jay and Nya and their relationship was an extremely high point of praise for the season, as well as the introduction of Nadakhan and his crew, the animation and the more dire stakes in the season. The season finale, "The Way Back", is a very divisive for fans alike, receiving a lot of criticism for its ending in reverting the entire season, yet was also praised for presenting a lose-lose scenario to the Ninja regardless of their actions.

Season 8: Sons of Garmadon has been one of the most well-received and beloved seasons of the entire series. While the introduction of new character designs from The LEGO Ninjago Movie was one of the biggest points of controversy and criticism in the entire history of the franchise, majority of aspects from the season itself have all been incredibly well received. The writing, animation, fight choreography, the darker tone, the introduction and characterization of Harumi, the character development of Lloyd and Cole, the re-introduction of Lord Garmadon and the season cliffhanger are all immensely praised and critically acclaimed aspects of the season. The season went on to become a fan-favourite and is seen as one of the show's greatest seasons yet.

Season 9: Hunted is also an incredibly well-received and cherished season. The First Realm storyline received praise for its soundtrack and lore establishment, with the continued character development for Cole and Wu being high points of praise, as well as the introduction of Faith. The Ninjago storyline received immense praise for the characterization of Garmadon, the dire stakes throughout the season, Harumi's sacrifice and ultimate redemption, and the cliffhanger for the season. The season as a whole is beloved for its balancing of the two main storylines, as well as the continued darker tone and overarching storyline from the previous season.

Season 12: Prime Empire received significantly more praise than its predecessor, and is extremely beloved by fans alike. The setting of Prime Empire, characterization of Unagami, Okino and Racer Seven, the fast-paced choreography and action, the larger role for the Mechanic and the more fun, lighthearted, and comedic nature of the season were all immensely well-received by fans. The episode "Stop, Drop and Side Scroll" was particularly highlighted by fans, due to both its exciting and comedic nature, and the return of Harumi as a gamer avatar, followed by a critically acclaimed fight between herself and Lloyd. However, the lack of addition to the lore of itself compared to previous seasons was not particularly well-received by fans.

Season 13: Master of the Mountain also received significant praise and acclaim from fans alike, becoming one the show's most beloved seasons ever produced. The focus and character development for Cole and Wu, the introduction and characterization of Vania and the Upply, the revelation involving the fate of Cole's mother, the fight choreography and action scenes, the roles for the other Ninja and the hints towards future seasons are all incredibly high points of praise among fans, with several fans commending the improved animation implemented since Season 11. Some fans found the Munce and the Geckles to be slightly annoying additions and the plot to be too rushed, yet these are really the only points of slightly mixed reception for the season.

Trivia

  • It's currently the second longest running TV show on Cartoon Network, a record held by Ed, Edd n Eddy.
  • The show created lots of memes.
  • It was originally gonna end with Rise of the Spinjitzu Master, but due to fan demand, the show was revived and is still running to this day.
  • The seasons have subtitles.
    • Season 1 is Rise of the Snakes, or Rise of the Serpentine.
    • Season 2 is Legacy of the Green Ninja, or Return of the Dark Lord.
    • Season 3 is Rebooted.
    • Season 4 is The Tournament of Elements.
    • Season 5 is Possession.
    • Season 6 is Skybound.
    • Season 7 is The Hands of Time.
    • Season 8 is Sons of Garmadon.
    • Season 9 is Hunted.
    • Season 10 is March of the Oni.
    • Season 11 is Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu.
    • Season 12 is Prime Empire.
    • Season 13 is Master of the Mountain.
    • Season 14 is The Island.
    • Season 15 is Seabound.

Comments


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S012891

6 months ago
Score 3
I gotta the say, the season 2 finale is very awesome.
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S012891

6 months ago
Score 3
The one problem I have on Season 11-onwards is the episodes is reduced to being 11 minutes long which makes them rush and underwhelming
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XXSeph MySpaceXx

5 months ago
Score 7
R.I.P Kirby Morrow
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Tkgaynor

5 months ago
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I remember when i saw that on twitter, i said, and i quote "FUCK. Rest in Peace Kirby, you were a great ninja."
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Peter Parker

4 months ago
Score 1
I like how this page has 13 reasons.
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MrAnonymous

2 months ago
Score 0
It's a shame that Kirby Morrow died... :(
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MrChangeUserNameAlot

2 months ago
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Man the nostalgia, I was obsessed with this show as a kid
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GAMRKNIGHT352

2 months ago
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Man this was my favorite show as a kid. Brings back memories!
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TehGamerOne18

2 months ago
Score 1
Show review: I was obsessed with it as a kid, after season 2 I thought it was over and never really returned to it, i rewatched it all to see if it had any potential. It kinda sucked. Kind of made to sell those toys, so there was a lot of action in it of course. But they should really stop the cliche where “Wu has a secret past with (insert villain here)” season 4 did it with garmadon in a better way, Lloyd and Garmadon seem to like Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, the animation is decent despite being cheap in early episodes. 6.1/10
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MrChangeUserNameAlot

one month ago
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I respect your opinion, personally I liked the first 2 seasons, 3rd was eh, 4th and 6th I found even better than the 1st 2 seasons (Season 6 is my favourite season) 5th is also good but not as good as 4 and 6, DOTD and Season 7 were mediocre, Season 8 and 9 in my opinion were almost on par with 4 and 6, Season 10 was rushed and disappointing, Season 11 just awful, 12 an improvement over 10 and 11 a decent season and 13 was honestly the biggest surprise on this list, may not be the best but a good and solid season that was better than I thought it would be, so that's my personal opinion. 7/10 to the show overall
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MrChangeUserNameAlot

one month ago
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I agree with the Wu past thing with you, in the 1st 2 seasons I thought it was amazing, in 5th season I still liked it, in 7th is where in my opinion it started to get repetitive and in the 11th it was just bad and super pointless
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MinecraftDogCats

one month ago
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I remember watching these TV Shows with my little brother good memories
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Lukasel1

23 days ago
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10 years? Damn
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The Dog

18 days ago
Score 1
I didn't really enjoy Sons of Garmadon that much

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