05 December 2015

TV DVD Review: "Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu": Season Two

Rated: TV-Y7 for fantasy violence (US)
Starring: Vincent Tong, Kirby Morrow, and Jillian Michaels
Released: December 2, 2011 - March 28, 2012 (original TV premieres) / March 5, 2013 (DVD)
Synopsis: The Great Devourer may be defeated, but, the ninjas' fight against evil is far from over! Lord Garmadon is still bent on ruling Ninjago City, and will go to any length to do it! His son Lloyd, who recently discovered that he is the mythical Green Ninja, is training for the fight against his father to save the world...but, with bad guys all around, it's going to take everything that he, Kai, Cole, Jay, Zane, Nya, and Sensei Wu have got to keep evil at bay! Are they up to the task?
As seen on Cartoon Network.

The Good: What this series did well in the first season, it continues to excel at here.  The animation is outstanding, and worthy of a theatrical production; the voice work is spot-on; the action sequences are great; the story kept me hooked, especially towards the end; and, all in all, it was an amazing production.  Even better is the fact that the heroes are likable; though they have their flaws, they do everything in their power to save the day, which is rather admirable.  When faced with potentially being killed, they say they're glad to die alongside their brothers...which warmed my heart.  Sensei Wu also dispatches some great advice.

The Bad: Though mostly cute and innocent, this season has its dark moments, especially in the last two episodes, and the violence can be intense at times.  Also, a bit of Eastern mysticism is present.

Content Concerns:
  • Sex: Flirting and such. 4/5
  • Nudity: One male Lego character's costume shows off some of his chest hair. 4/5
  • Language: Name-calling and usage of mild euphemisms such as "heck"; a play on the phrase "Holy Mother of God" is heard. 4/5
  • Violence: Both the good guys and the bad guys get hit, kicked, thrown, knocked down, etc., countless times.  No blood or gore is seen, but it does get a bit intense.  (Spoiler: At the end of the finale, the main bad guy is still alive.) 3/5
  • Drugs: Two characters drink alcohol, and offer it to a kid; he refuses. 4/5
  • Frightening/Intense Scenes: The snakes and the Overlord monster could be a bit scary; so could the scene where helpless people, including some of the heroes, get transformed into mindless zombies. 3/5
  • Other: A bit of Eastern mysticism, and occasional crude humor. 4/5
Conclusion: While I wasn't into Legos much as a kid, I've enjoyed the media affiliated with those infamous building bricks.  Lego Star Wars was the last game I enjoyed on my GameCube, and the first season of this series was a blast...as was this one.  It may be for kids, but, those who are still young at heart would likely enjoy this, too.

Score: 4/5

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