|“It has arrived, brother. Did you not you hear me? The next Time Blade has arrived.”|
|— Krux to Acronix about the arrival of the Slow-Mo Time Blade|
|"A Line in the Sand"|
|Season 7, Episode 5|
|Air date||May 19, 2017|
|Written by||Adam Beechen|
|Directed by||Trylle Vilstrup|
While the Ninja fight to save MegaMonster Amusement Park, Jay struggles to defend his family's home from the Vermillion Warriors. But the arrival of the Emerald Time Blade, with its ability to slow time, leads to a desert chase as our heroes try to reach the Blade before the snakes get it!
The ninja drove to Mega Monster Amusement Park in order to prevent the Vermillion from taking more metal. There, Lloyd ordered Zane and Cole to help the riders on the roller coaster while the others spread out. While Nya angrily asks who stole her suit, Kai found a symbol inside the Vermillion Warriors' helmet. After fighting off several more snakes, they realize that Jay is not with them.
Krux questions why Cyrus won't build the apparatus and suggests he just doesn't want to. After Machia motivated him to do his job, the Slow-Mo Time Blade fell and slowed-down time. Acronix finally located the location at the Eastern Sea of Sand with the BorgWatch and Machia told them Blunck and Raggmunk's troops are closer to it than they are.
Machia sends a message to Blunck, and they left the junkyard after kidnapping Edna. Additionally, the vermillion at the amusement park left, confusing the ninja. They realized another Time Blade must have arrived, and Zane was able to figure out the location. They left to find the Blade.
Ed tries to comfort an upset Jay and was able to raise his spirits up. He asked Ed where the nearest bus stop is, but instead, he gets an early birthday present: a regular motorbike. However, it falls apart, and they worked together to make the Desert Lightning.
The ninja and Vermillion made it to the desert, but Raggmunk made them crash. He got the Time Blade and tried to slow down the ninja, but accidentally shot their own troops instead. They eventually hit the ninja, and Jay came to save his mother. However, due to Blunck and Raggmunk fighting over the Blade, they accidentally make a bubble big enough to slow down the ninja and their own Army.
Jay used his Desert Lightning to save his mother and knock the Time Blade away. However, he can't slow down and told them to get his dad and to meet him at the Temple of Airjitzu. The ninja took the Time Blade and Lloyd used it to slow down the Vermillion. They used the jet to escape, it is the only remaining vehicle that still works.
Raggmunk and Blunck sent a message to Machia saying they failed. Machia informed the twins of this, and assured them they will get the Blade.
- Acronix - Ian Hanlin
- Blunck - Brian Dobson
- Cole - Kirby Morrow
- Cyrus Borg - Lee Tockar
- Ed Walker - Colin Murdock
- Edna Walker - Jillian Michaels
- Jay - Michael Adamthwaite
- Kai - Vincent Tong
- Krux - Michael Daingerfield
- Lloyd Garmadon - Jillian Michaels
- Machia - Kathleen Barr
- Nya - Kelly Metzger
- Raggmunk - Michael Adamthwaite
For the transcript of the episode, click here.
- In the start, when Nya knocks an enemy off a Ferris wheel, the "Wilhelm scream" sound effect is used.
- Wu doesn't appear in this episode at all.
- The name of this episode comes from the phrase "a line in the sand," which means a point from which one cannot turn back.
- Footage from the battle in the desert was used in the music video for "The Temporal Whip."
- When Edna is kidnapped by the Vermillion Warriors, and the warriors at Mega Monster Amusement Park retreat to find the next Time Blade, part of the score of "The Memory Switch" is used.
- The Ultra Stealth Raider and the Rock Roader also got Damaged by the Vermillion.
- Nya saying the Jay was like "Greased Lightning" when was driving the Desert Lightning is a reference to the song "Greased Lightnin" from the 1978 musical Grease, which Danny Zuko and the T-Bird gang sing while they are repairing a hot rod.
- Tommy Andreasen revealed the name of this episode before its release. He has also stated it may be his favorite episode in the season.
- When Jay first drove into the time bubble and looked at the rest of the ninja, another Jay can be seen, who was actually supposed to be Cole.
- The official description erroneously describes the Slow-Mo Time Blade as the Emerald Time Blade. This is also the case for the next episode, "The Attack".
- When Zane flies to the roller coaster's tracks, his Aeroblade from Possession can be seen strapped to his back.
For the gallery of the episode, click here.