|“May I introduce, Commander Raggmunk, Commander Blunck, and Commander Machia.”|
|"A Time of Traitors"|
|Season 7, Episode 3|
|Air date||May 17, 2017 (US)|
|Written by||John Behnke|
|Directed by||Peter Hausner|
A Time of Traitors is the third episode of the seventh season of LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu, and the 67th episode in the overall series. It aired on Cartoon Network on May 17, 2017, in the United States.
Kai's investigation of a Vermillion Warrior Helmet leads him to discover that Krux is alive and well in Ninjago, living under an assumed identity. Meanwhile, as the Vermillion Warriors go on a kidnapping spree, Lloyd struggles with his role as master-in-training and Nya does her best to reboot Zane, who was knocked offline in his first battle with the Vermillion.
After Cyrus Borg is kidnapped and Zane damaged, the ninja are down one master and one ninja. Master Wu is becoming weaker by the second and the Forward Time Blade is still in the hands of Acronix and Krux, the Time Twins. Kai goes to the museum to find out the origin of the helmet they obtained from the Vermillion while the others try to get Zane working and find out what knocked him out. On the screen, they see a green blur hit Zane, then take off with Borg. They try to get super slow motion working, but then it crashes, forcing them to restart the program. Meanwhile, Acronix and Krux discuss how to control thousands of Vermillion in Krux's lair. Explaining to his brother that he's had forty years to develop his plan, Krux reveals three Vermillion generals, Raggmunk, Blunck, and Machia, all who use their telekinetic abilities to control the Vermillion via a Hive Mind.
Back in the Samurai X Cave, the ninja get the slow-motion working and find out that Acronix used the time blade to turn into a blur, and he takes off with Borg. Nya thinks Borg saw someone different as well, and soon after they see Dr. Saunders looking at Zane with an evil smile on his face. Realizing that Dr. Saunders is working with Acronix, they realize Kai is walking "right into that snake's nest" at the museum.
Meanwhile, Kai looks at the paintings in the museum and finds the painting of his parents. As he says he wishes they were here, he remembers to when his parents introduced him to a newborn Nya. While looking, Dr. Saunders tries to hit him but Kai turns around before he can strike. Kai asks for the helmet's origin, with Dr. Saunders explaining it could be a cheap knockoff and lets him look around while he looks at it.
Dr. Saunders tells Kai that it is near closing time so he needs to go. Just as he is about to leave, he sees the painting that Acronix and Krux are in with the helmet. Just as Dr. Saunders tries to say to Kai to leave, his fake mustache gets caught on a statue and comes off, accidentally revealing himself as Krux. They battle for a short time until Krux tells Kai about his parents: "Oh, they were heroes, heroes for our side!"
Nya arrives but were attacked by snakes in an exhibit. She kills them and helps Kai fight Acronix and Krux until they flee with the Time Blade along with Borg.
- Acronix - Ian Hanlin
- Blunck - Brian Dobson
- Cole - Kirby Morrow
- Cyrus Borg - Lee Tockar
- Dr. Saunders/Krux - Michael Daingerfield
- Jay - Michael Adamthwaite
- Kai - Vincent Tong
- Lloyd Garmadon - Jillian Michaels
- Machia - Kathleen Barr
- Maya - Jillian Michaels
- Nya - Kelly Metzger
- Raggmunk - Michael Adamthwaite
- Wu - Paul Dobson
- Zane - Brent Miller
For the transcript of the episode, click here.
- This is the third out of the four episodes to have the word "Time" in its name, preceded by "Wrong Place, Wrong Time" and "The Hands of Time," and followed by "Lost in Time."
- The ninja split up in this episode, Lloyd stays at their new base to watch after Master Wu, Kai goes to the museum to find answers about the Four Weapons Blacksmith print on the helmet, and Nya, Jay, and Cole go to the Samurai X Cave to reboot Zane and find the answer to his injury.
- Kai finds out Dr. Saunders is Krux (Acronix's brother).
- Kai also learns about his parents being "traitors" from Krux.
- While Cole and Jay are fighting the Vermillion warriors in the streets of Ninjago, Commander Machia orders the snakes to take citizens hostage and takes them into the sewers.
- The Nya, Jay, and Cole mention having gone on field trips to the museum when they were younger, implying they went to school. Though Cole is known to have attended Marty Oppenheimer School of Performing Arts, up until now it was unknown if Nya (and Kai, by association) and Jay had gone to school.
- The way Nya slid down a banner in the Museum is reminiscent of how Misako did in "The Stone Army."
- The sarcophagus that Cyrus Borg was trapped in is the same one that the Serpentine tried to steal in "Child's Play." This had previously been hinted at by Tommy Andreasen on Twitter.
- Young Kai is shown to have freckles in this episode despite not having them when he was de-aged along with the other ninja in "Child's Play."
- This is the second episode (the first being "The Stone Army") to mention the real-life days of the week, with Krux saying the museum is open seven days a week and late on Thursdays.
- Kai's vision from the painting of his parents is not a flashback, but rather, what his mind makes of the image. This would explain why baby Nya's clothing resembles her Water Ninja attire despite her not being the Water Ninja until recently.
- The big figure Vermillion samurai armor that Nya fights is later seen in the Borg Tower Vaults in "The Fall".
For the gallery of the episode, click here.