|"Big Trouble, Little Ninjago"|
|Season 8, Episode 10|
|Air date||March 24, 2018 (Australia)|
May 25, 2018 (US)
|Written by||Dan & Kevin Hageman|
|Directed by||Trylle Vilstrup|
Big Trouble, Little Ninjago is the tenth and final episode of the eighth season of Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu and the 84th episode overall. It aired on March 24, 2018 in Australia, and aired on May 25, 2018 in the United States on Cartoon Network.
The news reports on the disappearance of Garmadon and the Green Ninja, which Misako watches in worry as Wu doodles several pictures with weird lines over a table. He tries to get Misako's attention, and at first, she waves him off. He calls out Lloyd's name, finally drawing Misako's attention. She questions what the circular drawing is, but is distracted by the phone ringing. Rushing over and answering, Misako discovers Nya is on the other end. Misako asks about Lloyd, to which Nya states that they have him, but that he is in "real bad shape." She explains that it was almost as if Lloyd's life force was being drained away and that the ninja have no idea what to do. Misako glances down at Wu's drawing and realizes that the drawing is of a steaming teacup; she then tells Nya that they should take Lloyd to Mystake's tea shop.
In a village, a man hugs his fearful family, takes his sword, and marches outside. There, he confronts Garmadon, Harumi, and the Sons of Garmadon. He tells them that his village has nothing to offer. Harumi tells him that his village is surrounded and that he should kneel to his new emperor, to which he states that he will not and that the entire village is ready to fight. Harumi tells him that he has not yet seen what Garmadon is capable of. Using his newfound power, Garmadon summons a massive Colossus, a large rock creature glowing with purple energy. Seeing it, the man mentions making a mistake, quickly dropping to his knees and submitting to Garmadon.
The ninja take Misako's advice, and once they arrive, Mystake begins working on a tea to help Lloyd. Jay urges her to hurry, as Lloyd's temperature is too high, causing him to mumble in delirium. The green-clad ninja is laying on a table in the backroom, being tended to by his friends. Mystake walks in clutching the cup of tea, remarking that the tea making process cannot be rushed. Mystake states the tea will heal Lloyd's injuries, but at a price. Zane announces that they'll pay whatever it takes to heal their friend, but Mystake declines the money. For the tea to work, all the ninja will have to lend him some of their elemental powers; however, it also runs the risk of draining them completely. Jay questions this but is cut off by Lloyd groaning in pain. Nya says they'll do it, but Kai still worries about being drained of his elemental powers. Cole accuses him of only thinking about himself, to which Kai admits the Earth Ninja may be right, but also points out that without their powers, they hardly stand a chance against Garmadon. Zane says that the vote has to be unanimous and that he'll use his powers to heal Lloyd. The other ninja jump in; after a moment of thought, Kai joins them as well. They all put their hands on Lloyd, and Mystake helps him drink the tea. Where their hands are touching begins to glow, and Lloyd screams in agony as the tea begins to work. He briefly opens his eyes, which glow bright green, before they return to black, and Lloyd returns to unconsciousness. Mystake announces that now they have to wait.
A while later, the ninja discover that they still have their Elemental Powers; while Kai continues to doubt their ability to stop Lord Garmadon. Nya motivates the team and urges them to fight on. Jay chastises Mystake for singing, and she comes back out from the back and gives them "tea to go" in a bag. Jay makes fun of her cryptic nature before witnessing a large crash. The five remaining ninja rush outside and begin watching as buildings start to fall. A man scurries by them, and Kai asks him what's going on. The man tells him that if they see it, they should run, and takes off once more, leaving the ninja to decode his cryptic message. P.I.X.A.L. arrives and along with the ninja decides to put a stop to whatever is tearing apart the city. Nya opts to stay behind at the tea shop with Lloyd.
The ninja encounter a collection of crushed police vehicles, and soon after they discover the Colossus, which has cornered the police department. Kai gets its attention, and the ninja engage it. At first, the ninja are forced to dodge the massive limbs at it attacks them, and Jay nearly falls to his death, only to be saved by Zane. They quickly begin using their abilities but to no avail. Cole uses his RX ability to weaken the ground under it, causing it to stumble and get caught on a powerline. Jay uses this opportunity to shock it with a large jolt of electricity, strengthened by the rain. However, they realize that their attacks are useless, and they are forced to get the Bounty while P.I.X.A.L volunteers to distract the Colossus while they escape.
At Mystake's tea shop, Lloyd, now with just black eyes, jolts awake, shouting "father." Mystake and Nya rush in, and Nya asks him what's wrong as she helps him sit up. He explains that he had a dream about a giant, and how his father is looking for Wu, to which Mystake tells him that it was, in fact, a vision. Nya asks him if he has any power, and after trying for a moment, he fails to summon anything. Greatly discouraged by this, Lloyd states that without his power, he's not the Green Ninja and that his father's power is too strong. Nya points out that ninja never quit, and asks him if he has any strength left. Lloyd can stand, and Nya supports him as they leave the tea shop. Mystake stops them, offering a few words of encouragement and a small bag (which turns out to be a parachute) before they leave. Misako and Wu stand at the window of Dareth's apartment, and Wu eerily states that Garmadon is coming. When asked how he knows, Wu simply states that he just knows. Misako grabs Wu, and they rush out into the hallway of the apartment building. However, Garmadon is there waiting. He attacks them with dark energy, but Wu and Misako are shoved out of the way by Nya. She hands Wu off to Lloyd, and they flee while she and Misako engage Garmadon in combat. They hold their own for some time, but both eventually are forced to retreat after Nya blasts Garmadon back with a stream of water that she obtains from a water pipe that she breaks with her Water powers.
Lloyd and Wu run into Harumi on the roof, and Lloyd tries to talk her out of what she's doing. When it becomes obvious she isn't going to change sides, Lloyd runs. Harumi draws out the Oni Mask of Hatred and begins pursuing them while wearing it. The chase is long, but eventually, Lloyd comes to a dead end. Harumi decides to offer the powerless ninja a position in her gang, but Lloyd refuses her offer by stating that manipulation was never going to work on him.
He then makes his escape by jumping onto a tram. Lloyd desperately tries to contact the others for an escape, while the Sons of Garmadon ride below him. His escape comes in the form of the Bounty. The ninja on board urge Lloyd to jump; however, it's too far. Onboard, the ninja tell Zane to get closer while also watching out for buildings. Zane angrily points out that he is, in fact, a Nindroid, and that they should stop doubting his abilities to fly the Bounty. Harumi catches up to Lloyd, and corners him on the tram, demanding that he gives Wu to her, making the situation much more desperate. After a moment of hesitation, Lloyd finally jumps, but Harumi grabs his foot, causing him to release Wu. The ninja form a chain and catch Wu, but are forced to stray further away from him so that they don't hit any buildings, leaving Lloyd to defend himself against Harumi. The former princess quickly gains the upper hand, and as the Colossus grabs the Bounty, she clutches Lloyd by the neck and forces him to watch it crush his friends. Onboard, the ninja panic, and as they frantically try to free themselves from its hold, Wu states it time to go. Cole tells him that they are trying, and when Wu repeats himself, Jay suddenly remembers the "tea to go" that Mystake gave them earlier. Jay opens the bag, revealing that the "tea to go" is Traveler's Tea, and swirling lights surround them before they teleport away.
Lloyd lets out a shriek of despair as the Colossus crushes what remained of the Bounty, and Harumi puts him down, gloating about how she achieved her goal of making Lloyd feel what she felt. As tears roll down his face, Lloyd mourns for a short while, then he gets up and tells Harumi that he will keep fighting and that he won't let the loss of his friends do to him what it did to Harumi. Before leaving, he states that Harumi said that the greatest villain was the one that got away, He then cockily asks her what that makes him as he jumps off the tram, leaving Harumi to glare at him while he escapes. Using the parachute Mystake gave him, he lands on a boat piloted by his mother, Nya, and P.I.X.A.L. in the same fashion Mr. E once did, and they escape into hiding. From the top of a ruined building, Garmadon declares that Ninjago is now his.
The rest of the ninja and Wu regain consciousness in a strange land, their uniforms war-torn, and pieces of the shattered Bounty strewn across the nearby sands. Zane realizes that the tea to go was Traveler's Tea before they wonder where they are. Upon seeing Dragons fly over them, Kai quickly identifies it as the Realm of Oni and Dragons, the realm where everything began.
- Baby - Caleb Skeris
- Cole - Kirby Morrow
- Frightened Person - Brent Miller
- Garmadon - Mark Oliver
- Gayle Gossip - Kelly Sheridan
- Harumi - Britt McKillip
- Jay - Michael Adamthwaite
- Kai - Vincent Tong
- Lloyd Garmadon - Sam Vincent
- Man - Paul Dobson
- Misako - Kathleen Barr
- Mystake - Tabitha St. Germain
- Nya - Kelly Metzger
- Officer - Michael Adamthwaite
- P.I.X.A.L. - Michael Donovan, Jennifer Hayward
- Police Commissioner - Michael Donovan
- Samurai - Paul Dobson
- Zane - Brent Miller
For the transcript of the episode, click here.
- Realm of Oni and Dragons
The Trivia on Big Trouble, Little Ninjago needs to be divided into the Trivia and Continuity sections.
- This is the second episode in which Destiny's Bounty is destroyed; it was presumably demolished in "The Way Back" during Djinjago's collapse. However, it is the first time it was destroyed because most of the events from Season 6 were undone.
- The name of the episode is a play on the 1986 movie title, Big Trouble in Little China.
- Garmadon takes Lloyd's place in reading the episode title as well as what happened previously in this episode. For some reason, his voice sounds like that of Master Garmadon, and not his evil self.
- Lloyd also appears slightly differently in this shot, looking less confident/determined than he did in the intro of the previous nine episodes.
- This episode reveals that the ninja have grown stronger and more independent with their powers, as they retain them after Lloyd loses his. This is a direct contrast to Possession where their powers disappeared while Morro possessed Lloyd. This change is most likely due to the passage of time and Lloyd's growth causing the ninja's powers to became more independent from him.
- Toddler Wu can now speak in full sentences and can sense his brother's presence.
- When the ninja arrive at the Realm of Oni and Dragons, their uniforms have some similarities to their Season 9 uniforms, minus the armor.
- The way Lloyd escapes from Harumi at the end of the episode is a reference to Mr. E's escape from Lloyd during the season's first episode. Both characters lept from a great height and used a parachute bearing a symbol of Garmadon or Wu.
- This is the third episode where a ninja is believed to be dead (in this case, the original four), the first two being "The Titanium Ninja" and "Day of the Departed."
- This is the only season finale not to have the main antagonist be defeated.
- This is the second season finale that Mystake appeared in; the first is "Day of the Great Devourer."
- The scene with the Colossus destroying the room with the man on the toilet is a reference to Jurassic Park.
- This is the second reference to this movie, the first time is in Season 1, "Day of the Great Devourer."
- When Kai says "not so fast," Jay points out that he said the same thing in "Once Bitten, Twice Shy."
- Jay was not present at the moment Kai said it in "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" as he was on a date with Nya, so this was most likely a continuity error.
- When the ninja first face the Colossus, Jay exclaims "Sweet Garmageddon!" This is a portmanteau on the word "Armageddon" and "Garmadon," the latter of which was itself created by mixing up the letters in "Armageddon."
- When Lloyd wakes up from his "dream," he says "Father," and was soon corrected that he had had a vision. This is a potential reference to Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back because in the aftermath of the battle between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, and soon discovering that Vader was his father, Luke is seen slipping in and out of consciousness, often waking up and saying "father" after visioning Vader time and time again.
- This is the second episode in the series that ends with the original four ninja waking up in another realm, the first being "Peak-a-Boo".
- Regarding Kai's hesitancy to give up his power despite having shown determination to do anything to save Lloyd in the past, the Hageman Brothers stated, "You try giving up what you think makes you special. He just had some reluctance. But he did the right thing. Right? Time will tell."
- The description for the episode refers to the stone creature as "Colossi," unlike other sources which refer to it as "Oni Titan" and "Colossus." At one point, the Netflix description for the episode said there were three stone giants as well, referring to them as "Colossi," as this is the plural form of "Colossus." This may indicate that there was a miscommunication somewhere down the line in production or distribution, and the author of the official episode synopsis misunderstood "Colossi" as the name of the individual stone creature.
- When Lloyd wakes up after losing his powers, he is seen with green eyes for a few seconds.
- It is unknown why Nya's elemental power is needed for Lloyd, as Water is a secondary element, not a primary one like Fire, Ice, Earth, and Lightning.
- When Kai jumps in front of the man on the toilet, his Katanas are crossed on his back instead of diagonally parallel. This is the only time in the entire season that this happens.
- When the ninja leave Mystake's tea shop, and then Kai bumps into a man, the man screams with Zane's titanium voice.
- In the same scene, Zane goes from human to titanium form without any effects.
- When Harumi is chasing Lloyd while wearing the Oni Mask of Hatred, she can briefly be seen in her appearance when she wore the mask in "Game of Masks," having the same hairstyle and armor design.
- When the Dragon flies over the ninja's heads and leaves the shot, both of Kai's sleeves on his suit are intact, despite having his left sleeve torn off in the previous shot.
- After waking up in the Realm of Oni and Dragons, Zane says "Traveler's Tea" in his titanium voice, despite being in the appearance of his human self.
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