- Not to be confused with the in-universe book.
|“Beware, ye who enters the serpent's tomb. For her anger nearly did consume all Ninjago, until a foolish boy with a staff of power her evil did destroy.”|
|— Zane reading the inscription|
|"Boobytraps and How to Survive Them"|
|Season 11, Episode 5|
|Air date||July 6, 2019 (US)|
August 5, 2019 (Australia)
August 24, 2019 (Canada)
|Written by||Bragi Schut|
|Directed by||Daniel Ife|
"The Belly of the Beast"
"The News Never Sleeps!"
Boobytraps and How to Survive Them is the fifth episode of the eleventh season, and 103rd overall of Ninjago. It aired on July 6, 2019, in the United States, on August 5, 2019 in Australia, and on August 24, 2019 in Canada. It was paired up with the "The News Never Sleeps!."
Extended: The ninja arrive at the pyramid where they are shocked to discover that Clutch Powers has changed. He is no longer the intrepid explorer they remember him. Clutch has called it quits facing down dangerous booby-traps and death-defying temples full of cursed artifacts. He'd rather coast on his reputation and spends his days in comfort. Alas, when Clutch learns that his membership at the Explorer's Club is in jeopardy, he musters his courage and strikes out once again for adventure! The group enters the pyramid and makes their way past several deadly booby-traps, only to arrive at the pyramid's inner-sanctum, where they come upon some ancient hieroglyphics. Realizing too late that the hieroglyphics are a warning, the ninja inadvertently open the final chamber and release a centuries-old Serpentine sorceress Aspheera. She ultimately imprisons the ninja and steals Kai's elemental fire-power. Then she sets off on a quest of vengeance against the one who imprisoned her back in the day...
Before the ninja enter the pyramid, they attempt to convince Clutch Powers to enter the pyramid with them, but they are unable to persuade him until he gets a call from Cecil Putnam from the Explorers Club. Putnam explains that Powers' membership from the Explorers Club is voided due to the fact that Powers has not explored anything in over ten years. After getting the phone call, he agrees to explore the pyramid with the ninja in order to keep his membership.
The ninja along with Clutch Powers enter the pyramid and bypass the first trap using one of his methods that he mentioned in his book. As they continued to explore the pyramid, they come across stairs leading down, but it's covered with cobwebs. Powers tells everyone to jump over the cobwebs, but Jay disobeys his order and walks through the cobwebs which sets off a trap, causing the stairs to disappear and become a slope. The ninja and Clutch Powers nearly slide into a hole of spikes, but Kai is able to use his elemental power to get rid of the spikes.
Safe from danger, the ninja continue to explore and after some walking, they come to a sliding puzzle. While Jay and Nya solve the puzzle, Zane reads an inscription talking about someone's history. After reading, Zane realizes it's a Pyro Vipers' tomb and tells Jay and Nya to stop solving the puzzle, but they are too late as they free Aspheera.
Now free, Aspheera demands the ninja to tell her where the "boy" is, but the ninja are uncertain who Aspheera is talking about. After Lloyd said he didn't know, he is immediately blasted by Aspheera's staff. The ninja fight Aspheera, but she is able to hold off their attacks. She then shows interest in Kai and steals his Elemental Power, Fire. The ninja try to stop Aspheera, but she uses Spinjitzu against them and wards off their attack. With Aspheera now having an Elemental Power, she spares the ninja and locks them up in chains.
Meanwhile, Clutch Powers, who decided to escape while the ninja were fighting Aspheera, finally makes it outside the pyramid, but he is immediately confronted by Aspheera who demands Powers to take her to the nearest village. He hints at Ninjago City being the closest but refuses to take her. This causes Aspheera to erupt the pyramid with lava. Clutch Powers then slides down the walls of the pyramid to avoid the lava before a rock causes him to fly away from the pyramid. In the end, Aspheera got on her Fire Fang and rode to Ninjago City.
- Aspheera - Pauline Newstone
- Cecil Putnam - Paul Dobson
- Clutch Powers - Ian James Corlett
- Cole - Kirby Morrow
- Dwayne - Sam Vincent
- Gayle Gossip - Kelly Sheridan
- Jay - Michael Adamthwaite
- Kai - Vincent Tong
- Lloyd Garmadon - Sam Vincent
- Nya - Kelly Metzger
- Zane - Brent Miller
For the transcript of the episode, click here.
- Narrator: Jay
- The episode title is based on the in-universe book written by Clutch Powers.
- The name is a reference to the book and film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
- The deceased "competitor" of Powers is named Hageman, which is likely a reference to The Hageman Brothers, the original writers of the show.
- Clutch Powers complimenting Hageman as a good competitor is almost similar to what Indiana Jones said about Forrestal in Raiders of the Lost Ark.
- Cecil Putnam states that Clutch Powers hasn't explored anything for over ten years. This is clearly referring to Clutch's direct-to-video movie in real life, Lego: The Adventures of Clutch Powers, which was released on February 23, 2010.
- This is the first episode where Serpentine are freed from a tomb since "Can of Worms."
- This is the first episode of the series where Jay narrates the title card.
- This is also the only episode of Season 11 where Jay narrates the title card.
- This episode title is tied for the second-longest with six words, with the other episode being "On a Wish and a Prayer."
- The longest episode title is "Out of the Fire and Into the Boiling Sea," with nine words.
- This episode marks the third time Kai became powerless. The first was "The Forgotten Element" by Chen, and the second was "Winds of Change" by Morro when he possessed Lloyd.
- Clutch Powers says, "Nein danke," which means "No thanks" in German.
- This is the first time multiple characters that know Spinjitzu attack each other while in the tornado form.
- When Zane is reading the inscription, his right arm is not seen.
- When attacking Aspheera, Kai is seen with his mask off, though he put it on before using his powers on her.
- Before Aspheera attacks Lloyd, Kai is in front of Zane and Cole in the back, but in the next shot, they switch places.
For the gallery of the episode, click here.