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“You can not be addicted to video games. I believe that these games pose a risk to humans. I suggest that the people--”
Zane, to Gayle Gossip before being interrupted
"Gayle Gossip: A Closer Look"
Season 12, Episode Mini 3
PRIMEEMPIRE3
Air date January 10, 2020 (China)
Written by Alisha Brophy & Scott Miles
Directed by Daniel Ife
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Gayle Gossip: A Closer Look is the third short film of Prime Empire.

Official Description

Plot

Gayle Gossip stands outside the Kiddie Arcade with Vinny, making a news report about the newly revealed video game, Prime Empire. She explains that although it has taken Ninjago by storm, its story is suspicious when looking deeper.

An old commercial for Prime Empire plays, stating that it is an all new gaming experience. Eight arenas and situations can be explored, such as the Temple of Madness and others.

Gossip says that the commercial had never before been aired to the public and that the reason Prime Empire was not on the market was not disclosed yet. She talks about Milton Dyer being a legend in his field and having produced a considerable selection of video games. She suggests that because something happened in his company, the game could never release. Also, she speculates that Dyer did not want to talk about the incident, so he avoided the public. She asks her viewers why Prime Empire had to be released now.

Next, Gossip interviews people in line at the Kiddie Arcade about opinions on Prime Empire. She starts with Lil' Nelson, who says it is the best game in history and you cannot get off of it. The arcade owner says that his business had never been better ever since Prime Empire released, emphasizing the long line outside his store. He tells the viewers that everyone come to his store and have fun. However, Zane interrupts, saying that video games are hazardous. The arcade owner interrupts back and tells Gossip that everyone should get with the trend. After suggesting there is a deeper truth, Gossip says that she went to the source — Prime Empire.

She enters the Kiddie Arcade, and talks about how everyone is having fun and if the game will reach its eventual end. Nelson is on the side playing Prime Empire. The short ends with Gossip ending her news report and Nelson disappearing into the video game.

Cast

Transcript

For the transcript of the episode, click here.

Locations Visited

Notes

  • Vinny also appears in this episode but doesn't speak.
  • Antonia, Sushimi, the Red Visors, and Okino made cameos in this short.
  • It is revealed that Lil' Nelson's mother has gotten in with the game but disappeared sometime before this episode. Lil' Nelson has no idea where she went and ironically has no concern for this incident.
    • Lil' Nelson himself disappears into the Prime Empire video game at the end of this episode.
  • Lil' Nelson is credited as Little Nelson.
  • Despite not being an actual episode, this is the third time where Zane is the only Ninja to appear in an episode, the first being "The Kaiju Protocol" albeit only in a picture, and the second being "Corruption."
  • This is the only Prime Empire Short where Jay does not appear.
  • Similar to Lloyd being hypocritical in "The Mask of Deception," Zane was being hypocritical in this short, as he thinks that video games are dangerous and that people can be addicted to them. However, Zane was shown playing video games in "Rise of the Snakes" and "Wasted True Potential." He was also known for having the highest score of Lava Zombies before having his score beaten by Cole.

Gallery

LEGO Ninjago Episodes
Pilot Episodes 1. Way of the Ninja · 2. The Golden Weapon · 3. King of Shadows · 4. Weapons of Destiny
Mini-Movies 1. Secrets of the Blacksmith · 2. Flight of the Dragon Ninja · 3. The New Masters of Spinjitzu · 4. An Underworldly Takeover · 5. Return to the Fire Temple · 6. Battle Between Brothers
Season 1: Rise of the Snakes 1. Rise of the Snakes · 2. Home · 3. Snakebit · 4. Never Trust a Snake · 5. Can of Worms · 6. The Snake King · 7. Tick Tock · 8. Once Bitten, Twice Shy · 9. The Royal Blacksmiths · 10. The Green Ninja · 11. All of Nothing · 12. The Rise of the Great Devourer · 13. Day of the Great Devourer
Season 2: Legacy of the Green Ninja 1. Darkness Shall Rise · 2. Pirates Vs. Ninja · 3. Double Trouble · 4. Ninjaball Run · 5. Child's Play · 6. Wrong Place, Wrong Time · 7. The Stone Army · 8. The Day Ninjago Stood Still · 9. The Last Voyage · 10. Island of Darkness · 11. The Last Hope · 12. Return of the Overlord · 13. Rise of the Spinjitzu Master
Season 3: Rebooted 1. The Surge · 2. The Art of the Silent Fist · 3. Blackout · 4. The Curse of the Golden Master · 5. Enter the Digiverse · 6. Codename: Arcturus · 7. The Void · 8. The Titanium Ninja
Season 4: The Tournament of Elements 1. The Invitation · 2. Only One Can Remain · 3. Versus · 4. Ninja Roll · 5. Spy for a Spy · 6. Spellbound · 7. The Forgotten Element · 8. The Day of the Dragon · 9. The Greatest Fear of All · 10. The Corridor of Elders
Chen Mini-Movies
(Non-Canon)
1. Chen's New Chair · 2. Chair Play Chen · 3. Chair Up Chen · 4. Chairful What You Wish For · 5. Bad Chair Day
Season 5: Possession 1. Winds of Change · 2. Ghost Story · 3. Stiix and Stones· 4. The Temple on Haunted Hill · 5. Peak-a-Boo · 6. Kingdom Come · 7. The Crooked Path · 8. Grave Danger · 9. Curseworld, Part I · 10. Curseworld, Part II
Season 6: Skybound 1. Infamous · 2. Public Enemy Number One · 3. Enkrypted · 4. Misfortune Rising · 5. On a Wish and a Prayer · 6. My Dinner With Nadakhan · 7. Wishmasters · 8. The Last Resort · 9. Operation Land Ho! · 10. The Way Back
Tall Tale Mini-Movies
(Non-Canon)
1. The Tall Tale of Flintlocke · 2. The Tall Tale of Clancee · 3. The Tall Tale of Doubloon · 4. The Tall Tale of Dogshank · 5. The Tall Tale of Monkey Wretch · 6. The Tall Tale of Squiffy and Bucko
Special Day of the Departed
Season 7: The Hands of Time 1. The Hands of Time · 2. The Hatching · 3. A Time of Traitors · 4. Scavengers · 5. A Line in the Sand · 6. The Attack · 7. Secrets Discovered · 8. Pause and Effect · 9. Out of the Fire and Into the Boiling Sea · 10. Lost in Time
Wu's Teas Mini-Movies
(Non-Canon)
Wu's Teas
Ninjago: Decoded 1. Legacy · 2. Vehicles and Mechs · 3. Legendary Places · 4. Ninjago's Most Wanted · 5. The Digiverse and Beyond · 6. The Elemental Masters · 7. Beasts and Dragons · 8. Rise of Garmadon · 9. Prophecy of the Green Ninja · 10. Greatest Battles
Season 8: The Sons of Garmadon 1. The Mask of Deception · 2. The Jade Princess · 3. The Oni and the Dragon · 4. Snake Jaguar · 5. Dead Man's Squall · 6. The Quiet One · 7. Game of Masks · 8. Dread on Arrival · 9. True Potential · 10. Big Trouble, Little Ninjago
Season 9: Hunted 1. Firstbourne · 2. Iron & Stone · 3. Radio Free Ninjago · 4. How to Build a Dragon · 5. The Gilded Path · 6. Two Lies, One Truth · 7. The Weakest Link · 8. Saving Faith · 9. Lessons for a Master · 10. Green Destiny
Tales from the Monastery of Spinjitzu 1. Master Class · 2. Green and Gold · 3. The Weekend Drill · 4. Elemental Rider · 5. Blue Lightning · 6. Samurai X-Treme
Season 10: March of the Oni 1. The Darkness Comes · 2. Into the Breach · 3. The Fall · 4. Endings
Season 11: Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu 1. Wasted True Potential · 2. Questing for Quests · 3. A Rocky Start · 4. The Belly of the Beast · 5. Boobytraps and How to Survive Them · 6. The News Never Sleeps · 7. Ninja vs Lava · 8. Snaketastrophy · 9. Powerless · 10. Ancient History · 11. Never Trust a Human · 12. Under Siege · 13. The Explorers Club · 14. Vengeance is Mine! · 15. A Cold Goodbye · 16. The Never-Realm · 17. Fire Maker · 18. An Unlikely Ally · 19. The Absolute Worst · 20. The Message · 21. The Traveler's Tree · 22. Krag's Lament · 23. Secret of The Wolf · 24. The Last of the Formlings · 25. My Enemy, My Friend · 26. The Kaiju Protocol · 27. Corruption · 28. A Fragile Hope · 29. Once and for All · 30. Awakenings
Prime Empire Original Shorts 1. Let's Dance · 2. Upgrade · 3. Gayle Gossip: A Closer Look · 4. The Meaning of Victory · 5. The Stowaway · 6. Manhunt
Season 12: Prime Empire 1. TBA
Unknown Ninjago Second 2020 Installment 1. TBA
Unknown Ninjago 2021 Installment 1. TBA
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