Time, the thread that holds the fabric of reality together. You cannot see it, you cannot hold it. And yet it seems you never have enough of it.”
Wu
"Golden Hour"
Season Mini-series, Episode 5
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Air date May 15, 2021 (Roku TV)
May 21 (YouTube)
Written by Ryan Estabrooks
Kevin Burke
Chris Wyatt
Directed by CC Pixels
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Golden Hour is the fifth and final Ninjago: Reimagined short. It was created by Tongal and animated by their studio CC Pixels[1] although some parts of the short were re-used scenes animated by WILFilm ApS and WildBrain.

The short appeared on Roku TV's LEGO channel on May 15, 2021, six days before its scheduled YouTube release on the 21st.

Synopsis

Ever wonder what happened to Wu when he fought the Hands of Time in the Time Vortex battle? This short film will give you a glimpse into what took place before Master Wu showed up as a baby in the 'Sons of Garmadon' season.[2]

Plot

After throwing the Reversal Time Blade to Kai and Nya and off the Iron Doom, Wu prepares to face Krux and Acronix but is struck with reversal energy from the inside of the vehicle. Striking Wu's staff, the Time Twins are transported with Wu to the Fire Temple, where they see past versions of Kai and Lloyd. Krux attempts to change the past, but Wu stops him and unintentionally transports himself and the twins back to the Iron Doom, becoming younger in the process.

Krux and Acronix deduce that Wu is being affected by the energy of the Reversal Blade, which is allowing the Iron Doom to continue moving through the temporal vortex. They attack Wu again and are transported to the Temple of Light. Wu stops the Time Twins from interacting with the past ninja and the three are warped back to the Iron Doom once again.

Next, Wu and the Time Twins are transported outside the Monastery of Spinjitzu while child Wu and Garmadon spar with katanas on the other side of the wall. As the young Great Devourer lurks nearby, Wu's katana flies over the wall. Wu stops Acronix from picking up the sword and laments that while he wishes he could change this moment, as doing so would prevent Garmadon's transformation to evil, he knows he cannot.

Wu and the twins continue to warp across several time periods, eventually ending up back on the Iron Doom, where Wu has de-aged into a child. Krux mocks Wu's new form, and Wu throws his staff at Krux and runs toward the time apparatus. When Acronix protests against this, Wu responds that the Hands of Time are no more than "second-hand thugs" before touching the apparatus with the Reversal Blade's energy inside him to halt the Iron Doom entirely.

With the Iron Doom broken and completely still, an infant Wu floats through the temporal vortex.

Cast

Transcript

For the transcript of the episode, click here.

Locations featured

Trivia

  • The day before this short's release on YouTube, Tommy Andreasen tweeted a video of the title card and the phrase, "... tomorrow ...(I hope no-one has gone back in time and leaked this.),"[3] by which he pointed to the early release of the short on Roku TV.
  • This short is based on an idea of the fan, Uday Kataria, as part of beta testing for LEGO World Builder.[4][5][6][2][7]
    • Kataria's original idea would have involved the ninja splitting up and going to different points in the past to correct alternate realities that resulted from various changes to events from previous seasons.[8]
  • Along with the short, a short video showing the creation of the short was published on the official LEGO YouTube channel.[8]
  • The short was designed in such a way that the viewer can decide whether or not it's canon.[9] However, according to Chris Wyatt, it is canon.[10]
  • Tommy Andreasen posted a drawing of Wu and the Time Twins on his Twitter on May 8, 2021, which he never finished, describing that "next week would probably be a good time to do so," indicating that the penultimate short would focus on Wu's fight with the Time Twins.[11] However, it turned out that it was the final one instead.
  • In photography, the golden hour is the period of daytime shortly after sunrise or before sunset, during which daylight is redder and softer than when the sun is higher in the sky.
  • This is Jillian Michaels' first reappearance as Lloyd since "Greatest Battles," albeit through archival recording.
  • As a child, Wu is still voiced by Paul Dobson despite how in previous seasons, he is voiced by Madyx Whiteway.
  • During Wu's transformation into a child, his clothes shrink with him. It is unknown how this is possible, as his clothes do not become visibly baggy on him the way Lloyd's Green Ninja gi was too large before he was aged into a teenager.
  • This is the first instance where sequences animated by WILFilm ApS and WildBrain appear within the same episode. Previously, WildBrain episodes such as "Dyer Island" or "The Turn of the Tide" featured images from WILFilm seasons, but this is the first time that full animation sequences from both studios are used at once.
  • The animation is very similar to the original WILFilm ApS animation in Season 7, which is most visible in the background without much detail, on the trees and on Wu's three-dimensional mouth.
    • This is the second short that is animated in very similar style to the show. The first is "Sweatin' to the Goldies."

Symbol of the Royal Family.

  • This short is intended to still leave the fate of the Time Twins unknown.[12]
  • The crack created by Wu's head when he hits the monastery wall resembles the Royal Family's lotus symbol. This is a reference to the fact that the Royal Family seemingly appeared out of nowhere in Season 8, and it suggests that their existence was caused by this change to the timeline.[13]

Continuity

  • Several moments from past episodes are revisited. Some are reanimated, while others reuse footage from the original episodes.
    • The beginning is from the end of "Lost in Time," as this short takes place directly after the episode.
    • The montage of clips played at the beginning over Wu's description about time reuses footage of Wu and Garmadon with the Time Blades in "The Hatching"; Misako at Wu's bedside in "Scavengers"; Wu with the ninja in "The Hatching"; Wu's dream in "Pause and Effect," and Wu, Nya, and Kai with the Reversal Time Blade in "Lost in Time."

Wu's black eyebrows in "Home."

Errors

  • When Krux laughs in the Temple of Light, his mouth doesn't move.

Video

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References

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 14. Darkness Shall Rise · 15. Pirates vs. Ninja · 16. Double Trouble · 17. Ninjaball Run · 18. Child's Play · 19. Wrong Place, Wrong Time · 20. The Stone Army · 21. The Day Ninjago Stood Still · 22. The Last Voyage · 23. Island of Darkness · 24. The Last Hope · 25. Return of the Overlord · 26. Rise of the Spinjitzu Master
Season 3: Rebooted 27. The Surge · 28. The Art of the Silent Fist · 29. Blackout · 30. The Curse of the Golden Master · 31. Enter the Digiverse · 32. Codename: Arcturus · 33. The Void · 34. The Titanium Ninja
Season 4: Tournament of Elements 35. The Invitation · 36. Only One Can Remain · 37. Versus · 38. Ninja Roll · 39. Spy for a Spy · 40. Spellbound · 41. The Forgotten Element · 42. The Day of the Dragon · 43. The Greatest Fear of All · 44. The Corridor of Elders
Season 5: Possession 45. Winds of Change · 46. Ghost Story · 47. Stiix and Stones· 48. The Temple on Haunted Hill · 49. Peak-a-Boo · 50. Kingdom Come · 51. The Crooked Path · 52. Grave Danger · 53. Curseworld, Part I · 54. Curseworld, Part II
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 6: Skybound 55. Infamous · 56. Public Enemy Number One · 57. Enkrypted · 58. Misfortune Rising · 59. On a Wish and a Prayer · 60. My Dinner With Nadakhan · 61. Wishmasters · 62. The Last Resort · 63. Operation Land Ho! · 64. The Way Back
Tall Tales (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 Sqiffy and Bucko
Special Day of the Departed
Operation Heavy Metal 1. Operation Heavy Metal: Machia · 2. Operation Heavy Metal: Buffmillion · 3. Operation Heavy Metal: Blunck · 4. Operation Heavy Metal: Raggmunk
Season 7: The Hands of Time 65. The Hands of Time · 66. The Hatching · 67. A Time of Traitors · 68. Scavengers · 69. A Line in the Sand · 70. The Attack · 71. Secrets Discovered · 72. Pause and Effect · 73. Out of the Fire and Into the Boiling Sea · 74. 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: Sons of Garmadon 75. The Mask of Deception · 76. The Jade Princess · 77. The Oni and the Dragon · 78. Snake Jaguar · 79. Dead Man's Squall · 80. The Quiet One · 81. Game of Masks · 82. Dread on Arrival · 83. True Potential · 84. Big Trouble, Little Ninjago
Season 9: Hunted 85. Firstbourne · 86. Iron & Stone · 87. Radio Free Ninjago · 88. How to Build a Dragon · 89. The Gilded Path · 90. Two Lies, One Truth · 91. The Weakest Link · 92. Saving Faith · 93. Lessons for a Master · 94. 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 95. The Darkness Comes · 96. Into the Breach · 97. The Fall · 98. Endings
Season 11: Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu 99. Wasted True Potential · 100. Questing for Quests · 101. A Rocky Start · 102. The Belly of the Beast · 103. Boobytraps and How to Survive Them · 104. The News Never Sleeps! · 105. Ninja vs Lava · 106. Snaketastrophy · 107. Powerless · 108. Ancient History · 109. Never Trust a Human · 110. Under Siege · 111. The Explorers Club · 112. Vengeance is Mine! · 113. A Cold Goodbye · 114. The Never-Realm · 115. Fire Maker · 116. An Unlikely Ally · 117. The Absolute Worst · 118. The Message · 119. The Traveler's Tree · 120. Krag's Lament · 121. Secret of the Wolf · 122. The Last of the Formlings · 123. My Enemy, My Friend · 124. The Kaiju Protocol · 125. Corruption · 126. A Fragile Hope · 127. Once and for All · 128. Awakenings
Prime Empire Original Shorts 1. Let's Dance · 2. Upgrade · 3. The Meaning of Victory · 4. The Stowaway · 5. Manhunt · 6. Gayle Gossip: A Closer Look
Season 12: Prime Empire 129. Would You Like to Enter Prime Empire? · 130. Dyer Island · 131. Level Thirteen · 132. Superstar Rockin' Jay · 133. I am Okino · 134. The Glitch · 135. The Cliffs of Hysteria · 136. The Maze of the Red Dragon · 137. One Step Forward, Two Steps Back · 138. Racer Seven · 139. The Speedway Five-Billion · 140. Stop, Drop and Side Scroll · 141. Ninjago Confidential · 142. The Prodigal Father · 143. The Temple of Madness · 144. Game Over
Season 13: Master of the Mountain 145. Shintaro · 146. Into the Dark · 147. The Worst Rescue Ever · 148. The Two Blades · 149. Queen of the Munce · 150. Trial By Mino · 151. The Skull Sorcerer · 152. The Real Fall · 153. Dungeon Party! · 154. Dungeon Crawl! · 155. Grief-Bringer · 156. Masters Never Quit · 157. The Darkest Hour · 158. The Ascent · 159. The Upply Strike Back! · 160. The Son of Lilly
The Island 161. Uncharted · 162. The Keepers of the Amulet · 163. The Gift of Jay · 164. The Tooth of Wojira
Season 14: Seabound 165. A Big Splash · 166. The Call of the Deep · 167. Unsinkable · 168. Five Thousand Fathoms Down · 169. The Wrath of Kalmaar · 170. Long Live the King · 171. Escape from Merlopia · 172. The Tale of Benthomaar · 173. The Storm Amulet · 174. Riddle of the Sphinx · 175. Papergirl · 176. Master of the Sea · 177. The Calm Before the Storm · 178. Assault on Ninjago City · 179. Nyad · 180. The Turn of the Tide
Ninjago: Reimagined 1. Golden Legend · 2. Gold Rush · 3. A Day in the Life of a Golden Ninja · 4. Sweatin' to the Goldies · 5. Golden Hour
Season 15 TBA
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