|“I'm proud of you, Zane. One day, I promise. We will find your family.”|
“But I've already found them.”
“I feel there's more to you than meets the eye. There's something special about you, Zane.”
|— Sensei Wu and Zane|
|Season 1, Episode 2|
|Air date||December 2, 2011 (US)|
|Written by||Dan & Kevin Hageman|
|Directed by||Justin Murphy|
"Rise of the Snakes"
At the Monastery of Spinjitzu, Sensei Wu is meditating when he hears voices from outside; to his pleasant surprise, the ninja are busy training instead of playing video games. When Zane uses his Spinjitzu to freeze the entire training course, the other three ninja talk to Wu about their icy comrade's strange behaviors. Wu explains that Zane is a brother to them, and like all brothers, he is different. Soon, the Mailman comes by with letters and packages for all of the ninja except Zane. Jay asks Zane why he never receives any letters from his parents, and Zane sadly says he has been an orphan all his life and never knew his family.
Meanwhile, in the Forest of Tranquility, the Hypnobrai are building a treehouse fortress from where Lloyd plans to rule Ninjago. Atop the fortress, Skales is using Cole - unknowingly hypnotized during his previous encounter with the Serpentine -to spy on the ninja, noting that the Hypnobrai staff is in the Monastery of Spinjitzu. Slithraa rebukes his second-in-command for slacking off, but Skales retorts that they should focus on retrieving their staff from the ninja.
At the Monastery, the ninja are enjoying their dinner. Zane walks into the dining room with a roasted turkey and places it on the table, and the others burst into laughter when they notice that he is wearing a flowered pink apron. Zane is confused as to why they find it so funny. Cole tries to make Zane laugh by tossing a plate of shrimp at Kai's face, resulting in a large food fight.
Later that night, when Zane goes outside to take out the trash from dinner, he finds a Falcon that mimics his every move and decides to follow it. He soon discovers Lloyd's treehouse and leads the others to it the next day. After analyzing the structure, Kai thinks that if they sever the ropes holding up the fort, it will fall apart. The plan almost succeeds, but Skales uses Cole to fight the ninja and nearly bring the fort down with them on it. Sensei and Nya arrive just in time on Flame, while Sensei plays the Sacred Flute that breaks Cole's spell.
After rescuing them and destroying the fortress, Sensei Wu explains the flute is as old as the Serpentine themselves and will play a large role in the Serpentine's downfall. Upon returning to the Monastery, they find the entire building demolished and burned to a crisp by the Serpentine, who have stolen their staff back. The ninja berate Zane for causing the destruction of their home and he flies away with Shard.
Back at the Hypnobrai Tomb, a captive Lloyd tells Slithraa to do something about Skales, prompting the General to demand his staff back from the Warrior. However, Skales refuses to return the staff, challenging Slithraa to a Slither Pit for command of the tribe. Mezmo acts as the overseer for the match, and Lloyd is tied to an icicle to keep him from getting away. Unnoticed by the Hypnobrai, the would-be evil overlord manages to snatch a map from a nearby crevice in the process.
Unfortunately for Lloyd, Skales matches Slithraa exactly, even interrupting his hypnosis attempt. When the General uses a large ice shield to block the Warrior's attacks, Skales mesmerizes Slithraa with odd body movements before striking down his opponent with a powerful flying kick. As Rattla identifies the attack as a "Fang Kwon Do" technique, Lloyd demands that Slithraa get up, but the General can take no more and passes out.
Mezmo declares Skales the winner and hands him the Hypnobrai Staff. Upon grasping it, Skales' legs begin to merge and lengthen into a tail while Slithraa's tail shrinks into a pair of legs. The other Hypnobrai chant the name of their new General as Skales tells Slithraa to obey him from now on; when Slithraa pledges his allegiance, Skales banishes Lloyd from the tomb.
In the mountains, the ninja attempt to keep their spirits up, despite their minimal food and shelter. Just as Jay laments the loss of Zane, the Ninja of Ice returns, telling the others that he has something to show them. As they arrive in the Sea of Sand, Zane explains he was following the Falcon, which led him to a ship known as Destiny's Bounty. The ninja rejoice and Sensei Wu promises Zane that they will help him find his family, but Zane tells his mentor that they don't have to, as they are his family. They later engage in another food fight, unaware that Lloyd passes by after seeing them.
- Cole - Kirby Morrow
- Jay - Michael Adamthwaite
- Kai - Vincent Tong
- Lloyd Garmadon - Jillian Michaels
- Nya - Kelly Metzger
- Postman - Michael Adamthwaite
- Rattla - Paul Dobson
- Skales - Ian James Corlett
- Slithraa - John Novak
- Wu - Paul Dobson
- Zane - Brent Miller
For the transcript of the episode, click here.
- This, and "Rise of the Snakes", are the last episodes to air in 2011.
- The episode name refers to the recurring theme of home (and more broadly, a sense of "belonging") that appears throughout the episode:
- Zane is melancholy due to not knowing details of his past or his family and is something of an outcast among the ninja due to his odd behavior.
- The Monastery is destroyed by the Serpentine, only for Zane to reveal a new home in the Destiny's Bounty.
- Lloyd attempts to build a treehouse to use as his new headquarters, only for the ninja to destroy it. Later, he is banished from the Hypnobrai Tomb, forcing him to wander Ninjago alone.
- Finally, the theme of belonging is reinforced at the end, where the ninja fully accept Zane as a brother, and Zane, in turn, tells Sensei Wu that they are his family.
- In the US/Canadian version, Zane left a message in the fridge. However, in the variable language variation, he is actually sitting inside the fridge when responding to Kai's reaction. The Netflix version does not show the latter.
- This may have been censored to prevent children from being trapped in the fridge.
- The weapons rack in the Hypnobrai Tomb's Slither Pit includes ice versions of the Grim Pick Axe, the Silver Dark Blade, the Silver Battle Mace, the Double-Bladed Dagger, the Bowie Knife, and the Katana.
- When Lloyd asks a snake to hold a sign saying "No girls or ninja" the writing is in English rather than the traditional Chinese characters used in the show before the introduction of Ninjargon.
- Zane combs his hair in Cole's brief flashback. With the reveal that Zane is a robot in "Tick Tock", and his hair is presumably made of metal, it's unknown how this would have worked.
- In the Japanese version, a notice is displayed on the bottom right corner of the screen during the food fight scene, saying ※あとでスタッフがおいしくいただきました. This roughly means "After that, the staff ate it and found it delicious."
- This episode has the shortest title of any in the series so far.
- This is in contrast to "Out of the Fire and Into the Boiling Sea," which has the longest.
- When a Mezmo falls off the collapsing tree house the Wilhelm scream can be heard.
- The opening scene of the episode is parallel to the previous one, with Sensei Wu being disturbed by the sounds of his pupils. However, this time, the ninja are training rather than playing video games—notably, Wu checks the gaming room first, only to find it empty.
- This episode marks the first appearance of the Destiny's Bounty.
- This episode marks the first appearance of Zane's Falcon.
- The Slither Pit scene can be seen on TV screens in "The Day Ninjago Stood Still," "The Surge," and "Level Thirteen". This episode marks the first appearance of Nya and Jay's romance film. In "The Green Ninja," one of its following appearances, Garmadon would interrupt the film by changing the channel, similar to how Zane interrupted the film in this episode by laughing.
- It is unknown why the Map of Dens was in the Hypnobrai Tomb, as it would not make sense for the Elemental Alliance to put this map in a tomb that would remain closed forever.
- After Shard extinguishes the fire, Sensei Wu's eyebrows are black instead of white.
- Even though Hypno Vipers were not present at Lloyd's treehouse fortress, they are seen returning with the rest of the Hypnobrai to their tomb later in the episode.
- When the Hypnobrai return to their cave, one can be seen walking through a rock on the ground.
- Although Wu says the flute is as old as Serpentine itself, "Spellbound" shows that the flutes were created during the Serpentine War, which took place forty years before the events of The Hands of Time, while Serpentine have existed for at least a thousand years.
- The burned monastery seems to be much smaller than the original version.
For the gallery of the episode, click here.