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Long ago, before my people settled here, there was an older city run by this super evil sorcerer who built tunnels, and mines, and dungeons deep in the mountain.
Vania to Cole
"Into the Dark"
Season 13, Episode 2
Ninjago Master of the Mountain Episode 2.png
Air date July 6, 2020 (Australia)
September 13, 2020 (US)
November 8, 2020 (Canada)
Written by Kevin Burke
Chris Wyatt
Directed by Shane Poettcker
Episode guide
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"Shintaro"
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Into the Dark is the second episode of the thirteenth season of Ninjago and the 146th episode overall. It aired first in English on July 6, 2020, in Australia. It aired in the US on September 13, 2020, paired up with "Shintaro."[1]

Synopsis

Princess Vania reveals a secret entrance that leads to an underground mine beneath Shintaro where the city's dark secrets are held.[2]

Extended: The ninja are welcomed to Shintaro by King Vangelis and Princess Vania. Cole is accosted by a Geckle named Gleck who is wearing a necklace that belonged to his mother. Princess Vania leads Cole to a mountain tunnel and they stumble upon an underground mining operation where creatures are being forced to dig by an army of Skeleton Warriors, controlled by the vicious Skull Sorcerer.[3]

Plot

The Winged Guards of Shintaro land the Destiny's Bounty safely on the Kingdom of Shintaro. The ninja and Wu are led by Hailmar to be welcomed to Shintaro by King Vangelis and Princess Vania. Princess Vania shows significant interest in the ninja's adventures, directing this interest towards Cole. When Jay pointed out that Vania likes Cole, Lloyd grows suspicious of Vania.

That night, Cole goes to his room within the palace for the night as with all of the other ninja and Wu. Lloyd stealthily follows Cole into his room and tells Cole of his suspicion of Vania, which Cole brushes off, teasing that Lloyd only feels this way because of Harumi. Lloyd denies this and leaves and Cole prepares to sleep, as Cole does this, a Geckle named Gleck enters the room. This awakes Cole just before the Geckle leaps onto Cole's bed, mistaking him for someone named Gilly. The Geckle attempts to leave upon realizing their mistake, but not before Cole tackles him, revealing a necklace that holds photos of Cole's parents. Cole is confused by the pendant, however, the Geckle snatches it back and leaves the room through the window. The Winged Guards of Shintaro hear the struggle between the Geckle and Cole, asking if Cole is fine. He is bewildered by the creature's sudden disappearance. Cole afterward goes to round up Wu and the ninja to discuss what happened.

As Cole describes the events that briefly transpired, none of the ninja nor Wu believe him. Wu decides to talk about it the next morning, leaving Cole slightly agitated, however, wary of the Geckle still.

As Cole walks back to his room, Vania follows, Cole believing it is the Geckle, confronts her, and realizes his mistake. Cole apologizes and explains his situation to Vania who believes him. Vania considers the possibility of what happened and shows Cole to a mine's entrance. Vania herself does not know what the Geckles are. The two enter and explore in search of the Geckle. After exploring they find an active part of the mine within the Dungeons of Shintaro. Here, the two watch the Munce and Geckles mining unhappily while the Re-Awakened watch. A Geckle accidentally rides a Mino within the mine into three passing Munce, toppling some of the minerals within the cart towed by the creature. This creates a large noise, disturbing the Skull Sorcerer enters the main mining area from the Skull Keep, who reminds them of his warning about stopping before punishing the enslaved Munce and Geckles. Cole comments that he thinks the Skull Sorcerer is a "bad guy" for chaining the people up and tells Vania to tell the others. When Vania asks what Cole will do meanwhile, Cole resolves to confront the Skull Sorcerer.

Almost immediately after Cole introduces himself to the Skull Sorcerer and calls him a jerk, the Skull Sorcerer orders the Re-Awakened to capture Cole. Cole finds that his powers do not work in the mine. At first, Cole is able to defeat several of them, but using the Skull of Hazza D'ur, the Skull Sorcerer revives the fallen warriors. Cole is overwhelmed and captured.

Cast

Transcript

For the transcript of the episode, click here.

Locations featured

Trivia

Continuity

Comparison between the scene in "The Mask of Deception" and this episode

  • The episode title is similar to "Into the Breach."
  • The ninja's lineup when bowing to Vangelis pays homage to "The Mask of Deception", with the ninja positioned in the exact same spots when bowing to the Emperor and Empress (with the addition of Wu added to the far left of the lineup).
  • Cole's first interaction with the Skull Sorcerer is somewhat similar to his first face to face interaction with Clouse in Tommy Andreasen's non-canon novel, Way of the Departed. In both cases, Cole starts off confident, sarcastic and makes jokes, not taking the threat quite seriously, much to the annoyance of the villain, with him soon after discovering he had underestimated them. In both cases, he ends up captured in the end.
  • When Cole goes to bed, he takes off his shoulder armor, which seems not to be attached to anything. This is the first time anything like this is shown on-screen.
  • Despite the fact that Wu slept and rested without a hat in Season 7, this episode shows that Wu has a hat-covered face. This may be because in Season 7 he slept and rested during the day.
  • This episode marks the first appearance of the Re-Awakened, Geckles, Munce, Minos, Vania, and Vangelis.
  • The events of Tournament of Elements are mentioned.
  • Hiroshi's Labyrinth is also mentioned.
  • Lloyd is revealed to still have a hard time trusting princesses due to his experiences with Harumi.

Errors

  • When Vania asks if they've been to Hiroshi's Labyrinth, Zane says they have, when actually it was just Lloyd and Garmadon who traveled there, in "The Curse of the Golden Master."
    • However, it is likely that they visited this place, as in "Infamous" Infovision stated that the Realm Crystal is under the protection of Master Wu and the ninja and it was hidden in the labyrinth.
  • For a few shots, the Skull Sorcerer was missing the mouth holes on his mask.

Videos

Gallery

For the gallery of the episode, click here.

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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