|“My orders are not to fail. A fine machine. But 'fine' isn't good enough. The whole is not more than the sum of its parts.”|
|— Garmadon, as he destroys Mr. E|
|“And here I thought we were at rock bottom. This is so much worse.”|
|"Iron & Stone"|
|Season 9, Episode 2|
|Air date||July 7, 2018 (Australia)|
August 11, 2018 (US)
|Written by||Bragi Schut|
|Directed by||Michael Helmuth Hansen|
"Radio Free Ninjago"
Iron & Stone is the second episode of the ninth season of LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu and the 86th episode overall. It aired on July 8, 2018 in Australia, and aired on August 11, 2018 in the United States, as part of Hunted: Part 1.
Cole and Young Wu attempt to free their friends, who have been captured by a tribe of Dragon Hunters. Meanwhile in Ninjago, Lloyd is reunited with some old friends who may prove valuable allies against Emperor Garmadon.
When the Dragon Hunters brought Kai, Jay, and Jay to Iron Baron, who mistook them for being Oni, he ordered them to be thrown into The Pit with Slab. Daddy No Legs lead them through Dead's End they noted they hunt Dragons to use their Elemental Powers. In the distance, Cole and Wu argued about how to save the ninja. Wu found clothes to use as disguises, but when Cole failed to convince him otherwise, he had to chase after him.
Back in Ninjago, the Resistance went into hiding at the garbage depot. Skylor revealed her powers returned, and Nya realized they could use the scrap metal to build armor and machines. Lloyd asks how they knew they needed help, and Mystake offered to tell him what happened to the ninja.
Garmadon asks the Sons of Garmadon generals who failed to kidnap Lloyd, and he punished him by taking him apart. Harumi tries to persuade him not to but was unsuccessful. He then threatened to do the same to her if she fails, and she agreed despite being scared.
Mystake told Lloyd the ninja are in the Realm of Oni and Dragons. He refused to believe there is no way to bring them back. She then explained he could help them by enduring.
After Chew Toy introduced himself, they are brought into the Pit. After Cole and Wu narrowly escaped Skullbreaker, they released chains so they could use them to hold Slab down. Just before Slab could attack Jay with Earth, Zane used his Ice to freeze him. Iron Baron remembered Oni don't have Elemental Powers and ordered his Hunters to capture them.
- Arkade - Michael Donovan
- Chew Toy - Alan Marriott
- Cole - Kirby Morrow
- Daddy No Legs - Ian James Corlett
- Dareth - Alan Marriott
- Garmadon - Mark Oliver
- Griffin Turner - Doron Bell Jr.
- Heavy Metal - Kathleen Barr
- Harumi - Britt McKillip
- Hunter - Michael Adamthwaite
- Iron Baron - Brian Dobson
- Jay - Michael Adamthwaite
- Jet Jack - Rhona Rees
- Kai - Vincent Tong
- Karlof - Scott McNeil
- Lloyd Garmadon - Sam Vincent
- Misako - Kathleen Barr
- Mystake - Tabitha St. Germain
- Nya - Kelly Metzger
- P.I.X.A.L. - Jennifer Hayward
- Skylor - Heather Doerksen
- Tox - Maggie Blue O'Hara
- Wu - Madyx Whiteway
- Zane - Brent Miller
For the transcript of the episode, click here.
- It's revealed that the Ultra Dragon had returned to the Realm of Oni and Dragons and that it was later killed, with its bones then being used as a throne for Iron Baron. However, the ninja didn't know the bones were the Ultra Dragon's remains.
- Neuro, Tox, Mr. Pale, and Mystake reappear in this episode.
- However, not all of the Elemental Masters reappear, the reason being given in future episodes.
- Mystake's character is explored more in this episode. She states that she is a person that made many mistakes, thus explaining how she is so wise and how she got the name.
- Garmadon kills/destroys Mr. E for failure to capture Lloyd.
- Mr. E is the first major death of Season 9 and the first major death since Hutchins in Season 8.
- The way Garmadon destroys Mr. E is similar to how a real LEGO Minifigure can be disassembled, including the arms and legs.
- Harumi's face showed fear and regret after Garmadon threatened her life. This hints at possible redemption from her.
- This episode marks the first time Tox has spoken during the show.
- This episode is also the first time Shade is referred to by his real name, having been called Shadow in the fourth season.
- Iron Baron claims he has not encountered any Oni in the Realm of Oni and Dragons. This raises the question as to where the Oni are and what happened to them.
- Iron Baron also reveals that the Oni are shapeshifters.
- The shirt Wu wears while disguised is the same as his teen version, sans the sleeves, which first appears in "The Gilded Path".
- Cole uses the alias "Rocky Dangerbuff" from "The Oni and the Dragon" again, with the same mustache.
- Coincidentally enough, "Dangerbuff" is an actual Dragon Hunter clan.
- Skylor confirms her powers of Amber have returned.
- Mystake informs Lloyd that his friends were sent to the Realm of Oni and Dragons.
- Iron Baron realizes that the ninja are not Oni when Zane uses his Ice Power, as according to him, only Dragons have Elemental Powers while the Oni have just Destruction.
- Jay is still exhibiting a loss of sanity since the previous episode, though he briefly has a look of shock on his face.
- This is the first episode to have a special character ("&") in the episode title.
- In some countries, the scene where Mr. E was disassembled was cut from the episode.
- This episode has some similarities to the Tournament of Elements from the fourth season. In both cases, the ninja are forced by a power-exploiting villain (though unlike Chen, Iron Baron hadn't learned about their powers yet) to fight another power user for the villain's entertainment.
- In the first two shots of the intro, Kai, Cole, Jay, Nya and Lloyd are all wearing their outfits from Sons of Garmadon instead of their current ones. This applies to all of the other episodes in this season where we see the intro.
- At one point when Neuro is introduced, his hair is completely white.
- When Tox asks Dareth "what are you supposed to be?", her mouth doesn't move.
- Arkade asks Zane if he can have his parts after he "expires", but the Dragon Hunters believed that the ninja were Oni and shapeshifters, so there really wouldn't be any parts to give if that wasn't Zane's actual form.
- Skylor introduces Lloyd to the other Elemental Masters, even though they have all already met and worked together.
- This is done to introduce new fans to the characters.
For the gallery of the episode, click here.