|“Now we'll see who has the better security system. Robot Dogs. Hmph. Robot Dogs are for amateurs!”|
|— Cyrus Borg|
|Season 12, Episode 3|
|Air date||March 29, 2020 (Asia)|
|Written by|| Alisha Brophy|
|Directed by||Shane Poettcker|
"Superstar Rockin' Jay"
Fred Finely is reporting live about gamers mysteriously disappearing after reaching level thirteen on Prime Empire. To combat the loss, police started removing Arcade Pods from Benny's Arcade Emporium much to Benny's dislike since he was making a huge profit off the games.
Meanwhile, at Kryptarium Prison, Warden Noble is passing by all the cells and taunts The Mechanic for his return. However, The Mechanic whispers about change in the air which ends up coming true when Unagami hacks into the security system of Kryptarium Prison, allowing all of the prisoners to be free. Ultra Violet and Captain Soto are about to leave with the other inmates, but The Mechanic encourages most of the convicts to work with him, for they would be rewarded by Unagami if they succeeded. Fugi-Dove volunteers to join, but The Mechanic turns him down.
Back at Ninjago City, the Ninja head to Borg Tower to check on the diagnostics Cyrus Borg ran on the Arcade Pod recovered from The Mechanic's Headquarters. Borg compliments the complex code of Prime Empire and Kai responds by telling Borg that Milton Dyer had a better security system on his island which included Robot Dogs. Borg briefs the Ninja about Prime Empire saying that over eight-hundred players are trapped inside the virtual world and the game is controlled by Unagami. Borg gives them two options: find Milton Dyer in the real world, who everyone assumes is operating Unagami, or enter the Prime Empire and destroy Unagami. In addition, Borg also reveals that Zane and P.I.X.A.L. should not enter the game or else their programming could be changed. With the plan set, Cole starts playing Prime Empire.
Concurrently, all of the escaped detainees who decided to help arrive at Borg Tower. The Mechanic informs everyone that they must search the entire building to find the Arcade Pod which causes Ultra Violet to criticize The Mechanic for not bringing Fugi-Dove as he could make the task easier. At the same time, Fugi-Dove was walking down the streets of Ninjago City in style despite the awkward looks he got from a couple of people.The Mechanic's new team begin their invasion as they quickly rushed Borg Tower while tying up two officers. They all make it inside an elevator, but a snapshot is taken by a droid. This catches the attention of the Ninja and Borg who question how the prisoners escaped. The Ninja want to fight the escaped captives, yet Borg refuses to let them leave citing his new security system could mistake the Ninja for the enemies. The Ninja still want to fight, still, Borg tells them to fight the enemies of Prime Empire. They check back on Cole; however, he's having a hard time choosing an avatar.
In an effort to slow down the prisoners, Borg shuts down the elevator, so the prisoners head for the stairs. Borg then activates his White Nindroid Forces, but The Mechanic's team easily defeats them. Then they get pass the invisible lasers after The Mechanic tracked the droids movement, which Soto also criticized The Mechanic for not bringing Fugi-Dove, who is feeding pigeons and a chicken. In addition, they get pass a fake brick wall and stairs that turned into a ramp.While Cole was playing the video game, the rest of the Ninja fought the prisoners. During the fight, Lloyd questions why The Mechanic is working for Unagami and The Mechanic replies by talking about a new revolution and being his number two when it happens. Cole then reaches level thirteen and the portal opens. Kai, Lloyd, Nya, and Cole are able to enter the game while Zane, Borg, and P.I.X.A.L. evacuate the tower. On the other hand, The Mechanic tries to play the game, but cannot as Zane took the motherboard with him.
In the meantime, the trapped Ninja marvel after entering Prime Empire.
- Benny - Andrew Francis
- Cole - Kirby Morrow
- Cyrus Borg - Lee Tockar
- Elevator Voice - Sharon Alexander
- Fred Finely - Bill Newton
- Fugi-Dove - Adrian Petriw
- Game Voice - Mark Hildreth
- Kai - Vincent Tong
- Lloyd Garmadon - Sam Vincent
- Noble - Paul Dobson
- Nya - Kelly Metzger
- P.I.X.A.L. - Jennifer Hayward
- Soto - Alan Marriott
- The Mechanic - Michael Antonakos
- Ultra Violet - Sharon Alexander
- Unagami - Dean Redman
- Zane - Brent Miller
For the transcript of the episode, click here.
- Prime Empire
- Narrator: Cole
- The prisoners of Kryptarium Prison escape in this episode.
- The Ninja split up into two teams in this episode with Lloyd, Cole, Kai, and Nya travel to Prime Empire, while Zane and P.I.X.A.L. stay behind to look for Milton Dyer.
- This episode marks some firsts for a few characters;
- This is Cyrus Borg's first appearance since "The Darkness Comes" and his first speaking role since "Lost in Time."
- This is Soto’s first appearance since "The Absolute Worst" and his first speaking role since "The Way Back."
- The White Nindroid Forces make their first appearance since "Public Enemy Number One."
- Cole's Digi suit made a cameo when Cole was selecting the clothes for his avatar. Although, the Digi suit was lacking the gloves.
For the gallery of the episode, click here.