Ninjago: Decoded is a mini-series that was released on November 27 of 2017, between Season 7 and Season 8. It consists of ten parts that are about eleven minutes long. It uses recycled scenes from Season 7 with changed voice acting, as well as clips from other previous episodes.

This mini-series was done to recap the events of the series in order to prepare fans and newcomers (such as The LEGO Ninjago Movie fans) for Season 8. It is a recapitulation of the series from the pilot episodes to Season 7.

Plot

Legacy

Zane glances over the events of all the seasons, with added comments from Nya. Zane now remembers the events of Skybound, thanks to Nya tinkering with his memory.

Vehicles and Mechs

Something has happened to Zane while his memory was being backed up into the Samurai X mainframe. Nya and Jay are trying to fix whatever is wrong with Zane. Jay needs to remember all the vehicles in order to restore Zane's memory; once solved, the puzzle showed the text "D PO LWB" in the Ninjago language.

Legendary Places

Nya and Jay continue helping Zane—this time with the help of Cole, who's "possessing" Zane. This time around Cole needs to guess which location Zane is thinking of. They start off with Temple of Airjitzu, with which Cole is very familiar with. Jay decides that the strange structure in Zane's memory is called "Ninjigma." Once they figure out which locations it is referring to, they find out that Zane is actually being hacked.

Ninjago's Most Wanted

Kai joins in and suggests they need to figure out who's hacking Zane and behind the "Ninjigma." They didn't manage to do it in this episode, and someone starts attacking the Samurai X Cave. Cole leaves Zane's mainframe to go fight whoever it is. Nya seems to remember the time when she was under the influence of Dark Matter. In addition, Jay and Nya reflect on Nadakhan and leave the others confused until Zane gives a short narration.

The Digiverse and Beyond

The rest of the crew continue trying to figure out who's behind the attack on Zane. The key to solving this mystery seems to be the technology of Ninjago. The crew starts reminiscing about it. They are successful in solving the puzzle but the progress of the hacker is not slowed down. They find out that the hacker is not trying to destroy Zane, but rather control him.

The Elemental Masters

Nya manages to slow down the hacker by using her technical expertise. The next puzzle is actually a riddle about Elemental Masters in Ninjargon. The ninja need to solve this puzzle quickly because the cave is running out of power. With Kai's temper, they eventually came up with the correct answer of Fire.

Beasts and Dragons

Power is restored by Nya, while Cole reports that the outside enemy has destroyed one of the generators. They try to figure out who’s attacking them. Cole is able to stop whatever is attacking them without them actually realizing who it is. Zane is taken over by the hacker.

Rise of Garmadon

Zane attacks Nya but regains his senses in the last moment. With only enough power left to get everybody out or put Cole back in, the crew decides to stick with Zane to the bitter end. Somehow the crew start thinking about Garmadon's youth in order to solve the next puzzle. Zane’s memory is fading and it’s up to the rest of the ninja to fill in the blanks.

Prophecy of the Green Ninja

The next puzzle is a labyrinth where the path is a message in Ninjargon and the goal is to reach the Green Ninja in the middle. The ninja open up paths in it by remembering how they got their True Potential. Nya translates her emotions into code. Lloyd joins everybody to break the last wall. The ninja solve the final puzzle as well and by doing so, release the Overlord.

Greatest Battles

The "Ninjigma" stored the memory of Zane battling the Overlord and dying in the process. Nya reveals that the Overlord is not actually the Overlord, but a fragment of his code and a virus at that. The ninja battle the virus by thinking about all the other enemies they've defeated and weapons they've used. However, this strategy is not working and the virus seems to have the upper hand. The team realized it's not their weapons that made them strong, but rather their friendship. Using this, they are able to defeat the virus, allowing Zane to reboot himself.

Episodes

Season Ep # Series Ep # Image Episode name Airdate
1 Episode ND1TitleCard.png "Legacy" November 27, 2017
2 Episode ND2TitleCard.png "Vehicles and Mechs" December 4, 2017
3 Episode ND3TitleCard.png "Legendary Places" December 11, 2017
4 Episode ND4TitleCard.png "Ninjago's Most Wanted" December 18, 2017
5 Episode ND5TitleCard.png "The Digiverse and Beyond" December 25, 2017
6 Episode ND6TitleCard.png "The Elemental Masters" January 1, 2018
7 Episode ND7TitleCard.png "Beasts and Dragons" January 8, 2018
8 Episode ND8TitleCard.png "Rise of Garmadon" January 15, 2018
9 Episode ND9TitleCard.png "Prophecy of the Green Ninja" January 22, 2018
10 Episode ND10TitleCard.png "Greatest Battles" January 29, 2018

Gallery

Promotional media

Intro

Character icons

Video

Trivia

  • Decoded was based on clip show scripts written by Tommy Andreasen. The scripts focused on Lloyd reading lessons written by Master Wu in the Book of Spinjitzu. It was reworked because of its melancholic tone.[1]
  • It is unknown if this is canon or not. If so, it would be the third time that the Overlord returns, but only for a brief moment.
    • Tommy Andreasen has stated it could potentially be canon, but he has not seen it, so it's not confirmed.[2]
    • On a page from the upcoming book, The Book of Elemental Powers, one of the Ninjigma's riddles is quoted. It is likely this book will be considered canon, which would confirm Decoded is canon.
  • Brent Miller was flown back by LEGO from his vacation in order to record the lines for these episodes.[3]
  • The series was made from start to finish in two months.[4]
  • This is the first installment to have eleven-minute episodes instead of twenty-two-minute episodes, and it is the only installment before Season 11 to do so. As Decoded is technically its own series, Season 11 is the first installment of the main series to have eleven-minute episodes.
  • When talking about Jay's old TV show in "Legacy," Zane mentions that the show consisted of 74 episodes and a special. This is a fourth wall nod to the show itself.
  • "Ninjigma" is a play on the words "ninja" and "enigma."
  • The intro for Decoded is a combination of seasons 1 - 7. It uses the Season 3 remix of The Weekend Whip.
    • The majority of the episodes also use this as the closing credits song, though "Vehicles and Mechs" uses "The Temporal Whip" and a few others use soundtracks from previous episodes.
  • This mini-series marks the last time Jillian Michaels voiced Lloyd (albeit through archival audio). Beginning with the 4D LEGOLAND Ninjago short film, Master of the 4th Dimension, Sam Vincent started voicing Lloyd, indicating that the character had finally gone through puberty.
  • All of Lloyd's lines are reused from previous seasons.

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  • Zane's digital avatar image looks somewhat different from his main design, in that it doesn't have any lines on the sides, and he also appears to be more reflective, resembling his titanium design from before Season 7. This is also the case with him in Master of the 4th Dimension.
  • This mini-series marks the first and so far only time Garmadon as a hero has been referred to as "Master Garmadon" on-screen. He was previously called that in "Child's Play" by Fangtom and Skales.
  • Not counting the various mini-movie series, this is the first and currently only multi-episode installment not to coincide with a wave of sets.
  • Similarly to the Dark Island Trilogy, Decoded starts with an unknown villain who is ultimately revealed to be a villain the ninja have previously fought.
  • The idea of reusing previous footage to create a new scene evokes the Chima crossover in "Curseworld, Part II," which also reused and altered footage from another episode, which was in this case an episode from another show.

External links

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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