|"The Golden Weapon"|
|Season Pilot, Episode 2|
|Air date||January 14, 2011|
|Written by||Dan & Kevin Hageman|
|Directed by||Michael Hegner & Justin Murphy|
"Way of the Ninja"
"King of Shadows"
While Kai was brushing his teeth, three mysterious ninja began to attack him. After a short battle, he was thrown onto the training course, Sensei Wu soon entered the scene and revealed that they were his students. He performed Spinjitzu, giving them each differently colored ninja suits to represent their elements: Cole, the Black Ninja of Earth, who has a fear of dragons; Jay, the Blue Ninja of Lightning, a talkative inventor; Zane, the White Ninja of Ice, who doesn't have a sense of humor; and Kai, the Red Ninja of Fire. Jay became interested in the mission when he learned about Nya, though he was warned by Kai to back off.
The next morning, they traveled to the Caves of Despair to find the Scythe of Quakes, pulling a horse carriage with Wu inside of it. Along the way, Kai questioned how the others were found by Sensei Wu. Cole stated that he was testing his strength by rock-climbing up a mountain, Jay says he was in Ninjago City testing his homemade wings and Zane says he was testing himself by breathing underwater at an ice-cold temperature; in all those scenarios, Sensei Wu was there, drinking tea.
Arriving at the Caves, Sensei Wu warned the ninja not to use the Scythe upon retrieval, fearing they would not be able to handle its power. After stealing back the map that contained the locations of the Golden Weapons, they entered the cave and found the Scythe. Upon leaving, however, they were ambushed by Samukai and his Skeleton army. While fighting the Skulkin, Jay mentioned that fighting them felt like the training course back at the Monastery, and in going through the motions, Jay unlocked his Spinjitzu. Not long after, the other three ninja unlocked theirs as well.
The ninja defeated the Skulkin easily but were soon faced with the Guardian of the Scythe, the Earth Dragon. As they were unable to defeat it themselves, Kai used the Scythe, despite the warnings of his teammates and defeated the Earth Dragon; the ninja barely managed to escape. Outside, Sensei Wu was sorely disappointed in Kai and scolded him for putting the others in danger.
- Cole - Kirby Morrow
- Garmadon - Mark Oliver
- Jay - Michael Adamthwaite
- Kai - Vincent Tong
- Wu - Paul Dobson
- Zane - Brent Miller
For the transcript of the episode, click here.
- This is the only episode in the pilot season not to have "of" in the title.
- Some airings of this episode place "Way of the Ninja" and this together as a single episode, due to the combined time length being 22 minutes, the normal length of an episode until Season 11.
- During the flashback of Wu finding Zane, he appears to be drinking tea underwater, even though this would be impossible. This was likely done as a joke.
- This episode, along with "Way of the Ninja" and "King of Shadows," is featured in the episode "Wrong Place, Wrong Time."
- The scene of the ninja pulling Wu in the rickshaw is mentioned in "The Gilded Path."
- "Tick Tock" opens with Zane meditating in the Endless Sea in a very similar way to how he was shown meditating in a frozen pond in this episode.
- Cole and Jay's flashbacks are revisited and expanded upon in "The Jade Princess" and "How to Build a Dragon" respectively.
- When the three ninja come into Kai's room at the monastery, Cole has Zane's eyebrows.
- Jay, Zane, and Cole's have their weapons out when they sneak up on Kai, however after Kai says "Whoops!" their weapons are no longer in their hands, but rather on their backs.
- While Kai and Cole are rolling on the ground during their fight, Cole is wearing his Earth Ninja gi as opposed to his original plain one.
- During Wu's talk with the ninja, his teapot continuously changes places in the background of the scene.
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