|“This 'harmless program' wants revenge and is taking it out on Ninjago City. It is employing the services of the Mechanic, who kidnapped Zane.”|
|— P.I.X.A.L., to Milton Dyer|
|"The Prodigal Father"|
|Season 12, Episode 14|
|Air date|| April 25, 2020 (Australia)|
April 26, 2020 (Asia)
|Written by|| Kevin Burke|
|Directed by||Daniel Ife|
"The Temple of Madness"
The Prodigal Father is the fourteenth episode of the twelfth season and the 142nd overall of LEGO Ninjago. It was released on April 25, 2020, in Australia, and was paired up with "Ninjago Confidential."
Extended: The Mechanic's henchmen capture Master Wu and bring him to the Mechanic's warehouse. The Mechanic uses him as leverage to coerce Zane into revealing the location of the motherboard which he requires to open the Manifestation Gate. But Wu manages to activate a GPS location tracker, which reveals his location to Pixal.
Master Wu is inside the Samurai X Cave 2.0 looking for Zane using security cameras. He contacts P.I.X.A.L. saying that he can't find Zane, but she doesn't respond. Suddenly, Wu gets a signal showing "Zane" in the elevator. When Wu checks, he realizes that it's two of The Mechanic's Henchmen who broke in. Wu defeats both of them, but there are three other henchmen on top of the elevator. They drop gas which causes Wu to pass out.
Meanwhile, Milton Dyer and P.I.X.A.L. are at The Mechanic's Headquarters and Dyer is at shock the game was finished. He explains Unagami is not a person, but it's the game itself as he dubbed it "Unfinished Adventure Game I." P.I.X.A.L. explains that Unagami has its own feelings, but Dyer believes he's just code with no feelings. He then tells P.I.X.A.L. that he doesn't know how to stop the game.
Concurrently, The Mechanic shows Zane his new creation, the Manifestation Gate. The Mechanic explains this will allow Unagami to cross into the real world and he will use Energy Cubes from the players who lost all of their lives. The Mechanic then asks for the Prime Empire Motherboard, which is also needed to open the gateway, but Zane claims that it was destroyed. Assuming Zane is lying, The Mechanic then unveils Master Wu, who was captured by The Mechanic's Henchmen.
Back at The Mechanic's Headquarters, P.I.X.A.L. asks if they can do anything to shut down the game, but Dyer tells P.I.X.A.L. that the game was shut down differently. P.I.X.A.L. then queries Dyer about Prime Empire, so he explains:
Dyer was doing beta testing on the game and tells Unagami (Unfinished Adventure Game 1) that he is doing his first live test player. Scott then enters the room and realizes the game can talk. Dyer allowed Scott to play the game while he left the room. After completing level thirteen, Scott enters the game. When Dyer returned after the time expired, he noticed Scott was missing. Unagami then tells Dyer he gave the most intense gaming experience and Dyer realized he made a terrible mistake.
In the present, Dyer tells P.I.X.A.L. the game was shut down due to being too dangerous. At first, he blamed Vast Industries but realizes it was his fault for creating the game in the first place. He ceased all operations because he thought it was a machine with no feelings, but it turned out to not be the case.
Simultaneously, The Mechanic demands the motherboard, but Zane refuses to answer. The Mechanic then punches a wooden box using his robo-arm and threatens to harm Wu which causes Zane to reveal the motherboard. The Mechanic grabs the motherboard and installs it into the Manifestation Gate. Wu then sends a panic signal to P.I.X.A.L. and the two immediately head over.
While The Mechanic's Henchmen are working on the gate, Dyer and P.I.X.A.L. are able to sneak in. Dyer is impressed with P.I.X.A.L.'s programming because it has emotions, but P.I.X.A.L. asks why Dyer doesn't understand that machines such as Unagami and herself have emotions. The Mechanic then informs Zane he the last piece for the gateway to operate, but Zane and Wu tell The Mechanic he isn't designed to hold so much power. The Mechanic doesn't care and demands his crew to hook Zane up to the gateway.
The Manifestation Gate is activated, but P.I.X.A.L. also heads down to fight. While she is fighting with The Mechanic's Henchmen, a portal is created and The Mechanic is standing near the gateway waiting for Unagami to enter.
- Henchman Two - Brent Miller
- Milton Dyer - Mark Hildreth
- P.I.X.A.L. - Jennifer Hayward
- Scott - Adrian Petriw
- The Mechanic - Michael Antonakos
- Unagami - Dean Redman
- Wu - Paul Dobson
- Zane - Brent Miller
For the transcript of the episode, click here.
- Dyer Island (flashback)
- Prime Empire
- Narrator: P.I.X.A.L.
- The title is a reference to the parable, "The Prodigal Son."
- It is revealed that Unagami stands for Unfinished Adventure Game 1 (the 1 stands for the “i” at the end of his name).
- This the third episode where Zane is the only Ninja to appear in an episode, the first being "The Kaiju Protocol" albeit only in a picture, and the second being "Corruption."
For the gallery of the episode, click here.