|“We've been working together for weeks. You gotta tell me who you are.”|
”You will know all. . . when the time is right.”
|— The Mechanic and Unagami|
|Season 12, Episode Mini 2|
|Air date||January 13, 2020|
|Written by||Alisha Brophy & Scott Miles|
|Directed by||Joel Salasay|
"The Meaning of Victory"
Upgrade is the second short film of Prime Empire.
LEGO.Com: Something is going on in NINJAGO City. The infamous Mechanic is off on a crime spree with his henchmen. What is the Mechanic up to? And who is this mysterious Unagami? Press play to see more!
Cartoon Network Asia: The Mechanic has been receiving mechanical assistance from a mysterious helper, but it's not just the machines that need improving
The Mechanic robs money from a bank with his newly upgraded noodle truck, but Lloyd, Kai, Cole, and Zane get in pursuit. He gets away though, which frustrates Lloyd. Jay and Nya arrive late, so Lloyd asks where they were. Nya lies that she and Jay had business to take care of (they were actually at Benny's Arcade Emporium), but Lloyd, Kai, Cole, and Zane glared at them in disbelief.
The Mechanic arrives at his headquarters, telling a voice on a computer that the noodle truck's upgrades worked and he finished the robbery. The voice tells him that the robbery was just "a test subject for a bigger plan." When the Mechanic asks who the voice is, the voice says that he will know soon enough, and shuts off before the Mechanic could ask him for something else.
After showing his henchmen his truck, the Mechanic gets frustrated that he cannot get his noodle machine to work with just his flamethrower arm. He goes back to the computer asking if the voice can do him a favor. The voice prints blueprints for a new mechanical arm that could feel things, which pleases the Mechanic, sending him some plans, which he immediately used. Once he was finished, he felt the coldness of a wrench, the smoothness of blueprints, the sharp end of a pencil, buttons of a typewriter, and scratching his chin. Thanking the voice, he asks who he is. He replies, 'Unagami.'
- Henchman - Sam Vincent
- Kai - Vincent Tong
- Lloyd Garmadon - Sam Vincent
- Nya - Kelly Metzger
- Security Guard One - Andrew Francis
- Security Guard Two - Paul Dobson
- The Mechanic - Michael Antonakos
- Unagami - Dean Redman
For the transcript of the episode, click here.
- Narrator: Lloyd
- Cole, Jay, and Zane also appear in this short film but don't speak.
- This marks the first time that Zane uses his hood since "Vengeance is Mine!."
- This marks The Mechanic's first appearance since "The Absolute Worst."
- At an unknown point in time before this episode, he escaped Kryptarium Prison again.
- This is the third short film to focus on a villain. The first two being "The New Masters of Spinjitzu" and "An Underworldly Takeover."
- The focus character being The Mechanic.
- The two security guards that appeared at the beginning of the short were the same ones that were watching the Pyro Vipers attacking Ninjago City on TV at the Ninjago Museum of History in "Powerless."
For the gallery of the episode, click here