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Samurai Jack’s season five premiere is instantly better with creator’s commentary

Genndy Tartakovsky is one hell of a voice actor

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Samurai Jack’s fifth season is finally here, but the best version of the premiere can be found on YouTube.

YouTube user Alex Bennington took commentary from creator Genndy Tartakovsky’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) last year and combined it with five minutes from the fifth season’s premiere. Tartakovsky brought the footage with him to SDCC, but instead of showing the audience, admitted it would be more fun to pitch the scene to them the same way he would Mike Lazzo, Adult Swim’s director of programming.

In the video, Tartakovsky makes an assortment of strange sound effects for close to five minutes, , emulating the noises different robots and scenarios would produce. The audio on its own is entertaining, but when paired with the actual footage, it’s pretty remarkable.

Samurai Jack’s fifth season has been a long time coming, with fans waiting for more than a decade to finally get a conclusive end to Jack’s tale. Tartakovsky told Polygon during a press conference last month that he wanted to make the show, which was already pretty dark in nature, even more macabre.

“It was dark because the show was sad, but it didn't go down into the soul,” Tartakovsky said. “Here, we get to go all the way to the bottom. The haunting of the past and the self, is a pressure that you either need to forget or grieve. He's traumatized and he cannot let go."

Tartakovksy has previously said this season will give Jack’s narrative a definitive end, and he won’t return to the character once it ends.

If you missed out on the season premiere, it can be streamed for free. The show’s first four seasons are also available to stream on Hulu.

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