LEGO Ninjago (Seasons 7, 10-11)
LEGO Ninjago (formerly known as LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu) is a Canadian-Danish-American CGI animated TV show created by Tommy Andreasen and released on January 14, 2011 as well as created to promote the series of Lego toys of the same name. It includes the voice roles of Vincent Tong, Michael Adamwhite, Kirby Morrow (Season 1-15), Brent Miller, Kelly Metzger, Sam Vincent (formerly Jillain Michaels in Seasons 1-7), Paul Dobson and Mark Oliver. While the first six seasons and the eighth, ninth, twelfth, and thirteenth season were good and done right, sadly, these seasons didn't do as good to the point and the same can't be said for this show where they were put on Terrible TV Shows Wiki.
The show follows the story of four (later six) young ninja warriors on their adventures in the world of Ninjago as they defend their land from various threats:
Season 7: The Hands of Time
Shortly after the Day of the Departed, Master Wu awaits his old enemy Acronix to complete a battle they began 40 years ago. But Wu never should have faced such a powerful foe alone. Acronix hits Wu with the Time Punch, which causes him to start rapidly aging! Acronix escapes and reunites with his twin brother Krux, who has been living the past 40 years in disguise as the lovable Dr. Sander Saunders. During this time, Krux has been breeding a new slithering enemy: the Vermillion Warriors.
Season 10: March of the Oni
The Oni are coming … As demonic darkness descends upon the realm of NINJAGO, the time has come for our heroes to rise again and protect the land that all Masters of Spinjitzu call home. It is a world filled with a rich history and legacy, and it is from here where our ninja heroes must unlock an even greater power to defeat the darkness that is marching towards them. What could these shapeshifting dark forces be, why do they want to destroy NINJAGO, and how can they be defeated?
Season 11: Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu
The Fire Chapter
The Scrolls of Forbidden Spinjitzu have been kept a secret for a thousand years. With good reason. The evil Serpentine sorceress, Aspheera, was banished along with the Scrolls – but now she is back, hungry for revenge, and ready to get her fangs on the Scrolls once more and reclaim her powers. The ninja’s powers, friendships, beliefs and loyalties will be put to the test like never before.
The Ice Chapter
Zane's been captured by the evil Ice Emperor. The Ninja have mounted a desperate rescue mission – but if they want to see their friend again, they’ll have to battle hordes of Blizzard Samurai as they make their way through the Never-Realm, from where no Ninja has ever returned. Join the adventures of Nya, Kai, Jay, Zane, Cole, Lloyd, and Master Wu in 15 exciting new episodes. Bundle up, and let’s go!
- The main problem with these seasons is that they lack the great storytelling and writing of the first six seasons, and the eighth, the ninth, twelfth, and thirteenth season. In fact, this makes the show that went downhill.
- The main problem is that The Hageman Brothers didn't write this season, so the transition between David Shayne worsened the writing, resulting in the season overall being pretty rushed.
- They got a snake tribe. Are you serious? Snakes were used in Seasons 1, just so it seemed rehashed at all for once, although they were different.
- While not terrible, the 3D animation looks cheaper than the first six seasons.
- Lloyd was doing his role as team leader very well in the last season, but here, no one takes him seriously, and for no reason at all. This in itself makes Lloyd seem like he just became gradually less wise in this season.
- Secrets Discovered is arguably one of the worst episodes of the show yet. Samurai X(later revealed to be Pixal in Season 8) "reminds" Nya that the reason she hid her identity as Samurai X back in Season 1 was because her friends and love ones would "be at risk". This is absolutely nonsensical. Why would she be putting her friends at risk, when they're the '''PROTECTORS OF THE CITY?'''
- The Vermillion is a terrible army, and Raggmunk and Blunch are unlikable comic relief characters, and Machia is unlikable as well. And they are the only ones who talk as the rest don't.
- Wu and Garmadon's history with Ackronix and Krux kind of seems like it was just forced into the timeline
- Weak pacing that feels much longer than that.
- Unnecessarily laughable dialogue, such as "It is time to rule!", or "Such a smart, little, NINJA!".
- This season only had four episodes, so it seemed pretty rushed and short.
- Despite fitting to the dark tone, there were few funny moments, which were actually the only ones intended. So overall, this season was pretty bland.
- Cole's "Death", while touching, didn't have enough time to be properly focused on, as he literally came back in the next episode, which made it seem forced and downright pointless.
- Speaking of his "death", when spreading the news, not once did they use "dead,and instead "gone", which gets very annoying. After all, the show is rated "TV-Y7" not "TV-G" or "TV-Y", and the characters should be allowed to directly reference death as they did in previous seasons.
- The scene of Lloyd yelling at Garmadon about how there's more to life than survival, while good, can come off as annoying because the only reason he has all these thoughts is because Harumi brought him back as evil.
- This season kind of ended on a cliffhanger regarding Garmadon's development, as he gradually becomes more sympathetic, but in the last episode he just leaves frowning and so far, never appeared again.
- While the oni are cool and threatening antagonists, they don’t get enough screentime, and when they are about to kill the ninjas, they do the tornado of creation, and just like that the oni are defeated, just wiped out like it’s nothing, which makes them seem kinda weak.
- Lloyd meeting the first spinjitzu master was downright pointless and had no purpose but to tell the Audience “The ninja are more of heroes than the first spinjitzu master” while this is a nice callback to their progress throughout the series, but he doesn’t even show his face and basically asks Lloyd if he wants to go to heaven, and when he says no, the master says that when he wakes up he thinks I’ll be a dream and eventually forget it, making the entire scene have no purpose whatsoever.
- WilFilm no longer animates Ninjago from this season onward. It's now animated by WildBrain (formerly DHX Media). While not terrible, the pacing is mediocre, and the hairstyles look blocky.
- This season also got rid of the 22-minute format, replacing it with an 11-minute format for no good reason. So the episodes were pretty rushed.
- Due to this, TV guides and video streaming websites consider Ninjago to be two separate series, and this is considered Season ONE.
- The dialogue was poorly-made and laughable, even more so than Season 7.
- WAY too many filler episodes, just like Season 2a. Not only were they in the Fire Chapter but some were in the Ice Chapter.
- Misako didn't appear once, not even in a cameo.
- Plot holes. An example is that after Zane got banished to the Never Realm, immediately after Aspheera got locked in Cell One.
- By the way, Aspheera, while having well-done voice acting and having a somewhat entertaining dialogue, is a terrible villain. Her motivation behind wanting to banish Wu is because when they were kids, she asked him to teach her Spinjitzu in exchange for his freedom, and Wu makes her promise not to use it for evil but of course she does. Later, to stop her from LITERALLY ENSLAVING A WHOLE KINGDOM, Wu and his brother Garmadon use an unknown Spinjitzu called Forbidden Spinjitzu, and she gets put in prison. Then, she decides to play the victim card as if Wu betrayed her or something. That in itself is just an old snake emotionally manipulating Wu and pretending to be the victim.
- The tone was lighter and less-serious then the series' past three seasons, which is really unnecessary at all.
- They got a snake tribe, again. Really? Snakes were already used in Seasons 1 and 7, but in a better way than this.
- More flanderization, most of the ninja in this season either feel dumbed down or sucked of their charm.
- Kai is now even more unlikable and narcissistic than in Season 8. Back in Season 5, he lost his powers and still coped with it, but in Powerless, he believed he is hopeless without his powers, thus also suffering character derailment. In Under Siege, after Wu told him a story about how he befriended Aspheera and taught her Spinjitzu, he along with Jay, Cole, and PIXAL scolded him, but Kai being the most.
- Jay is given nothing to do here, and feels like he's just... there.
- Cole (Specifically in the Ice Chapter) is very dumbed down as displayed by his babyish dream showing the thought of the rest of the ninja being angry at him for losing the traveler's tea.
- Lloyd just feels mostly stereotypical here compared to nearly any other season.
- Zane, while fine, feels like he's at the ass of the story, as he "dies" again, has another one of his visions(which has been done before, but way better), and turns evil.
- Nya's side plot in the Ice Chapter of learning to control ice is completely unnecessary and redundant.
- First of all, she is NOT THE ICE NINJA. She's the water ninja. Why does she need to learn to control ice, and why did she understand it? Second of all, can't she just make a tsunami and get rid of all the snow. She also doesn't even know exactly how to shoot water since Season 8.
- Wu at times just feels like a stereotypical grandpa type.
- Unnecessary anime-esque scenes, which is very unfitting for a LEGO show. An example was in The Absolute Worst where they used flashbacks and in "Secret of the Wolf" where Akita tells about her backstory. Even worse, the animation isn't really like anime at all.
- Predictable plot twists, like Zane being the Ice Emperor or Wu being the one who Aspheera wants revenge on.
- Its another “Wu doesn’t tell the ninja about his past until now but it may be too late to stop them” season
- False Advertising: In the LEGO sets Kai and Nya use Forbidden Spinjitzu however in the season, only Lloyd, Jay, Zane, Cole, Aspheera, and Wu.
- The voice acting stayed decent.
- Unlike most bad seasons of good shows, these seasons actually have some pretty good episodes under the bad writing.
- Like most of seasons, "The Weekend Whip" remixes are well-done.
- Out of every season on this page, Season 10 has the best writing.
- This season finally revealed the history of Kai and Nya's parents.
- The chemistry of Kai and Nya in this season is fantastic and one of the highlights of it.
- The season premiere, "The Hands Of Time" and the season finale, "Lost In Time" are pretty good episodes.
- The season's main antagonists; Krux and Acronix are decent.
- David Shayne didn't have any prior Ninjago experience, so you can kind of understand.
- The opening is still great, even though it's kind of sad that Ninjago doesn't use this type of openings anymore.
- We finally get to see the spinjitzu powers in slow motion.
- This (along with Ninjago: Decoded) is the last time we saw the original designs of the Ninja before they were revamped in the movie, Season 8, and onwards.
- As mentioned earlier, this season fits on the darker tone.
- Some funny moments, like Garmadon pushing the button that sent them falling into the ground, even if that was one of the only few funny moments.
- Garmadon reconciling with Lloyd is very heartwarming.
- "The Fall" is an amazing episode and one of the best in the Oni Trilogy.
- Very mature themes, plus, out of every season on this page, this one definitely has the strongest writing.
- It's good to see the Golden Weapons again since season 3, and the Tornado of Creation since season 1.
- The Ice Chapter was an improvement over The Fire Chapter.
- Akita was a likable character.
- The Blizzard Samurai were creative.
- Kai nearly redeemed his character derailment in The Ice Chapter, until his character was ruined again in Season 12.
- The choreography and fight scenes improved to the max in this season, something that carried on to Season 12 and completely took off in Season 13.
- Sorla is a good and likable character.
- Although it was executed horribly, Wu and Garmadon's backstory with Aspheera had some good concepts, like Wu being the deceiver instead of the obligatory and predictable Garmadon.
- Aspheera is one of the few villains that can use spinjitzu against the Ninja, which is very rare for Ninjago.
- Luckily, the subplot of Nya trying to control ice might be non-canon, since it wasn’t used since the finale.
While most of seasons have well-received, these seasons didn't do as good to the point. For example:
Season 7: The Hands of Time has received mixed-to-negative reception, and is often seen as one of the series' weakest seasons. Kai and Nya's dynamic and relationship with their parents was well-received by fans, as were the season's main antagonists; Krux and Acronix, as well as the side-story involving Samurai X. Yet the animation, pacing, dialogue and overall character development of the season were all high points of criticism.
Season 10: March of the Oni has received more mixed reception. The conclusion of the Oni & Dragon storyline introduced in Sons of Garmadon and continued in Hunted was well received by fans, as well as the introduction of the Oni, the re-introduction of the Golden Weapons, the callbacks to previous season and the last scene of the season. Garmadon's character and dynamic with Lloyd is the highest point of praise from fans with the season. More mixed-to-negative reception stems from the lack of characterization and screen time for the Oni themselves, as well as only being a 4-episode season to both conclude the Oni & Dragon arc and to celebrate Ninjago's 100th episode milestone.
Season 11: Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu has received more mixed-to-negative reception. The first 15 episodes, dubbed The Fire Chapter have especially been a high point of criticism, due to their filler-like nature, the lighter and less-serious tone then the series' past three seasons, the downgrade in animation and the lack of character development for the Ninja. The animation of Forbidden Spinjitzu itself was a high point of praise however. The season's last 15 episodes, dubbed The Ice Chapter received a much more positive response, with praise being directed towards the tone and setting of the Never-Realm, the roster of new and likeable side characters, the antagonistic nature of Vex and the overall stronger storyline compared to the previous chapter. The episodes "The Absolute Worst" and "The Kaiju Protocol" were high points of criticism however, due to their filler-status and moving away from the main storyline of the Never-Realm entirely. The introduction of 2D animation and the change in runtime from 22-minutes per episode to 11-minutes per episode were also high points of criticism and concern among fans, resulting in the season being the most divisive one yet for the series.