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|“No service! That's why I don't get with the times.”|
|— Krux to Acronix|
|Season 7, Episode 4|
|Air date||May 18th, 2017 (USA)|
|Written by||Jack Thomas|
|Directed by||Michael Helmuth Hansen|
"A Time of Traitors"
"A Line in the Sand"
In the midst of an epidemic of mysterious metal thefts by the Vermillion Warriors, Lloyd realizes that stepping up and taking over for the ailing Master Wu is not an easy task.
As Master Wu walked with Misako, they encountered the Vermillion. Wu told her to stand back, only to find her disappearing. He then woke up and found Misako by his side, revealing it was only a dream.
Meanwhile, Nya was back at the Samurai X Cave trying to fix Zane. After rebooting the system, she thought she succeeded, but found he was speaking gibberish. P.I.X.A.L. tries to explain to Nya that she's trying to unscramble Zane's neural pathway, unaware that's causing him to speak nonsense. Nya then left to retrieve a binary power cord, much to P.I.X.A.L.'s dismay.
Wu told Misako that when he fought with Acronix back at the Monastery of Spinjitzu, he was struck with the "Time Punch," causing him to age rapidly. Misako wanted to tell the Ninja so they could help, but Wu was able to change her mind so the Ninja won't have to worry and lower their guard. They were then greeted by Lloyd, who felt guilty for not being at his side during the battle.
Outside the temple, Kai took on some sparring bots while Cole complains that Zane is down and everyone's being kidnapped by Krux and Acronix. Fed up by Jay's speculations, Cole uses his RX powers to tremble the floating island before apologizing and stating thry need to fight back. He informed Kai about this before noticing he was acting different ever since he encountered Krux. The latter told him nothing's wrong and questions if they should capture a Vermillion Warrior and interrogate them. Cole said he just wanted to fight, but agrees anyways.
Lloyd came out of the temple and said that won't work because Wu still hasn't recovered. Kai said they don't have a leader, but sensing Lloyd will be Wu's successor, the Ninja called him "Temporary Master Lloyd in Training." He explained they needed a plan, but the others agreed they already have one: fight the Vermillion and get some answers. He told them to be more specific with the plan, but they said they'll work on it on their way toward the Vermillion. Lloyd disagrees and told them to come inside the temple so they can come up with a real plan.
Back in Ninjago City, all metal objects disappeared, including the cell tower. The citizens ran in panic as their phones are out of service. In Dareth's dojo, all his fake trophies have gone missing, encouraging him to find who took them. on top of a building, Blunck and Raggmunk witnessed as all the metal are being delivered to their headquarters, with the latter calling it "Operation Heavy Metal."
Dareth found Ronin in his shop and informed him of his dilemma. The latter questions why anyone would do that seeing they were fake. However, Dareth misunderstood, saying they were irreplaceable and wanted to get replacements. While Ronin went to get a trophy, he caught Vermillions trying to take away the metal. Pointing to the "no shoplifting" sign, he knocked them out. Dareth looked out a window to find more Vermillions with his trophies. He tried to take them from them but had to be rescued by Ronin's mech.
At the temple, Lloyd was explaining a plan but was constantly interupted by Jay slurping his drink. He told Cole and Kai that he was bored and was messing with him, but realized Lloyd had to start over. Ronin and Dareth came in and explained the city is under attack, much to the Ninjas' (except Lloyd) excitement but had to pretend it was bad. As the Ninja head out, Lloyd stopped them because the Vermillion stealing metal might be a distraction so they can leave the temple to finish off Wu. They countered his arguement by saying if they don't do anything, the snakes would continue to damage the city. Seeing he won't be able to convince them to stay, he also allowed Ronin and Dareth to go. He called Nya, hoping she will be on his side, not knowing the signal was down.
Nya came back to the cave but found Vermillion trying to take Zane's metal. She fended them off, but Zane was unable to fight. P.I.X.A.L. sent the electricity to his chest, shocking the Vermillion. Nya found her Samurai X suit was missing and was determined to get them back.
As Krux and Acronix try to find their way to the lair, Acronix tries to get him to like technology, saying his BorgWatch has a GPS. Krux said that he preferred the old-fashioned way after seeing the watch is out of service.
The Ninja climbed above a building, fighting off Vermillion Warriors on the way. The building started falling apart, with Nya having to save Kai. Nya told him the snakes were stealing metal, but realized they already know. She also told him she was still truing to fix Zane, but was attacked by a Vermillion. It fell, but was able tk reconstruct itself. As Dareth ran away, Ronin told him they were the ones that stol his trophy, prompting him to defeat them with ease. Unfortunately, he kicked Ronin's shin, breaking his leg.
As the Ninja were being followed, Nya operated a crane to take out the snakes. Blunck and Raggmunk noted they haven't collected enough metal and was already failing. Commander Machia said not only did the plan have a stupid name, but also a stupid idea. She then started "Operation Blackout," hoping the two wouldn't mess this one up.
Meanwhile, Lloyd paced around the temple, with Misako telling him he looks worried. He told her he was mad at Kai, Jay, and Cole for disobeying him and that he wasn't there for Wu during his fight. Wu woke up, telling him when he wished he was there, he meant the whole team. Lloyd laments he only makes mistakes as a leader, but Misako told him leaders fix mistakes. He realized that he made the same mistake as Wu—fighting alone—and that he needed to be there for his team, even if they don't obey. He told his mom he doesn't know where they are before the power source went out, informing him of their location. Wu then told Misako that Lloyd will be a master soon and that he doesn't make a lot of errors, but she explained he made one big one.
The Ninja arrived at the power source and found Lloyd waiting for them. The team apologized to each other. Lloyd agreed with the Ninjas' original plan before they head inside. Finding it empty, Lloyd asks Zane if he can detect any activities. Nya translated his gibberish, saying there had been multiple contacts six meters in. As the Ninja fought, Nya informed Lloyd Zane was able to attrat metal objects with his electricity. They spotted a turbine—if Zane was hooked up with it, it would be powerful enough to take the snakes' armor away. It wasn't enough, but Jay was able to send some of his Lightning to help. Without their armor, the Vermillion weren't able to turn back into warriors and started slithering away. The Ninja thanked Master Lloyd for the plan, leaving out the "Temporary" and "in Training" part on purpose.
The Ninja turned on the power and was able to fix Zane. He asked what happened, with Jay telling him they fought the Vermillion and the snakes taking away people, metal, and attempted to steal his metal skin. Gayle Gossip, on tv, informed the snakes are taking down Mega Monster Amusement Park. Kai told Nya that after they defeat the Vermillion, he has tk tell her something. Zane told the team he couldn't think of any better place to steal metal, even asking P.I.X.A.L. for confirmation, but she was gone. Jay, thinking there is a better place, secretly went to his parents' junkyard.
- Blunck - TBA
- Cole - Kirby Morrow
- Dareth - Alan Marriott
- Gayle Gossip - Kelly Sheridan
- Jay - Michael Adamthwaite
- Kai - Vincent Tong
- Lloyd - Jillian Michaels
- Nya - Kelly Metzger
- P.I.X.A.L. - Jennifer Hayward
- Raggmunk - TBA
- Ronin - Brian Dobson
- Wu - Paul Dobson
- Zane - Brent Miller
- This is the only episode in Season 7 not to have a Time Blade physically seen, although Master Wu mentions it.
- In Wu's dream at the beginning of the episode, Krux and Acronix are walking forward, Krux on the left and Acronix on the right. In the next shot when they are laughing, they switch places.