Jackie Chan Adventures 5 Seasons 2005

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Season 5
(14) IMDb 7.7/10

13. The Powers That Be (Part 2) TV-NR CC

Drago fights his father, Shendu.

Starring:
Jackie Chan, James Sie
Runtime:
22 minutes
Original air date:
July 25, 2005

The Powers That Be (Part 2)

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Product Details

Genres Action, Comedy, Kids & Family, Fantasy
Director Kirk Van Wormer
Starring Jackie Chan, James Sie
Supporting actors Stacie Chan, Noah Nelson, Sab Shimono, Adam Baldwin, Clancy Brown, John DiMaggio, Susan Eisenberg, Mike Erwin, Jeff Fischer, Michael Rosenbaum, Miguel Sandoval, Franco Velez
Season year 2005
Network Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Producers David Hartman, Solon So
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 1, 2011
The fifth and final season of the show stars Drago as the main villain after he manages to escape Section 13. This season focuses on him trying to find the powers of the Demon Sorcerers in magical items (much like the season 3 pursuit of Talisman powers in the animals that hosted them) I liked Drago, and thought he was a pretty cool villain.

However, at this point, the series had already become entrenched in the formula that dominated it since season 2. This formula included...
-Jade in EVERY episode. Boy, that girl really grated on my nerves in some episodes. She would have been a better and more likeable character if she wasn't in half the episodes. Also, she has become more annoying than she was in Season 1, to the point where sometimes I wished she would get hit by a bus, or eaten by Drago.
-Globetrotting for the item of the day. In this instance, it was the magical items the eight immortals used to seal the Demons away into the Voic. This part of the formula wasn't too bad, though.
-Finn, Ratso, and Chow as lackeys - a mainstay of Seasons 1 through 4, was changed for this. Drago recruits Strikemaster Ice and his gang, so I was disappointed to not have Finn, Ratso, Chow, and Hak Foo around. They do make guest appearances, but only appear a couple of times. After their failure in the first episode of this season, Drago 'fires' them and strips them of the powers he gave them - quite the difference from Tarakudo and Daolon Wong!
-Lack of depth. The episodes were action-centered, and spent little to no time exploring the past, so the series lacked depth. We don't know how Uncle came to learn magic. We don't know how Valmont, the Enforcers, Daolon Wong, etc became bad guys, or how Tohru came to work for Valmont in the first place.
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I am sad and glad to see this series come to an end. In the last couple of seasons the writing really fell apart for some of the episodes, and this show did not achieve the potential it could have. Seasons 1 and 2 were the best, hands-down. For whatever reason, Season 2 had the most episodes (39 episodes) while all the others but for Season 3 had just 13 episodes.

If this show had been given twenty episodes per season instead of this mixed number, it might have helped. Season 2 had a LOT of filler episodes, and so did the subsequent seasons, causing the show to lose opportunity to flesh out certain aspects of it and make it a deeper and more entertaining show than throwing in a bunch of one-shot villains or silly, useless episodes like 'Mirror Mirror' into the mix.

This season had a lot of potential to explore the history of the Demon Sorcerers, especially Shendu and Drago... and yet we don't really learn anything new about any of them this season. Better writing and management definitely could have saved this show.
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By M TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 15, 2012
As a season finale, it's not bad. As a series finale, it's so-so. The writing declined in the last couple of seasons, so the final season was not as coherent as it should have been. Shendu and Drago fight because the Chans freed Shendu to deal with Drago. And so on and so forth...
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By M TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 15, 2012
This episode created more questions than answers. And it also doesn't seem that Jade has truly grown up as an adult, as she is in trouble because she did something rather rash. One thing that bothered me about this show was the lack of character development for Jade, she irritated me most of the fourth and fifth season. Older Uncle and Tohru were cute, but this episode should have focused more on creating depth by exploring the past of some of the characters or vilians instead of yet another silly stand-alone episode.

There is also a plothole in here. In the season/series finale, the Talismans are showed being gone to the void with Shendu yet in this episode Section 13 has the Talismans in the future. Hmmmm?
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By M TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 15, 2012
So Po Kong's Mountain Demon Chi is the last one left (besides Shendu's own) and the Drum that was used to banish her has been reduced to chopsticks. This leads into a really awful fat joke episode.

Tohru eats some rice with these cursed chopsticks (unknowingly) and gains her Chi. He had been trying to watch his diet, but of course, the chi of the Mountain Demon is going to just mess that up. Kinda sad that Tohru and Po Kong both became butts of the joke in this.
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By M TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 15, 2012
Clash of the Titanics and this can be seen as a two-part episode, since the last episode ended with Drago claiming the Thunder Demon Chi for himself. He is livin' large and has taken the Seattle Needle for himself so he can harness more lightning and the Chans have to figure a way to steal the Chi, hence the name of this episode. Definitely a wonderful episode, especially paired with Clash of the Titanics!
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By M TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 15, 2012
The search for the Thunder Demon Chi is on, and is in a sunken ship called the Oceanic. The title refers to the ship Titanic of course, but also to the clash between Drago and Jackie and their search for the Thunder Demon Chi, referring to the Clash of the Titans movie of Greek mythology. Drago's team makes a submarine out of their van - scientific impossibility aside, this is an entertaining episode and definitely one of the best in the season.
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