Ninjago Rise of the Snakes is a cartoon that continues the story of Sensei Wu and his four Ninja apprentices – Jay, Cole, Kai and Zane.
Rise Of the Snakes is a sequel to the original Cartoon Network Ninjago animated series – Masters Of Spinjitzu. While the first season drew from characters and situations from the first wave of Lego Ninjago sets, the second season is inspired by the sets from the second wave of sets released in 2012.
In these sets (identified by their green packaging) and in the cartoon, the major antagonists are different races of human-like snakes.
Ninjago Rise of the Snakes
The episodes in Ninjago Rise of the Snakes originally aired on the Cartoon Network in early 2012.
The synopsises below contain spoilers so read with caution!
- Episode 1 – Rise of the Snakes
After a long time of rest,Kai, Jay, Zane, and Cole learn that one of them is destined to become the Green Ninja,so they have a tournament that Cole ‘wins’. However, they discover the Serpentine have been unleashed into the world of Ninjago by Lloyd Garmadon (Lord Garmadon’s son). The four ninjas battle the Hypnobrai (a race of snake men) at Jamonakai Village but the snakes escape. The ninja now face a new enemy.
- Episode 2 – Home
The Ninja need a better dojo. Zane finds out from a falcon that Lloyd Garmadon has instructed the Serpentine to build him a giant Treehouse HQ as his base. The Ninja’s Monastery is burned down by Skales and so they move into the ship Destiny’s Bounty. Lloyd is exiled from The Hypnobrai,but is able to steal a map with the locations of the other tribes.
- Episode 3 – Snakebit
Jay’s parents, Ed and Edna, come to visit the Ninja. Lloyd discovers the Fangpyre and uses them to try and turn Jay’s parents into Serpentine, but was unsuccessful.
- Episode 4 – Never Trust a Snake
After being betrayed by the Fangpyre, Lloyd unearths the Anacondri, where he finds Pythor P. Chumsworth, an Anacondri Serpentine. Pythor betrays Lloyd and Lloyd joins the Ninja. Pythor also steals Lloyd’s map.
- Episode 5 – Can of Worms
Sensei Wu wants to teach the Ninja the power of Rumors so he instructs Lloyd to pull pranks on the Ninja. Meanwhile, the Ninja are trying to stop Pythor from uniting the Serpentine.The Ninja are successful,but only for now…
- Episode 6 – The Snake King
Pythor, using Skales’ help, digs up the lost city of Ouroborous. Lloyd goes to Ouroborous but gets captured. Samurai X was also captured and the ninja are forced to fight him.The Serpentine officially unites. The Ninja escape with the help of Samurai X, and Kai discovers Nya is Samurai X, but she makes him promise not to tell the others.Lloyd remains captured.
- Episode 7 – Tick Tock
The ninjas listen to Sensei’s story about Lord Garmadon being bit by a snake. The snake is a legendary snake that will never stop growing. Zane is revealed as a robot or a “nindroid” the falcon is also a robot, built by the same creator,Dr. Julien. Zane unlocks his full potential and Sensei Wu travels to the portal Lord Garmadon is trapped in.
- Episode 8 – Once Bitten, Twice Shy
Sensei Wu fights Garmadon and tells him Lloyd is in trouble. Jay and Nya have to cut their first date short to help the others protect one of The Great Devourer’s fangs from the Serpentine, and Jay unlocks his full potential when Nya kissed him. All the other ninja found out that Nya was Samurai X. Sensei Wu and Lord Garmadon embark on a journey to the Mountain of Madness.
- Episode 9 – The Royal Blacksmiths
When Cole’s Father comes down for a visit, The ninja’s go undercover as a dance troupe to win the Blade Cup, which has a Devourer Fang in it. The Serpentine find out, and come to try to steal the Fang, and Cole unlocks his full potential when the Serpentine try to harm them, and the Serpentine steal the 2nd Fang Blade.NOTE: in this episode the ninjas wear normal clothes for a while.
- Episode 10 – The Green Ninja
When Garmadon moves in to search for Lloyd, the ninja learn that they must work together to find him. When Lloyd is found, Kai unlocks his full potential, and then the ninja use the 4 Golden Weapons to make Lloyd stronger, and turn him into the Green Ninja. The Serpentine find the 3rd Fang Blade.
- Episode 11 – All of Nothing
When the ninja are captured trying to find the Serpentine’s inner sanctum, and Lloyd’s rescue mission fails; It’s up to Garmadon to save them. The Serpentine find the 4th Fang Blade,but Lloyd steals them after Garmadon uses The Skeleton Army to fight The Serpentine.Garmadon leaves afterwards,making Lloyd upset.
- Episode 12 – The Final Hour – Part 1
When the Ninja are freed by Lord Garmadon, they find that Pythor has left to the city of Ourobouros, leaving the ninja are in a race against time to the lost city of Ourobouros. The Great Devourer is awoken.
- Episode 13 – The Final Hour – Part 2
The ninja must battle The Great Devourer to save all of Ninjago. Lloyd goes to the Spirit Coast to ask the Hydro-Dragon for help, and the Ninja combine their vehicles to form the Ultra Sonic Raider. In the end, Lord Garmadon sacrifices himself using the four weapons to destroy the Great Devourer and the Serpentine. Ninjago is at peace, at last!
Ninjago Rise of the Snakes Books
If your kids love the Lego Ninjago series there are a number of ways you can encourage and grow their interest.
Of course there are the Ninjago 2012 Lego sets but there are also a number of comics, readers and activity books that have been created around the Ninjago world.
While there are a number of books available presently, most of the titles that deal with the battle with the snakes will be released in May, including a reading book for ages 4+ called Rise Of the Snakes and a comic called Rise of the Serpentine.
There is already a good selection of Lego Ninjago reading books for all levels and you can find the full range at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk
Ninjago Rise of the Snakes Videos
If you missed the TV broadcast, Ninjago Rise of the Snakes is on youtube (unofficially) but the quality is not great.
You can watch the trailer in better quality below but, rest assured, when the DVD is announced I will let you know 🙂
The Ninjago Rise of the Snakes season will be followed by at least two additional cartoon seasons, most likely not dealing with snakes.