17 August 2011
Fishy's Series Reviews - ReBoot
I was gonna go and watch the Inbetweeners film today but it was sold out, so instead I thought I would post about one of my favourite series
I had fun writing this so expect more in the future
Number of Episodes – 39 plus 2 tv movies
When was it on – 1994 - 2001
Running time - About 22 minutes per episode
Michael Benyaer as Bob
Kathleen Barr as Dot
Tony Jay as Megabyte
Shirley Millner as Hexadecimal
The extraordinary adventures of life within a computer.
Dot Matrix and her brother Enzo, plus thousands of friendly Sprites, live in Mainframe, which is plagued by viruses Megabyte and Hexadecimal.
Guardian Bob is sent from the Net to protect them, and soon makes it his home.
Together, they must prevent Megabyte from taking control of all the systems. As an added complication, games being played by the mystical User invade the system regularly, and must be defeated, or else portions of the city are laid to waste...
What's right with it?
The whole concept behind the User loading games. It gives a perfect excuse to have different genres of story each week and it’s great seeing Bob, Dot and Enzo ReBoot into their alternate clothes to fit in with the game
It starts off pretty good, but mid season 2 is where the show really kicks off in a MASSIVE way, with a great X-Files parody episode leading into an all out war and the story gets even darker than that, yet still has that charm
What’s wrong with it?
The earlier episodes have some very rigid animation going on, but I’m sure you could forgive them for that, this is one of the first CGI tv shows
Also a lot of the references will go over your head, they did when I originally watched it, and the computing terms are pretty old school, this did come out in the mid 90s after all. This was a time when a Gigabyte hard drive wasn’t even heard of outside animation and film studios
Series 2 Episode 7 - Nullzilla
Nulls are little slug like creatures that roam around the system. When Sprites (residents of Mainframe) lose a game, they get turned into them
In this episode, Hexadecimal, one of the psychotic characters in the series, gets overtaken by millions of Nulls and turns into a large creature like Godzilla.
Now this is the awesome part, Phong, the system administrator of Mainframe reveals to Bob, Dot, Enzo, Frisket the dog and Mike the TV that he has constructed several large creatures to combat the creature, which as it turns out all form together to create a giant robot in what happens to be one of the best Power Ranger parodies of all time with a little sprinkle of Thunderbirds and Kamen Rider for good measure
Phong: I have prepared something for just such an emergency.
Bob: You're prepared for a giant monster made entirely of nulls stomping around Mainframe?
Phong: That is correct!
Bob: How do you plan for that?
Phong: Lucky guess.
“Black Beetle Turbo Pincer Force”
“Ladybird Accelerator Spotted Carapace Force”
“Grasshopper Sinc Pulse Hopping Force”
“Woofwoof Woof Woofwoofwoof”
"Gnat Slightly Annoyed High Pitched Buzzing Force”
"Reboot Robot Entomologizing Force".
You may not think so watching the first two seasons seeing as he is quite an annoying brat but lets just say he grows into his role and………bulks up
Towards the end of the series they played with this a lot, with different characters doing the monologue
Plus this just for the crazy OSSUM EPICNESS!!!!
Ray Tracer: You blokes look uptight. You should try logging off, it relieves tension.
Bob: This is bad. This is VERY bad.
Hexadecimal: So many moods... so little time...
Bob: [thinking] Wow... Dot looks amazing. What a babe.
Dot: I heard that.
Bob: What? Did I say it or just think it?
Dot: You thought it. We're telepathic, it's part of our game character.
Bob: Oh, sorry. I better be more careful of what I say, ah... think.
Dot: That'll be a first.
Mike the TV: Tell the viewers in your own words what you saw…
Girl: Ma..mu eer I didn’t SEE anything (Runs away scared)
Mike the TV: So there you have it!!! An invisible assailant or did I just interview the wrong person?
Mike the TV: YOU THE VIEWERS DECIDE
Though ABC canceled the series after two seasons, Mainframe produced a third season (and eventually some TV movies) for Canada which eventually aired on cable in the United States. Without ABC to insist upon stories suitable for young children, the episodes took on darker tones.
This show has a RIDICULOUS amount of Easter eggs. One of my favourite things to watch out for are background characters. Many of Mainframes residents are dressed up as characters from other tv shows or famous people including Jean-Luc Picard, Michael Jackson, Sailor Moon and the Village People
The end of Season Three features a musical summary of the events of that season. It is done to the tune of "Modern Major General' by Gilbert and Sullivan, from "The Pirates of Penzance"
Feather McGraw who made five cameo appearances in the series, is never given a name on screen. But is clearly the same Feathers McGraw from Wallace and Gromit's "The Wrong Trousers".
This was my favourite tv show as a kid and it still stands up to the test of time today
If you do decide to track it down, you should watch it from the beginning. You get to learn about and get to like these characters, and its worth it later on for the overarching storylines