After many years ReBoot finally got a new show in the form of Reboot: The Guardian Code which mixes live action with CG as they go inside the machines with Virtual Reality like devices. Fans were not very happy but since I am a big fan of shows that deal with people going into digital worlds à la Tron, I didn’t mind at all. After watching it I realized that it’s a show with potential and fans should definitely give it a shot.
For die-hard fans of the original show will find a very different show and I don’t really know why exactly they went with the ReBoot brand if they were planning something so different as most of the time it just doesn’t feels anything like it. We do get Megabyte as a villain and he’s great and just as you remember him, but he’s the only constant link to the old show. However I’d say that his style clashes a bit with the rest of the show so it doesn’t help the new show either. We do get a few references to the old show here and there but they’re small Easter eggs for fans more than anything. There is indeed one episode that deals and feels exactly like the old show we watched and it’s a blast. The good news is I feel like we’ll end up getting more and more of this type of episodes down the line, I doubt they’ve forgotten just remember how much the old show changed.
With the old show addressed let’s get into #thenewnew and this show well it’s a bit of a mess but nowhere near as bad as the first season of the original ReBoot. You have some teens who become heroes after being chosen to protect cyberspace. The show is rather episodic for the most part so if you’re not into episode by episode adventures you won’t like it too much at first. I do think the show starts getting better even if things revert back to the status quo on most episodes. The story does start moving along slowly in the episodes and I can already see various story arcs being made.
The original show always mentioned the User lived outside the net which made me accept this new take rather easily for me as it was a big question posed that was never really answered. The Bad guy is a hacker named that goes by the name The Sorcerer and he makes a cool villain. In fact the concept is very similar to Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad in terms of plot but sadly it doesn’t reach that level of cool just yet. The CG is also solid and looks nice though sometimes you get some background scenes that seem rather blocky.
The main characters aren’t all too interesting but they’re not too bland either falling into the normal tropes of the jock, the geek, the leader, the girl and the mentor. In many ways the show feels a lot like Power Rangers with the exception that there is no live-action umm…action scenes and the virtual CG fights aren’t as exciting as fights in suits but it does make me want this idea to be used in a future Power Rangers show.
The live-action scenes can be hit or miss as they deal with day to day teenager problems but most of the time they deal with stuff that’s already been done to death so nothing special but the potential is definitely there. As with other things I’ve mentioned this is a show that I can see improving over time so I hope it finds an audience. It definitely isn’t for everyone but it’s far from horrible as most people were making it out to be just from the trailers.
Right now there’s only 10 episodes available but I”m guessing more will be added and that it was a season cut in half as none of the storylines really got to a close and it seemed like at the end were things getting set up for a more interesting show. It’s something Netflix has been doing for their recent animated shows to make the wait for more seasons not be as bad. This article will be updated once more episodes are added.
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