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Reboot (1994-2001-2013) 2013-04-22 13:07:50 Reply

Good. God. I miss this show. Like Sliders and Spectacular Spiderman, this show will hold a special place in my heart until the day I die. It may seem cheesy to you, but this was one of the many decent examples of good writing, drama, and action in an animated series when I was a kid. Shows like this among Gargoyles, Justice League, Samurai Jack.

Reboot used to come on Cartoon Network. It was a Canadian-animated series that I saw alongside another show called Max Steel (which, ironically enough, has gotten a recent, anime reboot). The show was about the adventures of a group of characters based off of humanized computer programs. The main character, Bob, was a security program "downloaded" or "uploaded" to the city of "Mainframe" which was basically a virtual simulation of what was going on inside of your computer.

Time was regulated to "nano seconds" and jokingly a "second" whenever something was going to take a very long time. The antagonists were two viruses by the names of Megabyte and Hexadecimal; Megabyte was a virus who had a very menacing, yet sophisticated air to him, who sought domination and control over Mainframe and did so by way of very complex plots, whereas Hexadecimal was a super-virus whose power created her very erratic personality - one moment she would want to destroy Mainframe, and the next she was trying to woo Bob into loving her.

The first season was sort of what you'd expected from a children's animated series, very comical, very surreal, yet the animation at the time, so I've read, was very cutting-edge. In fact, when the video game came out, the animation for the cutscenes was identical to the animation used in the show - it was just that good at the time (compare the animation you see in the Naruto anime to what you see in Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm 3).

The second season is where it got good for those who can't stand regular television shows. Character backgrounds were explored, new characters and threats were introduced, the scale of Megabyte and Hexadecimal's plot grew in their significance, Bob and his friends Dot, Enzo, and Phong were faced with challenge after challenge... and for those who haven't watched the series but are starting to get interested, I won't ruin how Season 2 ends, but I'll say that it changes the scope of the show considerably. Imagine watching Spongebob and then changing the channel over to Battlestar Galactica or Exosquad.

The show went from this intro in Season 1 to this one in Season 3. Yeah, it was a pretty big shift.

Anywho, so Reboot was sort of 'canceled' or 'delayed' after its fourth season, which was after Cartoon Network dropped the show for being too 'dark' (I presume). Instead, the makers found a way to produce the fourth season into two or three movies that allowed them to increase the elements of the show that were previously frowned upon by Cartoon Network. However, the show ended on, gasp...

a cliffhanger

A cliffhanger that remained famously unresolved even to this day. The fans were so bent by this that petitions were made to have it revived, and lo and behold, the makers of Reboot actually paid attention and started plans to revive the show. They had a website, a comic they used to expand on some of the show's mythology, and there was an announcement of three films that would continue the story from where the show left off. There was even some teaser footage of a redesigned character on the web awhile ago.

That said, nothing, to my knowledge, has come of it since. Most shows I know of that have been out of the spotlight this long are considered dead and buried.

Thank you for taking the time to read all of this and have a nice day.


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Response to Reboot (1994-2001-2013) 2013-04-22 13:16:08 Reply

I fucking loved Reboot. I'd have a freaking heart attack if the movies were made. I wish they'd at least release complete box sets of the entire series.


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Response to Reboot (1994-2001-2013) 2013-04-22 13:18:45 Reply

Yeah they really got sidetracked in season3 when the show became serious instead of being about games and all their funny references.

Some of the references in that show flew way over kid's heads. William Shatner, YMCA, Elvira, Mad Max, Evil Dead... :p
The Mad Max episode was one of my favorites as a kid though.

The show just became less interesting for kids when it started being a story you'd have to follow from episode to episode. When I was young, I never knew when things would be on air and every show that was a continuous story was impossible to follow because most of what you'd see would be reruns of them in the wrong order. It's better suited for adults or stupid-ass anime like DragonBallZ that take so long to tell any story that you can miss 10 shows and still be in the loop as to what's going on. Spoiler: They're still fighting.


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Response to Reboot (1994-2001-2013) 2013-04-22 13:32:21 Reply

Oh I remember ReBoot.
Always wondered what happened to it....


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Response to Reboot (1994-2001-2013) 2013-04-22 13:45:44 Reply

Look out, motherfucker. Incoming game.

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Response to Reboot (1994-2001-2013) 2013-04-22 13:54:59 Reply

lol, it looks like cutting edge modern animations from 3rd world countries
i saw the show back then, it was pretty neat


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Response to Reboot (1994-2001-2013) 2013-04-22 14:15:07 Reply

This show looks like an amateur animation by a college student. I can't believe this was once cutting edge. I never watched the show as a kid because I had pretentious tastes. I'll have to find a copy of the series to watch now.


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Response to Reboot (1994-2001-2013) 2013-04-22 14:21:18 Reply

I remember watching it on CiTV when it first came out, it was pretty cool.

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Response to Reboot (1994-2001-2013) 2013-04-22 15:14:08 Reply

I never really watched it regularly, but I enjoyed it when I did watch.

There definitely was a huge tonal shift later on.

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Response to Reboot (1994-2001-2013) 2013-04-22 15:21:59 Reply

Megabyte really was a boss villain.

He had that great Tony Jay voice.

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Response to Reboot (1994-2001-2013) 2013-04-22 15:26:35 Reply

At 4/22/13 03:21 PM, Darthdenim wrote: Megabyte really was a boss villain.

He had that great Tony Jay voice.

if they "reboot it" nowadays, they should rename him something like "terabyte" or he'll be a wimp


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Response to Reboot (1994-2001-2013) 2013-04-22 16:43:49 Reply

It hasn't aged that well in it's original run after watching the first episode recently The polygons weren't the issue but was obviously more for kids and tech geeks

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Response to Reboot (1994-2001-2013) 2013-04-22 16:46:15 Reply

At 4/22/13 03:26 PM, kakalxlax wrote: if they "reboot it" nowadays

re-reboot

they should rename him something like "terabyte" or he'll be a wimp

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Response to Reboot (1994-2001-2013) 2013-04-22 16:47:38 Reply

Even though I didn't watch this show that much. But dam, that was a good show anyway.


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Response to Reboot (1994-2001-2013) 2013-04-22 16:51:35 Reply

The comic did try to get very philosophical in the end, I'm very optimistic for this reboot of Reboot.


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Response to Reboot (1994-2001-2013) 2013-04-22 17:10:49 Reply

I remember renting the ReBoot game for the Playstation.

I don't remember it being very good.

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Response to Reboot (1994-2001-2013) 2013-04-22 17:16:52 Reply

Yeah I remember that show...the CGI animations scared the living shit out of me.


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Response to Reboot (1994-2001-2013) 2013-04-22 22:28:56 Reply

One of the best shows I watched growing up. It would be my whole family sitting down and watching it whenever it was on.

My dad's a massive fan, and had a job interview with Mainframe at one point, so yeah. He went to FanExpo and got Bob's autograph and whatnot.

good times. Especially with broken action figures and ones imported in that had the stupidest looking painted-on faces.


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Response to Reboot (1994-2001-2013) 2013-04-22 22:44:18 Reply

At 4/22/13 01:07 PM, Demonbrunch wrote:
Thank you for taking the time to read all of this and have a nice day.

My friend, thank you for the memories.
What a quality show that was.

Fuck Megabyte yo

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Response to Reboot (1994-2001-2013) 2013-04-23 00:12:13 Reply

At 4/22/13 01:07 PM, Demonbrunch wrote: I saw alongside another show called Max Steel

I remember that show. Such shitty CG.

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Response to Reboot (1994-2001-2013) 2013-04-23 02:01:58 Reply

I recall watching that show just for its animation which reminded me of the "Toonami" universe mixed with "BeastWars" animation


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Response to Reboot (1994-2001-2013) 2013-04-23 02:52:39 Reply

Do I remember this show? Yes. Do I remember anything ABOUT this show? No. Except for blue people and a scary red lady and her saying "A firewall?" to an underling, I guess.

And and "incoming game" and a green block comes down. And slow food, some number person was there and said he was there since he was a lesser number. That's it.


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Response to Reboot (1994-2001-2013) 2013-04-23 04:07:20 Reply

At 4/23/13 02:01 AM, Swag-in-a-Bag wrote: I recall watching that show just for its animation which reminded me of the "Toonami" universe mixed with "BeastWars" animation

Beast Wars was such an awesome show too! Reboot was so amazing, I remember when I was really young my mom bought me an action figure of Hack. (The red robot.) She said I could only have one toy, but I also really wanted slash (the blue robot,) so I made a cardboard version of him and colored it. I can't believe I remember that, Lol.

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Response to Reboot (1994-2001-2013) 2013-04-23 14:12:24 Reply

GOD I remember the Evil Dead episode....

I loved this show so much. I welcome a continuation with open arms, if that ever happens.


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Response to Reboot (1994-2001-2013) 2013-04-23 21:34:27 Reply

This is for me one of those shows I hadn't thought of in years, but I remember seeing it as a kid, and thinking how cool it was. Megabyte's voice actor was awesome- it gave him that sense of dominion and control he wanted to install (no pun intended) on Mainframe.


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Response to Reboot (1994-2001-2013) 2013-04-23 21:48:38 Reply

Loved the show.

Hexadecimal was hella creepy.

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Response to Reboot (1994-2001-2013) 2013-04-23 22:21:23 Reply

At 4/22/13 01:54 PM, kakalxlax wrote: lol, it looks like cutting edge modern animations from 3rd world countries
i saw the show back then, it was pretty neat
At 4/22/13 02:15 PM, Chdonga wrote: This show looks like an amateur animation by a college student. I can't believe this was once cutting edge. I never watched the show as a kid because I had pretentious tastes. I'll have to find a copy of the series to watch now.

Yeah, I forgot to mention that. :p 1994, what can I say? Reboot was the pioneer of CGI-animated television series.

You can buy the DVDs or search for the episodes online. I might recommend that you start with the Season 2 episodes, because as I said, in my opinion, that's when the plot starts to get serious, but if you want the full scope of the show and some childish antics, Season 1 sets the stages and shows just how much character development occurs in later seasons.

If you're very skeptical, yeah, the animation's not 'fantastic' by today's standard, and a lot of the jokes may fly over most of our heads due to the time period. Again, start with Season 2.

At 4/22/13 03:21 PM, Darthdenim wrote: Megabyte really was a boss villain.

He had that great Tony Jay voice.

RIP Tony Jay.

At 4/22/13 03:26 PM, kakalxlax wrote: if they "reboot it" nowadays, they should rename him something like "terabyte" or he'll be a wimp

In the final season, Megabyte was upgraded (or 'corrupted') into a Trojan Horse Virus. He was able to duplicate the form of any sprite or program.

At 4/22/13 04:43 PM, argile wrote: It hasn't aged that well in it's original run after watching the first episode recently The polygons weren't the issue but was obviously more for kids and tech geeks

It would be a little odd to translate 1990's tech and pop culture gags to 2013, but hey, Tron: Uprising pulled off their retro humor pretty well once the original Kevin Flynn made his appearance.

At 4/22/13 04:51 PM, Ganon-Dorf wrote: The comic did try to get very philosophical in the end, I'm very optimistic for this reboot of Reboot.

I'm going to have to look it up again. I remember the story being about some antivirus that was able to turn all the viruses into Scientologists (hardy har har) or somethign like that; but I had a hard time accessing the site the comic was on.

At 4/22/13 05:10 PM, Darthdenim wrote: I remember renting the ReBoot game for the Playstation.

I don't remember it being very good.

I never played it but I really wanted to when I saw the cheat codes for it on on my Action Replay discs. I imagine it would be something like playing the original Tomb Raider on PS1.

At 4/22/13 05:16 PM, SneakyGameBoy wrote: Yeah I remember that show...the CGI animations scared the living shit out of me.
At 4/23/13 02:01 AM, Swag-in-a-Bag wrote: I recall watching that show just for its animation which reminded me of the "Toonami" universe mixed with "BeastWars" animation

Beast Wars, I knew there was another CGI series I wanted to mention in my first post. That show absorbed me with characters like Dinobot, who had possibly one of the most dynamic inner conflicts I've ever seen written into a cartoon.

At 4/23/13 12:12 AM, T3XT wrote:
At 4/22/13 01:07 PM, Demonbrunch wrote: I saw alongside another show called Max Steel
I remember that show. Such shitty CG.

They were probably from the same year. Still, Max Steel was like crack to me before I started on DBZ. Used to come on half an hour before I went to school and it would come on a little before Reboot.

At 4/22/13 10:44 PM, ManSell wrote: My friend, thank you for the memories.
What a quality show that was.

Indeed.

At 4/23/13 02:52 AM, Dosensuppen wrote: Do I remember this show? Yes. Do I remember anything ABOUT this show? No. Except for blue people and a scary red lady and her saying "A firewall?" to an underling, I guess.

And and "incoming game" and a green block comes down. And slow food, some number person was there and said he was there since he was a lesser number. That's it.

Ha, that's more than enough. I remember catching up on a number of episodes on Youtube myself years back, and the most I could remember from the show was a scene from Season 4 and how Bob became Glitch Bob. I was blown away by what the storyline was really like and just how many episodes I had missed on Toonami.

At 4/23/13 09:34 PM, Blue-SilverDragon wrote: This is for me one of those shows I hadn't thought of in years, but I remember seeing it as a kid, and thinking how cool it was. Megabyte's voice actor was awesome- it gave him that sense of dominion and control he wanted to install (no pun intended) on Mainframe.

Tony Jay and the voice actor for Uncle Iroh/Aku will be dearly missed.


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Response to Reboot (1994-2001-2013) 2013-04-23 23:37:30 Reply

My favorite part of Reboot is the fantastic CGI.

Nah I lie I love reboot

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Response to Reboot (1994-2001-2013) 2013-04-24 15:03:38 Reply

I thought Dot was so hot back then.

Especially when she was dressed like Elvira.

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