So I just finished watching the new “Reboot” on Netflix, Reboot: The Guardian Code.
Please note this review may contain some spoilers, you have been warned.
ReBoot: The Guardian Code is a Canadian live-action/CGI-animated television series, produced by Mainframe Studios. It is a re-imagined series inspired by the original computer-animated TV series ReBoot and the first ten episodes have aired on Netflix. Its a show that seems to be made for a new generation while still paying homage to the original show.
The original TV show ReBoot is a Canadian CGI-animated action-adventure television series that originally aired from 1994 to 2001. It was produced by Vancouver-based production company Mainframe Entertainment, Alliance Communications and BLT Productions. The animated series was created by Gavin Blair, Ian Pearson, Phil Mitchell, and John Grace, with the visuals designed by Brendan McCarthy after an initial attempt by Ian Gibson.The series follows the adventures of a Guardian named Bob and his companions Enzo and Dot Matrix as they work to keep the computer system of Mainframe safe from the viruses known as Megabyte and Hexadecimal. It was the world’s first ever half-hour, completely computer-animated TV series.
So when we first heard that the iconic TV show was coming to Netflix fans of the original show was ecstatic anticipating the first trailer of the show.
When the first trailer was released last month many well almost all fans were disappointed. They were disappointed because of the live action and CGI mix, including the absence of Bob, Dot and Enzo.
First off the show can do without the live action, the original show it self was about a local computer system called Mainframe. Eventually Mainframe was introduced to the internet. But because the first show started in a time where the internet was a just a baby, the world of Mainframe was never connected to the internet. Later on during the shows progression the internet was introduced, thats when the original characters were able to travel around the “NET”.
In the new show, the acting is bad, like really bad. The actor Bob Frazer who plays the hacker named Sorcerer, had scenes that made me cringe, his idea of a world dominating hacker was dry and seemed forced like he wanted to be very creepy yet his idea of a evil hacker flopped every second he spent on screen. The other actors including the kids were ok, they were what I expected a group of teenagers would be like. The artificial intelligent persona turned humanoid Vera was probably the best part of the show, she was just comical to watch in my opinion however at times she was annoying.
The series first 10 episodes is basically about the hacker Sorcerer and his attempt to take over the world by bringing back the virus Megabite, the original antagonist of the original show. He is the only familiar face during the majority of the show, and I was secretly cheering him on. Megabite is under control of the hacker, and is being forced to do his bidding in taking over the world via internet by infecting and hacking other systems.
The new guardians, are basically 4 kids that can transfer themselves into the system to fight along side virus and hacking protection programs protecting things like the power plant, banks, personal voice assistants, and a weather monitoring NASA satellite.
Its only during the last episode of the season when the group discovers the world of Mainframe, and they finally meet Bob, Dot and Enzo who all seem to have been returned to their original versions of them selves. While Megabite finds his sister Hexadecimal and brings her back to his fortress.
Although the show was overwhelmingly not received well by fans. Im interested to see what else they do with the show since it seems they may be green-lighted by Netflix for 26 more episodes.
You can catch episodes of Reboot: The Guardian Code now streaming on Netflix.