There’s been a lot to be excited about in the last month or two. I’m a little late in talking about upcoming Reboot, uh, reboot, but I feel okay about that. I was a little late discovering it the first time around. I’m pretty sure I first heard about it from the amusing titled Cyberpunk Handbook: The Real Cyberpunk Fakebook.
Despite my inauspicious initial contact, I came to love the show with the same kind of immoderate enthusiasm that drives our engagement with Once Upon a Time. There is, in fact, a Mad Max themed episode designed by Fury Road‘s co-writer and story boarder that features the villain as a war rig hauling Mainframe’s equivalent of gasoline. It’s a post-neo-meta-reference or something.
This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the original. And it’s being celebrated in the traditional way, with a brand new update. Corus Entertainment has ordered 26 episodes of the “hybrid live-action/CG-animated series” with “a groundbreaking multi-platform experience.”
Like most reboots, this one seems to have only the most tenuous relationship with the original.
Transcending age groups with appeal to kids, tweens and teens, ReBoot: the Guardian Code is an adventure-comedy series about four teens (Austin, Parker, Grey and Tamra) who discover that they’re next-gen Guardians with a mission to save the world, by defending it in cyberspace. The Internet revolutionized the world, but it also left it vulnerable to attack. With the help of VERA, the last surviving cyberbeing from the original Guardian Program, our heroes stream into cyberspace where they use their awesome code-based powers to battle viruses that have been unleashed by a ruthless hacker. Known only as the Sourcerer, he seeks to rule the world by controlling cyberspace. Original fans of the show will be happy to hear that Megabyte will be back and he’s getting a major upgrade. ReBoot will showcase leading edge technologies and bring coding into the mainstream for kids.
When Austin, Parker, Grey and Tamra are not trying to stop viruses from overloading a nuclear power station, or remotely opening a dam to flood a city, or playing Criss Cross Crash Hour with a city’s transportation grid, our heroes are being typical teens: arguing with their parents over curfews; dealing with crushes; or trying to avoid getting suspended for skipping class when they’re really on a cyber mission to save the world!
But, like most reboots of stuff I liked once upon a time, I choose to remain cautiously optimistic. The original series is available on DVD. And you can keep up with breaking news at Reboot Revival.