If you grew up in the 90s, then you probably remember the TV series ReBoot. What you might not know is that WOW! Unlimited Media’s Mainframe Studios and Corus Entertainment have ordered a 26-episode first season of a series titled ReBoot: The Guardian Code, which are currently filming!
But wait, there’s more.
The new series will apparently intercut live-action scenes with CG animation produced with the Unreal game engine. Currently, the cast consists of Ty Wood (Project Mc2, The Haunting in Connecticut), Sydney Scotia (A Mermaid’s Tale, Some Assembly Required), Ajay Parikh-Friese (Mr. Young), and Gabriel Darku (Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments, Heroes Reborn: Dark Matters) and Hannah Vandenbygaart (Bruno & Boots: The Wizzle War, Bruno & Boots: Go Jump in the Pool!).
Here’s the official synopsis:
After playing the multiplayer Cyber Guardians video game together, four teenagers are recruited by V.E.R.A, the Virtual Evolutionary Recombinant Avatar (Vandenbygaart), to fulfill their mandate to mend and defend cyberspace. Austin (Wood), Tamra (Scotia), Parker (Parikh-Friese), and Trey (Darku) now must protect cyberspace from threats that pose true consequences to both the virtual and real world.
Creator and Executive Producer Michael Hefferon had this to say about the series:
“The power of the game engine’s capabilities to create vast cyberspace settings along with AI (Artificial Intelligence) for dynamic secondary animation fused with live action, will deliver a truly unique and engaging experience for viewers. As groundbreaking as the original ReBoot was being the first ever CG animated series, ReBoot: The Guardian Code takes it to a whole new level.”
The original ReBoot took place entirely inside a computer system and followed the adventures of a Guardian program named Bob and his companions Dot Matrix and her little brother Enzo as they worked to keep the Mainframe safe from the malevolent machinations of the viruses Megabyte and Hexadecimal. It was first broadcast on Saturday mornings in Canada on YTV and ABC in America, and was the first half-hour, completely computer-animated TV series. Despite positive reception in the States, the series was pulled fter The Walt Disney Company purchased ABC, but after entering syndication, it was shown on Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network. After three seasons, a film continuation was attempted (titled Terabyte Rising) but was retooled into the TV film Daemon Rising, which was broken up into eight episodes in its U.S. run on Cartoon Network’s Toonami along with a second TV film My Two Bobs. The series was then canceled, ending in a cliffhanger. Afterwards, plans surfaced for an unmade television spinoff and a planned film trilogy, but no activity has been seen in the franchise until the announcement of the new series.
So it seems that this series is just another property using the name of an older cult favorite property while simultaneously featuring completely property characters and is totally unrelated to said older property. I mean, they could have literally called this show anything else but they chose to take the lazy way out. The new series will reportedly feature appearances from Bob, Dot and Enzo to link it to the original and avoid the previous criticisms, but time will tell if this will be a legitimate effort or half-assed attempt to shoehorn it in.
ReBoot: The Guardian Code will premier on YTV in Canada sometime in 2018.