Populated by the mutant blocky and mechanically moving Binomes, Binaries, and Sprites who all resemble something made in a 90s computer Paint program! Yes you too can witness the mysterious inner workings of a computer system through ReBoot!
The first season was pretty much completely episodic, involving no real story-line or cohesion to follow until the two part finale and most episodes established characters, locations, and story.
Basically the idea was that when The User loaded a game into the 'system', a 'Game Cube' dropped down in Mainframe, shutting a sector of the system off in the game and locking it off from the rest of the world. Like a giant glowing and pulsing plasma block of doom these things threatened to 'nullify' anything caught within them if The User won. For some reason losing a video-game = equivalence to death.. Or at least that sector is destroyed and those Sprites, Binomes, and Binaries are 'Nullified' or turned into energy-draining worm mutant parasite things called 'nulls'.
The basic first season and a little thereafter follows closely after the character Bob, a Guardian who mends and defends, he ensures the peace and safety of the sector and system and when Games drop from The User, he enters them to play them to beat The User to avoid sectors being destroyed and people being nullified. He's the Knight of the series.
Bob was frequently pitted against the Viruses, There were Viruses too whose programming was 'to corrupt and conquer' in Megabyte's case;
and Chairface Chippendale in The Tick
and his Sister, Hexadecimal;
As a random point, this series had pop culture references galore such as many to the likes of Evil Dead and Addams Family;
Although the beginning of the second season was also pretty episodic it eventually lead to the finale in which Bob was exiled to The Net, Enzo (more or less his son and Bob's 'love interest', Dot's brother.) was left the only Guardian, and the city of Mainframe was left undefended from Megabyte and Hexadecimal who proceeded to take the city over more or less. Eventually Enzo went into a game acting as a Guardian and lost resulting not in his nullification but a twist, with the aide of another (without spoiling too much) he, AndrAIa (His Partner), and Frisket (His Dog) changed their icons to game sprite mode and rode the game out of Mainframe.
Because the time in Games is different from the rest of the Virtual World, the trio aged very differently and eventually matured and grew up with discrepancies in the 'real world' because of the time acceleration. Enzo began to call himself 'Matrix' and became considerably more badass and the show took a turn to trying to attract older audiences to children aged 12 and older, resulting in a darker and more mature storyline.
Sadly in the end the fourth season that was to be never was and the series would end with a cliff-hanger.
This is a strictly nostalgia-pleasure series, the series at large relies on viewers not being very understanding of how computers or programs actually work as many things in this series blatantly contradict reality and are flatly wrong. 'The Net' and 'The Web' being two different things for instance among other discrepancies. It's kind of funny really because it leaves you laughing going 'Yeah, because that's how that works', no clue why, it's like the creators of this series had no idea how computers worked at all and were just throwing in techno-babble to make the series seem like it knew what it was talking about.. But that's alright.. Techno-babble is fun.
On June 1, 2008, it was announced that there will be a trilogy of ReBoot films coming to theatres. Jon Cooksey was assigned to write the script for the first film, but as of August 2008, he was dropped due to Rainmaker deciding to take a different direction with the story. At this time, it is unknown who will replace him. The films are expected to follow a different story from the comic, but the overall plan is to continue the methodology in terms of engaging the fans.
A teaser for the film was released on October 5, 2009, on Rainmaker's official site. In addition, an alleged new character design was revealed for the movie in an animation reel.
In a quarterly press release on March 11, 2011 Rainmaker CEO Warren Franklin announced "Our current slate includes several projects including a film based on the classic series ReBoot".
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