Time for a reboot of 'ReBoot'

Written by: Jon Castillo

TV | Jan 23, 2018

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In this age of digital technology, cybersecurities, online games, and TV/movie remakes, a remake of ReBoot seems important.

ReBoot was the first half-hour show to feature CGI animations. It ran for four seasons with 48 episodes between the years 1994 to 1996 (This was shown on GMA Network during Saturdays, if I recall).

The show takes place in Mainframe, which is basically a computer, and all its citizens are the bots and data that are making sure the system runs smoothly.



The show is fun and intended for kids. Things get gritty when a virus rampages across the city. The main protagonist, Bob, is lost during the war after a betrayal and a new hero, Enzo, takes over. The series doesn't let up as the third season shows Enzo losing an eye; getting lost in what I think is cyberspace until he becomes an adult and returns to Mainframe, now in a post-apocalyptic state.

ReBoot depicts what is happening inside a computer as a normal city. If there's a basis for Disney's Wreck-it-Ralph, it's ReBoot.

Today we have all sorts of technologies - smartphones, tablets, desktops, laptops, smart devices - all interconnected via the internet. There is the looming high-risk threats of cybersecurity and of course, the dark web, where all sorts of shady things happen in the virtual space.

A ReBoot remake is an opportunity to educate today's era of kids about the basic principles how the web and technology works, along with the wonders and dangers of the cyberspace. Of course the show still needs to be fun, exciting, and at times, dark, just like the original series.

While researching a bit about ReBoot I learned that there is, in fact, a reboot of the show called ReBoot: The Guardian Code, which is slated for release this February on YTV in Canada. This new show will follow four teenagers who discover that they've been selected to become the Next-Generation Guardians of cyberspace. According to the press release, the remake will intercut live-action scenes with CG animation produced with the Unreal game engine. It stars Hanna Vandenbygaart, Ty Wood, Sydney Scotia, Ajay Parikh-Fries and Gabriel Darku.

About the author: Jon Castillo

Jonathan is hiding from a lynch mob after messing with the wrong basketball team. His favorite song is "Boys do Fall in Love" by Robin Gibb.


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