Reboot Seasons 1 and 2
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ReBoot: Seasons One & Two
A late-'90s cult favorite among gamers and tech-minded sci-fi fans, ReBoot was the world's first computer-generated animation series, and if the show look has become outdated, the clever, self-referential story lines contained in its first two seasons should retain its freshness for longtime fans. It's set in a computer system dubbed the Mainframe by its inhabitants, and plagued by an outside force called the User, which randomly drops challenges (in the form of games) into its midst. Defending the Mainframe is Guardian Bob, who takes on the User's players in the game, while fending off additional attacks by malevolent computer viruses Megabyte and his sister, the deranged Hexadecimal. Season one established the main characters, including Bob's friends Dot and her brother Enzo, and their various conflicts, while season two expanded the ReBoot universe by merging Megabyte and Hexadecimal into a super-virus/villain, Gigabyte, and with the arrival of a creature from the Internet that threatens to tear Mainframe apart.
Though the animation was and remains clunky, ReBoot could boast smart and exciting story lines, especially in its second season, that were filled with fan-pleasing references to all manner of science fiction, from Star Trek and THX-1138 to Forbidden Planet and The X-Files (Gillian Anderson even voices a CGI version of Agent Scully). The show truly found its footing once it left its network parent and moved into syndication; there, it took on a darker and more mature tone and even more complex story lines. Here, the episodes are playful and kid-friendly, which should please nostalgic viewers, though modern young audiences may find the technology off-putting when compared to the sleekness of Pixar and others. Extras are limited to commentary from production team members like producer Christopher Brough and animator Zeke Norton on select episodes. --Paul Gaita
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It looks great and sounds great. Looks -exactly- like the reruns that I watch on tv.
My only problems with it, are the slip inside that is advertising the 'Definitive Mainframe Edition' (The complete series on 9 DVDs) which is apparently coming soon. Which is why you may want to hold of buying this, unless you want seasons 1 & 2 now and to help support the series with extra dough until then.
The other problem is, the set includes audio commentaries, which I personally love. I love inside information on animated movies and shows. However, it's supposed to play through certain episodes continuously. It doesn't, as you watch it it'll skip literally half an episode, which also cuts off the commentary that's supposed to be going on through that part of the episode. Which is disappointing because it's interesting.
The commentary should be running continuously through the first 3 episodes but you find it interrupted where the playback will skip some chapters. Thankfully, you seem to be able to work-around the issue by playing the episodes and manually selecting the commentary audio track. However, I was expecting bugs like this to be vetted out.
I've watched parts of all four discs and haven't noticed any of the network-specific parts yet. But I do remember that there was a YTV part that wasn't on (the US) ABC version. There is certainly something in season 3 or 4 that was cut out of the US broadcast but, of course, that isn't in this set.
The quality of the video: on my 17" laptop computer screen I could see some jaggies but it is not a problem for me. Perhaps if you have a larger screen, better equipment, or better eyesight the jaggies will bother you. They didn't bother me much.
The commentary: is available through the menu on the first of the four discs. It is more of a discussion of the history and making of. I enjoyed it since it reminded me of my undergrad days. But it does end prematurely.
You follow the characters Bob, Dot, and Enzo, who lives in a computer that has been contaminated by a mean computer virus represented by a character called Megabyte.
Season 1 and 2, non-violent, adressed a young audience while the seasons 3 and 4, containing more fights, were more focused on teens.
This series is a classic and a must have for fans of 3D animation who wants to see where it all began.
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Imagine if your computer didn't just have a bunch of chips and wires, but a whole civilization inside it. Read morePublished on Aug. 25 2011 by E. A Solinas
The visual looks great but the rest is down hill from here. The 1 & 2 season set is a joke with audio commentaries jumping from one episode to another and finally cutting off in... Read morePublished on March 5 2011 by Terry Angus