One of my favourite pass-times as a kid of the 90’s was watching an animated TV series called ReBoot. It was a show that enamoured many kids of the era. Now, it seems that the show will be receiving a live-action reboot, and I’m not sure how I feel about that.
The original ReBoot was a 90’s TV series that followed a group of Guardians, Bob, and his companions Enzo and Dot Matrix, as they were tasked with protecting the Mainframe from threats. What threats do you ask? Well, evil viruses like Megabyte and Hexadecimal who are hell bent on destroying the Mainframe. The show was known for its revolutionary 3D animated graphics that astounded kids, like me, at the time.
The Reboot of ReBoot (he, he, he) will follow, you guessed it, four teenagers who have been chosen by a security agency to become the next generation of guardians and protect the cyberspace. The show will be a live-action CGI-animated hybrid with the Unreal engine being used to create the animations.
I don’t inherently have a problem with shows being rebooted but, having said this, ReBoot was very much a product of its time and deeply ingrained in the technology of the era. It was a time where computers and cyberspace were mysterious things that we as kids looked at with wide-eyed wonder. Mainframes, viruses and the Internet were words that were yet to become familiar. In an era where technology is such an integral and well-known part of our life, I’m not sure if the series will be able to capture the same kind of wonderment and sense of mystery that the original series did. Maybe I’m just over thinking this but the original ReBoot series is something I cherish as it got me interested in technology. Seeing something I love possibly used as a quick nostalgic cash grab makes me a bit hot under the collar.