I don’t how to approach this. Well, let’s start by getting the general stuff out the way.
Reboot is a great series. Sure, the computer animation doesn’t hold up, especially in the first season, but the plot is fantastic. Well, it starts getting really good in the second season. What I’m trying to say is Reboot is original, groundbreaking, and entertaining.
Reboot is the story of a world inside your computer called Mainframe, protected by a Guardian called Bob. He fights you, the user, in video games, and also computer viruses. Oh, boy! Oh, boy! Oh, boy!
Anyway, like with most Hipster recommendations, it’s all about the story. Reboot is a show not afraid to be funny one episode, serious the next, though mostly it’s funny. Reboot is telling a story, and bad things happen to people, bad people even win sometimes. Things get crazy and our heroes have to handle it. Actions have consequences, weight to them. I’m painting a much darker picture of the show than I think it is but too many kids shows don’t deviate much from a standard formula. Bad things happen and by the end of the episode everything is as it was. Since I was a child I always hated when kid shows treated their audience like idiots. Reboot doesn’t do that. That’s why I love it.
Characters learn, grow, change because of personal experience. And, yeah, the villains seems one-note in the beginning, but they, like Bob, Dot, Enzo and the other regular cast are evolving. It’s amazing how Reboot starts as simply a standard cartoon with a CGI gimmick becoming something more, something its creators slowly build into a complex world full of dangers, we the audience as well as the protagonists, take for granted as minor grievances, but, in reality, are capable of causing great destruction and misery.
Maybe I should dive more into Team Bob but, nah! I’m a villain guy. Bob’s the hero. Dot’s the business savvy genius. Enzo’s the impulsive kid. That’s all you really need to know in the beginning. No point in spoiling anything else.
Let’s talk villains. Megabyte, the intelligent, physical powerhouse, a computer virus longing for order, his order. You know this guy means business from the beginning but he’s played for laughs too. Again, the show lulls you into this false sense of classic Saturday morning security then BLAM! Welcome to season three, motherhuggers!
I mentioned I didn’t know how to approach this in the beginning because, honestly, I only want to rave about Hexadecimal. I. Love. Hexadecimal! Easily, my favorite Reboot character and one of my favorite cartoon villains, period.
Hexadecimal is the polar opposite of Megabyte. A magic user with no army, only her, her pet cat Scuzzy, and her insanity. She’s a chaos virus, causing problems because its fun to her. Hexadecimal has one of the most memorable designs I’ve ever seen, a mask whose expressions change by moving her hand over it. It’s so simple but so scary. Bravo to whoever thought of it!
And, her voice brings it all together. Another bravo to Shirley Millner for giving Hexadecimal’s voice such range—calm and amused one second, manic and intimidating the next. Not since the Joker have I seen crazy done so perfectly scary yet fun.
Reboot’s fourth season (actually two movies divided into episodes) ended on a cliffhanger, a shame. But, what we have is great and I encourage anyone to give the show a watch. At the very least watch every episode featuring Hexadecimal. Now, let’s dive into my fifty page essay on why I love Hexadecimal.
Wait! Come back! It’s really good—I got graphs!