Netflix’s live-action/CGI reboot of ReBoot looks terrible

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We’ve had a few stories this week dealing with reboots of popular franchises from yesteryear, but today we’re getting all meta as we now have our first look at a reboot for… well, ReBoot.

The fully CG-animated series from the 1990s followed the Guardian Bob and his pals Dot Matrix and Enzo, characters who lived inside a computer mainframe operated by “the User” who regularly loaded up games in which they had to compete. That’s when they weren’t busy defending their home and its computer-program citizens from the viruses Megabyte and Hexadecimal. It was a little cheesy and silly, but also totally awesome in a way that perfectly suited the times (who didn’t lose their crap when older, badass Enzo showed up?).

And based on the first trailer for Netflix’s new reboot of ReBoot, I guess the streaming media giant is hoping to lean heavily into the nostalgia of that era… only, not in a good way, if you ask me. For one thing, ReBoot: The Guardian Code is not an all-CG affair like the original, but instead also has live-action which sees four demographically-selected teens with attitude – who are totally not the Power Rangers no matter how similar they are to the characters from that other 90s show – who somehow stumble across some tech that has them transported into this video game world – but not like in Jumanji – as avatars that look quite a bit like the Power Rangers – but not. Oh, and when they get on the other side, they’re rendered in clunky CGI that appears to have been beamed straight from 1995. This is not the reboot I was hoping for.

Check it out for yourself below.

Ty Wood, Sydney Scotia, Ajay Parikh-Friese, and Gabriel Darku will be playing the four teens at Alan Turing High School who are recruited by V.E.R.A, a “virtual evolutionary recombinant avatar,” to protect cyberspace. It has been confirmed that Bob, Enzo and Dot will be appearing on ReBoot: The Guardian Code but only in supporting roles. That could definitely explain the dated CG graphics as this would mean that technically this is taking place in the same timeline as the original series, and clearly nobody has been upgrading the Mainframe for the last three decades. Damn users never wanting to do updates! (Can you tell I work in IT support?)

We’ll have to wait for just a little over a month to find out what’s up as Netflix will premiere the new ReBoot on 30 March.

Last Updated: February 23, 2018

Kervyn Cloete

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