Saturday, November 28, 2015

30 Day Reboot Challenge, Day 28: Best Fan Art

Seeing as how I didn't do a music segment for this challenge, I'm going to put more effort into showing you guys some awesome fan art. Dammit, every time I do something like this, it inspires me to do more fan art myself. One of these days, I'm going to follow through on that threat. 

Anyway, enjoy!!

Friday, November 27, 2015

30 Day Reboot Challenge, Day 27: Most Dated Concept

God, this entire series is dated. I mean, it was made in the mid-90s, so what can you expect, really, but it's so hard to pick just one thing that is ridiculously behind the times. I think I'm going to have to go with Gigabyte, the super powerful virus that was created when Hex and Megabyte merged. Even back then, a gigabyte of anything seemed ridiculous.

"I am never going to fill up that much space!"

And now, yeah, my phone has 9G, and it's almost full. And I don't even have any music on it. I'm not sure what they'd have to call that virus now. A zettabyte* maybe?

Day 28: Best Fan Art >


* I am woefully behind in my computer science knowledge. I used to be so informed. Sigh. 

30 Day Reboot Challenge, Day 26: Change in Design

When ABC cancelled Reboot after its second season and the show went to Canada, things started looking a little different. Not only was the show more willing to go a bit darker thematically - having Bob thrown out of Mainframe into the web was obviously a turning point - the character designs
were allowed to be a bit more nuanced (aka adultified), and the graphics for the backgrounds and scenery were beautifully rendered, like I said back on Day 24..

30 Day Reboot Challenge, Day 25: The Comic

So a few years ago, there was this online contest to reboot Reboot in comic book form. The story called Paradigms Lost won, and from what I remember, I just was not impressed with it. Thank God it isn't considered canon.

It's not that it was bad, per se, but ... okay, so remember how I really hated the Miami Vice comic reboot several months ago? Well, consider my reaction to that debacle, and dial that down a few slots, from like 11 to six. You'll have my feelings toward the Reboot fan comic. The art wasn't that great, or at least, I felt it didn't capture the computer feel that the series did, and the storyline was lacking.

And that's really the only effort I'm going to put into this particular challenge day because I'm more ambivalent about the comic than I am anything else. Plus, I have Thanksgiving leftovers that are just calling my name.

30 Day Reboot Challenge, Day 24: Favorite Non-Mainframe Location

Yet another challenge that nearly ended in a tie! "The Episode with No Name" was already featured in this challenge, so I wanted to pick another episode of which I am quite fond: "Where No Sprite Has Gone Before."

Monday, November 23, 2015

30 Day Reboot Challenge, Day 23: Adult Enzo vs. Preteen Enzo

Reboot is one of those rare series that I actually started watching in the first season. With Buffy, I didn't actually see the show until the second season premiere, after which I bought the VHS tapes for the first two episodes of the series, "Welcome to the Hellmouth" and "The Harvest." I didn't even watch the first season until I found it on sale at McKay's Bookstore about a year after the series concluded, so ... bad Buffy fan? Battlestar Galactica was very similar, and I didn't purchase the first game of Mass Effect until six months after I got the second. I'm pretty much a Johnny Come Lately, and I'm okay with that.

But with Enzo, I got to see him from the very beginning. Back on Day 3, I listed Enzo as my least favorite main character, and that is still very, very true. It's probably no surprise, then, that I'm going to say that I greatly prefer Matrix, the adult version of Enzo, over the younger version, but that still doesn't necessarily mean very much.

30 Day Reboot Challenge, Day 22: Favorite Game

Again, I'm returning to Season Three for my favorite something of Reboot, and this time, the favorite thing is "Game," and the game is "Cron the Destroyer" from the episode, "Icons." This episode is also one of my top ten, for various reasons, although a big part of it are the references to Xena: Warrior Princess (which I'm going to be doing a challenge on in May!)

Exhibit A:
AndrAIa as Xena
Via The House that Rebecca Built
And Exhibit B:
Gabby as Gabrielle and I'm pretty sure that Jeff on the far right is supposed to be Joxer maybe.
Via Inwap

30 Day Reboot Challenge, Day 21: Something That Didn't Happen I Wish Did

Now, this is my personal bias talking here, but I wish that we'd gotten a better look at Mouse's past. I can only imagine what kind of sprites and programs with which she has history, and my fan fiction that I wrote as a teenager dealt with just that. Don't worry; I'm not going to force you guys to read my awful fan fic from, God, fifteen years ago (OMG FIFTEEN YEARS AGO), and I won't even summarize because I'm not a sadist. You guys haven't done anything to me to deserve that.

30 Day Reboot Challenge, Day 20: Something That Happened I Wish Didn't

Oooh, this is easy: Season Four. I mean, I can handle the whole Daemon thing, even if I found it kinda dumb, but the entire Megabyte-fucks-with-Dot's-head-by-pretending-to-be-the-real-Bob thing? That can go straight out the pop-up window.
Via Reboot Revival
Plus, look how sad the Real-Real Bob looks back there.

I just felt like this whole scenario was poorly written, and it ends on a cliffhanger, anyway, with Megabyte again taking over the Principal Office. Maybe if it had gone through its planned 12 episodes, I might be speaking about it differently, but as it stands, I kind of wish they'd just focused on the Daemon storyline, stretching that into eight episodes.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

30 Day Reboot Challenge, Day 19: Favorite Pairing (Non-Canon)

Ugh, I don't know why I do the non-canon relationship challenge questions. I'm not really that big of a shipper between existing characters for lots of reasons. There are only a few shows where I disagree with romantic pairings (I'm looking at you, Lee and Kara; you should have never been anything other than kind-of-siblings), and I'm always impressed when characters who are friends remain friends throughout the series without there ever being an inkling that they might bump uglies.

30 Day Reboot Challenge, Day 18: Favorite Pairing (Canon)

This one is easy because there can be no other favorite pairing: Mouse and Ray Tracer.
Via Reboot Wiki
Well, AndrAIa and Matrix are a close second, but whatever.

30 Day Reboot Challenge, Day 17: Favorite Computer Science Reference

Dammit dammit dammit dammit. I'm sorry I got behind again. The good news is I've pretty much decided that NaNo is a lost cause right now (I'm at like, 15,000 words right now, and there are only eight days left to get to 50,000, so ... hahahaha, yeah the fuck right), so I'll have plenty of time to get caught up here!

So without further ado, Day 17!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

30 Day Reboot Challenge, Day 15: Favorite Season Four/Movie Scene

Okay, I'm behind on my word count for NaNo, so this is going to be a quick challenge entry. Also, it doesn't help that this is my absolute least favorite segment of the series.

That being said, though, this is downright epic.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

30 Day Reboot Challenge, Day 14: Favorite Season Three Episode

Season Three had some of the best episodes of the whole Reboot series, and I'll stand by that statement until the day I die. I know things get dark, and normally, I'd be all "ugh, quit it with the gritty," but damn. If there's one season that I can watch over and over again, it's this one. There are great homages to all sorts of genres, but they tend to focus on sci-fi ones because ... well, this is technically a sci-fi show.

30 Day Reboot Challenge, Day 13: Favorite Season Two Episode

I'm not usually a big fan of cliffhangers; I kind of see them as cheap ploys to convince the viewers to stay tuned until the next season. I mean, it's a solid form of marketing, I guess, but my thoughts are that, you know what, the writing should be strong enough that you're excited to see what adventures the characters will get into the next season so you don't have to do this sort of thing. I blame J.R.

Friday, November 13, 2015

30 Day Reboot Challenge, Day 12: Favorite Season One Episode

Now, I know I listed Mike the TV as my least favorite secondary character a few days ago, but dammit if one of my favorite Reboot episodes doesn't feature him heavily: "Wizards, Warriors, and a Word from Our Sponsor."
Via Reboot Wiki

I'm a big Dungeons & Dragons fan, which is partly what draws me so strongly to this episode, and it's downright hilarious throughout, flipping stereotypes and reinforcing the idea of teamwork as an ideal. And Mike is at his least annoying, so that's definitely in the positive column. There's not too much in terms of further character development - hey, Dot's a planner, Bob flies by the seat of his pants, and Enzo's an inexperienced burden who accidentally sometimes helps! - but it's still early in the series. Much better episodes are to come, I promise, but it's definitely a great primer episode for the show.

30 Day Reboot Challenge, Day 11: Least Favorite Season

I promise I will get caught up this weekend. What with NaNo and work, it's been a little hard staying on top of this challenge, which actually makes me sad because Reboot is such an awesome series. Starting next year, I'm going to skip November challenges because, even without NaNo, the beginning of the holiday season always means crazy schedules, so ... this will be my last November challenge for the foreseeable future. Sigh.

Well, onto today's challenge!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

30 Day Reboot Challenge, Day 10: Favorite Season

When it comes to my favorite seasons of any shows, I tend to go with the lighter toned ones, or at least, like Miami Vice, the season in which there is the most hope. But in the case of Reboot, I am going with the absolute darkest season of them all: Season Three. Not only does this season have my absolute favorite episode, but it's got great character development and tons of awesome and obscure cultural references of which I am way more aware now that I'm older.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

30 Day Reboot Challenge, Day 9: Least Favorite Non-Sprite Character

I literally cannot think of any non-sprite that is my least favorite. I suppose the closest would be Herr Doktor? But I like him ...
Via Reboot Wiki
So no! I will NOT answer this one. Plus, I'm behind on my NaNo word count today, so that may be why I'm unable to think of my least favorite non-sprite. Oh, well.

Day 10: Favorite Season >

30 Day Reboot Challenge, Day 8: Favorite Non-Sprite Character

For the non-initiates, a sprite is a character in Reboot that isn't a binome. Binomes are either 1s or 0s, because, remember, this is a show made by computer dorks for other computer dorks. And kids.
Binome Family
Via Reboot Wiki
Binome One
Via The Java Hut
Binome Zero*
Via Reboot Wiki
So now that I have that out of the way ...

Monday, November 9, 2015

30 Day Reboot Challenge, Day 7: Least Favorite Secondary Character

Yes, I know. I'm behind. This is what I get for trying to do a challenge and participate in NaNo in the same month. I'll catch up - I promise - but for now, you get Day 7 on ... what's today? The ninth?

So anyway, my least favorite secondary character would have to be Mike the TV.  He has his amusing moments, sure, but on the whole, he kind of serves as Reboot's version of Jar Jar Binks.

Friday, November 6, 2015

30 Day Reboot Challenge, Day 6: Favorite Secondary Character

Like I said back on Day 2, Reboot does a kickass job of providing me with plenty of awesome female characters that it's difficult to narrow them down to just one, so, my friends, we have a tie.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

30 Day Reboot Challenge, Day 5: Least Favorite Villain

I actually had to think about this one, because the villains in Reboot are all pretty awesome, even Megabyte, whose schemes are always foiled by Bob, and yes, even Daemon, who was kind of a lackluster baddie, considering how powerful she was. One-shot villains, like the infected Guardians from Season Three, were also pretty badass, as shown by the yellow-skinned woman who fought AndrAIa, High Noon style, and most were really well-developed, with a clear arc for their journeys. Pretty impressive for a thirty-minute, computer-animated TV show from the early to mid-90s, if you ask me.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

30 Day Reboot Challenge, Day 4: Favorite Villain

Via Reboot Wiki
So I'm not even going to do an intro on this because it isn't worth it: Hexadecimal is the best villain, hands down, in all of Reboot. With all his nefarious schemes, Megabyte just can't hold a candle to her, and even Daemon, the Super Virus that took over the Supercomputer and used the Net to spread her domain, is lackluster compared to Hex. She's even arguably more powerful than both of them, what with her ability to create portals herself and control all of the nulls that exist within Mainframe. Plus, she can fucking fly.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

30 Day Reboot Challenge, Day 3: Least Favorite Main Character

This one is actually hard, because there are really no characters that I actively hate. Hell, even Megabyte, the big baddie throughout most of the series, is pretty awesome. But if I had to pick one character that I could take or leave, it would probably be Enzo.

Monday, November 2, 2015

30 Day Reboot Challenge, Day 2: Favorite Main Character

It should be no secret that I love television shows that feature tough, capable female characters. It's even better when someone's gender is rarely commented upon as being a reason as to why they're extraordinary. As a culture, I feel like we should already be there, but I'm an idealist, I suppose.

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