Edit: If you enlarge the photo and look at the reflection you can see what is almost certainly the new Megabyte who looks kinda neat to be honest.
It seems that Corus Entertainment has officially Green Lit the previously announced ReBoot reboot as ReBoot: The Guardian Code. As somebody who grew up in Canada during the 1990’s ReBoot was one of the best TV shows around with memorable heroes, villains, and a surprisingly deep story especially for early 1990’s children programing. Beyond that it holds the title as the first fully CG animated TV show in history meaning every Pixar, Dreamworks, and Disney film owes at least something to this show.
In short it was both revolutionary and very good so needless to say many people were very excited when a year ago ReBoot: The Guardian Code was unveiled to actually be a thing rather then the often rumored by never announced ReBoot movies. However I must say most of the information that has come out recently has been less then encouraging for long time fans, announced at the Banff World Media Festival The Guardian Code has been Greenlit for 26 new episodes with The Guardian Code being described as such:
Transcending age groups with appeal to kids, tweens and teens, ReBoot: the Guardian Code is an adventure-comedy series about four teens (Austin, Parker, Grey and Tamra) who discover that they’re next-gen Guardians with a mission to save the world, by defending it in cyberspace. The Internet revolutionized the world, but it also left it vulnerable to attack. With the help of VERA, the last surviving cyberbeing from the original Guardian Program, our heroes stream into cyberspace where they use their awesome code-based powers to battle viruses that have been unleashed by a ruthless hacker. Known only as the Sourcerer, he seeks to rule the world by controlling cyberspace. Original fans of the show will be happy to hear that Megabyte will be back and he’s getting a major upgrade. ReBoot will showcase leading edge technologies and bring coding into the mainstream for kids.
Sadly it seems to get even worse...
When Austin, Parker, Grey and Tamra are not trying to stop viruses from overloading a nuclear power station, or remotely opening a dam to flood a city, or playing Criss Cross Crash Hour with a city’s transportation grid, our heroes are being typical teens: arguing with their parents over curfews; dealing with crushes; or trying to avoid getting suspended for skipping class when they’re really on a cyber mission to save the world!
So to recap, it appears The Guardian Code is a live action/CG hybrid replacing the historic all CG of the original. Instead of focusing on Sprites living in a computer it focuses on teenagers with attit... sorry “regular Teens” “fighting to save the world”. The only thing for old fans seemingly is an “upgraded megabyte” who I assume they’ll call Terrabyte (because why not). I personally find this quite strange as recently children’s television has seen a renaissance of sorts by appealing to both the older generation of fans (the ones with credit cards...) along with the younger generation so taking such a beloved property in what appears to be a godawful direction strikes me as strange... as a fan of the original I must say I’m expecting very little from this now. So long The Guardian Code I hardly knew ya...