So here we are fellow Users, it’s been a while but there’s news. Both YTV and Corus Entertainment released teaser images of “The Guardian Code”.

From YTV’s Twitter came this tweet showcasing the live-action side of TGC:

From left to right: Tamra (Sydney Scotia), Parker (Ajay Parikh-Friese), V.E.R.A (Hannah Vandenbygaart), Austin (Ty Wood), Trey (Gabriel Darku)

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Fans reacted extremely negatively:

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The sheer number of replies is quite unprecedented. YTV’s tweets rarely get more than a handful of replies and they generally aren’t negative. One must presume that someone took note of the 500+ negative replies.

Many made comparisons to previous shows such as VR Troopers, SuperHuman Samurai Syber-Squad, Zixx (with CGI in “Level Two” produced by Mainframe Ent), Code Lyoko (and it’s sequel Code Lyoko: Evolution which replaced the 2D segments with live-action), and of course the movie Tron.

Similarly, from Corus Entertainment we had a press release showcasing the CGI aspect:

[The teens as Vector, Googz, Enigma, and D-Frag]

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Corus’ press release also had more information (though we’ve mostly heard it before, however there’s a premiere date) beyond the teaser image:

WOW! Unlimited Media’s Mainframe Studios and Corus Entertainment are pleased to announce that production is underway in Victoria/Vancouver, B.C. on the live-action elements of ReBoot: The Guardian Code, a 20×22 minute live-action/CG-animated hybrid television series. This next phase of production reimagines the original 1994 animated classic, ReBoot, in a real life setting for modern, tech savvy audiences. Created by Michael Hefferon, the show follows four teenagers who discover that they’ve been selected to become the Next-Generation Guardians of cyberspace. ReBoot: The Guardian Code will premiere in Canada in 2018 on YTV.

After playing the multiplayer Cyber Guardians video game together, four teenagers are recruited by V.E.R.A (Hannah Vandenbygaart, Bruno & Boots: Go Jump in the Pool!), the Virtual Evolutionary Recombinant Avatar, to fulfill their mandate to mend and defend cyberspace. Austin (Ty Wood, The Haunting in Connecticut), Tamra (Sydney Scotia, Some Assembly Required), Parker (Ajay Parikh-Friese, Mr. Young), and Trey (Gabriel Darku, Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments) now must protect cyberspace from threats that pose true consequences to both the virtual and real world. It’s more than these kids expected when they started at Alan Turing High. Way more.

ReBoot: The Guardian Code intercuts live-action scenes with awe-inspiring CG animation produced with the Unreal game engine, showing how the real world and cyberspace are interconnected. “The power of the game engine’s capabilities to create vast cyberspace settings along with AI (Artificial Intelligence) for dynamic secondary animation fused with live action, will deliver a truly unique and engaging experience for viewers”, says Creator and Executive Producer Michael Hefferon. “As groundbreaking as the original ReBoot was being the first ever CG animated series, ReBoot: The Guardian Code takes it to a whole new level.”

This innovative series will also deliver true 360-degree engagement experiences for audiences with interactive mobile games, a digital trading card game that syncs with the broadcast of the series, and a Virtual Reality experience that puts fans right in the middle of the cyberspace action. More details to be announced at a later date.

Aside from those two images, I was able to find two additional promotional photos on the Corus’ server (Mouse would be proud!). No one outside of those involved with the production have seen these… until now. Take a look at a ReBoot Revival exclusive:

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In the first image, we see Austin (as Vector) fighting an insect of some sort. The last (and also first) time we saw an insect virus was the Praying Mantis Virus in the episode “Icons“. His HUD (Head-up display) bares an uncanny resemblance to that seen in the Iron Man movies produced by Marvel:

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In the second image, we see the four teens standing in a device of some sort. Behind them are their digital avatars. The device appears to be a combination of half of a Stargate (from the Stargate franchise) and a Transporter Pad from Star Trek. Going on some speculation, the device may be a Gateway Command (first seen in the episode “When Games Collide“, which design and function are a homage to the Stargate device). There is certainly some potential that this device will function in a similar manner to the Scanners used in the Code Lyoko series. The Scanners use a “Virtualization” sequence which converts the protagonists of that series, from physical matter into digital matter. They are then transmitted to the Super-Computer, which contains the virtual world of Lyoko.

As always the ReBoot Revival will continue to strive toward the revival (not the reboot or re-imagining) of the series with the original co-creators (who still have absolutely no part in this “sequel” series) producing the conclusion to the fourth season’s cliffhanger. However since how well or not this new series does in ratings, with TV critics, network executives, and most importantly both it’s target audience and fans of the original ReBoot, news reports will be made as time goes on. It is worth noting that despite such a momentous reveal, the official website is still loading a 404 Error (which reported 3 months ago).

What are your thoughts on this reveal? Sound off in the comment section (click here to register), leave a reply on YTV’s tweet, and please take a moment to vote on the poll below:

March 30th, 2017 at 4:52 pm
6 Responses to “First look at The Guardian Code Cast & CGI Setting (Including Exclusive Unpublished Promo Images!) – Premiere in 2018”
  1. HypnoPants Says:

    Not only does it look god-awful, but I can’t help but feel there will be a strange disconnect between Humans and AI.

    It will be as if humans are considered sentient, kind of like how they treated AndrAIa originally for being a game sprite.

    But considering what I’m seeing, they won’t get into any storyline about humans realising the AI is just as sentient as they are… infact they will probably just be side-bits which have little meaning, because it’s the humans saving the net from threats that cause problems for other humans… which I can only assume is why they were brought into the computer world to begin with.

    In otherwords, it won’t be Reboot… not in the slightest.

  2. slimikyi Says:

    I get it but I don’t get it.

    I get why ReBoot ended up like this. It was a successful series. And old fans want a continuation. So it’s a somewhat promising investment. I mean, if they want to make a new series versus an already well known series, using the old series’ name is free marketing.

    With so many superhero movies, of course they need to rip some stuff off. It’s called “bench-marking”. And, they really aren’t “Guardians” anymore, not in the sense of “ReBoot”. I get the “Power Rangers” minus the giant robot feel from it. Or better yet, it’s just another virtual reality LitRPG. You got it, a LitRPG.

    So yeah, I really don’t see a whole lot of resemblance.

  3. Alipheese Says:

    Ok so…I just got back into the show after remembering it as a kid, watching pieces of it and remembering it to be very good. I do a bit of googling and find the mega DVD set with all the episodes and movies, I watch them all and now it’s one of my favorite shows ever since I can now connect every episode I have seen as a kid and got to experience the ride all over again as an adult. I think to myself “I wonder if there’s more” and I find out there’s a revival coming, I get exited and end up at this website and see this…

    Pardon my language but what the hell is this? I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover but this single screenshot and extra info says a lot. Why mix the real life humans?! Why not just have the show JUST be the Unreal Engine CG. It’s not an evolution of the show to add them it just seems like it’s going to add a stupid teen drama edge that’s absolutely not needed for a show like this.

    The fact that they want to make app’s with the show is pretty telling it’s a cash grab too. It’s a cool idea in theory but I feel like it’s just going to be a free to download app with in game purchases and a game on top of it that’s about as deep as a puddle and as fun as one too. At least the PS1 game followed the original show and added some new stuff for fans!

  4. Bonklefan99 Says:

    “There is an expression in the Wasteland: “Old World Blues.”
    It refers to those so obsessed with the past they can’t see the present, much less the future, for what it is.
    They stare into the what-was, eyes like pilot lights, guttering and spent, as the realities of their world continue on around them.”

    Gathered friends, listen again to the legend of Bionicle G2.

    In the time before time, Lego released a line of constructable action figures named Bionicle. The line was a breakaway success, following the story of six heroes saving an island from a shadowy evil. These heroes had their own motto: “Unity, Duty, Destiny.”

    But as time went on, the line became too big and convoluted for the common consumer to understand. Lego cancelled the line in 2010, to the fanbase’s great displeasure.

    Five years later, Lego rebooted the line under the same name, but changed the story to be less confusing. However, these changes, although supplemented with throwbacks to the old line, only brought more discontent. The line failed and was cancelled in 2016, not even being given the three years Lego normally gives its lines.

    The fanbase thought G2 was a mockery of the old Bionicle, and were even less pleased to hear that the line was in no way connected to G1, being a total reboot despite their best hopes. Lego’s concern for the general market versus the wishes of the old guard led them to overcompensate and make the line, in the fans’ view, hollow and substanceless.

    Sound familiar? I am myself a Bonkle (Bionicle) fan, but I knew all along what others desperately tried to deny, that G1 was over and the on-high didn’t care about it, just as Rainmaker bypassed the wishes of the fans (and the original creators) to make a show for the modern market.

    Comment will be split due to length.

  5. Bonklefan99 Says:

    Continuing from before…

    The backlash is clearly a symptom of Old World Blues and will not diminish because of the truth, that “It’s all over but the crying.” “I don’t want to set the world on fire” with my comment, but “If I didn’t care” about the issue, I wouldn’t have said anything.

    “Do I worry” about the legacy of ReBoot? It’s not like “I’ll never smile again,” because as long as the fandom survives, so will that legacy. Tweeters, I doubt “You were only fooling” when you complained, but “My prayer” is that “Maybe,” perhaps, we can accept this new show for what it is, not a continuation of ReBoot’s legacy, but as an independent show that may be sterling in its own right. If not, well, “I’ll get by.” As they say, “To each his own.” I will warn you, though; Not letting go? “That’s where your heartaches begin.” Just “Ask anyone who knows.”

    Who knows, watching The Guardian Code may be “A lovely way to spend the evening.” “Until the real thing comes along,” and Rainmaker promises, “I’ll never make the same mistake again,” we will have to content ourselves with The Guardian Code.

    P.S. This comment contains many, many, many, *MANY* references to a band and their songs. Can you name the band?

  6. DragonAevitas Says:

    This is not what ReBoot is really about. And I’m curious as to what happened after the long cliff-hanger. However it seems we might not know as technology has advanced especially in Mainframe from the looks of it. So, how was Megabyte defeated? After the cliff-hanger? But defeated by who? Bob? Matrix? Or is it another sprite from the web?

    Who knows.

    The Guardian Code’s plot about humans entering Mainframe as avatars reminds me of James Cameron’s Avatar.

    Sincerely yours,

    May the Code be your Calling.


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