TV Show Review: 'Reboot'
One of the unheralded prizes of the new fall season — and the first Saturday-morning series since Pee-wee’s Playhouse that adults can really get behind — is Reboot (ABC, Saturdays, 9:30-10 a.m.). A cartoon set in an imaginary world, it features computer animation, a medium I usually find stiff and cold, but Reboot is warm and gorgeous. The show’s three heroes — scrappy kid Enzo; his bodacious older sister, Dot; and noble young man Bob — live inside a computer in the city of Mainframe amidst a mind-boggling population of robots and mutant humans. Enzo delivers pizza in the pilot (apparently the current sci-fi job of choice — it’s also the profession of the protagonist in Neal Stephenson’s terrific 1993 novel Snow Crash) and encounters evil customers, such as the virulent MegaByte. Reboot‘s scripts are chock-full of computer jargon, but wittily so; in the show’s creation of high-tech slang, it is as if Thomas Pynchon had decided to write a kids’ series. Check it out. A-