As I mentioned in the Sym-Bionic Titan thread, I missed on this new show because I don’t have Cable anymore, and CartoonNetwork.com apparently thinks Puerto Rico is a foreign country (rather than a US territory) and won’t let me watch stuff in its website (I don’t have that problem in other sites, humph.) I could have downloaded the series from places like Rapidshare, but I had no motivation to do so- as far as I knew it was just an average American adventure cartoon; the fact it was made by the Man of Action studios (same people who made Ben 10) didn’t help. Now don’t get me wrong, Ben 10 is pretty good, but I grew tired of it over the years, mostly because the show turned a bit too “emo” on later seasons.
So it wasn’t until this weekend that I decided to check “Generator Rex”. I’ve only seen one episode, but I liked it enough to go read more about it online, and I admit I’m impressed.
For those unfamiliar with the show, the premise is this: sometime in the near future, an accident (?) with some experiment involving nanites (you know, microscopic robots) infects every living thing on Earth with the things. In most, they are latent, so there are no effects… but in others, including some humans, it transforms them into superpowered monsters. The hero, Rex, is exceptional because he can absorb nanobots from others, causing them to revert to normal; in turn, he can use the nanites to transform parts of his body into various weapons and machines. An organization called “Providence” recruits the boy (who has amnesia) to be used against the monsters, known as “Evos”.
This is a surprisingly original setting. In effect, the human race is already one step away from being doomed, since all it takes is for something to activate all the nanites for the world to become a monster-infested hell. The part about Rex having amnesia is a bit chiched, except it turns out that his amnesia is NOT caused by his nanites- it’s a condition he already had, possibly due to brain damage.
In the episode I saw, “The Plague” an Evo creates a virus that causes the entire human race to fall asleep (except Rex and White Knight, the leader of Providence who is also the only uninfected person on Earth.) Knight wants to kill the person responsible (since Rex can’t seem to cure him) thinking this will awake people before they die of hunger. Rex however insists in trying to save the guy as well, which leads him to exchange blows with Knight (who is wearing an airtight power armor). Rex succeeds in the end, not that Knight cared much (he’s willing to kill even Rex himself to save humanity.)
This was a very effective episode; we see how dire the situation of the human race can get; and how committed the characters are to their goals. To be honest, if I’d been in White Knight’s position, I’d be sorely pressed not to do the same thing- though I would have had a little more faith in Rex. (Then again, I KNOW he will succeed because he’s the hero in this kind of cartoon.)
Missing from this episode were several other characters, like a Men-In-Black type “handle” from Providence who interacts frequently with Rex, and the show’s regular villains, which include the nanite-eating equivalent of Dracula, and an Emo Evo girl who has a thing for Rex. I look forth to seeing them in action.
Right now, I’m ambivalent; the series sounds fun, with Rex reminding me a lot of the current Blue Beetle (he’s even a teenage Latino!) but the show is more serious than anything else on Cartoon Network right now- could some of the regular characters even die for real? We’ll see; I intend to catch up on all the episodes I’ve missed- something like 20 episodes, I think!- and then post a more definitive opinion.