Reboot promo spots, between episodes 04 and 05
Due to production delays, the fifth episode of ReBoot was not complete when
the fourth episode ("The Medusa Bug") was ready to air (8-Oct-94 on ABC).
For the next six weeks (15-Oct-94 to 19-Nov-94), short teaser clips were
The first showing of "The Medusa Bug" had a different ending, one not
shown on any of the repeats. It ended with the trees in the park turning
to stone instead of ending with an incoming game. This alternate ending
led up to the teaser clips, and was shown by Claster-TV.
From: William Blair x3-2821 (email@example.com)
Date: Tue, 30 May 95 12:29:40 -0500
Subject: Reboot clips
I'm not sure if it was done on every network, but during the weeks in
which Reboot was preempted (fall of 1994), short Reboot clips where shown.
There was a short (15-30 second) scene shown from (I'm assuming) a
non-existent episode where Megabyte gets ahold of the Medusa virus, and
spreads it over mainframe. There were a total of 5 or 6 of these out-takes.
I haven't seen them mentioned or described anywhere. I'm assuming they're
common knowledge. I don't have access to the alt.*.reboot newsgroup, so
I can't ask there.
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Date: Wed, 26 Jul 95 09:46:21 CDT
From: email@example.com (William Blair x3-2821)
Subject: Reboot clips
Here are the details on the teasters I mentioned.
The clip starts with the standard Reboot opening sequence.
- "I come from the Net. From systems... people...
cities... to this place... Mainframe!" We see the standard
overhead shot of Mainframe when suddenly it starts turning gray from
one edge and heading toward the middle. We pull back from the
image, and we find ourselves beside Megabyte looking at Mainframe
through a Vid Window.
- "Oh Bob! Did you really think that only Hexadecimal
could create a Medusa bug?" Megabyte glances at his finger tips in
a self-satisfied way.
- "You'll soon find out hers is quite inferior to mine."
The camera moves to a close up of Megabyte's face.
- "Once Mainframe is offline, who knows which systems
might be next..." The words "To be continued..." appear on the
bottom of the screen.
The clip starts with the Reboot icon, but it's gray marble. Bob speaks.
- "With Megabyte infecting Mainframe with the Medusa
virus, there is only one place for me to turn...Hexadecimal!" The
scene shifts to a closeup of Hexadecimal sitting on her throne.
- "Why Bob, it's always a pleasure to see you."
Camera shifts behind Hexadecimal to view Bob over Hexadecimal's
shoulder. Scuzzy is watching.
- "Listen, I've got no down time for inputting! You
have to help me erase the Medusa virus!" Camera returns to close up
- "As much as I hate Megabyte, I kind of like the
chaos his virus is creating. I've got a better idea. Why don't you
stay here with me, and..." Camera jumps to a closeup of Bob.
- "Me, stay here with you?!? I don't think so."
Bob turns away from Hexadecimal.
- "There's gotta be a way to save Mainframe, and I'll
find it...somehow!" The words "To be continued..." appear on the
bottom of the screen.
The clip starts by displaying the Reboot icon with ominous music in the
background. We then see Bob flying over Mainframe.
- "The Medusa virus has turned the entire city of
Mainframe to stone, and if I don't act soon, the effect will be
irreversible!" Suddenly, a beeping noise is heard.
- "Glitch, vid window!" A wid window appears, and we
see Phong. We hear the noise of the virus in the background.
- "Phong! You're all right!"
- "Not for long, young sprite. The virus is
downloading my door as we speak!" The noise of the virus gets
- "I'll be right over!"
- "No time! Besides, I need you to search and find
the Trias Effect."
- "Trias Effect?"
The noise of the virus becomes extremely loud.
- "Yes, only that can stop..."
Suddenly the background behind Phong, and then Phong himself, turns
- "Phong!" Bob looks toward the camera.
- "Oh no, now what am I going to do?!?" The words "To
be continued..." appear on the bottom of the screen.
The clip starts by displaying the Reboot icon with music in the background.
We see Bob standing in the Principal Office. As he speaks, the camera slowly
pans over the frozen forms of Phong, Enzo, and Dot.
- "Megabyte has infected Mainframe with his deadliest
program of all... the Medusa virus. Now everyone I've ever cared
for has been reformatted to stone. But before he was infected,
Phong mentioned the Trias Effect. It may be my only clue to saving
Mainframe." The camera closes in on Bob's face.
- "There's only one place I can go for the answer.
Glitch, portal!" Glitch flies from Bob's wrist, and a large silver
sphere appears in front of Bob.
- "The supercomputer! That's where I'll find the
Trias Effect, and a way to save you Dot. I promise!" The words
"To be continued..." appear on the bottom of the screen.
[This info comes from InfraPink@aol.com]
Just before the first NEW show, Bob comes back from the
supercomputer and gets glitch to enact the Trias effect and cure
everything. Everybody adulates Bob. Then he turns to the camera and
says, 'Okay, you can roll the opening now.' Or something to that
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