ReBoot Episode 07 (1_07)
"THE CRIMSON BINOME"
- Written by
- Lane Raichert
- Story by
- Gavin Blair, Phil Mitchell, Ian Pearson, Lane Raichert
Guest star: Captain Capacitor
Voice by Long John Baldry. A binome-one with a peg leg, a hook for his left
hand, orange rope mustache, beard, and hair. Wears red tricorn hat.
Mainframe is attacked by Software Pirates. Bob is thrown in the brig, and
Dot has to save the day with fancy verbal fencing.
The story starts at the Dock area of Mainframe, where people are walking around
and riding bicycles - it looks like a boardwalk beach near the turn of the
century (straw hats, handlebar mustaches, bustles, etc). There is a
Punch & Judy style puppet show, called Punchcard and Qwerty. A big pirate
ship arrives, releasing a horde of flying pirates, all going "Arrr!".
Dot is talking to the police chief when the Ethernet goes off line. Phong
tries to pinpoint the cause of the disturbance when Enzo remarks that
Bob has an apartment down by the Docks; he can handle it.
But Bob is oblivious to the citizens being frozen by file locks; he is too
busy singing to himself while repairing his car. The pirates steal his car
while Bob is not looking, and Sally the pirate steals Glitch.
Captain Capacitor recognizes the Guardian's tool, and figures to make a
profit selling it, especially if he can ransom the Guardian as well.
Bob tries to sneak up on the software pirates, but finally realizes that
Glitch is missing. He ends up using his own file lock while riding on
a pair of hover discs.
Princess Bula, a large South Seas maiden, pops up from the deck and grabs
Bob during the exchange for Glitch. Bob is placed in the brig as the ship
leaves harbor. (After deploying its virtual sails, the ship jumps into
Dot and the harbor police commandeer a fast private yacht. (The music from
"A Three Hour Tour" plays in the background; the yacht's owner is Mr. Mitchell
but sounds a lot like Mr. Howell.) Dot says "He tasks me, and I
shall have him."
Bob tries to grab the keys from a sleeping guard (Mr. Jimmy), but is stopped
by the force field in the bars. "No one escapes from my brig, except for one."
Bob recognizes the signature of the one who got away; Mouse. He throws the
cell's bed against the bars and disappears during the flash.
After the others have gone, Bob comes out from behind a pillar and says
"thanks, Mouse, where ever you are." He then wreaks havoc on the ship,
knocking the rudder and cannons off line, so that Dot can catch up with
the Crimson Binome. Mr. Edwards, the gunner, fires the only functional
cannon, but the yacht is saved when Frisket catches the cannonball.
The pirates get the upper hand, but Mr. Christopher reports that Bob's
damage has caused the profit margin to drop below 200%. Dot and Capacitor
exchange witty repartee, fencing with words, until it is obvious that the
pirate has been outclassed. He goes into business with Dot, who needs someone
with his ability to deliver. The captain reveals that his real name is Gavin.
(See also the quotes for episode 107)
- The title refers to the movie The Crimson Pirate (1952)
staring Burt Lancaster.
- Punch and Judy - a very old puppet show where one puppet hits the
other. The punchcard was used to enter programs into ancient
computers. The English computer keyboard is called qwerty for the
top row of letters on the keyboard. (It's different in France and other
- One of the co-creators of the show is Gavin Blair. He has short
- The quote about "He tasks me, and I shall have him" did not originate
with "The Wrath of Khan". It comes from "Moby Dick".
- Gavin - the Captain's real name is mentioned again in the Season III
episode "Return of the Crimson Binome".
- Mainframe has two seas - the "A" Sea and the "D" Sea (AC/DC)
- Grafitti on the ship: "Capacitor is Flacidor", "Sit on it!", "You are
here", "I want my MTV".
- Grotesque and Arabesque -- Sir.Real
- A pirate version of "Kilroy Was Here" (man with eyepatch sticking his
big nose over a fence; same as in the movie "Kelly's Heroes").
- The previous occupant of the brig was missing a finger. The first 36
days of confinement were marked by four strokes, then four strokes with
a slash. The last 20 days are four strokes with a slash separated by
blank space, as if the poor fellow had his hand cut off as well.
- The name of the pirate ship is the "Saucy Mare". (Best seen about
15 seconds from the end of the episode.
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