Saturday, May 1, 2010

Generator Rex (Just Bear With Me)

So I spent most of today in a weird mid-finals stupor where nothing really got accomplished. I did end up checking out this new show on Cartoon Network called Generator Rex. First off, I'm not a big cartoon person, some years ago I was but I barely even watch TV anymore, let alone cartoons. Part of this is because the cartoons today kind of suck. And they've been sucking for quite some time. Spongebob has been around since I was NINE (holy crap I feel old) and I feel like it was kind of the death knell for cartoons. Back when I was a munchkin I had great shit that wasn't just awesomely violent but also had plenty of material aimed at older audiences, like X-men, Animaniacs, Men In Black, The Tick, Spiderman, really cool stuff. Nowadays, it just all seems lame. Maybe you agree, maybe you disagree, maybe you don't give a shit about me blathering on about cartoons and maybe this just means that I'm too old for cartoons anyway and am becoming a crotchety old lady who thinks about how much better cartoons were in her day "In my day, we'd walk fifty miles through the snow to see a cartoon that wasn't afraid to make adult references!"

But guess what? This Generator Rex thing that I just randomly caught the first two episodes of, it's awesome.

He made a sword...from his BODY. (Insert penis joke here....heh, insert)

Anyway, the premise is that scientists were developing some kind of nanite...thing, because nanites have become the catch-all for scientific bullshit lately, and it exploded, coating the world and everyone in it, with nanite-ness. For the most part this did nothing except some people mutated into awesome monster thingies called EVOs, some of these EVOs go all batshit crazy and try to destroy things and that's were Rex comes in. He's the teenage secret weapon of some organization called Providence that is the go-to for cleaning up EVO mess. Rex is kick-ass because he can actually control his nanites and makes machines SPROUT FROM HIS BODY. Jet pack? Check. Chainsaw? Check. Giant motorbike? Check. Hell yeah! So the cartoon follows Rex and his handlers, it awesome for the following reasons:

1. THEY SAY THE WORD KILL. This is a huge quibble I have with cartoons today that, even if they're action cartoons, shy away from "kill" or "death" and go with the wonderfully non-specific "destroy." On this show they say kill and even address the fact that faceless minions who generally serve as cannon fodder actually kick the bucket

2. Rex's machines are freaking cool, but not infallible. They show you that all it takes are some head games to make him lose control or shut down, which will keep the show from becoming to Superman-esquely predictable.

3. The guys at Providence are kind of dicks. Right away you see that these aren't the goodest of good guys. In the second episode we see the boss of Providence (voiced by the ever-awesome JK Simmons) is totally ok with murdering a few thousand nanite-infected New Yorkers to contain the virus. Of course Rex figures out a way around it but the point is that the murdering of innocent people was THE GOOD GUY'S PLAN. Also, they kind of treat Rex like crap, more like a weapon than a human kid. It's just nice that not everything is black or white and there's some gray area.

4. There's a monkey with a fez and an eye-patch. Yes, he occasionally says stupid crap, but he's voiced by Bender from Futurama! Bender!!

5. Rex is actually kind of likable and not all irritating for a teenage boy hero. And also he has amnesia, which at least gives him a purpose of some kind. He has no idea who he really is or where he came from so he works with Providence because they promised to help him figure out his past.

6. Agent Six. Holy shit, cartoon characters are not allowed to be as awesome as this dude is. He's this guy in a green suit and sunglasses who follows after Rex and is basically a nanny/Men in Black/ninja. He has swords that come out of sleeves and are magnetic and he kicks everything's ass! Unfortunately, there is no official picture of him online as of yet, but luckily, fandom abhors a vacuum and there are already fan-made pictures up:

And now to push my luck with...


It works!! The ridiculously long pause worked!!

So there you have it. Six perfectly good (mostly) reasons to give this show a shot (and also one deranged video). Here's hoping it will continue to not suck.

Also, I have my Stats final tomorrow. (I know, a final at 10am on a Sunday, is that sick or what?) Please pray for me to whatever deity you so wish.

Agent Six: "What you are about to see is extremely disturbing."

Rex: "Disturbing? ...Cool!"


  1. I approve the use of toothless!!!! and he should make more appearances!!!!! Val agrees!!!

  2. Ok so definetly just watched Generator rex, and it's definetly the successor of teen titans and ben 10. Which is cool cause it means lots of action and like general themes and of course awesome bad guy. (van kleiss vs SLADE!!!!) but I dunno, I fear that there is alot that can be done with the premise of this show, and it's all going to be thrown away in favor of focusing on rex, providence, and the missions.

    I WANT TO KNOW WHAT MAKES PEOPLE WITH NANITES GO MAD!! why are some people in control and others not! why are all of the things rex makes machines??? machines are unnecesarily complex, for example, instead of giant mechanical boots, why not feet? is rex 100% nanite like van kleiss, or is there another more human component. how widespread is the nanite infestation (probably worldwide) WHAT POWERS THE NANITES!!!! (little machines don't just run on magic you know) AGH!!!!!!!!

    also, why is it all so arbitrary?? and why monsters, and what happened to those 2 guards that got hit by warp girls portals in the 1st episode? were they shredded, sent to VK's mansion? (ok this question is rediculous, but still!!!)

    Ok, and agent 6?!?!? is he actually a prototype for rex? cause he has inhuman jumping and strength!!! I mean, he's just a little bit to awesome to simply be human. just saying!

    I dunno, it's like, rex is awesome! but, like, if you could spew mechanical arms and legs and cannons and swords, wouldn't you ask "maybe I can make myself 5x my size??"

    and why do all of his appendages fall off shattering machines!!!! if I chop off his arm, will it collapse the same way?!?!? and when he get's hit and loses part of his jetpack, couldn't he just regrow it?!? maybe later when he's stronger...

    the sad part is, I probably won't get an answer to any of these questions except VK eventually revealing that rex was the original incarnation of nanites that caused the giant awesome explosion and then VK (head scientist) was bestowed his abilities by rex. then Rex went out and spread nanites everywhere. rex had nearly beaten all resistence when providence captured him, but not without losing 9 of their 10 agents. they then modified rex's nanites thereby removing his memory of who he was, and enslaving him under the close watch of agent 6.

    is this a total rip off of KOTOR, yes. is it possible, I think so. but I'll just have to wait till VK tells us the truth. >.<

  3. uh Javi, you did that thing you do when you put way too much mental thought into a children's cartoon show. Seriously, take deep breaths and have a lie down

  4. I know this is terribly off-topic, but was that a Be Kind Rewind poster behind your head? If it was, awesome.

    I don't think I get that channel anymore. Which is a shame, because I dug the shit out of Teen Titans.

  5. It is indeed a Be Kind Rewind poster. You are seriously one of the very few people I know who like that movie. Also, I totally forgot about Teen Titans, that was such a great show!

  6. This show seems really good... which it is. Nick has gone way downhill, Disney is past the point of no return, and cartoon network is like up down up down crash and burn boo up up yay best show ever. in other words, TV=BS

  7. too true. so far I'm still digging this show, which is a good sign cuz if it was crap I'da lost interest

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