Reboot Season Three
Episode Trivia

Note: This page is dedicated to trivia about the newer, modern day version of Season Three technically started late 2016. There is a separate page for the original version that was written in the years 2002 and 2003.

Note 2: The reboot for the season won't officially start until I obviously get through Season One and Two, however because of the Monkey Island parodies being moved into Reboot One four slots needed filling. In came The Games Matrix; Ex-special potential squanderer, rushed to finale Season One wannabe. Yes its point was to parody the TV show ReBoot's (oh the irony) third season storyline, with the added bonus of giving myself closure for it since the show was cancelled in the UK and I never got to see what happened in the last 7 episodes and 2 "movies" for many, many years. Thanks whiny parents! However since its story revolved around the series' lore, planned in to set things up for Season Four and Five, it still needed a good story behind it. I failed miserably, like I did with most of Season Three.

Anyhoo, as with Season One I've separated the original and reboots. Unlike One there isn't going to be new episodes or much rearrangement, or much in the way of new background storylines like Year Of Hell's ship damaging, Deck 13 references, etc... So why? One: The Games Matrix being split into five consecutive episodes will make that entry more than a tad confusing, especially when Parts 4 & 5 never existed in the original, again thanks to me not knowing how ReBoot S3 was resolved. Two: Monkey Island's removal and the consequences of that. Three: Since it's only talking about work I've done to the series lately, there should be less melodrama. Season Three has issues, ahem.

This page so far will only show the episodes that have been rebooted so far or episodes affected by it.


The Games Matrix Saga #1: Single Crossing
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Title Meaning
The Games Matrix Saga has a number theme with its titles. Damien double crosses the crew, but they do expect him to do it.

Alternate Titles
The Games Matrix

Inspiration
TV show ReBoot's second season finale

Original Voyager Episodes Used
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Reboot Only Comments
I've said it over and over. Blah blah Monkey Island episodes moved, four empty slots or technically four episodes not considered canon with warnings plastered on them, need replacing blah blah.

I've also said how poor I think Season Three is and why it happened, probably. Season Three suffered a bit from the edge disease, but there were still episodes like this that tried to be funny like the "good old days". It wasn't funny, not by any stretch. I think the only bits I've smiled at and kept were Annika's mind control and Damien/Riker scenes. All of the actual ReBoot (tv show, yep this isn't confusing AT ALL. TV show has the capital B in there FYI, from here on out I'll refer to my reboot like this, no caps at all) jokes fell very flat. Firewall singing nope, making fun of the Bob/No screams, getting names and stuff mixed up zzzzzzzzz.

That isn't the biggest problem with TGM though. For the last few years I had this idea that The Games Matrix completely skipped over the ending. I remembered Voyager and Enterprise being trapped, missing for most of it and showing up randomly at the end with no explanation, but to be fair with no fanfare either. A quick skim to prepare for this reboot and I found that wasn't really true. There was a resolution, but it was blink and miss it. Blinked I did. A friend reading through S3 without being bribed did as well and found it confusing and abrupt.

The thing is once Kevin had been broken out of jail and they've got the ship, I had no idea what to do next. My "inspiration"/rip off source had ran out. ReBoot ended for me when Ray (Kevin's part in the story) offered to show them the way into the Web (Games Matrix) while flirting with AndrAIa (Jessie/Lena, take your pick) cueing Matrix (James) to get ready to shoot him hopefully in his stupid goggle eyed face. For years that was a cliffhanger never to be resolved for me. Games Matrix was for me to make up my own ending, and yeah it never occured to me to look anything up. I dunno what happened, I assume I got bored of the project since it was pretty s$$$ and rushed to the finish line like I occasionally did then.

Best part is what I didn't know was the resolution to this entire storyline was seven more episodes. Then there was a mini fourth season which ended the series in an actual god damn still pisses me off to this day cliffhanger.

But ahem anyway. I knew whatever I did to fix The Games Matrix would be big. Too big for Season Three. Episode Two Far on its own proves this by being almost the same size as the entire ex-special original. Splitting them up into smaller episodes (haha Two Far should be renamed Two Big with its being bigger than all S3 solo episodes) would solve the Monkey Island problem. It fit perfectly. ReBoot's third season was split into four sections, four episodes each, and since I included the S2 cliffhanger in this that would make five episodes easy. It would mean episode 1 would be ridiculously tiny, what with being one 20 minute episode compared to the others 3-4 episodes length. It only had to be around Akoonah Matata's length, not too hard.

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The Games Matrix Saga #2: Two Far
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Title Meaning
Continuing with the number theme. Multiple meanings here; the episode follows on from Damien's attack on the ships, he brainwashes the Soft and Annika, resorts to propoganda. The awayteam are separated from their crew on a planet in the far outskirts of the Delta Quadrant. Meh, the title's the loosest/vaguest title of the bunch, I'll admit.

Alternate Titles
The Games Matrix

Level Two (since there are a lot of games in the episode, that was all)

Inspiration
TV show ReBoot's third season, the first quarter of it

Original Voyager Episodes Used
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Reboot Only Comments
I figured part 2 of the episode, or rather part 2 and some of 3 wouldn't need as much work done. Episode 2 would be the quickest one to do, right? Wrong! If it wasn't so god damn enjoyable for me to write, it could've been a lot worse, believe me.

The original skipped over one of the games (well 2 but who cares about the Santa game, I always forwarded it to the Firewall opening anyway), not so bad. Part 2 missed out a vital and easily very Damien like part of the story; the propaganda, the blocking them from entering the Games. It made me think the Softmicron being brainwashed was barely utilised in the original, if at all. Readers I'm sure never knew or saw what a lost Game did to its landing spot either, and since the one James/Lena/Jessie lose is never seen on that side, they still wouldn't until Season Four I believe. I still figured all of the games would be overkill, so stuck to the three. Only I found the Micro Machines/Toy Story game far more attractive to write than the stupid raccoon. If ReBoot's fourth season was in this saga, sure I would've, but I'm not planning on it.

The original ended rather abruptly with the James/Lena/Craig triangle flaring up, which leads into sod all later on, another issue with it. It should've ended with the far better cliffhanger of the game being lost. Sure it was only a week or two, can't remember, but that really was a Best of Both Worlds Part 2 for me. Too bad they ruined it by showing the new credits, spoiling the big twist before it happened but hey! The cliffhanger was ace and at the same time probably caused the cancellation in the UK.

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The Games Matrix Saga #3: Alone And Three
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Title Meaning
James, Lena and Jessie are lost in the Games, they'll run into Sandi and Kevin who are in the same prediciment. They are free from the events going on elsewhere.

Alternate Titles
The Games Matrix

Alone & Fancy Three (saying the trio were free was already pushing it, ha)

Inspiration
TV show ReBoot's third season, the second quarter of it

Original Voyager Episodes Used
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Reboot Only Comments
It seemed like a good idea at the time; have two Chosen Game Slayers lose a game and so be forced to travel via them in order to return, all while exploring the only real original part of the Games lore in FV; the Games Matrix itself.

What happened instead? The story skipped over the lost Slayers reveal which explains & shows what happened in "part 2's" cliffhanger. Instead it started with the Star Trek/XMen (I assume) parody episode which is probably the least important of this section of the third ReBoot season. What does it reveal?

Uh Enzo/Matrix and AndrAIa are a couple, um... okay, James and Jessie are old news, that was revealed one season ago.

Shows more of Matrix's hatred of viruses, ep 1 and 3 do a better job and isn't applicable here in FV. Spoilers for Season Four: Lena knows the Soft are the enemy but initially objects to the Equinox killing them for fuel (but conceeds a tad and unlike Janeway doesn't arrest the Equinox crew for the crime), then later helps Soft kids get their revenge on them. True in the latter example she's on her downward spiral leading to Burnt Out but still. Something to think about. James on the otherhand disagrees with working with and/or letting off the Equinox crew, so yeah [sarcasm]that's some burning hatred he has for the Softmicron[/sarcasm], this is the guy who is very vengeful and he's still "killing Soft even despite what they do so they can be chucked into the gas tank is bad". Even in Season Five: any violent hatred toward the Soft is toward individual figures, not the species itself. Someone has an outburst and apologises saying that not all Soft were responsible for the act that made them mad, and takes it back. So James having an urge to shoot all Softmicron in the face regardless of circumstance would be pretty jarring considering his and Lena's stances later.

Has a guest star in it that reminds Matrix of the friend he lost in the Web. Considering who was thrown into the Web in GM, it'd be a tad weird using that storyline. Hey that guy looks like Voyager/Enterprise, that's... that's perfectly normal.

To be perfectly fair, what I did with the episode did make it more important. It's something that has ended up in the reboot. It still doesn't make up for the part of the story that really shows they're lost and how they're taking it. My only issue with the rebooted version was making the tone of the game played with the aliens very light and silly, which made the trio's departure from the planet rather cold. Sure James especially is a bit out of it, on the Evil Slayer edge during this part of the story, but it's still not in his character to sod off just because five of the aliens were stupidly annoying, let alone Jessie and Lena too. A lot of work had to be done to rescue the final part of Alone And Three's first full game without losing the goofy nature of it, which I did want to keep.

The all a dream episode was never really gonna get a look in. It's a little too early and rather abrupt for James to get his I really need to get my violent temper in order epithany. Two seasons too early ha. Besides Matrix still spends the next couple of episodes wanting to shoot people (including an entire bar full of people who've done nothing to him) in the face, so who am I to argue with that? Have I mentioned in this page that this series was a kids show? Yes/No, either way you know. I mean of course having James do something like the bit in the brackets is too much even when he's fully turned. Yikes.

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The Games Matrix Saga #4: Fourboding
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Title Meaning
Most of the episode is based in a very unusual and dangerous place. I imagine they'll feel that quite often.

Alternate Titles
The Games Matrix

Fourwarn (would've fit a bit better in part 3, IF the warning from Turbo about Daemon and the Guardians was apart of The Games Matrix story. It wasn't, and this is obviously part 4)

Fourshadowing (I don't think there's much of that going on here)

Quadrant Zero, Fourth Wall... there were a few that didn't fit, you get the idea.

Inspiration
TV show ReBoot's third season, the third quarter of it

Reboot Only Comments
We're almost in new territory with this one. One quarter of the episode is a complete rewrite of getting Kevin out of the prison and hijacking the ship. The awayteam on the planet fighting back against Damien and rushed ending is gone, slightly delayed anyway. After that it's all new, using the ReBoot episodes I had not seen or knew anything about while writing the original Games Matrix.

It's interesting that there is one detail about the original that makes it seem I did. Though to be fair the hints were all there in the eps I did see.

It's also a little interesting and more annoying that I knew the point of the next few episodes were; "we're going into the Web/Games Matrix to rescue Bob/Voyager&Enterprise", but all they ended up doing was handidly just happen to emerge from a Game in the same system they started in and fly into orbit, where the ships were already rescued and waiting for them. Apart from showing that the Soft like to take over planets by deception, what did James, Jessie and Lena's story do for the episode and overall series? Waste time. That's the only answer. Lena had barely anything to do since the sister role was not in ReBoot's lost saga. Jessie forget about it. James got to be extra moody but got better with no real incentive (though I think I remember him being like that for a few more episodes anyway to be fair), and an asshole to even Jessie at times. So really, what was the point? It's so insulting.

The only good thing it did was wipe the Guardians being controlled by a new virus that's forgotten about as soon as they go into the Web (until the fourth season anyway) story. It's probably my only gripe about ReBoot season three. Matrix shouldn't have needed an extra incentive to find Bob. I guess without it the action in the two episodes is lost, but hey, there could've been another way. Mine was using the Soft so, not hard.

At least the Games Matrix finally gets a look in, in an episode named after it. I will say though a lot of pre-planning had to be done whilst finishing the series exactly a year before The Games Matrix was rebooted, as I knew I had to make the stuff in the finale work with both the original and reboot versions. Fun.

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The Games Matrix Saga #5: Diminished Fifth
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Title Meaning
Like the rest of the saga it's a number themed title. This one was a bit tricky since everything I could think of didn't work with the episode. On a writing forum I asked if anyone had any better ideas. Diminished Fifth was one of them. Honestly I liked the sound of it more than any of the others, and the meaning I saw in it wasn't the literal meaning of it (it's a musical note/notes, I think! I looked at the explanation: "denoting or containing an interval which is one semitone less than the corresponding minor or perfect interval," and my small brain exploded). A few things sprung to mind: there is a musical part in the episode, "diminished responsibility" which relates to Annika's part, and only diminished itself as things get worse/flare up for the Voy/Ent crew and Damien.

Alternate Titles
The Games Matrix (original episode title)

Keeping the Fifth

Five Who Strive

Take/Plead The Fifth

Five-fold

High Five

Inspiration
TV show ReBoot's third season, the final quarter of it

Original Voyager Episodes Used
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Reboot Only Comments
Spoilers for the episode itself. I'm quickly typing this before any of this is written, yeah I know, bad move. The whole episode, even the ending is all new. Three bits of ReBoot's final four episodes can be used here, and some that really really can't. It's a shame my favourite part of it can only be used if it's written as a big joke (Matrix versus Megabyte. The thought of Damien sneering at James as if he's the big tough unbeatable virus and James was this 10 year old thinks-he's-tough kid the last time they met, daring him to fight instead of shooting him is quite simply laughable. Rest in pieces Damien you dumbass). Then the very Voyager-esque reset button finale, that's never gonna work ironically.

The plan is to include the bare basics of the story, mainly eps 1 and 2 with the flashbacks, Annika and the battle. Episode 3 works a tad in my head what with how I handled the Web Portal and the weapon to close it in Single Crossing, the Megabyte trolling will be fun to do. Episode 4 though is probably gonna end up on the cutting room floor.

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Scary But True (Part One)

Title Meaning
It's not really scary, or true... in the crew's opinion it may be.

Alternate Titles
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Inspiration
Talos the Mummy or whatever the hell it's called. It has two official names. Tales of the Mummy sticks in my head, so it's probably that.

Original Voyager Episodes Used
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Reboot Only Comments
Since the second half of this episode is in Season Four, a season I wanted fixing up first before the series could continue, Part 1 was formatted, checked through and edited if necessary. It is the first official S3 Reboot episode in a way. Not much was done to be fair.

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1) Despite it being yet another film rip off, I actually quite like this episode. I remember seeing this film in the tv guide and deciding to record it, I loved mummy films after all. It's a good thing I didn't decide to base this on the Shroud of the Mummy, I don't remember anything more than the seven foot six butch mummy walking around and a pretty realistic looking one just lying there. Heh it was an old film. Anyway Talos/Tales was modern, it was made around the same time as The Mummy remake in 99, but it didn't look it. It was obviously a low budget film and I keep thinking it was a British film as well, I'm not sure actually (it was based in London, everyone except the lead were/played by English *shrug*). Anyhow, I quite enjoyed the film, although it was ripe for parody. It also had a plot I could use to resolve the Iinan story once and for all, despite his "death" in Oasis. To be more accurate it was a chance to redeem Oasis as I didn't want such a crap rip off to finish the storyline.

The "problem" with Talos/Tales was that the bad guy won. Don't get me wrong, as a film it was a good thing, I liked that they went there. However it created an issue for FV, Iinan couldn't kill off most of the crew and win. The film left it open ended, FV can't do that (anymore). It was perfect for a cliffhanger but I'd have to resolve it myself in Season Four, and I just couldn't resist the challenge.

Without a doubt this is my favourite cliffhanger season finale, not that there's much competition. Kiara had flipped, at the very least James was dead as Iinan appeared to have been revived, and well he was on the loose. It's also my favourite because it had the better second half, but I'll get into that more in the Season Four page.

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