A short-lived hour long action show about a video game coming to life that aired on fledgling network {{UPN}} in 1995. Most notable for the involvement of Creator/LeonardNimoy as an executive producer and Creator/ChristopherLloyd as the series' BigBad, Jackal.

Recently-divorced physicist Gus Lloyd decides to take his mind off things by creating a video game in his spare time. In it, he is the hero "The Cold-Steel Kid"--a commando-type vigilante hero. Along with LoveInterest "The Girl" (based off his ex-wife Lauren), he fights the forces of the evil Jackal, who are all based off [[WriteWhoYouKnow people from Gus's life who have upset him]].

[[HandWave Somehow]], Gus's latest experiment causes the characters from the game to come to life, and they're planning on carrying out the schemes from the game. Now Gus, along with his best friend Peter and the reluctant Lauren (since "her" character is important to the game), have to find and stop his characters before they can carry out their missions.

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!!Tropes:

* AttackItsWeakPoint: The villains are basically impervious to everything except a few, sometimes very specific, items.
* BigBad: Jackal
* ButtMonkey: Gus, apparently, based off the sheer number of people Gus feels have wronged him in his life. Shots of his game notes and several scenes of the show reveal there were several dozen villains--a whole army--in his game that never got episodes because the show got cancelled.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted.]] Jackal wears all white. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when Gus mentions he was subverting the black-clad bad guy trope when designing Jackal. In the final level when Gus and Lauren are sucked into the computer game itself along with Jackal, his clothing turns red--indicating Gus meant for him to represent The Devil Himself.
* DistressedDamsel: Lauren's video game alter-ego "The Girl". Not Lauren herself, though.
* EnemyMine: Gus and Jackal work together to defeat the villain Gus's practical joker friend Danny created.
* TheGameComeToLife: Another series about the video game that ceased to be... just a video game.
* HerCodeNameWasMarySue: This show would be a perfect example of this trope if it wasn't so obscure. The whole concept of the show is the main character created a video game where he's the hero, his ex-wife is the love interest, and the villains are all people he knows and who he thinks wronged him. HarsherInHindsight this side of [[{{Sonichu}} Chris-chan]].
* HeyItsThatGuy: Several B-level celebrities appeared in the show, usually, but not always, as the episode's villain-of-the-week.
* InspectorJavert: A P.I. hired by Lauren's fiance after she disappears spends a few episodes following Gus around thinking he's up to something.
* Kill It with Water: The very first bad-guy henchman "Killshot" had an aversion to water as his real-life model wasn't much of a swimmer. He's burned by it and even "dies" when falling into the ocean.
* MonsterOfTheWeek: Every week there was a different henchman (played by a guest star).
* MsFanservice: Kathy Ireland's character, both in Gus's game and on the show.
* NewMediaAreEvil: It was a TV show about a video game that came to life and killed people.
* NotThatKindOfDoctor: Gus, who has a [=PhD=], in one episode has to point this out. In physics--paticularly the study of Anti-Matter.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: The reason Jackal gives for saving Gus from a villain that isn't one of his--"The Practical Joker," who was created by Gus' friend as a gag.
* OpeningNarration: In every episode (except for the first one), we see a clip of the pilot where Gus explains the nature of the game and the dire situation that has developed.
* PacManFever: All the "game footage" shown is actually regular live action footage. By comparison, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ChronoTriggerInside.PNG what video games]] [[http://finalfight.classicgaming.gamespy.com/ff3level1.html actually looked like]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Civ2.png in the mid '90s]].
** Arguably subverted. There were plenty of games around the time the show was made that made used of digitized actors. Games such as [[http://ui27.gamefaqs.com/250/gfs_29347_2_8.jpg Lethal Enforcers]], [[http://ui13.gamefaqs.com/2316/gfs_36849_3_1.jpg Terminator 2 Arcade]], [[http://ui30.gamefaqs.com/2301/gfs_36835_2_27.jpg Revolution X]], [[http://www.examiner.com/images/blog/EXID14825/images/Night_Trap_3DO.jpg Night Trap]], [[http://ui06.gamefaqs.com/965/gfs_28415_2_15.jpg Seventh Guest]], [[http://ui24.gamefaqs.com/1431/gfs_36825_2_6.jpg Mortal Kombat]], and [[http://ui22.gamefaqs.com/2485/gfs_28904_2_9.jpg and WrestleMania Arcade]]. The games seem to be limited to Rail Shooter, Point and Click Adventure, and Fighting games, although it wasn't made that clear what type of game the guy was making, it could easily been the former two.
* PracticalJoke: One VillainOfTheWeek (played by Creator/BrentSpiner) has this as his theme, complete with a killer joy buzzer.
* Red Shirt: Every episode begins with a character (usually a level-headed voice of reason) getting killed by the henchman-of-the week. You know... just to set the mood.
* RantInducingSlight: Every episode, Gus explains the incident with the person that week's villain is based off of. More than once, Lauren and/or Peter tell him it's a really silly thing to still be this upset over.
* RomanticRunnerUp: Lauren's new fiance'--goes by the name of Harry. As well as another boyfriend by the name of Chip.
* SaveTheGirlScrewTheWorld: When Lauren is accidentally dragged into the game, Gus recreates the accident that brought the characters to life. He rescues Lauren, but this also means bringing Jackal back to life.
* SaveThePrincess: Part of the game viewers see includes "The Girl" in a dungeon wondering where the hero is. Her exact words as she's being held captive--"Kid, where are you?"
* ShinyNewAustralia: Jackal offers Lauren a chance to rule New York when he takes over if she'll stop helping Gus. Characters wondering whether he meant [[BigApplesauce the city]] or the state becomes a RunningGag in the episode.
* TheEndOrIsIt: After the bad-guy henchmen have are completely erased, Gus defeats The Jackal and the game is over. All are back in the computer. The computer screen in the empty lab types away by itself, apparently opening a new program. Jackal within the system operating the computer from within. We hear him utter "Tough luck kid..." and then cut to credits.
* TheTropeKid: The character is a boy-wonder military hero named "The Cold-Steel Kid." He's referred to by the characters of the video game as such. We see Gus himself got the moniker of "The Kid" from his own father.
* WeaksauceWeakness: Each of the near-invulnerable villains have key Kryponite-like weaknesses like water, sugar, ink, dirt, rubber, paint and soap.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: Jackal spends an awful lot of time talking to Gus and not killing him, especially since he's the only one who knows about Jackal's unusual nature and how to stop him and his minions. Maybe he's just not programmed that way.
* WriteWhoYouKnow: Every villain is based on someone who traumatized Gus in real life.
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