Web Video: ReBoot: The Abridged Series
"Warning: Incoming Game that closely resembles Star Wars."The Abridged Series
— Computer Voice
, of course!
Nearly all the characters are voiced by the creator, Saboooom, though in later episodes, other people were brought in to voice Mouse and AndrAIa. And then several more voices were added in episode 22.
Originally removed from YouTube
by Rainmaker Entertainment. Started its third season in mid-December 2009. Due to uploading difficulties with Episode 26, the series was temporarily moved to the ReBoot Abridged
Facebook group here
. Has recently moved back to YouTube here
- The Abridged Series: Imagine that! Lampshaded, episode 19:
AndrAIa: "This must be some sort of Abridged Series..."
Enzo: "Abridged Series? No way."
- Attack Its Weak Point: In the "useless introduction for the episode" Game starting episode 8: "Oh look a weak point."
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Done literally in episode 20, combined with Magical Security Cam. Mike shows a clip from episode 16, causing Hex's mirror (referred to as the Fourth Wall) to shatter, releasing the Web Monster.
- Defied by Phong in episode 26, because "Terrible things happened the last time [they] broke the fourth wall!"
- Cluster Bleep Bomb: Hex, quite often.
- Eagleland: Turbo is always shown as Type 1, with a lampshade big enough to cover the Principal Office.
- Fanservice: AndrAIa's main purpose in season 3, and she knows it.
- Fetish: Dot's Game form in episode 19, mentioned by Bob: "I guess animating her tail must've been more important than animating her mouth."
- Freaky Friday: In episode 18, Hex's meddling causes Bob and Enzo to switch bodies. Thing is, Hex doesn't realize this, leaving Enzo!Bob and Dot to find the paint program in the Archives, while Mike and Bob!Enzo have an... encounter with Hex. (Don't worry, Bob!Enzo manages to activate the Undo Command before things got out of hand.)
- Freud Was Right: In-Universe, mentioned by Dot in episode 23.
- He Who Must Not Be Seen (The User): Averted in episode 13. We actually get to see the computer room and the splash screen for The Funhouse. Guess who's playing The User?
- I Always Wanted to Say That: The bar scene in episode 31.
Matrix: I throw my gun up in the air sometimes,
Sayin' whoa-oa, Death Blossom Mode,
I want my PSP, so give it back,
Or I'll shoot you in your face.
...I've wanted to do that for so long.
- Lampshade Hanging: Hoo boy. Stays just this side of Better Than a Bare Bulb, but who knows what's gonna happen in the later seasons...
- Larynx Dissonance: Played straight for the most part: Saboooom voices all the characters up until episode 19 (though he pulls off Dot fairly well). In episode 19, he has someone else voice AndrAIa, and later, another person for Mouse.
- And then in episode 22, the cast list exploded.
- Logical Fallacies. The majority of Hack and Slash's lines, when they're not hanging lampshades. Math jokes, like the infamous 2+2=5 line, are typical.
- Medium Awareness: A few instances. One major example is episode 14, "Here Comes the SpiderBob!", where the Mainframers are excited for the beginning of season 2, while Megabyte is trying to destroy it.
- Bob, episode 1: "I have a feeling Megabyte is about to make an appearance in a vidwindow."
- Megabyte and Herr Doktor, episodes 12/13: "How long is it going to take to transfer the money?" "Oh, about one episode."
- Enzo, episode 18: "I just interrupted [Hexadecimal's] scene."
- Hack and Slash, episode 20: "Scene change!"
- Memetic Mutation: Another lampshade dropped by Dot in episode 9: "This has changed from World of Warcraft into some demented reference funhouse!"
- "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer: Episode 9, "The WOW Factor":
Bob: "Prepare to taste the blade of my butterknife!"
Onscreen text: "(Actual Dialogue)"note
- Painting the Medium: Talking about the channel logos and coming-up-next screen bars that were part of the original recording.
- Playful Hacker: Mouse is proud of her ability to hax.
Mouse: "Through l33t h4x0r skillz
, I've made AndrAIa's icon able to reboot her in a game."
- PSP: What Bob refers to his Keytool as. Startled by its abilities in the first few episodes, but eventually treats it exactly the same way as he does for Glitch in the original. Command names tend to differ, though, such as "Activate valet parking!" instead of "Glitch: Car!" (episode 17, to activate the "gearshift" in Bob's car)
- Running Gag: Several, both single-episode and recurring.
- Recurring gags:
- Bob's obsession with "sexy parties".
- Enzo's curiosity to "find out where babies come from" in early episodes. He eventually finds out.
- Bob: "I swear, this is the last Game I'm ever playing." It finally comes true in episode 19.
- Cecil being Ambiguously Gay.
- Hack and Slash failing logic forever. See Too Dumb to Live.
- Team Pet Frisket being an "unimportant" character.
- Mike the TV showing random stuff on his screen via Manipulative Editing. Causes varied effects, including helping to win a Game by freaking out Bob's Mirror Clone with High School Musical ("The WOW Factor") and breaking a literal Fourth Wall by showing a clip from a previous episode ("Attack of the Black Stripper")
- The Computer Voice spoiling the contents of a Game, like in the page quote. Happens both on Game Entry (for a Game we never get to see in episode 1, it was "Warning: Incoming Game that you'll never get to find out the theme of because Megabyte's goons are going to stop you.") and Game Exit, particularly on Unrevealed Games. If we actually see the inside of the Game, it could be a continuation of the Game Entry comment (episode 5: "Blind Date over, you did not get laid."), or the default "Game Over" comment.
- Bob talking to himself while floating in the Web.
- Matrix never hitting puberty. Resolved by a Stable Time Loop/All Just a Dream version of little!Enzo in episode 30.
- Single-episode gags:
- Blueberry muffins in "Bob The Virus Hunter".
- Bob saying "That's what she said!" in episode 23. Annoys Megabyte to the point of launching Bob into the
Web interwebs portal right before closing it. Good thing Bob promoted Enzo to Main Character status earlier in the episode.
- Schedule Slip: Between seasons two and three (justified by a creator blog), and between episodes 25 and 26 (justified; see below).
- Screwed by the Network: Episode 8, "Enzo's Fun Time", kept getting muted by YouTube due to "copyrighted music". Lampshaded in the finally-accepted version by Bob in the intro:
"Heat of the Moment"! Let's hope it's not copyrighted by WMG.
- Now that Rainmaker Entertainment is trying to revive the original show they have forced this series off YouTube. So if you're not on Facebook, you can't watch this series anymore.
- Screw The X, I Have Y!: Megabyte in episode 14. "Screw the producers, I have more strength!"
- Script Savvy: "Um, Dot, I don't hear the game over voice."
- Shout-Out: Even more than the original series! A few examples:
- Back to the Future: The title of the pilot episode.
- Batman: Mouse's "Bat-Wing" sequence in episode 26.
- Clash of the Titans: In episode 28, Megabyte releases the Kraken on the Principal Office because Mouse gave him herpes while 'seducing him'.
- Inception: The original show's "Where No Sprite Has Gone Before" episode is explained as a dream by Matrix, complete with requisite "We need to go deeper." line.
- Pinky and the Brain: Referenced in this take from episode 17, "Bob The Virus Hunter":
Hack and Slash: "Gee Brain, what do you want to do tonight?"
Megabyte: "The same thing we do every night: try to take over the world."
- Pokémon The Nugget in episode 6 along with sound effect.
- Power Rangers: The giant robot in episode 20. As well as the power-up lines:
Bob: "Blue-skinned PSP main character force!"
Dot: "Annoying voice *indistinct* perfect-ass force!"
Enzo: "Stupid prepubescent kid trying to be cool force!"
: "Woof woof woof!" (voiceover: "Dogs can be Power Rangers
Mike: *shrugs* "Annoying TV side character force."
- Saw: The puppet sequence in episode 24, suggested by Hexadecimal to "make them really shit their pants".
- Spider-Man: Episode 14, "Here Comes the SpiderBob!". Bob even sings his own version of the Spider-Man theme, which Megabyte promptly shoots down.
Megabyte: "That's funny. I could've sworn I just heard Bob making an ass of himself again."
- Star Wars: The super-laser in episode 24. Destroyed by an "incoming low-budget 80s horror movie".
Hexadecimal: Now witness the firepower of this fully armed and operational battle station!
Computer Voice in the Sky: Warning, incoming game. *laser explodes, electrocuting Hexadecimal in the process* Holy crap! What was that?
- The Legend of Zelda: The title and music used in Episode 3 "The Legend of Dot".
- The Price Is Right: The theme music was used infrequently in the earlier seasons. A dance remix was used as the title theme starting in episode 24.
- Toy Story: Episode 26's Game, naturally. The game also referenced Jurassic Park (complete with music), and Enzo rebooted into James Bond.
- Transformers: Mega-Truck in episode 17.
Enzo: "Holy crap! Megabyte? Who the hell does he think he is, Optimus Prime?"
- Will It Blend?: During the "Previously on..." intro for episode 21, this is done with the action shot of Nullzilla being blended.
- World of Warcraft: Episode 9, "The WOW Factor". Full stop.
- This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: The Computer Voice's lines in episode 9.
- Too Dumb to Live: Hack and Slash fully prove, in every single one of their appearances, that they are truly eight byts shy of a byte.
- Who Writes This Crap?!: Episode 9's intro:
Bob: "No one knows for sure... oh you know what, screw it, I hate this stupid line."
- Unusual Euphemism: Along the same lines as the original.
Bob: Holy mother of User, a thousand flights of stairs?!
- YouTube Poop: Starting with episode 16, the intro of each episode includes trippy colors reminiscent of YTP. Starting with episode 19, the intro is cleaned up a lot more, making it look closer to the original intro while still making it obvious this is an Abridged Series. Watch the "Season 2 #2 Intro" here.