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A twistedly brilliant Saturday morning cartoon by Doug TenNapel (the same man behind Earthworm Jim), Project G.e.e.K.e.R. ran for thirteen episodes in the mid-90's on CBS. However it was doomed from the beginning because the FCC's new educational programming requirements came into effect in January 1997, just as its first season run was ending, and CBS couldn't see it meeting E/I guidelines well enough for a second season.In an ambiguously future time, Moloch Industries and its CEO, Mister Moloch owns most of the solar system, yet even that is not enough. In order to gain total power, Moloch initiated Project GKR (Geno-Kinetic Research). The aim of Project GKR was to create the perfect corporate warrior; an artificial human with complete control over his molecular structure, whom Moloch could use to crush all who opposed him.All that was needed was the loyalty program. But then Project GKR was stolen by an Action Girl named Lady Macbeth and Noah, her intelligent Tyrannosaurus pal. Due to the loyalty program having all the intelligence, they end up saddled with Geeker, a Cloudcuckoolander to the extreme who has no real idea just how powerful he really is.The series' entire run was on Hulu at one time, but has since disappeared. It's now available in the iTunes store.
Aerial Canyon Chase: Geeker (of all people) does this in the second episode, by way of flying a commandeered shuttle straight downward and into a subway tunnel in order to shake off a Pinker fighter. And surprisingly, he pulls it off perfectly. He didn't even realizewhat he was doing.
Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Noah and Lady Macbeth often fight, with the dinosaur often refusing to allow "Becky" to accompany him on critical missions. Lady Macbeth interprets this as a snub, because she's weaker than him. In actuality Noah can't bear the thought of anything bad happening to his team-mate.
Bait and Switch: Probably not played for comedy, but worth a mention. Every time Geeker says "I am so on top of that!", he performs his task successfully and perfectly. You would think someone like him would screw it up all the time.
Evil Knockoff: Eventually, Moloch creates another GKR closer to his original plan. First it goes renegade. Then Geeker out-crazies it.
Fantastic Racism: Dinosaurs are not extinct, but are sapient, and the majority have been hiding from humanity in their subterranean city Dinopolis, until it was thought the two species could peacefully co-exist. Humans hate dinosaurs, and those who desire to socialize with man and shop at malls, are immediately subject to ethnic persecution.
Future Me Scares Me: In the final episode, Becky, Noah, and Geeker travel 100 years into the future, and see a world where a nightmarish Geeker has enslaved the galaxy, and Noah has become an elderly, senile captive. It turns out that Geeker and Moloch had switched minds at some point, though this future was averted by the end of the episode.
Noah:[Beat] Uh, why don't you take this one, Becky...
How Do I Shot Web?: Geeker often stumbles upon new applications of his powers by accident.
Insane Troll Logic: In one episode, Geeker goes in search of Becky and Noah, who have gone missing. Geeker rides a water ride at a broken down carnival, sees the letters S and K fall off of a sign, assumes that they stand for "Special friend" (Becky) and "Kool" (Noah), and uses these "clues" to break into a seafood restaurant and rescue two lobsters from the lobster tank, under the assumption that Becky and Noah had been "lobsterized."
Opening Narration/Fake-Out Opening: Billy West starts out reading the opening narration as GKR, using a gravelly voice. Then, right when you think this show is an action drama à la X-Men, West flawlessly switches voices and reads the rest as Geeker.
Punch Clock Villain: In one episode, the Pinkers decide not to pursue Geeker in the middle of a very dangerous situation, because they aren't paid enough.
Reality Warper: It's implied that this is what Geeker would be if he wasn't a moron.
"It's not like I could turn into a monster.(shapeshift!) ...Or shoot heat rays out of my eyes.(laser!) ...Or turn Mr. Moloch's dinner into a spider..."(Description Cut) Mr. Moloch: "...GAH!"
Stable Time Loop: Implied in "12 Chocolate Monkeys," and it's because of this that Noah loses the will to fight Moloch. However, it is later averted.
Super Prototype: The reason why Moloch and Doctor Maston need Geeker back so badly. Their attempts to replicate the process, to make another artificial human (ideally more stable), have ended with failure after failure.
Super Zeroes: Of the "has great powers, but no talent to use them" type. Still manages to foil the bad guy, somehow.
During the episode that a robotic duplicate of GKR was made, Geeker begins using his powers effectively for the first time, ultimately fighting the duplicate in a battle in space where the two of them are fighting by throwing energy blasts at each other. The two fight on a nearly god-like level, neither able to overpower the other. After he defeats the duplicate by forcing his own defective programming into the robot's brain,Geeker quickly forgets how he was able to do all of that cool stuff. So, long story short, physically, Geeker IS an ultimate life form, he just lack the mental capacity to make use of his powers.
Used Future: Neo-Denaire, where the main characters live, is a prime example of this.
Vitriolic Best Buds: (Type 1) Becky and Geeker. She hates being the nanny of a super-powered moron, and lets him know about it all the time. Geeker never gets it.
One episode, in which she believed Geeker had died, finally had Becky cry and admit that he was her friend.
The Virus: Larry, an intelligent mutant cold virus sent to capture Geeker.