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YMMV: The Zeta Project
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: West's purpose on the show.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple/Robo Ship: Zeta and Ro. The show is technically No Hugging, No Kissing, though with lots of Ship Tease.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Watch The Iron Giant. Now watch Zeta. Go back to the Giant. What have we learned?
    • After 9/11, the NSA quit referring to Zeta as a terrorist or talking about terrorists. In Real Life, the NSA began focusing more on terrorists after the events of 9/11. Doubles as Harsher in Hindsight.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Bucky's attempted use of Zeta as a murder weapon doesn't work out, but the fact that he got to blatantly attempt to force someone to murder another person is astounding by today's standards. It's worth noting some people found the episode to be without tension, however, because - see the trope title - it's a kid's show. They can't show that!
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Bucky gets significantly better in season 2.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The pilot is all about free will and the ability to choose your own path in life regardless of the circumstances of your birth. And it works.
  • The Scrappy/Creator's Pet: Bucky. That his first episode has him try to kill a man using Zeta and mind control doesn't help.
  • What an Idiot: Agent West.
  • The Woobie: Macy, the girl who appeared on the show Ro went on to find her brother. After dealing with a Disappeared Dad, her mother vanishes and might in fact have been killed by a hurricane. She then goes on TV in a desperate bid to find her mother, unable to believe she's dead. Said show cruelly tricks her, gives her a Hope Spot where she meets a woman made to look like her mother, and the next day she's thrown back into the foster care system. The kicker? They never give her a happy ending. While the host of the show says at the end she'll work to actually help the people they've hurt, there is virtually no chance of a woman in a hurricane zone being alive years later. If she is, then that Hope Spot is tainted, too, because they state many people were affected by the trauma and forgot who they are. Macy's mother may be alive, but she doesn't know Macy exists. Macy is also ten years old when she's on the show, meaning she was even younger when all this happened. Downer Ending is an understatement.

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