After their successful Ben10
was signed over to another production team, the four-man crew that is Man of Action started planning and producing a new series: Generator Rex. This is a show with several interesting concepts and characters, and a whole lot of potential. Unfortunately, alot of it has thusfar been sadly wasted. Why, you ask? Two Words: Bad Pacing.
Man of Action initially got a 20 episode order for the show, and there was no guarantee that they'd be picked up for any more episodes. Apparently, Generator Rex is a story they really wanted to tell, and tell it they do. But this is the problem: the story moves too fast. Events that should happen at a later point happen too soon. We're hardly given time to breathe and take everything in before we're rushing to the next important event.
The first episode does what's expected of it and introduces the story, heroes, and villains. Now, the second episode is all right. But then comes the third, in which Rex meets his love interest, Circe...who is revealed to be a part of The Pack in that same episode. Come on, even Terra from Teen Titans
had more time to get trusted and betray her lover! Then in the fourth episode, Rex learns that his friend Noah is actually a spy hired by Providence. Yeah, three episodes since Noah's debut and already we get this. Rex then runs away from Providence...only to return in the very next episode.
We thankfully get a breather episode afterward, but THEN we get one in which Van Kleiss launches a big invasion on New York City, teasing Rex about the secrets of his past all the while. The next episode centers around the previously underutilized Breach...who dies at the end of it. The final episode to air thusfar has Rex meet one of the main scientists responsible for creating Evas, reveals that Van Kleiss had a hand in it as well, and also reveals that Rex has a brother somewhere out there.
You see the problem? Imagine if the creators of Avatar The Last Airbender
rushed to tell their whole 3-season story in just one 20-episode season! Would it have been as satisfying? The answer: No. Generator Rex isn't a bad show at all, but it would have been so much better if the story and it's major points were spread out over a longer period of episodes, giving the audience more time to care.