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  • Executive Meddling: According to a poster on 4Chan who claimed to have worked on the show, the CEO essentially took full control of the production away from the crew working on it.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Megabyte, due to Tony Jay having long-since passed away, is now played by Timothy Brummand.
    • Basically, almost all foreign dubs had the voice actors of the returning characters changed. In some cases, like the Latin American Spanish dub, were dubbed in a different country from the original series.note 
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  • Role Reprise: Michael Benyaer, Kathleen Barr, and Shirley Millner reprise their respective roles as Bob, Dot Matrix, and Hexadecimal.
  • Saved from Development Hell: The studio had been making noise about a reboot for years, apparently in an effort to stir up investor interest. After announcing a reboot once a year five years in a row, many people were skeptical it would ever happen.
  • Sequel Gap: The original series ended in 2001, with this series being released in 2018, making for a whopping 17 years between series.
  • Troubled Production: The series suffered a massive case of this, according to an insider report that was leaked just before the ten-episode first "season" premiered on Netflix.
    • Pre-production on the show began in 2013, when Rainmaker Entertainment CEO Michael Hefferon announced that his company wanted to create a sequel to the original cartoon series that took place 20 years afterwards and showed how technology and the world had changed in the interim, noting that the original characters would be limited to cameo appearances. According to the insider account, Rainmaker (which had achieved great success with shows like Beast Wars, numerous Direct-to-Video Barbie films and other associated projects) decided that they wanted to create the first CG-rendered show on television made using the Unreal Engine. (In actuality, Lazytown was the first series to utilize the Unreal Engine, a fact that seemingly went unnoticed by the team). Despite this, the team was allegedly told by Hefferon to continue promoting the show as if this fact were true.
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    • Despite his need to render the show in the Unreal Engine, Hefferon hired a programmer who was allegedly unfamiliar with the software and struggled to render graphics, along with a rotating series of art directors who quit due to behind-the-scenes problems. (The struggles can be seen in the finished product, where most of the backgrounds and environments are based off static concept art.) Additionally, due to the programmer reportedly assuring Hefferon that lighting would be handled by Unreal Engine's internal shaders, this didn't work and the production was forced to hastily hire lighting artists out of post-secondary institutions once it became clear that the lighting in the first few episodes were much darker than normal.
    • According to the leaker, Hefferon meddled in the production process and treated it as his own personal passion project, leading him to integrate ideas and suggestions despite the rest of the team's reluctance. Hefferon reportedly brought his young son into meetings to give story notes, and himself admitted that he hadn't seen much more than a couple episodes of the first season of the original cartoon.
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    • Production seemingly went silent for months, with fans speculating that the show may have been put on hold and retooled in response to a disasterous reveal trailer in early 2017. Social media feeds (including the project's Facebook page) also inexplicably went offline for most of February 2018, with the only reason given by the production staff being it was done to "upgrade" the page. The show premiered to mixed-to-negative reviews, with the final episode of the season ("Mainframe Mayhem") receiving significant backlash for including a Take That, Audience! in the form of a basement-dwelling fanboy who is obsessed with the original cartoon (which exists as an actual program in this continuity), seemingly in response to fans who complained about the show.

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