Virgil Grey gets a call one night from a mysterious man who claims that his father, killed by his robot partner, is alive. Virgil brushes it off until he hears his father's voice trying to warn him. The man on the other side tells Virgil that if he wants his father back he'll have to break the robot that killed him out of prison. Virgil is soon joined on his quest by his best friend and childhood enemy. Hilarity Ensues.
The first episode can be seen here
- Androids and Detectives: Harvey and Cyphris (not respectively). There is no conflict between the two, and they seem to be good partners until Harvey's supposed murder.
- Badass Long Coat: Harvey Grey from the opening.
- Blind Obedience: Valavingee to Emperor Laboosh.
- Cryptic Conversation: Virgil's phone call with his supposedly dead dad.
- Doomsday Device: In the wrong hands, the Pop Rocket (aka the Pieces III) qualifies.
- Freudian Trio: Virgil (Id), Weaver (Ego), and Fisher (Superego).
- Generation Xerox: Virgil became a detective, just like his father.
- Genre Mashup: Film Noir meets Science Fiction
- Heroic BSoD: Virgil's breakdown, which happened during the events of Episode 1, but isn't shown until Episode 3.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: The guards are such bad shots at the end of episode one, that Virgil doesn't even bother to dodge their fire. Word of God says this is a homage to Stormtroopers in Star Wars.
- Miscarriage of Justice: Cyphris is blamed for Harvey's murder, despite the only evidence being that he was the only one near when the crime was committed.
- Mouthy Kid: Eugene sits somewhere between this and Bratty Half-Pint—his intentions are good, but his paranoia is a minor obstacle for Virgil and co.
- Robot Buddy: Cyphris to Harvey
- Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Cornelius Vain. As he says to Virgil, "Your money means nothing to you! So why should it have any value for me?"
- Something Only They Would Say: What convinces Virgil that his father is alive.
- The Chessmaster: Cornelius Vain, who titles himself a "playwright."
- Thicker Than Water: Virgil, knowing what is at stake should the Pop Rocket fall into the wrong hands, refuses to let that deter him from saving his father.
- Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Played with when Virgil, Weaver, and Fisher break into Redhaven. Fisher explains the fake I.D.s to get them inside, and they are (almost) caught at the door, but their escape plan is not discussed until the last second, and (mostly) succeeds.