But I stand tall like a pyramid
One day, I'll be mythic
Read about it in hieroglyphics..."
The series focuses on 15-year-old Cleopatra VII (Lilimar Hernandez) as she gets transported 30,000 years into the future, to an Egyptian-themed planet that is ruled by talking cats. She discovers that she is the prophesied savior of the future world. In order to prepare for her role and mission, Cleo is sent to an elite academy where she has to train to take on the bad guys, figure out how to eventually get herself back home to Egypt, and tackle the highs and lows of being a teenager in high school with her best friends Akila (Katie Crown) and Brian (Jorge Diaz), and her teacher Khensu (Sendhil Ramamurthy).
Originally slated to premiere on Universal Kids in the United States, instead the first five episodes of the series were released early onto NBCUniversal's Peacock streaming service on April 15, 2020, for Xfinity users. For those who don't have that provider, the series premiered nationwide on July 15. It would make its debut on Hulu almost a year later on July 14, 2021. Worldwide however, the series first premiered on the DreamWorks Channel in Southeast Asia on November 25, 2019. The series also premiered on Teletoon+ in Poland on February 17, 2020, dubbed into Polish. In Australia, the series premiered on ABC Me on August 3, 2020.
It's written in these tropes; all, all, this show can be...
- Adaptational Species Change: Akila goes from a human girl in the comics to a fish-like alien girl in the show.
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Mihos is a weird ferret-type creature with light green skin and darker green stripes.
- And Knowing Is Half the Battle: "Do-Over" ends with a parody PSA featuring the cast warning the audience about the dangers of time travel.
- Badass Adorable: Cleopatra is cute, spunky, and not someone to be messed with.
- Big Bad: Octavian fills this role.
- Birthday Episode: Cleo turns 15 in episode 2.
- Cast as a Mask: Gohzi, Cleo's friend from Egypt, is voiced by Karan Barr. His true identity is the main villain of the series, Octavian, voiced by Jonathan Kite.
- Collapsible Helmet: The protagonists all have clear space/crash helmets integrated in their costumes, which collapse by pressing a button in the back. They also have the very useful function of deploying automatically if they're exposed to outer space.
- "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: The Theme Tune is sung per Cleopatra's perspective, and is also sung by her voice actress, Lilimar.
- Downer Ending: The first season finale. Khepra allows Octavian to invade Planet Mayet, forcing the students and staff to evacuate via pyramid spaceships. Also, Yosira is captured and Cleo learns that Octavian is her old friend Gozi.
- Foreshadowing: In the episode "Clubbing", Cleo has a dream that shows Gozi with glowing Eye of Ra and Eye of Horus symbols around his eyes, and states "I've had 30,000 years to practice," after she says he's gotten better with a slingshot.
- Girls' Night Out Episode: The episode "Ladies Night" follows an adventure featuring Cleo, Akila, Callie, and Administrator Khepra, while Brian, Khensu, and Dennis stay back and relax.
- "Groundhog Day" Loop: In the episode "Do-Over", Brian builds a time machine that Cleopatra uses to make her bad day better. Hilarity Ensues.
- Has Two Mommies: A Freeze-Frame Bonus in the first episode shows that Akila has two moms via a picture. This tidbit is later confirmed in episode 18 when they're properly introduced.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Cleo thought Callie was the spy because she was the Alpha Bitch and that Zaid wasn't the spy because of her crush on him.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Being from 30,000 years in the past, Cleo has a lot of trouble adjusting to all the differences from future technology to future food.
- Gone Horribly Right: In "Akila Says No", Cleo and Brian try to get Akila to refuse to do every request asked of her, which includes several unpleasant ones and results in a high workload for her. By the end of the episode, she's refusing every request, even small, simple tasks.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While Cleopatra is self-centered, hot-headed, and impulsive, she's also a brave and loyal person who will do anything to protect those she loves.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Callie when it comes to Ancient Egypt, though its not really her fault as almost all information for that time has been destroyed.
- A Lesson Learned Too Well: When Cleo and Brian finally teach Akila how to say no, she literally can't stop saying it, even if she doesn't mean it.
- Lighter and Softer: The "fate of the galaxy" stakes remain, but they are given way to Friendship Moments and humorous hijinks more often compared to the comics. Certain events are also toned down, such as Octavian's origin story.
- Parental Betrayal: Khepra betrays Khensu and the rest of the academy by allying herself with Octavian and allowing him and his fleet to invade P.Y.R.A.M.I.D.
- Scale Model Destruction: At the beginning of "Do-Over", Akila shows Cleo a miniature model of PYRAMID that she'd built... and naturally, Cleo accidentally destroys it in an act of clumsiness. Akila is not happy, as she'd pulled an all-nighter to complete the model, and on top of that, she was already cross with Cleo for making a mess out of their room (which contributed to the aforementioned act of clumsiness). Because of the episode's plotline, however, this is far from the only time Cleo destroys the model, no matter how hard she tries to avoid doing so.
- Secret-Keeper: Akila and Brian when it comes to Cleopatra coming from ancient Egypt.
- Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: In the first episode, Cleo grabs a laser gun displayed on the wall to try and defend herself against an assassin robot. Since she's from a time period where guns are nonexistent, she has no idea how to operate it and quickly discards it in favor of a bo-staff (a weapon she does know how to use).
- ¡Three Amigos!: Cleo, Akila, and Brian, with Khensu acting as the The Leader, and Mihos as the Team Pet.
- Time Travel: The whole premise of the series is Cleopatra VII being transported 30,000 years in the future.
- Title, Please!: Taken Up to Eleven as the only way to find out what the episode titles were, before the show was released on Peacock, was to translate the official Korean titles.
- Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: One minute Cleopatra lives life as an average teenage girl in high school (well, as "average" as the future can be), and the next she's going on missions and battling face-to-face with Octavian.