Read Part 2 if you want to know most of what happened in Season 1. Today, I look at the two-part Season 1 finale and then I look at Season 2.
Episode 25, “Code: EARTH”, starts with Jérémie finally getting good results on the devirtualization tests to bring Aelita to their world, so his friends start preparing for her arrival. She’ll stay with Yumi at first, and Odd and Ulrich manage to get her enrolled at Kadic. Meanwhile, Jim Morales, the gym teacher, has become more paranoid and suspicious of the group over time, so he started spying on them, believing that they’re planning something strange. (To his credit, he's kinda right...)
|"Don't try to play dumbest with me, because you're gonna lose!"|
I didn't invent that joke, the show used it a few times.
|A team ready to kick ass and chew bubblegum!|
And on Lyoko, they can't chew gum.
It’s not the first time Odd causes the situation in the episode, and it’s far from the last time. In the next seasons, his idiocy will be the reason why some of the plots happen, sometimes more directly than in this episode, and it’ll soon become frequent enough that you’ll grow tired of him. At some point, he’ll start feeling more like a load to the whole group, and that’s never a good thing. That's a common problem of comic reliefs.
|Nice work there, Jim. Your paranoia just led to a kid|
getting hurt. I hope you're happy. That's something else
you'll want to rather not talk about later.
|For a kid who watched this show's first season, Aelita|
being materialized was a big deal. It had been what the
past 24 episodes had been building up to. It was, without
a doubt, a moment of cheers.
However, something terrible's about to happen...
Later that day, the group goes to turn off the supercomputer, and are greeted by Jim, who has taken residence in the factory while he’s fired. They go to the supercomputer’s tower and Jérémie pulls down the lever, but Aelita faints. When Jérémie turns the machine back on and she wakes up, he analyzes her in a scanner only to see that there’s something wrong – XANA did something that connects her to Lyoko and the supercomputer. As in, either he took away something, or he planted a virus… we dunno. Either way, Jérémie starts working on an antivirus. On that night, as Aelita is brought back to Yumi’s house for the night, she discovers more of the wonders of the world – mostly the senses of touch, smell and taste, all which she didn’t have on Lyoko. It’s a very touching scene that not many stories about virtualization bother to show. We get many sweet moments of her goofing around with Jérémie, guaranteed to make you go "Awwww~!"
|It's in those moments of danger that the characters, main|
and secondary, show moments of pure badassery.
Yup, even Jim.
|The scenes on Lyoko are so action-packed that it's|
often difficult to get images from them.
Also because the CGI is not as great here as it'll be
in the next seasons.
|"Woo! I feel like Marty McFly! Now all I need is for|
some mad scientist to bring me through time!"
|But of course! Have a new opponent with two laser guns instead|
of just one! Why hasn't XANA thought of that before?
|Don't sense a hookup just yet.|
Do sense a green-eyed monster popping up soon, however.
|Not so invincible, those Tarantulas, after all!|
Just aim for the eye of XANA, that always works!
Also a fairly good set-up for this season’s new ongoing story arc: Aelita’s strange visions and dreams (more like nightmares), the mysteries of the Hermitage, trying to keep Aelita’s origins a secret, Jérémie trying to build an antivirus to free her from XANA, the love triangle between Yumi, Ulrich and William… We’re still missing a few pieces, though.
|I unfortunately missed most of the show past the first|
season when it was on TV, so I've since caught up
thanks to YouTube. Now I know everything about that
mysterious Sector 5 I had heard so much about.
We would later learn that Carthage refers to Project Carthage, a mysterious government project Franz Hopper participated in, and that XANA was created during that project - and that this is why he went into hiding later. It's interesting backstory for Hopper and XANA, but the show will hardly, if ever, focus on any of this past the "search for the password SCIPIO" thing.
|Uh oh... that's not good...|
Anything with so many tentacles can only mean trouble.
|Another day is about to start. This one is barely|
two thirds through!
|When Aelita is not letting her DJ skills out at Kadic...|
|...she hacks in XANA's data to solve the current episode's|
|As if Yumi's parents were ever gonna accept a mere|
lottery ticket, right?
Have I mentioned that the English dub stupidly attempted to set the show in America and tried to hide the (otherwise blatant) clues that set it in France?
|That grey goo sure is creepy. Then again, what else can|
you say about a program trying to destroy everything?
Especially if it's connected to XANA in some way?
Oh yeah, I might have forgotten another plot point: The love triangle between Ulrich, Yumi and William starts taking more place into the story. In particular, Ulrich starts becoming jealous and becomes fearful that Yumi ends up dating William. As a result, Ulrich starts doing dumb things to try and impress Yumi, not to mention that he starts acting jealous, clingy and almost stalker-ish. That’s a big problem of the season, and the show in general: this romantic plot tumor starts eating up more time and turns Ulrich into a creep.
|Just because XANA needs the heroes's help, that doesn't|
mean he's gonna be any nice to them. They both have
an interest in keeping the supercomputer running... but
XANA is by default a dick.
|Jérémie and his friends have been doing dozens of things|
that normal people will never have a chance to do.
Although I doubt they expected to include in that list
"replace a nuclear battery in a giant computer".
I could ramble on and on about this season. Honestly, I think I will need to cut this here and continue in Part 4. Not that I was expecting this to become such a long review/recap, but I actually quite enjoy talking about the show. I will try not to make this review longer than 7 parts, though. I should be able to do that.