So, Season 2 has passed, and Season 3 has brought a whole new lot of challenges for the Lyoko-Warriors. It’s gotten to the point that XANA might as well be the least of their worries – not that this would be true, considering their deadly opponent has already managed to wipe out two sectors of Lyoko, and plans to wipe out the others, which would leave them without a way to fight back. Only now, the series seems to deconstruct the entire concept of “children who juggle studying and saving the world”, by showing just how many obstacles would be in the way of the protagonists in such a story. That’s not a thing that can be explored in a matter of a few episodes, the entire series is required. And that’s one of the brilliant aspects of this show.
And to go along with the deconstruction, more and more of XANA’s attacks cause things that aren’t as easy to repair. Among others, in “Temporary Insanity”, XANA inverts Odd and Ulrich’s perceptions of Lyoko and reality, meaning they believe themselves still on Lyoko when they’re in the real world, viewing the students and staff as monsters, while they think that they’re on the campus once they’re virtualized in the scanners. Sure, that’s corrected by the end of the episode, but still, that’s another case of XANA getting close to winning (by almost destroying the Core).
In the next episode, “Sabotage”, XANA, well, sabotages one of
the motherboards in the supercomputer, causing glitches on Lyoko that allow his
monsters to make quick work of the protagonists. And Jérémie only has about
three hours to repair it and switch around the motherboards – something that
would be simple, if only he wasn’t being forced by Jim to do some cleaning in
his dorm room! Reality, old nemesis, you strike again! And yes, as you can
imagine, the heroes still manage to get everything to be fine by the end. Plus,
the glitches caused by the fried motherboard also affected the monsters on Lyoko,
so that helped quite a bit. Although the way they won was a little weird: Aelita
wiped out the Ice sector, by herself, which gave XANA what it wanted, but also
gave Jérémie enough power to reboot the supercomputer. Yeah… don’t think about
it too hard. The script writers behind the show still love to pull the strings
to have the series go the want they want it to go, logic be damned…
|"Why did it have to be a glitch like this? Why couldn't it|
just give me an infinite number of copies of
the sixth item in my inventory?"
3 out of 5 sectors wiped! XANA is just getting closer to victory by every attack!
By the way, quick complaint about the teachers: Why do they give BS excuses for giving lower grades to Jérémie? One day, they take away two points from him because of a mustard stain, the other he’s given an A- “to be reminded that there’s no such thing as perfection”. What the fuck, teachers? I mean, they still seem to be fair everywhere else, so this is either a poor attempt at a joke from the writers, or an implication that the teachers are jealous of their student’s intelligence… maybe?
|"Hey! I can go through walls like a ghost! Like in that old|
film! I wonder if Yumi is making pottery?"
|Ah, good ol' Odd... He's always cloning around.|
BTW, sorry for the symbol on the low right corner.
Had to get my pictures from another YouTube account.
|And... The last normal sector is gone.|
|Yes, I get that this father wants his son to succeed, and for|
this Ulrich needs good grades. Problem is, this father is
being a complete dickhead about it. Not a reasonably
angry father; A dickhead.
|"It's a boss! I can beat it!"|
"William, you idiot! This is not a video game!"
"Then why is a video game reviewer talking about our show?"
|Seems like it really wasn't a good idea after all to add|
him to the team!
Before Aelita can even get to him, it’s too late; the Scyphozoa had caught William and turned him into a docile XANA servant. And a really powerful one, at that; more powerful than all of XANA’s monsters minus the Scyphozoa, combined. Even once Odd, Yumi and Ulrich are able to join so that they can protect the Heart of Lyoko, they get utterly demolished by the new William. After which, the XANA-tified warrior slashes at the Core, destroying Lyoko.
XANA has won this season, no contest. It’s the third time that he pretty much wins, too. Now, the heroes no longer have Lyoko to stop XANA’s attacks, they lost William (try to explain this to the faculty at school!), they might have also lost Franz Hopper… and worst of all, their grades still haven’t gotten any better! This extreme failure is compensated by the discovery that Franz Hopper is actually in the World Wide Web in virtual form, but still… that’s a lot of failures to take in a single day. How will they deal with this? In Season 4! Which begins…
|Once again, the fate of the world rests on a bunch of teenagers making|
up an entire web of lies so that their fight can continue.
|He's always at a computer anyway. Him concentrating all|
of his time to the fight against XANA is hardly new...
|It's not time to try your illusionist tricks, William!|
Everybody knows the "levitating woman" act is bogus!
|Is that wat you call disco-shaming?|
XANA has many overarching plans this season, and the first one involves him (or the possessed William) menacing to throw Aelita in the Digital Sea to force her father out of hiding. Meanwhile, William’s parents, and especially his dad, are getting worried about their son’s lack of response. On his side, Jérémie makes a polymorphic clone of himself, using resources similar to XANA’s own. As a result, the fake Jérémie goes to follow the various classes at Kadic while the real one stays at the factory to program stuff. Only downside being, the digital copy’s personality is wildly different from the real Jérémie; this one is a womanizer! Hey, Brainiac, the cheap flirty attitude belongs to Odd in this show, and to Odd only! Jérémie managed to achieved such a feat by taking control of a tower on Lyoko, also much like XANA used to – although of course XANA chooses to chime in and use the fake Jérémie for his latest plan.
|This show was due for an update in its character desgns.|
|The principal doesn't even seem to know that he is|
actually talking to some kind of virtual entity.
Of course, activities around Kadic don’t stop, and the singer of the Subdigitals, a band loved by the protagonists, is coming to school to find a promising new DJ to play the opening act of his band’s concerts. Aelita, who has shown a lot of talent as a DJ, applies for the position. One XANA attack later, she actually wins it. This episode also sets Jérémie’s status as a constant combatant, making the fight against evil his top priority, socialization be damned. He’s actually becoming kind of a jerk. Well, worse than what he used to be, at least. The boarding students also get a new recreation room, something that will probably be of use for, what, two or three episodes at most? It's a new setting for slice-of-life scenes, but it's rarely if ever used during XANA attacks.
|Pay attention to the size of that ship!|
I know, the Matrix-style camera shot is distracting.
|And of course, I'm not spoiling it to you. Go watch the episode.|
Here's a nice picture of the Skidbladnir instead.
Although, during that maiden voyage, the Lyoko-Warriors discover giant spheres similar to the outside of Lyoko, indicating that whatever XANA’s plan might be, it involves copies of the virtual world (which they dub Replikas). This will set the field for the next part of the season’s arc.
|"Anyone else finds it awfully convenient that there is|
a XANA attack that knocks Jérémiew out right after
he showed us how to use the computer?"
|Guess XANA isn't so creative after all. It had to steal|
inspirations from Lyoko for the sectors in its Replikas!
Wait… what? Wouldn’t it be simpler to destroy only each new Lyoko Replika? Oh, wait, no? We got to have a bigger story? Some sort of plan for the season? By causing untold amounts of damage in other places on Earth, destroying important supercomputers? Uh… Honestly, there’s got to be a better way, but hey, this show has more railroading than a DnD campaign held by a bad DM. Gotta follow their story…
|Oh God, I remember all of these things from the Hebertism|
tracks back when I was a young scout kid!
...I'd rather not talk about it.
|Hm, wonder how much damage these remains of shattered|
asteroids will cause to the Academy?
I didn’t think I would take this long to discuss the show honestly. Blame me, I didn’t think I would be talking about so many episodes.