Sunday, December 23, 2012

Code Lyoko: Evolution

After my last post, you're probably expecting a scathing review. Well, it remains to be seen how this show plays out, but what I've seen so far ain't half bad. Just finished watching the first episode of Code Lyoko's sequel series, so here are my first impressions:

It's not... bad. It's not great, but it's not bad for a pilot episode. Can't say I'm in love with the decision to go live action, but the actors did a decent job. It felt as though they weren't entirely sure who their characters were, but that's entirely understandable given it's an entirely new cast, and they got the basic traits down well enough that I could believe I was still watching the same characters.

This new plot point with Xana's source codes being inside each of the characters is interesting, at least. Hopefully they learned their lesson after season 4 and won't drag this out like they did with William getting possessed.

The 3D animation has definitely improved since the trailers: it's a lot less stilted than was being advertised, and the characters look a bit more like they did in the original series now that the final product is out. What I'm not a fan of is the changes to the scenery. I don't mind that they changed the supercomputer room; having live actors interact with the original would have been a pain in the ass, and I can understand them wanting to work around that. However, there is absolutely no reason why the towers needed a new look. When the first one came onscreen I was expecting the characters to have some sort of reaction to this rather evil-looking black obelisk; I didn't even realize it was supposed to be a tower until one of the characters identified it as such.

The live action scenes aren't as bad as I thought they'd be. The camerawork and lighting could have been a bit better, but I'm sure it will improve with time. Out of all the characters, Yumi's actor looks the most like her cartoon counterpart; I was very impressed with how the actress brought this character to life as well. Aelita, on the other hand... good lord. The dye job on this poor actress just looks silly, I'll be honest. It's not a major issue, but it's still distracting.

Overall, though, I think I'll keep track of this show. Its flaws aren't big enough for me to hate it, and it's at least promising to be better than season 4.