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Bob turned to stone by the Medusa Bug.
The Medusa Bug
Episode no. 1.04
Written by Gavin Blair
Story by Gavin Blair
Original Airdate 8 October 1994
Prev.: The Quick and the Fed | Next: The TIFF
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It's another sunny day in Mainframe and Dot is, as usual, working hard in the Diner. Apparently, she had promised Bob and Enzo that she was going to take a break for a picnic, but she is currently insisting on finishing up some last-minute tasks. Bob and Enzo go back into the Diner and find Dot talking to her Secretary about business. Not wanting to take "no" for an answer, Enzo and Bob pick Dot up and toss her into the back of Bob's Car. She protests, but it doesn't do any good.

Meanwhile, Megabyte's Limo sits near the bridge from Mainframe to Lost Angles, inspecting a device he has stolen from Hexadecimal called the Medusa. As he ponders what it could possibly do, Hex shows up and proceeds to rant and rage about how he's stolen her toy. Megabyte pays her no heed and returns to the Tor. Once back at the Tor, Megabyte activates the Medusa's power, and a yellowish glow starts creeping up his arm, leaving his arm stone behind it. Megabyte exclaims that its not a weapon, but a viral bug. As he starts to panic and query the computer about his predicament, Hexadecimal VidWindows him and taunts him about how she knew he would try to steal it. Megabyte and the Tor turn to stone as Hex wonders whether she's done the right thing.

Meanwhile, out in a green spot, Dot lies on a picnic blanket relaxing, while Bob tinkers with his car. Enzo hears Frisket bark, then sees the dog running from the same yellowish glow that infected Megabyte. Enzo warns Bob and Dot, and they all hop in the car and drive away as Frisket gets turned to stone. They go to the Principal Office, where they meet Phong.

Phong and the trio deduce that the culprit is Hexadecimal, and they start thinking of a way to stop the Medusa Bug. Each decides to do their own part to help out, and Phong takes Bob to the Mainframe Armory and gives him an antique Viral Erase Command on a hope that it will work with a power add-on. Bob is sceptical, but takes it out into the system anyway, passing Dot, who is helping to evacuate the city, on the way. Bob throws down the Viral Erase Command into the infected part of the city, and it has a small effect, but the Medusa quickly over comes it.

Bob returns to the Principal Office, where the infection is headed. All citizens that haven't been infected are gathered in the main hall of the Principal Office. Several gather in cafeteria lines, some start camp fires, the Baby Binome and his parents are there.

Phong activates the Principal Offices' armour, and they watch on a monitor as the infection draws closer. The Medusa finally catches up with the Mainframers. The infection moves to the base of the Principal Office, and then infects its armour, quickly degrading it. The Principal Office and everyone in it quickly turn to stone. Bob has been turned to stone, but quickly the shell around him shatters. He goes to see Hexadecimal.

Bob slides down the slide in Hex's lair for a heart-to-heart talk. He finds the Hexadecimal has decorated her Lair with infected Mainframers. Even Scuzzy has been infected. They spar verbally for a time, but Bob wins by stating that Mainframe is so peaceful and predictable now that it's all turned to stone. Hex freaks out and turns everything back to normal.


Promo SpotsEdit

Due to production delays the fifth episode of ReBoot, (The TIFF), was not ready to air after the Medusa Bug was aired. For the next several weeks ReBoot appeared as short Promo Spots, each only a couple of minutes long. The five short clips told a story of Megabyte creating his own version of the Medusa Bug and unleashing it on Mainframe. See: Promo Spots

ReferencesEdit

  • This is the first episode to show that a Guardian is immune to some forms of infection.
  • Among the VidWindow adverts in the Diner, a new wig product is modelled after Bob's hair with the slogan "Stay Frosty".
  • Another of the Diner adverts shows a Abacus, (counting frame) a calculating tool originating from Sumerian-era Asia for performing arithmetic processes.
  • The Medusa viral bug itself is an allusion on the Greek mythological creature 'Medusa' whose mere gaze could petrify observers into stone.
  • Megabyte's red eyes slowly dimming out is a parody of the when the T-800 was crushed under a hydraulic press from the 1984 film 'The Terminator'.
  • Sounds of the original Star Trek transporters are heard when the city is being evacuated.
  • Phong's VidWindow displays a Yin-Yang symbol straight from Chinese philosophy.
  • In the Archives Bob asks Phong for a "Desktop Rebuilder" said Rebuilder is commonly used to rebuild, backup, and restore a corrupted Macintosh OS.
  • On the side of the transport bus the slogan says "You Could Be Zipping".
  • The baby Binome's teddy bear doll is dressed up just like Guardian Bob.
  • There were three female Sprites that looked similar to Dot. Each one had a different hair style. One was almost falling over backwards in the Entrance Hall and the other two were frozen inside Hex's Lair.
  • This episode featured two alternate endings. YTV showed the main ending with the incoming Game Cube, while ABC used the secondary ending having the park turn to stone again along with the credits on the first showing 8th Oct 1994.
  • The Medusa bug could be an allusion to the early "Stone" Virus found in early computers.

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