THE PLOT THUS FAR
A 15 year old boy with the ability to produce machines from his body via nanites is enlisted by the government to stop other creatures created by the same science.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
Based on the comic book M. Rex, this animated series chronicles the exotic adventures of a teenager whose infection by microscopic alien entities called nanites causes his body to begin creating machines within his living tissue. But unlike most of the other people who’ve been infected, Rex has the ability to combat the nanites’ mutating effects and begins developing his own unique powers, which will allow him to fight back. The show addresses themes of lost childhood, individuality, friendship under compromised circumstances, destiny vs. free choice and the nature of humanity. Its all designed for a younger audience, so the lessons and ideas conveyed arent terribly sophisticated, but the pacing is brisk and the characters engaging.
“Generator Rex” is all well and good for the tween set, but its the very stuff that makes this an iffy choice for younger kids. An ever-changing cast of monsters, recurring villains with truly evil intentions, inner struggles with emotion, and an uncertain self-image may raise more questions than answers for youngsters. The action is akin to Ben 10, but it does a far better job at building a world in its first few episodes. Hitting the ground running is a good start, but I do appreciate the effort given to warm up a non-kid audience to the material.
The DVD comes with a music video and a video concept gallery. It’s pretty fun to see what the Men of Action team has dreamed up next, but I still feel that they should try to break out of the preteen set. There’s a whole world open, yet they keep catering to the same background. The A/V Quality is strong, but I wonder why we didn’t get a Blu-Ray release. Isn’t the show broadcasted in HD? Oh well, it’s a rental.
RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!