After developing severe depression, Thomas decided to leave Code: Earth and return to a normal life. But his depression became too much and he developed a drug habit.
Later, in an effort to help Thomas kick his addiction, his parents checked him into rehab. While it was able to treat his drug addiction, it was the news that came after this that would leave him devastated. His excessive drug use had caused brain damage and an abnormal heart rate.
I'll admit, animating this is impossible for me. At best, it's a massive fanfic.
But it's one that I'm interested in, I've toyed with the idea of continuing Code Lyoko's story in fanfic form (Rebooting Evolution's story and then building up new material when done with that arc). I'm also interested because I'm working on another Code Lyoko fan-project: a fanfic adaption of Garage Kids (Which I am having trouble with due to finding difficulty in building up the middle of the story, but its basic groundwork has been laid down).
I see taking up Reborn as a way to provide a sort of contrast between the two universes, as both stories would go down different paths:
Garage Kids would be the somber, more surrealistic edge originally envisioned for Code Lyoko, having a story more along the lines of Serial Experiments Lain, while Reborn would be a story more along the lines of dealing with the potential of cyber-warfare.
In short, you offered up Reborn, and I volunteer myself for the eventual task of taking up this project. Of course, Garage Kids would come first (Mainly because it'd be shorter).
The title comes from the fact that I'm uniting the two diverging sources of Code Lyoko's canon, the elements presented by the Cortex in Evolution, and the backstory brought to light in the Chronicles.
As to a basic plot outline:
Season 5 (Cortex Arc): Based on Evolution, concerning the Cortex. However, it will go in a different direction, mainly in exploring Tyron's connections to Carthage, why Anthea is working for him, and XANA's return to power.
Season 6 (Pheonix Arc): Based on the Chronicles, concerning Hopper's previous activities and what exactly happened during the creation of the Lyoko, how Carthage was destroyed, why XANA rebelled to begin with, and the re-emergence of the Green Pheonix.
Season 7 (Resolution Arc): The culmination of all remaining plot-points: The Green Pheonix starts up Carthage again, XANA enacts his robot war, and the Lyoko Warriors make their last stand.
As Deadcoder suggested, the William Clone will be making a very prominent appearence.
Basically, in what I calculate to be about eh, Episode 9 or 10 of what would be Season 5, we get an episode where XANA's latest Source Code drain attempt, utilizing electric wires in the shape of snakes completely fails. The Scyphozoa (Which has the ability to drain Source Codes here) gets knocked into trees pinball-style thanks to William before it can do anything. XANA realizes that he's in need of a new humanoid fighter, given that Tyron's Ninjas give the Lyoko Warriors a much harder time than regular monsters. XANA retrieves the William clone to use as his new second-in-command, and gives him various power and intelligence boosts to differentiate him from the real William (Black hair turns white, virtual outfit being a dark red plugsuit), and a new ability called Division. Basically put, the clone sides with XANA after hearing about what XANA plans to do when freed, and the two bond over their hatred of Jeremie.
As for the other ideas:
The plotline of Ulrich becoming XANA's servant will likely not happen, based on how the story is structured, XANA would probably go after Aelita to ensure his victory. However, similar to the Chronicles, his parents do play something of a role, being that his father once dealt with the Green Pheonix, and became one of the factors resulting in Hopper being forced to disband his research team when working on Lyoko.
Patrick returning is interesting, as one of my goals here is to make Jeremie and William more likeable by going over their flaws. Patrick would serve as a reminder to Jeremie to not let his work consume him and try to relax, especially as the stakes become higher, with XANA becoming more powerful than ever and an extremely dangerous terrorist organization on the verge of plunging the world into WWIII.
The plotline of Anthea suffering from brain damage...Ehhh, no, especially since I don't know how that was going to be resolved. Anthea will be much more active here, serving as one of the prime adult figures on the good-guy side.
Obviously, William is accepted back into the group, but he again, needs to learn that he has flaws, he fell victim to XANA for a reason after all, and needs to work to not just regain the group's trust, but realize where and why he screwed up to begin with. Having to deal with his clone is one such factor, as I intend for William to sympathize with him in what would be the Season 5 finale.
I agree with Deadcoder, XANA using dreams...no. Code Lyoko never needed to really delve into surreal horror very much (Though I won't discount it appearing in Garage Kids), and I'm thinking of XANA saying that while he respects surreal horror, it's just not his style.
Also, XANA's attacks becoming more and more destructive, over time, yes, but he's not on anyone's side in this war except his own, so he'd be focusing more on long-term inflitration before unleashing his robot army. However, I am toying with him utilizing infected advanced forms of the Return to the Past in order to get rid of any unforeseen factors in his plans.
The Volcano Replika will appear, as a creation of XANA's own. Unlike the video games however, destroying it will not kill XANA, as it's revealed that he can just divide his essence among his other Replikas, and then just regenerate the Volcano Replike none worse for the wear. To kill him, you have to either destroy the internet, or isolate his core programming and make the remnants of his code don't congeal and regenerate.
As for the new characters....Daniel Plea would appear, but in name only. He'd be the identity of Aelita's homeschool tutor (Mind you, while most fan-works claim otherwise, Aelita never attended Kadic, as Episode 90 shows). The other characters may or may not appear, but Brynja isn't going to pop up again, unless the Men In Black come in to take what she knows, but beyond that, no further role in the plot.
On other notes: Laura will not appear during the Cortex storyline. She might pop up during the Rise of the Green Pheonix storyline, but as an antagonist. Eva Skinner would be a villain from the get-go, acting as an artificial human agents created by XANA to inflitrate Kadic and keep an eye out for the Men in Black.
Death is a sensitive subject, if I were to kill off Ulrich's parents, he'd be scarred for life. However, while I won't kill the asswipe that is Ulrich's father, I intend to see to it that he is brutally beaten for how little he seems to care for his son.
And I really don't see any big potential for Brynja, the writers mainly created her as a Mary Sue parody to begin with, meant to only appear for one episode and never appear again.
And uh, actually what happens to Franz in Garage Kids is similar to what happens to Asuka's mom. The guy went insane and killed himself, though his child wasn't there to see it happen, owing to the fact that he kinda turned her into an evil version of Lain Iwakura and locked her up in a Renault factory (And I swear that if anyone makes a Kriemhild Gretchen reference I will shower them with King Baboon Tarantulas).
But yeah, Anthea's not going to go insane, she's going to be a liason for the Lyoko Warriors after Season 5, because Tyron's not going to be a full-blown villain here. She's determined to bring down Carthage and the Green Pheonix, and woe to them if they harm her daughter and her friends.
Better than for her Garage Kids version, who got killed during a Chi Radiation experiment.
Basically put, Garage Kids is split up into four arcs:
1.Arc I – First Steps Arc
a.Basically the introduction arc. World building is present here, the characters and conflict are set up. The basic plot of the arc is to introduce the characters and conflict, while dropping hints about the true nature of the Xanadu virus. The arc concludes with the Giant Specter’s appearance and defeat, setting up the next arc.
2.Arc II – Beta Arc
a.Despite the destruction of the Giant Specter, trouble is still afoot in Xanadu. For one thing, the ghost attacks have continued, and part of the Giant Specter has come into contact with an entity claiming to be part of the core of the computer virus. This piece is granted sentience, developing into the white specter known as Beta. The arc focuses on trying to deal with a more organized virus attack, while trying to find out more about Xanadu’s origins. The arc ends with Beta’s destruction, and a new set of areas to explore in Xanadu. However, two new threats are now aimed at the kids, the mysterious Men In Black, and the ominous Aelita.
3.Arc III – M.I.B. (Men in Black) Arc
a.The Men In Black, specifically from the D.R.M., have been informed of the recent anomalies in Bougain Billiancourte. Their leader, Dido, fearing that the Xanadu Project has begun to act up again, sends agents there to look into the matter. However, these agents come into conflict with Aelita, who resurrects Beta and plans to use the Agents to enact her ultimate goal. The Xanadu Warriors are now stuck in a greater mystery, as their explorations take them outside of the net, and into the real world, as the virtual world and the real world begin to intertwine more and more…
i.Currently the arc that I am having the most trouble with, though hopefully structuring the previous two arcs will enable me to figure out how to develop the plot points in this one.
4.Arc IV: F.I.N.A.L. Arc
The final arc of the story, where all of the remaining mysteries of the story are revealed and the plot threads of prior arcs are wrapped up. The final battle takes place in this arc.
Making Aelita the villain came about when I thought about the identity of GK's so-called professor. As the Season 1 bible indicates, him being named Hopper had always been around since the beginning, so I figured I'd just adapt him. However, Franz will be referred to his original name of Waldo Schaffer in this verse, as the circumstances that required him to change his name did not happen.
When that had been decided, I figured that I couldn't leave out his family, so I brought in Anthea and Aelita. Anthea sadly got the sacrificial treatment, while Aelita ended up becoming the villain, where pretty much every horrifying possibility about Hopper putting the Keys to Lyoko in his daughter's mind came true and turned her into effectively, an evil version of Lain Iwakura wanting to bring about a deadly Singularity and warp reality.
My main problem is how the story should exactly proceed during the 3rd arc. Early on I planned on constraining myself to 26 Chapters corresponding to each episode, but I got rid of this during changes.
I've got some ideas, but first, I'd like to know if you have any.
Ah yes, I've seen this work before. Sadly, I'm more into action stories. Sounds pretty much like any other band however. Success, and then it all comes crashing down. Hence why I stick to substantial things like writing and calculus.
It's been a long time since anything happened with Reborn, and frankly we don't have anything to my knowledge beyond the episode synopsis and the couple first-draft scripts that I've written. I decided today to jump ships to apply for the Rebirth project - I feel like that will be more fruitful in producing a series. I'd suggest merging into Rebirth and offering our synopsis to them, unless you were looking at doing something like a fanfiction, because it doesn't seem like an animated series will come out of this.
That being said - is it okay if I offer my works (the draft scripts, and the segment about Aelita stuck on Lyoko) to Rebirth? I don't know how far into the process they are but there may be room to fit.
it's sad that nothing came of Reborn, but at least we gave it a shot. Of your suggestion of offering our synopses to Rebirth, I say yes (just make sure we both are credited). You can also offer your works like the draft scripts and the story ideas to them. Maybe some of my ideas could be used too.
Here's an episode idea: It's basically "Lost at sea" but more depressing.
William is running late for a mission, due to either detention or bad food, "or both", and the others start the mission without him. While Aelita, Yumi, Ulrich, and Odd are en-route to a Replika in the Skid, they're attacked by way too many monsters to defeat. Jeremie gets a signal that the skid was destroyed.
In reality, the skid WAS destroyed, but at the last minute, Aelita transferred herself to William's unoccupied navskid. She launched the navskids, and they made a break for the replika. She set the skid to self destruct, destroying the monsters. They make it into the replika. They find a tower, and enter it for sanctuary. The navskids are almost destroyed in the process of landing on the Replika. Without the navskids critically damaged and the skidbladnir gone, they have no means of contacting Jeremie. Additionally, without a connection to the supercomputer, if they're devirtualized on the replika, they'll die.
At the same time, we get a MASSIVE despair scene from William and Jeremie, complete with a near suicide attempt from Jeremie "and an opportunity for some black comedy".
Back on the Replika; Ulrich, Jeremie, Yumi, and Odd have been detected in the tower. X.A.N.A. starts to send monsters to attack the tower. Aelita remembers something: Jeremie's superscan can detect activated towers on Replikas, and locate them to a limited degree. So she activates the tower on the replika, using Jeremie's account, so that Jeremie doesn't think it's X.A.N.A., but knows that they have survived.
Jeremie gets the signal, complete with a degraded message that they're alive. Jeremie, thinking quickly, reprograms the skid from a backup "revealing that he has backups, but it's just a pain in the ass to reset them". William has to pilot the skid en-route to the replika, dealing with monsters without having second pilots, in an awesome combat scene.
William makes it to the replika, and rescues the team right before they're devirtualized. They then return to the Factory. We get a heartwarming scene between Aelita and Jeremie. Willliam is finally accepted as one of the core group. Yumi and Ulrich revealed that they love eachother when they both thought they were about to die, and try to step back about it, but Odd says "I nearly died for this ship! You two! Get together right now!" And pushes them both into a big damn kiss. We get reactions from the characters. End episode.
Here's one I haven't quite figured out the details of, but I think it has potential. I think you may need multiple episodes for it though:
Yumi is walking to school one morning, and as usual, passes a particular building. As she walks by, a bomb goes off. She hears a girl who sounds like Aelita screaming, and she rescues a pink haired girl from the building. The girl is unconscious. She gets the girl to the hospital, while calling Jeremie. There's only one issue: Aelita is with Jeremie while Yumi is taking the pink haired girl to the hospital. So this is an enigma.
So they visit the girl after school, and the girl doesn't remember who she is or what she was doing in the building. However, she feels safe with everyone in the group. Everyone except William. She's also fine. She was just knocked unconscious by suffocation from smoke, and she wasn't seriously injured. They know they can use RTTP if needed, so they take her to the factory, and do a genetic test with the scanners. She's completely genetically identical to Aelita. Everyone, including Aelita and the mysterious girl, is thinking "What the hell?". The first theory is a twin, except Aelita distinctly remembers being an only child. So that theory is out.
Since the girl doesn't have a place to go, she stays with Aelita. Yumi, on her way home, walks by the building again. This time, there's something suspicious: MIB operatives. But something is different about them too. From Aelita's descriptions, and their encounters, MIB is almost always calm, strong, and methodical. They know their craft. But at the building, something is wrong. They're agitated. Even they don't know why the building blew up, and they're confused as hell as well. Yumi notices it, and tells the others at school the next day, an off day. Everyone deduces that if even MIB is panicking, there's some serious stuff going on.
Since even MIB is mystified, they go to the one source of intel they have: The supercomputer and franz hopper's logs. They find a few things that aren't accounted for: Some returns to the past they didn't start, and a cryptography related file that should't be present. They decide to investigate the RTTPs later, since those are harder to check. The cryptography file is simple. It's the encryption ciphers used for X.A.N.A.'s internal communication. They are used in Jeremie's multi agent system. But according to system logs, the file shouldn't be there. Jeremie comments that he thought nothing of this file, since he used it when he wrote the multi agent system. So that's not suspicious.
They spend the rest of the day looking for other anomalies. The only even remotely suspicious thing is Aelita doing something at the console, as shown on the security camera footage. Aelita doesn't remember doing that, and this happened over a year previously, during season 4; so not remembering isn't even suspicious. With nothing to go on, they go for lunch. Yumi has stuff to do at home, so she heads home. On the way home, she encounters William. William runs away from her, immediately after seeing her. She calls William on his phone, only for William and Odd to appear behind her. She asks about this, and he doesn't know what she's talking about. Yumi calls BS on this, and Odd verifies that William was with him the whole time. William then explains "You just walked by a bomb going off, which was scary enough to frighten MIB. Maybe moving in groups is a good idea."
Later that night, Aelita and Aelita's mysterious copy are sleeping in Aelita's room. William tries to murder the copy, except the regular Aelita knocks him out with a lamp. She starts a phone tree scene, and the rest of the group shows up at Aelita's room. The weird thing is that William shows up, and sees another William, knocked out on the floor by a tacky lamp.
Clearly, something is deeply wrong here. With little to go on, they slap the two Williams into the scanners. They're identical genetically, but vastly different neurologically. Jeremie and Aelita deduce that the second William must be under some kind of mind control.
On Lyoko, a tower activates, causing massive thunderstorms. They send a few people to Lyoko, with a few guarding the mysterious William. Once the second Aelita makes it to Lyoko, her memories start to return: she's from an alternate timeline.
What happened to her was a variation of down to earth. They failed in the rescue attempt, but the skid was destroyed. However, Aelita, Yumi, Ulrich, and Odd were still on the replika. On the replika, they were cut off from contact with Jeremie. XANA used the opportunity to activate a tower and kill Jeremie. They eventually got back to the factory, and carried on without him, finishing the anti-xana program. Except there was one issue: XANA's communications between agents is encrypted. They couldn't crack the encryption to interfere with his communications to destroy him. They bruteforced the encryption, but it took several years. By the time they finished cracking the encryption, they rolled out the program and destroyed most of xana. But the damage was done. Over the years, xana had made many successful attacks. Most of the world was in ruins, and only Yumi and Aelita were still alive of the warriors. Knowing that this future sucked, they decided to travel back in time, and prevent this disaster from happening. They decided to put the cracked encryption keys on the supercomputer so that Jeremie could use them, and destroy xana quickly, rather than having to spend years cracking the encryption.
Yumi's first attempt to send Aelita back in time failed miserably. She overshot by a couple of years, and that's why Taelia happened. Aelita was thrown too far back in time, and had to improvise a cover story to avoid any unsafe alterations to the timeline "It's explained that if she revealed herself too early, it would affect Jeremie's programming skills, and the program might never get made". She ended up calling the cops to maintain her cover, knowing that the cops in Paris can't even deal with Roma thieves, and thus wouldn't be a threat to their operations, so it was safe.
Their next attempt was more successful: Aelita went back in time again, this time at the correct time, and loaded the keys on the supercomputer. Jeremie found them without any issues, and she went into hiding, trying to find her mother.
However, in the future, Yumi was now alone before the timeline shifted. XANA William captured her, and took hostages. They both knew there was only a limited chance of Aelita's success, and if Aelita failed, then they were still stuck with this timeline. XANA used the hostages to force Yumi to send William back in time. Yumi, thinking quickly, tricked xana by miscalculating the date by a little over a year. She tricked XANA by telling him that she's compensating for an off by one error.
So XANA william reaches a few years after season 4. He hunts down the duplicate Aelita, who is in hiding, but realizes this: in this timeline, there's a second william who he can used to his advantage. With the second William, it will be easier to sneak around. So he eventually deduces the location of the second Aelita, and rather than killing her overtly, he plants a bomb.
MIB is mystified by this, since the type of bomb used is one of their types, that only they know how to make. The reason XANA william knew how to make those bombs is because in the alternate timeline, XANA hacked into MIB to steal all kinds of info, and got the bomb info. XANA william hid from the explosion, but realized that he had failed.
In the factory, XANA william regains consciousness, and tries to kill Jeremie. Our william eventually kills him using incompatibilities between american and european electronics, and an elevator shaft.
On Lyoko, they deactivate the tower, and the duplicate Aelita explains what happened, at least of what she knows and can deduce. But another tower activates, and the duplicate Aelita is killed in the process, by a megatank pushing her into the digital sea. So both time travelers are dead, and the future is averted.
After they use an RTTP to throw MIB off their trail; they analyze the situation. They then wonder if there are any other time travelers in play in the area. Outside the factory, the future Yumi is hiding in the bushes, hidden from everyone else, spying on them via tapping into Jeremie's security cameras. She mutters to herself in Japanese "Well this went better than expected. But there's still a lot to do." The warriors are unaware of her. Cue credits.
Yes, time travel can be complicated. However, you owe it to the viewers to create good storytelling. Sometimes that means you need a more complex narrative structure. Don't walk away from something just because the writing is hard.
Kabillion only owns the US broadcast rights to Code Lyoko, not the production rights. Splash Entertainment doesn't own any rights to Code Lyoko, since it was held by the french arm of Moonscoop, not the American arm.
On Lyoko, a tower is activated, and as per usual, the warriors go to deactivate it. Yumi is on Lyoko with everyone else. On Lyoko, while they're fighting the monsters, they hear Jeremie's voice yell "Yumi? What are you doing here? Oh crap," and then a thumping noise, followed by typing. At that moment, Odd is shot by a Tarantula, sending him over the edge to the digital sea. But before he hits the sea, he's devirtualized, and faster than Jeremie could have gotten the job done. While everyone else wonders "what the hell?" Odd walks out of the scanner, and finds Yumi. She sees him, and says "mission accomplished", and starts to run off. Odd captures her before she escapes. Jeremie regains consciousness, and returns everyone to earth, so they can figure out what's going on. They imprison the other Yumi, and ask what's going on, and why there's two Yumis. She reveals the time travel thing. Aelita comments that they already knew about that. The alternate Yumi refuses to reaveal anything else, so they torture her with the smell of Odd's shoes. She breaks and talks.
It turns out that when the future Aelita wasn't being bombed or tampering with the timeline, she was trying to find her mother. Since Future Aelita was killed, Future Yumi, already being in the past, decided to figure out what happened, and what future Aelita had found out. She found one of Aelita's flash drives in a train locker, but the flash drive is encrypted, and Yumi doesn't have the encryption key. She does have the drive on her though. Since it's Aelita's, it's naturally pink. She also reveals something darker.
In the future she's from, the warriors died off one by one, starting with Jeremie, until only She and Aelita were left. She remembered from her timeline that today was the day that Odd died, by being shot into the digital sea. Knowing that, she got into the lab, and not having time to explain, took control from Jeremie to save Odd. They're thankful about that. But there's a darker moment. She also reveals she has a personal mission. She wanted to keep an eye on her child.
Everyone is all "WAIT, YOU HAD A CHILD?!" It's revealed that Ulrich and Yumi had a child, a few years after William died in their timeline. Since the world was in ruin, and they were dying one by one, they knew they couldn't be effective parents. Then Ulrich died protecting Yumi and their child. Yumi remembered that her mother had a stillbirth shortly after they moved to france, due to some blood anomalies, but still wanted a second child. With that in mind, she asked for a favor from Aelita: Travel back in time to when Yumi's parents had just had a stillbirth, and drop off her son with them, so that Yumi's child could have a real life, instead of living in this horrible future. Aelita was dealing with a ton of time travel anyway, so this was just a layover. Aelita dropped off the child with Yumi's parents, pretending to be an adoption agency person. With the right fake paperwork, "which Aelita is used to slapping together", the Ishiyamas believed her. They named their baby Hiroki.
Note: this is to explain why Hiroki didn't appear in the first season: Time travel interference. He's not native to their point in reality.
At that point, they remember the activated tower, because XANA is unleashing an army of spectres in Boulogne-Billancourt. This is a bit of a disaster. Future Yumi, after an awesome scene involving her, two fans, and two katanas, dies defending her child/adopted brother, in the most badass scene ever that didn't involve a soul gem.
After Aelita deactivates the tower, she realizes the flash drive looks familiar. She slaps it into her laptop, which has the encryption key, since it was the machine that generated the key. The key has something shocking: the location of Aelita's mother.
Outside of Futurama's disdain for the genre, christmas episodes usually suck, and so will this.
While the original St. valentines's day was pretty good, I don't think making a followup to it is a good idea. For starters, I think you need more episodes focusing on strong arcing story, rather than derivative filler. Second, Code Lyoko romance episodes are hit or miss. XANA's kiss was awful, SVD was pretty good, and Routine was annoyingly stupid, though I do need to take a look at that episode. Overall, romance episodes are hit or miss, generally miss, and I don't think making one is going to do you any favors.
I think that addressing the romantic subplot between them is important. I just think that a dedicated episode for it is a bad idea. The romantic subplots work better when they're B plots rather than A plots. That's why I had them kiss at the end of the lost Skid episode idea.