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The Zeta Project
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The Zeta Project logo
Format Animated television series
Created by Robert Goodman
Starring Diedrich Bader
Julie Nathanson
Kurtwood Smith
Dominique Jennings
Eli Marienthal
Scott Marquette
Michael Rosenbaum
Lauren Tom
Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes 26 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 30 Minutes
Broadcast
Original channel The WB
Original run January 27, 2001 – August 10, 2002
Chronology
Preceded by Batman Beyond
Followed by Batman Beyond (took place within episodes)

The Zeta Project is a science fiction American animated series produced by Warner Bros. Animation. It first aired on Kids' WB in January 2001. It is a spinoff series based on the character Zeta from the Batman Beyond episode of the same name. The show was created by Robert Goodman and Warner Bros. Animation.

The story's main character, Infiltration Unit Zeta, is a humanoid robot (synthoid) designed to carry out covert assassinations on the behalf of the NSA. However, when Zeta discovers that one of his targets is innocent, he experiences a kind of existential crisis about goodness and the value of life; following this epiphany, Zeta finds he can no longer kill. The newly enlightened Zeta refuses to continue on as an infiltration unit and abandons his mission, going rogue. Zeta is pursued by a team of NSA agents, led by the obsessed Agent Bennett, and is aided by a 15-year-old runaway, Ro Rowen.

Contents

Plot

The Zeta Project follows the exploits of Zeta and Ro as they attempt to prove that he is genuinely non-violent, whereas the NSA agents pursuing him believe that the terrorists he was investigating before going rogue have reprogrammed him for some unknown purpose. To prove his innocence, Zeta and Ro search for his creator, the elusive Dr. Selig.

Characters

  • Infiltration Unit Zeta (Diedrich Bader), the titular character. As an infiltration unit designed to seek and destroy specific people, Zeta has the ability to holographically disguise himself as any individual he has seen, as well as create custom appearances through mixing and matching various physical traits. Though Zeta no longer possesses the vast array of weapons he originally came equipped with, his arms are equipped with saw blades and cutting lasers. He also possesses a wide array of other non-lethal tools such as handheld welding lasers and a computer interface. In addition, Zeta possesses great mechanical strength, has extensible limbs, and is capable of self-repair.
  • Ro Rowen (Julie Nathanson), a 15-year-old orphan who joins Zeta in his quest to prove his innocence. She usually acts as a wiser older sister to Zeta, who is often clueless about how to properly blend in with humans. She sees Zeta as family, and refuses to abandon him since she owes him her life.
  • Bucky Buenventura (Ulises Cuadra), a child genius who occasionally aids Zeta and Ro.
  • Infiltration Unit 7, a later model of infiltration unit who Zeta comes into conflict with after foiling one of his missions. Infiltration Unit 7 possesses all of Zeta's abilities, greater strength and durability, and a much larger arsenal. It is much less subtle in the execution of its duties than Zeta.
  • Dr. Selig, Zeta's hard-to-find creator.
  • Agent Bennett (Kurtwood Smith), the leader of the NSA team sent to capture Zeta. He vehemently believes that, regardless of Zeta's behavior, there is some sinister motive behind Zeta's sudden change in attitude.
  • Agent West (Michael Rosenbaum), an incompetent agent whose desire to prove himself only results in annoying his superiors, coworkers, and virtually anyone else he meets.
  • Agent Lee (Lauren Tom), a more-level headed agent who comes to see Zeta in a more redeeming light as he continues to go out of his way to help people.
  • Agent Rush (Dominique Jennings), a by-the-book agent who replaces Lee after she quits the team.

Episode list

Season 1

Warner Home Video released The Zeta Project: The Complete First Season DVD on March 17, 2009. This two-disc DVD set contains 12 episodes from the first season of The Zeta Project, as well as the two episodes of Batman Beyond featuring Zeta.

  1. "The Accomplice"
  2. "His Maker's Name"
  3. "Remote Control"
  4. "Change of Heart"
  5. "The Next Gen"
  6. "West Bound"
  7. "Hicksburg"
  8. "Shadows"
  9. "Crime Waves"
  10. "Taffy Time"
  11. "Kid Genius"
  12. "Ro's Reunion"
Season 2[1]

A DVD release for Season 2 has not yet been announced.

  1. "Absolute Zero"
  2. "Wired: Part 1"
  3. "Wired: Part 2"
  4. "Resume Mission"
  5. "Hunt in the Hub"
  6. "Ro's Gift"
  7. "Lost and Found"
  8. "Eye of the Storm"
  9. "Quality Time"
  10. "On the Wire"
  11. "Cabin Pressure"
  12. "The River Rising"
  13. "The Hologram Man"
  14. "The Wrong Morph"

Airing history

Australia
Brazil
Canada
  • YTV (2001-2008)
France
Latin America
Middle East
United States
United Kingdom

Reception

References

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