The Zeta Project

The WB (ended 2002)



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The Zeta Project

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In this spin-off from Batman Beyond, Zeta is an experimental infiltration robot equipped with weaponry and a holographic self-projector that allows it to assume any identity. Unfortunately, his programming also evolves to the point where he acquires both sentience and a conscience. He flees the U.S. government, who believe he has been re-programmed by a foreign power. On the run, Zeta encounters Rosalie "Ro" Rowan, a street orphan who is wanted by the law herself. Initially fascinated by Zeta's criminal skills and the unlimited-cash untraceable credit card he has, she attaches herself to him. The two quickly form a real friendship, and set out across America to find both Roe's parents, and Zeta's creator who can prove that Zeta is acting of his own free will. The NSA, led by Agent Bennett, are in hot pursuit. Awards & Nominations: 2001 Annie Awards - Outstanding Individual Achievement for Music Score an Animated Television Production (Nominated) - Outstanding Individual Achievement for Storyboarding in an Animated Television Production (Nominated) 2003 Annie Awards - Outstanding Production Design in an Animated Television Production (Nominated) 2002 Daytime Emmy Awards - Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition (Nominated) 2003 Daytime Emmy Awards - Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition (Nominated) More Details Contributing & Forum Rulesmoreless
Dominique Jennings

Dominique Jennings

Agent Rush (2001-2003)

Michael Rosenbaum

Michael Rosenbaum

Agent West

Julie Nathanson

Julie Nathanson

Rosalie "Ro" Rowan

Kurtwood Smith

Kurtwood Smith

Agent James Bennett

Diedrich Bader

Diedrich Bader


Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom

Agent Lee (2001-2002)

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  • In interesting bad it got cancelled before it could be resolved

    Set in a high tech future a robot develops a conscience and tries to escape/convince the government that he doesn't wish to kill anymore. This show and story had so much prospects and was one of the better cartoons on WB and was worth watching on Saturday mornings.
  • zeta...

    batman beyond was able to produce a spinoff with ahving the character Zeta in one of its episodes. I don't really remember a whole lot of this show but I really liked it, the people who cancelled it should have given it a chance. It takes place in the future and a Cyborg let's call it is on the run from all these cops and he meets this girl and they join up and are on the run together. It is very useful because the Cyborg, Zeta can take the appearance of anybody, But like always that is to easy because the people who are looking for him have glasses so they can tell if he is in disguise. I would also like to see a dvd set. later...moreless
  • A show where a government robot develops human emotions while escaping the clutches of the government that created him.

    Really high quality cartoon from WB. Surprising giving the fact that the WB hosts on their lineup nonsense like Pokemon.

    This show's animation has a real sleek, sophisticated look to it. You can tell that they had a lot of money to spend and it really shows. The characters show great details, the animation is very fluid and high and nothing looks cheap at all.

    It's supposed to take place in the future but the characters are drawn in 50's style manner that is very appealing. The voice acting is decent and the show never gets boring. The adventures with Ro and Zeta are exciting.

    If you're looking for a high quality cartoon then this is it. Everyone should check it out.moreless
  • Quite an excellent show, but an overall failure.

    If I were to rate the seasons individually, I would give them both a 9/10. But I consider the show to be an overall failure for the simple reason that it is canceled before the story is finished.

    Unlike Batman Beyond or Static Shock, which an episode can be made off a random plot line, The Zeta Project series is whole story in itself, like Avatar the last airbender. The show was off to an excellent begining. A story of a fugitive robot trying to find his freedom and a girl trying to find a way in her life, and her family. Together, they they are constantly on the run from the NSA and others who who want something from them.

    I'm a fan of such shows. That's why I also like the fugitive and prison break as well.

    But then came the disappointing part. Towards the end of season 2, the two finally manage find Dr. Selig, the father of Zeta and the key to their freedom. But their happiness were cut short when Dr. Selig was killed in a terrorist attack. How are the two going to find Zeta's freedom now? Apparently, we will never know coz the story ends there. The series ended with many questions unanswered.

    This fact is quite disappointing. Its like if J.K Rowling stops at The Goblet of Fire or Peter Jackson stop filming at The Two Towers. A great story left unfinished.

    I would not recommend this show to my friends. Save them the heart ache of watching an great show with no ending.moreless
  • Set in the future, a high-tech government robot is believed to have gone rogue on its owners. Codenamed 'Zeta', the robot goes on the run from the government, in a Fugitive-style quest to find the one person that can prove his innocence.moreless

    Zeta, a highly-advanced robot, known as a synthoid, is the result of an NSA project to build an effective infiltration unit, to be used in counter-terrorism. When Zeta suddenly stops following orders, and claims that he does not wish to kill any more people, the NSA is convinced that Zeta has been reprogrammed by terrorists. Refusing to believe the fact that Zeta can make moral decisions, the government goes after Zeta, with the intention of resetting and reprogramming him. Zeta, however, is keen on proving his claims, and sets out to find the one person who can back up his story - the mysterious head of the Zeta Project, Dr. Eli Zelig.

    It's a shame that The Zeta Project was unable to fully take off. From the very first episode, it showed a lot of promise, and it looked to be another mature, intelligent production. While it lasted, though, there were some good displays of character development, particularly in Ro and Agent Rush, on top of some interesting story lines. Still, even with only two seasons, the big-picture storyline of finding Dr. Zelig, combined with the individual storylines of each episode, makes for some worthwhile, entertaining viewing.moreless

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unlikely friendships, on the lam, giant robots, odd couple, facing danger