Episode #007 (385-537) - Hicksburg
Original Airdate - March 31st, 2001
Zee and Ro visit a logging town where Ro lived with a foster family, in
search of information about Roís birth parents. But when Zee makes the
poor choice of posing as a famous vid-star, he attracts unwanted
attention to the fugitive pair.
Media by Bird Boy
Review by Bird Boy
Supervising Producer Alan Burnett
Producer Robert Goodman, Liz Holzman
Written by Paul Diamond
Directed by Curt Geda
Music by Michael McCuistion
Animation Services by Koko Enterprise Co., LTD.
Diedrich Bader as Zeta / Zee
Julie Nathanson as Ro
Kurtwood Smith as Agent Bennet
Michael Rosenbaum as Agent West
Lauren Tom as Agent Lee
Clancy Brown as Sheriff Morgan
Kyle Gibson as Walt Merkin
Kirystyne Hale as Tiffy Morgan
Roger Rose as Adbot
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Talk about character progression! With one single episode, Roís
character gets as deep as Zetaís and almost stronger emotionally. We
learn about her foster parents, her running away from them and that she
has a brother thatís still living (who we see in season two). They
really packed a lot in here and Zeta took an (appropriate) back seat for
almost the entire episode.
I canít really say enough about this episode; itís always great when you
get more back-story to go with your characters and the sheer amount
thatís given to Ro in this episode can change your whole perspective on
her. The series really doesnít hit many low points after this and itís a
great thing; after this you want more from these characters and the
show, for the most part, delivers.
Another geek moment was the first appearance of ďschwayĒ from this
series; as a continuation from Batman Beyond, I always thought it was
odd more dialogue from that era wasnít thrown in. Now, here it is, with
a lot more coming in later season two episodes. It was just a neat
addition for fans of both shows to pick up on.
Great character moments between Ro and Tiffy (and Zee as ďAdam HeatĒ)
were abound in this episode as well. Itís a shame we didnít see more of
her character in later episodes, as you really started to enjoy her and
Roís banter by the end of the episode.
Overall, it was an extremely good episode. The character development was
the highlight, but the animation and sound helped it along. Definitely
recommended and an essential episode to view if you want to learn the
basics of The Zeta Project.