A long-awaited release by fans, the first season of the cult classic The Zeta Project animated series will finally hit DVD on Tuesday, March 17th, 2009, and Robert Goodman, series creator of The Zeta Project, caught up with The World’s Finest to participate in a new Q & A on the release.
The World’s Finest: With the DVD being released next week, what can fans expect from The Zeta Project: Season One (originally titled The Zeta Project: The Complete First Season)?
Robert Goodman: Along with the first twelve episodes of the series, this set includes the two appearances of Zeta on Batman Beyond, “Zeta” and “Countdown,” plus a making-of mini-docu with interviews from all the people I listed last time. I was given a sneak-peek at about half of it and it’s really good. It includes plenty of concept art, storyboards, and materials like that, and all-around I’m really pleased with how it came out.
WF: Have you had a chance to look over the The Zeta Project: Season One DVD release ? Final thoughts on the release?
RG: Just this, for people to keep in mind now that they’ll have the whole series in their own collections (legally that is): Warners is releasing these discs according to aired seasons, not intended production seasons. We may have talked about this before, I don’t remember, but “Absolute Zero” was always meant to be the season one finale, not the season two opener, which was supposed to be the “Wired” two-parter. And if you look at what happens in “Absolute Zero,” spoiler alert, Zee getting to talk for the first time with Doctor Selig, Bennet finding out who Zee’s after and then coming to heads with his own boss Colonel Lemak, Lee quitting Bennet’s team — you can see how it was intended to play as a big season ender.
So really “The Complete First Season” isn’t the complete first season, in the minds of those of us who made it, it’s 12/13ths of the complete first season. On the flip-side, “The Complete Second Season” will be that and more.
When Joe Kuhr and I realized the DVD releases weren’t going to be grouped the way we intended, instead of getting upset I just joked, “Ahh, it’ll be something to talk about on World’s Finest someday.” So now I’m just fulfilling my own prophecies.
WF: So, can fans start looking forward to The Zeta Project: Season Two?
RG: Last I heard, the plan was to release season two in a few months, sometime mid-’09. No clue when a date will be announced, though. We’ve already taped the added material for it, and I think it’s gonna be a lot of fun to watch. Unlike the talking-heads-style interviews in season one’s mini-docu, this one will have a panel discussion with Julie Nathanson, Liz Holzman, Joe Kuhr and me. The format was a lot more relaxed, and we got into plenty of behind-the-scenes anecdotes. This is what I was talking about before, when I said “If they use half of what was recorded.” I think people will have a good time with it.
WF: Thanks for your time, Robert!
Click here for our previous interview with Robert Goodman about the upcoming The Zeta Project: Season One DVD release.
The World’s Finest also has your first look at the menu system for the The Zeta Project: Season One DVD release. Click on the thumbnails below for a closer look.
The World’s Finest review of the The Zeta Project: Season One
DVD release can also be found here
The Zeta Project: The Complete First Season will hit shelves on Tuesday, March 17th, 2009. More information on The Zeta Project can be found at our The Zeta Project subsite here at The World’s Finest.
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