Code Lyoko: Evolution
Code Lyoko: Evolution is the sequel to the French animated television series Code Lyoko. It premiered on December 19, 2012, on France 4 and repeated October 9, 2016, on Boing. It blends live-action with CGI, picking up where the original series left off. In addition to improving upon the CGI animation in the original series, the soundtrack has been overhauled as well.
Why It Sucks
- Many fans were put off by the change from the different art style.
- The casting choices were really bad.
- The acting is wooden.
- The character of Laura Gauthier is horrible. Her motivations for joining the Lyoko warriors come off as vain and selfish. She also constantly puts the team in danger, after which she gets kicked out.
- The live-action acting is incredibly off-putting, especially if one is used to the original's 2D animation.
- Terrible writing. By far the most baffling decision was to bring XANA back, which nullified the ending of the original show and made Franz Hopper's sacrifice utterly pointless.
- The poor reviews caused the show to be cancelled, ending on a a cliffhanger.
- The failure of the series basically killed off the Code Lyoko franchise, as to date there has been no second season or even any announcements of new shows since it ended, leaving the show to be left on a cliffhanger (mentioned above), and nowadays Média-Participations (via Dargaud) who owns the rights to the show outright ignores the franchise.
- Besides that, the failure of the series also botched Moonscoop, which had filed for bankruptcy in 2014.
- The CGI is a major step forward compared to its predecessor.
- William finally gets to kick some ass on the side of the good guys, redeeming himself for the actions he did while under XANA's control during the original show.
- The Cortex was an interesting idea that could've driven the show in a far better direction without the writers having to resort to bringing back XANA.
While Code Lyoko was well-received and created a strong fanbase that still exists to this day, Code Lyoko: Evolution on the other hand was widely panned by fans and critics alike with the former criticizing the many changes including switching from traditional animation to live-action, questionable writing, the main cast acting completely out-of-character, unfaithfulness to its source material, and the fact that none of the writers from the original series even worked on it.