Well, in the early 2000s, there was an MTV mini-series called high reproducibility Make the rounds. Lasting just one season, it remained a cult classic among its dedicated fans before experiencing a modern resurgence in the 1920s, splattering social media with memes, edits, and most importantly, attention. Longtime fans of the series seemed to have their wishes granted when A.J high reproducibility A revival was announced in 2020, which finally saw a launch on streaming service Max in late May 2023. It gets everything right – mostly.

Reviving a twenty-year-old program is a difficult proposition. while high reproducibility It got a lot of things right so far in its mediocre run on the Max, some areas of improvement could be addressed. Why don’t we highlight what the revival got and what could be improved in Season 3?

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Right: the new characters

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The arrival of several new characters in the main cast raised some eyebrows at first. But it can be said that their integration into the renaissance was successful. Frida Kahlo, Harriet Tubman, Confucius, and “Topher Bus” – aka Christopher Columbus – all feel like natural additions to the cast while shaking things up in a big way. Kahlo and Tubman introduce Joan of Arc to a new dynamic, Confucius’ relationship with JFK brings out a new side of him, and Cleo’s unpopularity compared to Kahlo gives the character new challenges to contend with.

It will definitely be interesting to see what gets done with these characters as the series continues to press. A third season is already in development as part of Max’s original series order, which means we’re hoping to see these characters become fleshed out like our original team.

Fault: Really rocky start

Gandhi (Michael McDonald) at Max's Clone High (2023)
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The first episode of the programme high reproducibility Revival can be a bit difficult to achieve. It follows the clones readjusting to life in 2020 shortly after they’re frozen, and though there are some defining highlights throughout – including a fun six-hour recap of everything that happened while the clones were frozen – the rest feels pretty on the nose. The entire episode focuses primarily on cancel culture, and while the series has always taken its parody themes up to a nth degree, this first episode will likely divide some opinions.

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But you could argue that such an episode would have to happen to address the long time gap. Fortunately, the later episodes of the season will more thoroughly balance what worked in the original series and the new additions this revival offers, making the retrospective first episode a little less jarring. At the very least, it raises the prospect of a resurgence of the controversial figure of Gandhi.

Right: Future trauma is treated hilariously

Confucius (Kelvin Yu) and JFK (Christopher Miller) at Max's Clone High (2023)
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Despite some rough initial impressions, the sudden incorporation of smartphones and social media into the lives of the clones has resulted in some great comedy. Having JFK getting into an Internet argument after browsing the universe’s equivalent of TikTok for hours on end is pretty funny, and Topher Bus seems to be the antagonistic aggressor to fit in. Abe’s repeated failure to make an “apology video” is also very funny, and Confucius feels totally inspiring as an internet influencer.

Even outside of using technology, other episodes deal with some of the more subtle aspects of life in the 1920s. The episode “Anxious Times at Clone High” highlights stress and anxiety as its focus, and reflects the same feelings that have become plentiful in modern times.

The mistake: more re-imagining than reviving

Skudworth (Phil Lord), Mr. Bottletron (Christopher Miller) and Candide Sampson (Christy Miller) in Max Clone High (2023)
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If you expect the same high reproducibility Series from 2003, you may want to moderate your expectations. It’s been more than 20 years, after all. The characters’ voices have been significantly modified, new dynamics and relationships have formed, and there’s an overall sense of how things are different. Interestingly, these changes lie mainly in the main cast: in particular, now that Joan of Arc has become more accepted by her peers, she takes on a more positive attitude than before.

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Again, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s important to remember if you’re jumping straight into Season 2 from Season 1. The sudden adjustment has no doubt taken some fans for a loop, but as the rest of the season rolls on, there’s some hope that the transition will become more normal.

Right: Still completely hysterical

Joan of Arc (Nicole Sullivan) at Max's Clone High (2023)
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Despite all the changes and modifications, Max high reproducibility The revival is slowly but surely reaching the same heights as the original series. The show’s fast pace, entertaining visual gags, and mockery of topical TV clichés finally feels like it’s ever gone before, despite the long time between seasons. Among fans and new viewers alike, most agree that it’s a return to form that rarely happens in most shows, let alone animated sitcoms.

new episodes of high reproducibility Streaming exclusively on Max every Thursday. The third season of high reproducibility It will be available on Max sometime in 2024, future seasons yet to be determined.


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