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The Zeta Project
The Zeta Project
Information
Series Title: The Zeta Project
Abbreviation: TZP
Creators: Robert Goodman
Distributors: WB Network
Production Dates: 2001-2002
Episodes: 26 (2 seasons)

The Zeta Project was an animated series that ran from 2001 to 2002. It was a spinoff of the Batman Beyond episode "Zeta".

Infiltration Unit Zeta was built by the government to replace and eliminate targeted enemies. On one mission, however, he learned that the man he was sent to kill was innocent and made the decision not to destroy anymore. Unfortunately for Zeta, the government believes he has been reprogrammed by the organization he had been infiltrating and will stop at nothing to retrieve the renegade synthoid.

On the run from the National Security Agency, Zeta is joined by Rosalie Rowan, a sarcastic, street-smart runaway searching for her family. With Ro's help, "Zee" learns that his only chance for freedom is to find his creator, Doctor Eli Selig.

The show was cancelled at the eleventh hour, with the crew unsure if the network would renew it (but ordered to have a cliffhanger, the apparent death of Eli Selig, anyway as a ratings boost). Robert Goodman said in an interview with Worlds Finest Online that this made him unsure where to take the show. "I also knew that if we did come back, the network wanted to take the show in directions I didn't want to go... I was wondering if it wouldn't be best to let the curtain go down right then and there." [1] On 12 May 2013, Goodman finally revealed one of those directions when he tweeted that "one of the twists the network wanted" was that Ro would be a robot.[2]

Goodman made it clear that Zeta and Ro wouldn't have become a couple; "sorry to disappoint, 'shippers." [3]

Cast

Production Crew

Creators

Producers

Directors

Writers

Casting

Episodes

Season One

Airdate Order Prod. Order Title Directed by Written by Airdate Opponent(s)
01 01 The Accomplice Curt Geda Robert Goodman January 27, 2001 Agent Bennet & NSA
02 02 His Maker's Name Tim Maltby Hilary J. Bader February 3, 2001 Agent Bennet & NSA
03 04 Remote Control Curt Geda Ralph Soll February 10, 2001 Bucky & Donald Tannor
04 03 Change of Heart Bob Doucette Kevin Hopps February 17, 2001 Agent Bennet & NSA
05 05 The Next Gen Tim Maltby Hilary J. Bader February 24, 2001 IU7
06 06 West Bound Bob Doucette Stacey Liss Goodman & Robert Goodman March 10, 2001 Agent Bennet & NSA
07 07 Hicksburg Curt Geda Paul Diamond March 31, 2001 Agent Bennet & NSA
08 08 Shadows Tim Maltby Hilary J. Bader April 7, 2001 IU7
09 09 Crime Waves Bob Doucette Kevin Hopps April 14, 2001 Sven
10 10 Taffy Time Tim Maltby Hilary J. Bader May 5, 2001 Krick
11 11 Ro's Reunion Tim Maltby Katy Cooper & Ned Teitelbaum May 12, 2001 Agent Bennet & NSA, Harry Lux
12 12 Kid Genius Bob Doucette Paul Diamond August 11, 2001 Donald Tannor
13 13 Absolute Zero Curt Geda Robert Goodman & Kevin Hopps March 23, 2002 Agent Bennet & NSA

Season Two

Airdate Order Prod. Order Title Directed by Written by Airdate Opponent(s)
01 14 Wired, Part I Curt Geda Robert Goodman March 30, 2002 Agent Bennet & NSA, Meg, Plug and Buss
02 15 Wired, Part II Liz Holzman Robert Goodman April 6, 2002 Agent Bennet & NSA
03 19 Resume Mission Rob Davies Ralph Soll April 13, 2002 IU7
04 16 Hunt in the Hub T.J. House Paul Diamond April 20, 2002 Thomas Boyle, NSA
05 17 Ro's Gift Rob Davies Hilary J. Bader & Joseph Kuhr April 27, 2002 Brain Trust
06 20 Lost and Found Curt Geda & T.J. House Randy Rogel May 11, 2002 Krick
07 24 Eye of the Storm Tim Maltby Ralph Soll May 18, 2002 Tornadoes
08 18 Quality Time Tim Maltby Kevin Hopps & Ralph Soll July 13, 2002 Agent Bennet
09 21 On the Wire Curt Geda Joseph Kuhr July 20, 2002 Agent Bennet & NSA
10 22 Cabin Pressure Rob Davies & Olaf Miller Lyle Weldon July 27, 2002 Agent Bennet & NSA
11 25 The River Rising Curt Geda Paul Diamond August 3, 2002 Agent Bennet & NSA, No-Tech
12 26 The Hologram Man Rob Davies Robert Goodman & Joseph Kuhr August 10, 2002 Brother's Day, Agent Bennet & NSA
13 23 The Wrong Morph Curt Geda David Benullo August 17, 2002 Dr. Myrell, Blake

Home Video

See also

References

  1. The World's Finest talks to Series Creator, Robert Goodman
  2. Screenshot of tweets between Goodman and Nathanson, "The Zeta Project" tumblr
  3. The World's Finest talks to Series Creator, Robert Goodman: "They already love each other plenty," says Goodman. "It's the kind of love that's between two close friends, or even more to the point, between siblings... It was really never my intention that they be anything more than that."

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