|Gigabyte, Destroyer of Systems|
|Written by||Phil Mitchell, Susan Turner|
|Story by||Phil Mitchell, Susan Turner|
|Original Airdate||27 December 1995|
|Prev.: Nullzilla | Next: Trust No One|
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In Kits Sector, cleanup efforts are in full swing, and the Giant Robot is carried away while knocking over a couple buildings. A binome named Jimmy informs Dot that cleanup is nearly complete and that all the nulls have left. Bob is talking to Phong about Hexadecimal, explaining he wants to take her back to Lost Angles. Bob deduces that what attacked her may prey on viruses, which means he thinks Megabyte may have been infected. The virus in question is literally standing directly behind Bob at this point. The virus flings Bob aside and tries to merge with Hex. Bob calls Phong and tells him what is going on. Bob hopes to get Hex to safety but Megabyte is making a run for it, trying to reach Hex in time.
Just as Megabyte is about to reach Hex and Bob, Dot comes along with a construction vehicle, which she uses to transport Megabyte away from Hex and Bob. She drops him before he can infect the transport vehicle.
Bob and Hexadecimal are in Bob's car, heading for Lost Angles. Hex reveals that Megabyte is her brother: they come from the same viral strain. If they merge, they will create the next generation of virus. Bob gets a message from Dot warning him that Megabyte has escaped - but it's too late. The virus has already caught up with Bob and Hex. He grabs his sister and jumps down to the ground, where the two viruses merge and become a single, very large virus.
Bob tells Phong he's going to try to talk to the new virus, in case the transformation created a benign virus. He does so, but the virus is anything but benign. He introduces himself as Gigabyte, destroyer of systems. Bob attacks him with an energy beam, but Gigabyte absorbs it. Gigabyte gets a good swipe at Bob, severely damaging his armour. Bob high-tails it out of there on his zip board, sending a Net-wide alert calling for help as he flees. He also tells Phong to power down the city so Gigabyte can't get any energy to power up with: the transformation has left him relatively weak.
Just as Bob finishes his message he sees Dot attempting to go after Gigabyte in a small CPU fighter. She fires her energy guns. They have no effect except for making the class 5 virus stronger. Dot gets sideswiped and her vehicle crashes. Bob gets her out of the vehicle before Gigabyte can get to her and they flee to relative safety.
The system has begun to power down and Bob and Dot have not gotten far. They land in an alley - a dead end. Gigabyte approaches from the only exit, intent on taking their lives. Bob and Dot share a meaningful moment and Bob sends Glitch away before Gigabyte raises his claws to attack - and his arm gets severed from his torso, by none other than Mouse.
Mouse flies Bob and Dot to the Principal Office - where not-so-friendly words are exchanged by Dot and Mouse in transit - and Mouse hacks into the Principal Office shield to get access to the building. Within, the sprites form a plan to get rid of Gigabyte. Bob lures Gigabyte to Floating Point Park, then detached it from the mainland, stranding him. Hack and Slash show up just before they detach the sector and help the outmatched Bob. Meanwhile, Dot and Mouse go out in Mouse's Ship to rope a tear in the energy sea. Things are tense but quickly their plan comes together as the tear is roped. Dot saved Mouse from certain deletion as an unexpected flare from the tear pushed Mouse off her platform.
Meanwhile, on the detached Floating Point Park, Gigabyte drains Hack of energy. Slash is so angry he punches Gigabyte as hard as he can - sending him flying back toward the city. Bob warns Phong, who sets up a trap while he waits for Dot and Mouse to return. Bob has Slash fly him back to Mainframe. They surprise him with the tear and Gigabyte feeds off it, boasting in the incredible power he now has. Bob revealed that he can use the power as well and had Glitch stabilize the tear, then split the portal, separating Gigabyte into Megabyte and Hexadecimal. Bob is confused; however, when he saw three entities depart instead of two. What was the third portal? But no one else, other than Phong, seems to have seen the third portal.
Despite the fact that the day has been won, Bob suspects that something is still wrong. After he said this, Mouse touched a small device on her wristband. It started to beep quietly and flash red.
- This is the second episode that Mouse ever appeared in, the first being The Great Brain Robbery. She became part of the main cast from this point on.
- Hexadecimal reveals to Bob that Megabyte is her brother and they are both from the very same viral strain. Their exact origin is explained in Cross Nodes and What's Love Got To Do With It?.
- Writing on the data crane Dot is flying says: 'Caution: Motion Overhead'.
- Gigabyte's appearance in the disc-shaped crater bending down on one knee is a reference to "The Terminator" when the T-800 was first sent back through time.
- For the first time Bob reveals his formal designation: 'Guardian 452'.
- When Bob demands the virus to state his name and function, Gigabyte replies, "I am become Gigabyte, destroyer of systems". Quoting Vishnu's line from the Hindu Bhagavad-Gita: "I am become Death, destroyer of worlds"
- Gigabyte extending and dragging his claw across the wall mirrors the scene where Freddy Krueger drags his claw from 1984 movie "Nightmare on Elm Street".
- The name of Mouse's aircraft really is "Ship". It also has her symbol on the tail.
- Gigabyte drains energy from a Binome who resembles Indiana Jones.
- The controller Mouse uses to secure the tear is virtually identical to the original Sony PlayStation controller.
- AndrAIa and Enzo both chime "...A Boy...and His Dog" which is also a 1975 science-fiction movie directed by L. Q. Jones.
- During the fight with Gigabyte, Bob tells Glitch to turn into "Solid State Mode" which is possibly a reference to solid state electronics.
- At the end of the episode, Bob says that "There's something rotten at the heart of Mainframe," which is a paraphrase of a line from William Shakespeare's Hamlet (Act I, Scene IV ): "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark."
- The appearance of Gigabyte seems to be an allusion to Apocalypse of X-Men fame. This is further highlighted by Bob's appearance later in the episode to Gambit from the same series.