I think I’ve written once before about my son’s rabid love for all things Code Lyoko. Me, I’m willing to accept that perhaps something has been lost in translation (this is a production from France, you see) and/or that I’m simply too old to appreciate it. It’s not that I dislike it, it’s just that I don’t really understand why there’s this alternate reality and what happens there.
But my son has loved this show truly, madly, deeply ever since we first caught it about a year ago. He acts out episodes and invents his own and I nod and smile and tell myself this will likely pass before he leaves for college. (It will, right? Right?)
Something interrupted his slavish Lyoko devotion this past Summer, though. Cartoon Network cancelled the series. At least, I thought Cartoon Network cancelled it. They stopped showing it. News about it ceased to appear, save for various fansites decrying this awful decision.
My son was crushed. It was a matter of great sorrow, for a while, and then life went on. I completely forgot about it.
Well, I’m all kinds of confused, now. Last week we happened to turn on Cartoon Network at about 4:30 and there was Code Lyoko again! At first I thought it was reruns, but no, apparently Season 3 started up in October and I missed it entirely. Please don’t tell my son. Now we’re back to the daily begging to turn on the television to see if Code Lyoko is on. Thanks, Cartoon Network.
According to this very long thread on the Toon Zone Forum, Season 4 is in the works. There’s plenty of up-to-date and breaking news to be found at CodeLyoko.net, as the official web site has surprisingly little to say on the matter.
And I just discovered that the Toonami Digital Arsenal’s Miguzi Downloads includes the unaired Lyoko pilot episode. Maybe if I watch that, I’ll finally know what’s going on? Doubtful, but hope does spring eternal.
I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for more Code Lyoko developments, but in the meantime, if you—like me—didn’t realize it was back, tune in to Cartoon Network weekdays at 4:30. (And if you figure out what’s going on, please tell me. I’d like to be able to converse with my kid again.)