Carmen Sandiego (TV series)
Carmen Sandiego is a Canadian-American Netflix animated action-adventure series with educational elements, based on the media franchise of the same name created by Broderbund. The series is produced by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt with DHX Media serving as the production company, and contains a "serialized look at Carmen’s backstory that is told from her perspective". Serving as an origin story for the fictional thieving villain of the same name, it is the fourth Carmen Sandiego television show after the PBS game shows World and Time, and the Fox animated series Earth; it is also the first Carmen Sandiego show since the end of Earth in 1999.
|Based on||Carmen Sandiego|
|Theme music composer||Jared Lee Gosselin|
|Opening theme||"Carmen Sandiego"|
performed by Raquel Castro
|Country of origin|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||9|
|Running time||24–33 minutes|
|Original release||January 18, 2019 –|
The series sees many characters drawn from the franchise's 35-year history: Carmen Sandiego herself who debuted in the original World video game; The Chief who took her current form in the World game show; Player, Ivy, and Zack who featured in the Earth animated series, Chase Devineaux who debuted in Word Detective, and Julia Argent who featured in Treasures of Knowledge.
"Carmen is a modern day Robin Hood, traveling the globe, stealing from V.I.L.E. and giving back to its victims. Cloaked in red, she is accompanied by her hacker Player, and her assistants Zack and Ivy. Carmen is publicly perceived as a criminal by most law enforcement agencies – or actually, make that a master criminal due to the sheer scale and theatricality of her heists. We will follow her escapades and get to determine not only where in the world but “who” is Carmen Sandiego?"
A recurring theme is that both V.I.L.E. and A.C.M.E. make mistaken assumptions about Carmen's actions.
- Carmen Sandiego (voiced by Gina Rodriguez) - The eponymous 20-year-old heroine seeking to dissolve V.I.L.E. and donate their stolen funds to humanitarian causes. This Carmen is notably different than previous incarnations, who were leaders of V.I.L.E. and lady thieves. Carmen was found by Shadow-san as a baby abandoned on the roadside of Buenos Aires, Argentina since 20 years ago. She takes her name from the tag in her hat, since her code name "Black Sheep" was the only name she previously knew. At a young age, she used to be a student at V.I.L.E. Academy until she left when she didn't want to take the life of anyone who gets in her way after stowing away on a mission and seeing what really goes on in V.I.L.E.
- Player (voiced by Finn Wolfhard) - A white-hat hacker from Niagara Falls, Ontario who helps Carmen plan her heists.
- Ivy (voiced by Abby Trott) - A Bostonian girl helping Carmen with her younger brother Zack. She joins Carmen after helping on the heist of a Donut shop which was a V.I.L.E. front.
- Zack (voiced by Michael Hawley) - A Bostonian boy helping Carmen with his older sister Ivy. He joins Carmen after helping on the heist of a Donut shop which was a V.I.L.E. front, serving as her wheelman/getaway driver.
- The Chief (voiced by Dawnn Lewis) - Head of A.C.M.E. and supervises all of the organization. She is inspired by the Chief from the PBS game shows, played by Lynne Thigpen.
- Chase Devineaux (voiced by Rafael Petardi) - A French Interpol Agent turned A.C.M.E. Detective. He, along with Julia, is one of the only two officers to get close enough to see Carmen's face. He is arrogant, pompous and constantly over-estimating his own abilities.
- Julia Argent (voiced by Charlet Chung) - A British Interpol Agent turned A.C.M.E. Detective. She usually does the logistics and fact finding that Chase would otherwise overlook or disregard. Unlike Devineaux, Julia is highly intelligent, competent and perceptive. She, along with Chase Devineaux, is one of the only two officers to get close enough to see Carmen's face.
V.I.L.E. is short for Villains' International League of Evil (under cover of Valuable Imports, Lavish Exports). They make their headquarters on V.I.L.E. Island and use the V.I.L.E. Academy to train their new recruits.
- Professor Gunnar Maelstrom (voiced by Liam O'Brien) - A member of the head faculty at V.I.L.E. teaching psychological manipulation. Unlike the 1994 animated series, Gunnar Maelstrom is a member of V.I.L.E.
- Coach Brunt (voiced by Mary Elizabeth McGlynn) - Carmen's "mama bear" when she was growing up, and a member of the head faculty at V.I.L.E. teaching combat and physical training. She was Carmen’s favorite teacher, and she had a soft spot for Carmen. Carmen always thought that Coach Brunt was the one who found her, so the two shared a good relationship. Brunt, like the other faculty members, was quite upset over Carmen’s betrayal. However, it seems that Carmen still has a soft spot for Coach Brunt. This is thought when Carmen gets altitude sickness and mistakes Dr. Pilar as Coach Brunt, saying that she always knew it was Coach Brunt who found her as a baby (however, it is revealed that it was Shadow-san who found Carmen). Although, Brunt denies still having a soft spot for Carmen, saying that Carmen was dead to her after she left. It is still unknown if what Brunt said was true or not.
- Shadow-san (voiced by Paul Nakauchi) - A master thief, skilled swordsman, and a member of the head faculty at V.I.L.E. teaching stealth and covert thievery. He gave a test where students had to find and steal a dollar from his coat when Carmen was still in school, and emptied his coat so she wouldn’t be able to find the dollar, which caused Carmen’s need to outdo Tigress. In the last episode, Shadow-san revealed that he was really on Carmen’s side the entire time, and that he was the one who found her in Argentina when she was a baby. He emptied his coat in order to protect her from joining V.I.L.E.
- Dr. Saira Bellum (voiced by Sharon Muthu) - A mad scientist and one of V.I.L.E.'s head faculty and master inventor; teaching technology and science. She is willing to destroy the food supply of Indonesia just to shill in a market for an artificial commercial brand. She is of Urdu ancestry in this incarnation.
- Countess Cleo (voiced by Toks Olagundoye) - A wealthy Egyptian debutant and one of V.I.L.E.'s head faculty teaching culture and class. She seemed to not really care that much about Carmen, and always tried to use her etiquette lessons to get rid of Carmen’s rebellious streak.
- Dash Haber (voiced by Troy Baker) - Countess Cleo's personal assistant.
- Graham (voiced by Michael Goldsmith) - Also known as Gray or Crackle, Graham is Carmen’s former best friend and older brother figure at V.I.L.E. However, after a failed mission, Graham had his memories erased by Bellum. He returned to Australia where he met up with Carmen once again (only this time, he didn’t remember her) and asked her out on a date. However she left before she even got there, because she thought that Gray had a chance to start over, and that ‘Carmen Sandiego’ would ruin all of that.
- Cookie Booker (voiced by Rita Moreno) - V.I.L.E.'s bookkeeper and financier. Rita Moreno was the voice of Carmen Sandiego in the 1994 animated series, a connection subtly referenced when it is revealed that Carmen stole her trademark hat and coat from Booker.
- Paper Star (voiced by Kimiko Glenn) - A psychopathic master of origami weapons and a V.I.L.E. agent; she is Maelstrom's favorite pupil.
- Tigress (voiced by Kari Wahlgren) - Also known as Sheena, Tigress is a spy with a cat-suit and mask, who is particularly antagonistic toward Carmen, even while at the Academy. Carmen felt like she needed to prove she was better than Tigress at pickpocketing, due to Tigress acing a test set by Shadow-san that Carmen failed (however, this is only because Shadow-san cheated so Carmen could fail).
- El Topo (voiced by Andrew Pifko) - Also known as Antonio, El Topo is a Spanish spy with streamlined powerful digging gauntlets; partners with Le Chevre. He used to be in Carmen’s group of friends before she left.
- Le Chevre (voiced by Bernardo de Paula) - Also known as Jean Paul, Le Chevre is a French spy with incredible parkour skills; partners with El Topo. He used to be in Carmen’s group of friends before she left.
- Mime Bomb - A silent spy and snitch; dresses as a mime artist for public camouflage. He is usually used by the faculty to spy on the students, which is also how the faculty found out that Carmen had stowed away. However, they sometimes wonder if it was a good idea to hire a mime as a spy since they can’t really understand what he’s trying to say.
On April 14, 2017, Hollywood insider information site The Tracking Board reported that they had exclusively learned of an animated Carmen Sandiego project at Netflix, that Gina Rodriguez as the voice of the titular character. The site reported that the 20-episode series would aim to be "as educational as it is entertaining", in keeping with the style of the franchise. It was later confirmed that the series will be called Carmen Sandiego. Rodriguez confirmed the story via her Twitter feed the following day in response to a Hypable story, which compared the news to that of a Kate McKinnon-led revival of The Magic School Bus. Carmen Sandiego was set to appeal to a wider audience (ages 6–11), plus the parents of those kids and fans of the original series. On April 18 and 19, the news began to be published by reputable news sites, where it was confirmed that Netflix had rebooted the franchise on TV by ordering twenty 22-minute episodes of Carmen Sandiego, which would premiere in 2019 and with Gina Rodriguez in the starring role. Rotoscopers noted that this was "more than most Netflix Originals receive". The Hollywood Reporter noted that Rita Moreno, who voiced Carmen in the FOX animated series Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?, had recently guest-starred on Rodriguez's show Jane the Virgin. The new series was described as having "thrilling adventure and intrigue", while offering an "intimate look into Carmen's past" and what inspired her career choices, essentially answering the question "Who in the world [is] Carmen Sandiego?" while simultaneously following her on her thieving escapades.
Caroline Fraser, Head of HMH Productions, is the Executive Producer of the series. Duane Capizzi, known for Transformers Prime and the Batman, is the showrunner and Co-Executive Producer. Kevin Dart serves as visual designer. It is a production by DHX Media, providing animation, and Chromosphere, providing the design work. DHX Media is the current owner of the library of DIC Entertainment, the animation studio which produced the Earth animated series. The series is produced by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, who own the rights to the franchise after their corporate predecessor Riverdeep acquired the property in 2002. The Hollywood Reporter wrote that the series followed in the wake of Bill Nye Saves the World and Julie's Greenroom. Finn Wolfhard is signed on to lend his voice to the character Player, who is described as Carmen's chief accomplice and friend. Another character called "Player" was featured in Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?, but this character was a fourth wall-breaking live action boy who bookended the show and interacted with Carmen, implied to be the player of a video game featuring her. E Online reported that the new series would be called, simply, "Carmen Sandiego".
Rodriguez, who had first learned about the series through the PBS gameshow Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?, asserted that the new Carmen Sandiego origin series was "tight", "well written", "really, really good", and "unbelievable". She mentioned that Netflix was a home for great programming and that the show had partnered with talented illustrators. She added that despite being entertaining, the show would still provide geographic and historical education.
Andy Yeatman, Netflix director of global kids content, noted “We think there’s a huge benefit of having a program that parents remember fondly and grew up with. We are giving them the opportunity to introduce it to their kids and spark a conversation", noting that while the service pitched reboots of many '80s and '90s shows, Carmen Sandiego was one that "made sense" and "really stood out". They responded to the fact that this is not a show that is perennially rebooted, as the last Carmen Sandiego series ended 20 years before this new series would premiere, and that there are interesting ways to retell the story.
In March 2018, Netflix also ordered a live-action film of Carmen Sandiego, once again with Rodriguez as the titular character.
On February 15, 2019, it was announced that Netflix had renewed the series for a second season.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||"Becoming Carmen Sandiego" (Part 1)||Jos Humphrey and Kenny Park||Duane Capizzi||January 18, 2019|
|In the present, Carmen Sandiego robs the Poitiers estate of Countess Cleo, a V.I.L.E. Academy professor, and is pursued by French Interpol Inspector Chase Devineaux and his junior partner Julia Argent. Fleeing the scene on a train to Paris, Carmen is cornered by her old classmate Graham, a V.I.L.E. Agent codenamed "Crackle" - as she lured him to a train knowing there was a tracker in the item she stole. In the past, Carmen, a mischievous orphan, grows up on V.I.L.E. Isle and enrolls in V.I.L.E. Academy, a school for thieves, the academy’s youngest person to do so. Given the code name Black Sheep by her mentor Coach Brunt, she makes fast friends and enemies. When pickpocketing a phone from a staff member, she is called by a white hat hacker called "Player" who hacked into the V.I.L.E. network, and the two build a covert friendship. When Black Sheep takes her final exams, she fails a test with Professor Shadow-san, and cannot graduate.|
|2||"Becoming Carmen Sandiego" (Part 2)||Jos Humphrey and Kenny Park||Duane Capizzi||January 18, 2019|
|Seeing her classmates going on their first mission, Carmen crashes the graduates' caper, touching down at an archaeological dig site in Morocco. There, Carmen meets with the dig leader and develops an appreciation for history and culture, but the camp soon comes under attack by the graduates. She saves one of the workers from Gray, but is captured and returned to V.I.L.E. Isle. Now knowing the truth about V.I.L.E., she makes a new plan: stealing from them to dissolve the organization. Recovering her phone, she calls Player and narrowly escapes, stealing a hard-drive with all of V.I.L.E.'s funding and prospective capers for the next year. In the present, she recounts her origin to Crackle, who she defeats and leaves for Inspector Devineaux. Meanwhile, Agent Argent finds the stolen diamond from the dig in Morocco; Carmen left it to be recovered by the authorities, instead taking back lost trinkets from her childhood.|
|3||"The Sticky Rice Caper"||Kenny Park||May Chan||January 18, 2019|
|Escaping on the River Seine, a pair of unidentified agents pursue Carmen, but she escapes with the help of her partners: Boston siblings Zack and Ivy. Player navigates the trio to a secret lab in Java, Indonesia, where V.I.L.E. is developing a fungus designed to destroy the country's rice supply- after which, they would promote their V.I.L.E. imitation rice (although according to Carmen, the imitation was terrible, so even if V.I.L.E. succeeded, it’s likely that no one would buy it). Meanwhile, before Devineaux and Argent can interview Crackle, the "Cleaners" pick him up and take him back to V.I.L.E. Isle, erasing all evidence he was there. V.I.L.E. also orders Tigress, Carmen's class rival, to intercept her. Carmen's team track the supply truck carrying the bioweapon to a shadow-puppet festival, planning to covertly disperse the fungus in fireworks. Carmen engages Tigress in combat and is defeated, but Zack and Ivy successfully remove and destroy the fungus during the fight. Back on V.I.L.E. island, Crackle is brought before Dr. Bellum for debriefing, and she plugs a device on his head. The next day, the two unknown agents get a call from their Chief to begin "Plan B".|
|4||"The Fishy Doubloon Caper"||Jos Humphrey||Becky Tinker||January 18, 2019|
|While exploring a shipwreck off the coast of Ecuador, Carmen stumbles upon hidden treasure, but her old classmate "El Topo" battles her underwater while his partner "Le Chevre" confronts Zack and Ivy. The chase continues to the mainland after a tuna swallows an old coin; Chevre and Topo pursue the coin, believing that if Carmen is after it, then it must be worth a fortune. Carmen meets with Dr. Pilar Marquez, who tells Carmen of the historical value of the Ecuadorian doubloon back in the 19th Century, prompting Carmen to find it and return it to the doctor. Reaching a fish market in Quito, Carmen faints from altitude sickness, but Pilar finds and treats her. After Zack and Ivy find the right fish, a fight with Topo and Chevre allows Carmen a chance to reclaim the coin without their knowing. Carmen gives the coin to Pilar, and the two part ways as friends, as Carmen must intercept another V.I.L.E. target in the Rijksmuseum. Meanwhile, as Devineaux and Argent part ways after a long day, the two agents kidnap Devineaux to have a holographic conference call with the Chief of A.C.M.E, who is determined to prove the existence of V.I.L.E. and believes Carmen can lead them to it. But during the call, Argent finds them; both she and Devineaux are recruited to A.C.M.E.|
|5||"The Duke of Vermeer Caper"||Kenny Park||Greg Ernstrom||January 18, 2019|
|In Amsterdam, Carmen goes undercover to stop Countess Cleo, the mastermind who's been replacing priceless paintings with amazingly accurate forgeries. To do this, she steals the last Vermeer painting on the list, and sets up a meeting. But at the hotel room awaiting their contact, Zack mistakenly opens the door to Countess Cleo's assistant Dash Haber, giving them only 24 hours to turn the bumbling Bostonian boy into a convincing Duke. Elsewhere, Devineaux and Argent search for "The Dutchess", unaware that she is Carmen's alias to infiltrate Cleo's gathering at a chateau in Switzerland. After preparing Zack and following from a safe reach, Carmen realizes that Devineaux has been following them, and eludes him again. As Zack meets the Countess, Carmen infiltrates her manor to switch the stolen painting collection with blanks, but is running out of time. When dinner ends and dessert is being handed out, Cleo surprises everyone with Caviar, and Zack - who has a Fear of fish - causes a moment of suspicion for Cleo, until Devineaux arrives to warn them that Carmen Sandiego is on the property; coincidentally allowing Carmen the extended time needed to steal all the paintings. Cleo is surprised to hear this until she sees a woman with a red cloak motor-skiing away and finds her collection gone. Devineaux catches up with "Carmen", but it's Ivy pretending to be a tourist in a red cloak, angry at Devineaux's recklessness following her, while Zack and Carmen escape with the paintings. The next day, A.C.M.E. finds the chateau destroyed and no trace remaining, as well as all Vermeer paintings returned. In Sydney, Crackle gets off a bus in front of the Sydney Opera House.|
|6||"The Opera in the Outback Caper"||Jos Humphrey||Becky Tinker||January 18, 2019|
|Heading to Australia on a lead, Carmen visits the Sydney Opera House for during a coincidentally named showing of "Carmen". Crackle's there too, but he doesn't recognize Carmen and is identified by his real name Graham, confusing Carmen as to what V.I.L.E. could have done to him. Carmen finds and tangles with V.I.L.E. operative Le Chevre on the catwalk, but instead of fighting her, he deploys a low-frequency device and leaves. Analyzing the data from Carmen's comms device, Player finds a hypnotic suggestion by Dr. Saira Bellum saying "launch the Boomerang", directed Jeanine Dennam, a Helio-Gem rocket scientist at the opera. Player points out that Carmen might also be affected. Outside the opera, Carmen meets with Graham again, and he asks her for a date. Reaching the outback next day with their guide, Miro, Carmen and her team tour around Uluru, the sacred rock of his people. Noting a Helio-Gem facility nearby, Player deduces V.I.L.E.'s plan: launch a defective rocket (the "Boomerang") to rain debris over the outback, forcing Helio-Gem to shutdown and allowing V.I.L.E. to take over their contracts. At the launch station, Zack and Ivy work to keep Dennam in check, while Carmen works to keep the rocket grounded. Elsewhere, El Topo hacks into the station's audio system playing the trigger music; although Zack and Ivy restrain Dennam, Carmen is affected and starts the launch sequence, giving the team only three minutes to disable it. Player alerts Zack and Ivy, and they handle Topo and Chevre respectively; once the audio system is disabled, Carmen returns to normal and stops the rocket in time. That night, Carmen goes to the café to meet Graham, but decides that he'll be happier and safer without 'Carmen Sandiego' in his life. On V.I.L.E. Isle, Professor Maelstrom assigns the next agent to fight Carmen Sandiego.|
|7||"The Chasing Paper Caper"||Kenny Park||Greg Ernstrom||January 18, 2019|
|Professor Gunnar Maelstrom schemes for V.I.L.E. to steal all 17 copies of the Magna Carta from a Mumbai museum, with the skill of origami expert Paper Star. However, Shadow-san argues against it, viewing Paper Star as unpredictable, but is outvoted on the matter. In Mumbai, Carmen predicts Maelstrom's plan, and encounters Paper Star: her former classmate from her remedial year. Carmen fights her defensively, but is restrained and unable to stop Paper Star from taking the Magna Carta. The next morning, Devineaux and Argent follow clues from the museum and learn of Paper Star, but are unsure of her relationship to Carmen. When Le Chevre meets Paper Star at the rendezvous, she paper-cuts his hands to make him confess the next drop location, seeing him as an easy mark for capture. Player finds Paper Star on surveillance and tracks her to a train, where Devineaux and Argent are also traveling on; Carmen cuffs Devineaux to a seat and swipes his A.C.M.E. ID Card. Carmen then meets Argent at her table for a short talk before leaving, but Argent realizes that she met her target and looks for Devineaux. Carmen and Paper Star clash once again in another train car, but Carmen gets the upper hand by leading the fight to the roof where the wind counters her origami stars and Carmen gets back the Magna Carta. When Argent finds Devineaux, Carmen covertly leaves the Magna Carta for Argent to find. When asking Player to hack Devineaux's A.C.M.E. keycard, she can't find it realizing Paper Star got a hold of it during their fight. On V.I.L.E. Isle, Paper Star submits the A.C.M.E. keycard as a consolation prize.|
|8||"The Lucky Cat Caper"||Jos Humphrey||May Chan||January 18, 2019|
|In a foggy San Francisco, Carmen attends an elegant charity auction. After buying a car from Zack's favorite film series, she discovers Mime Bomb stole a rare stamp worth $10,000,000, and follows his trail to Chinatown. Having stashed the stamp in a maneki-neko statue, Mime Bomb calls in to report. Shadow-san sends in Tigress to pick up the stamp, but Coach Brunt believes something will go wrong and sends the Cleaners as unseen backup. A vote is called, but Bellum is too busy trying to hack the A.C.M.E. card, so she votes "yes" to get it out of her way. When Mime Bomb spots Carmen observing him, he leaves the statue in a shop full of identical statues. Carmen finds the right one, but is then attacked by Tigress, though she tricks her into taking a different one. However, the statue is revealed to be empty; Mime Bomb used it as a diversion. After Mime Bomb is arrested by Devineaux and Argent, he slips the stamp into the agent's coat during interrogation; Devineaux then releases him, believing he will lead them to Carmen. At Fisherman's Wharf, Tigress rendezvouses with Mime Bomb and gets the stamp by covertly slashing Devineaux's coat, leading Carmen, and by extent Devineaux, to a car chase to the Golden Gate Bridge. Devineaux crashes the car into the river, while the Cleaners rendezvous to get Tigress, but Carmen manages to swipe the stamp from her and escape with Tigress' phone to call V.I.L.E. and gloat at Shadowsan. As Coach Brunt mocks Shadow-san's decision, Dr. Bellum announces she found out the owner of the A.C.M.E. ID Card: Chase Devineaux.|
|9||"The French Connection Caper"||Kenny Park||Duane Capizzi||January 18, 2019|
|Learning Devineaux is the card owner, the V.I.L.E. faculty review recent events, noticing that wherever Carmen Sandiego went, Devineaux was there: Cleo's residence in Poitiers, Crackle after Carmen defeated him, and the stolen Vermeer art auction. They conclude that Carmen isn't working alone, so Shadow-san elects himself to go interrogate Devineaux. Surprisingly, Brunt elects to accompany him, and majority vote allows it. In Poitiers, the Chief berates Devineaux for his consistent losses and destruction of A.C.M.E. property, while commending Argent for retrieving the Magna Carta. After the meeting, Devineaux accuses Argent of having Carmen Sandiego as her "silent partner", but Argent believes Carmen is doing covert good by returning stolen works. Irritated, she asks if he bothered to consider V.I.L.E. a factor, but he doesn't think V.I.L.E. exists since A.C.M.E. hasn't proved it yet. When Devineaux returns home, he is captured by the Cleaners, who leave a message on the Dark Web for Carmen which Player relays to her. Arriving in Poitiers, they find Brunt and Shadow-san using a mind probe on Devineaux, so Zack & Ivy (disguised as Carmen) lure the two out. When Brunt corners Zach, she races back to where Devineaux is held. Carmen rescues Devineaux, who triggers his comm-pen to call the Chief before passing out. The Chief formally greets Carmen, who shatters the pen. The Chief alerts Argent to Devineaux's location, and sends backup to rescue the agent. Before Carmen can remove Devineaux from the building, Brunt returns and overwhelms Carmen in a brutal fistfight; she makes one final offer to return to V.I.L.E, which Carmen rejects. As Brunt bear hugs Carmen to death, Shadow-san returns and stuns Brunt unconscious, then helps Carmen escape, while the authorities arrive to help Devineaux. Brunt awakens and escapes before she can be captured, suspicious about Shadow-San's disappearance. Elsewhere, Shadow-san reveals he was the one who found Carmen as a baby in Argentina nearly 20 years ago, and intentionally failed her, knowing she would reject evil and not wishing to condemn Carmen to a life of thievery. The day she escaped, he was trying to join her, but she got away before that could happen, so he kept the Cleaners from catching up with her by sabotaging their transport. Argent reports to Chief that Devineaux's condition is unknown until tests are ran. The Chief, going off the few seconds she had with Carmen, believes Carmen took his keycard to lure Devineaux into a trap and deems Carmen a threat, though Argent seems uncertain about this. As Carmen then talks with Player about their next move, Shadow-san vanishes- but leaves behind another V.I.L.E. data hard-drive for Carmen, prompting her to embark on new adventures.|
The announcement saw a positive response by the media, who appreciated the throwback, and a return for the Carmen Sandiego franchise to the small screen. TVShowsOnDVD wrote "It's awesome to see this franchise return to television". The Rolling Stone thought the TV series' origin story subject matter offers what was once one of "golden age of television's favorite thematic trappings". Commenting "children of the 90's rejoice", Maxim suggested that Netflix enlist the talents of World game show theme song performers Rockapella to provide music for the show. ScreenRant noted that "those who still hold fond memories of the property" would be intrigued as to what type of shape the new series will take; adding that it has a "storied legacy" to live up to and will likely take some inspiration from Earth. Dark Horizons expressed sadness that the show was two years away. WXIA-TV's Michael King said the news "has the Internet buzzing wildly". Toonzone wondered if the new show would maintain the established backstory of the red fedora-wearing villain, which in mid-to-late ‘90s canon involved Carmen Sandiego beginning as an A.C.M.E. agent before finding the work too easy so wanting to outsmart her former colleagues. Gizmodo thought the new series would "bring the character's trademark blend of edutainment to new audiences". Mashable said "fans demanding the series NOW". Pedestrian thought the trend toward series such as this was a sign that producers were aiming to " trap people in a downwards vortex of nostalgia ". Fortune suggested that the new show offered Netflix "huge merchandizing potential", and that the company could follow in the footsteps of Disney by creating a merchandising arm to support its shows. Rom-Game saw this as a sign that Netflix was "indirectly interested in gaming heritage". MiscRave mentioned how much potential the franchise with its interactive edutainment in a compelling package it previously had. NerdHQ noted that the new series offered an opportunity to resuscitate the "once-dormant" and "dying" franchise.
The show currently holds a 93% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 14 reviews, with the sites consensus reading, "Vivid animation and creative reconstruction of the Carmen Sandiego backstory elevates this property beyond its edutainment roots."
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