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Men in Black The Series

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Men in Black: The Series was an animated series based off of the original Men in Black film, that ran for four seasons between 1997 and 2001. It ran on The WB for all four seasons. It originally aired on Saturday mornings, before moving to weekdays.

Plot/Premise

MIB: The Series was based on the 1997 blockbuster Men In Black and continued where the film left off, though with some minor changes. Agent K remained an agent and partner to Agent J (although a Marvel Comics one-shot revealed that K' was denueralized in an unseen case). Agent L was moved to the lab inside MiB Headquarters. The headquarters itself was no longer under the ventilator building of the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel, but now at what looked like a disused area under LaGuardia airport. The LTD from the first live-action film is reused and serves as Jay and Kay's primary mode of transportation.

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The show had varied writing in its episodes. Some episodes hearkened back to the plot to the film, and brought back characters like the Bugs, and the Arquillians. MIB: The Series itself had a long-running plot where the Men In Black fought Alpha, a former MIB chief who previously had been Agent K's friend and mentor. Eventually, Alpha had turned maverick with greed and sought to achieve immortality by assimilating rare alien body parts into his body. He returned numerous times and his appearance grew grislier each time with the help of the 'Cosmic Integrator', a device that let him combine alien appendages to his own body.

Ultimately, the basic plot formula was for the MIB to protect the Earth from harm, and this extended into keeping peace throughout the galaxy. Technology, as well as intergalactic politics and peacekeeping played a part, along with common criminal activity on a science fiction level.

Besides Agent Kay, the founding members of the MIB were Agents T, H, Q, and D (Kay's first partner from the first movie).

A cliché in the series was a scene where it seems like Agent K was killed in some terrible way, only to be proven alive later in the episode. Also, Agent J's primary weapon is the Noisy Cricket that no longer sounds like a cricket chirping and that J hasn't gotten used to the kick it creates. In the second season, Jay upgraded the weapon with a Silencer which limited the violent kicks.

Design

Another grand departure from the film was the look of the main cast, whose designs were a notable departue from their movie counterparts. Agent L was given blue eyes and a different hairstyle whose color was switched to blonde. Agent J was made notably taller and given a flat top while his signature mustache was omitted. For season 2, the series' art syle was streamlined with Agent K's design becoming much more youthful in appearance. The designs of Edgar the Bug and his identical brother, Edwin were given a very reptillian aesthetic which bore a strong resemblance to Maleficent's dragon form. Whereas in the film, Zed had black hair and a goatee, he posessed white hair and no goatee in the series while his eyes were dramatically shaded in to give an impression of a lack of sleep. These differences are addressed in one episode of the series, where it's revealed that every so often, some Hollywood-type learns of the MIB and makes a movie about them, possibly hinting that the live-action movie were one of these incidents.

Episodes

Main article: List of Men in Black: The Series Episodes

Video Game

With the success of the series, Infogrames studios decided to release a video game adaptation called Men in Black The Series: Crashdown

Cast

Trivia

  • Every episode title started with "The" and ended in "Syndrome".
  • Only Season One has been released on DVD, however in North America, only 6 episodes of Season One were released on VHS. The entire series is currently available on Netflix.
  • One episode, The Star System Syndrome, implies that the term "Division 6" is the identity of the main branch of MiB. Thus the reason they frequently uses the term.
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