Friday, December 17, 2010

Good old times: Dexter's laboratory


Almost 15 years has passed since first episode of Dexter's laboratory was aired. First episode called "Changes" aired in February, 1996. Dexter's Laboratory originally ended in 1998, but it was later revived for a movie as well as two more seasons.

The series revolves around Dexter, a nine-year-old boy genius who has a secret laboratory (which he pronounces with a stress on the second syllable) filled with highly advanced equipment hidden behind a bookshelf in his bedroom. Access to this never-ending laboratory is usually achieved by speaking various passwords or by activating hidden switches on his bookcase (such as pulling out a specific book). Dexter is normally in conflict with his ditzy older sister, Dee Dee, who can always mysteriously gain access to his lab no matter what he does to try and keep her out. Dee Dee eludes all manner of security and, once inside, delights in playing in the lab, often destroying his creations. Despite her hyperactive personality, Dee Dee can sometimes make more logical decisions than Dexter, or even give him helpful advice. Dexter, though highly intelligent, often fails at what he has set out to do when he becomes overexcited and makes careless choices. He manages to keep the lab a secret from his clueless, cheerful parents, who amusingly never notice any evidence of the laboratory, even when it is right before their eyes. Dexter also has a Russian accent, despite being from a typical all-American family, although there are also signs in family appearance and behavior that point to a German-Russian-Jewish mixed heritage. This can be supported by evidence such as Dee Dee's blond hair and blue eyes, Dexter's short stature and red hair, coupled with both the strong work ethic of Mother and the copious body hairs of Father.





Dexter has an arch-nemesis, a boy from his school who dubs himself "Mandark". Mandark lives down the block from Dexter and has his own secret laboratory. His schemes are generally evil and are designed to gain power for himself while downplaying or destroying Dexter's accomplishments. Dexter often makes better inventions than Mandark, but Mandark tries to make up for this by stealing Dexter's inventions. Mandark is also in love with Dee Dee, though she prefers to ignore him and never returns his affections. As the series progresses, Mandark's schemes become significantly more evil, his laboratory darker-looking, industrial and angular, in contrast to his original brightly-lit lab which had more rounded features.

Continuity is not a feature of the show, and many episodes are self-contained or leave characters in predicaments that are left unresolved and never referenced afterward; e.g., the entire lab is completely destroyed, the earth is destroyed, Dexter is turned into a sandwich, etc. Most episodes end in disaster because of a flaw in Dexter's logic or in his inventions. Dexter usually fails at what he has set out to do with Dee Dee often besting him.






The shorts occasionally chronicle the adventures of other characters besides Dexter, Dee Dee, and Mandark. Chief among these are Dexter's pet monkey, Monkey (who secretly lives a double life as a crime-fighting super-powered secret agent), and Dexter's favorite superhero, Major Glory. Both of these characters are often associated with a superhero team called The Justice Friends, which includes the superheroes Val Hallen and The Infraggable Krunk.


Here is first ever aired episode of Dexter's laboratory:







And one fun game related to Dexter's lab:









I hope you enjoyed :)

20 comments:

  1. i reemember that show..i hated his whore sister

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  2. Good stuff. Makes me want to go dig up all my pirated VHS tapes of Dexter, and Ren and Stimpy.

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  3. I loved this show when I was a kid! I especially love the fact that Dexter is so culturally diverse.

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  4. I remember this show. Very fun. I still watch it every now and then. I also had WAY too much fun with that little game.

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  5. I saw this on earlier today and it was only for like 10 seconds, missed it. Me and my sister used to always watch this, frikken nostalgia man!

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  6. "This can be supported by evidence such as Dee Dee's blond hair and blue eyes, Dexter's short stature and red hair, coupled with both the strong work ethic of Mother and the copious body hairs of Father."

    I lol'd hard

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  7. Whoa Dexter is 15 years old already?

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  8. Man I havent watched that show in years. Following and supporting

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  9. Has it really been 15 years? D:

    And I suck at that game. I found the xray glasses and the robot but I have no idea what to do next

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  10. I loved this so much! Use to watch it everyday after school

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