|Cybersix vs. Von Reichter's creations.
series centered on the title character, Cybersix (or Cyber-6, Cathy Weseluck),
who was a genetically engineered human created by former Nazi scientist, Dr.
Von Reichter (Terry Klassen, also one of the show’s writers). The Cyber series
looked like ordinary humans, but possessed superhuman strength and agility.
However, when the Cyber series proved too resistant to his commands, he ordered
the entire line of 5000 to be destroyed. Only Six was spared, saved by one of
the African slaves Von Reichter kept. They lived as father and daughter until
Von Reichter had them hunted down and he was killed. Six made her way to Meridana
where she took the place of a young boy, Adrian Seidleman, that recently died
in a car wreck with the rest of his family. An earlier version of the concept
had Six disguising herself as a man to become a police officer after her father
had been killed.
|Von Reichter and his Fixed Ideas.
Reichter, however, had not been idle. From his lab in the Amazon he worked on
his other creations: the Fixed Ideas, which resembled large Frankenstein’s
monster-like beings and performed his grunt work; the Data series, which
resembled animals; the Techno series, the more human-like and more loyal
upgrade to the Cyber series; and the Type series, which were a further
advancement over the Technos. At night, Cybersix would hunt down these
creations in the city not only to disrupt Von Reicther’s dreams of world
conquest, but to vampirically drain them of the life-giving fluid called
“Sustenance” she needed to survive. By day, she would continue to live as
Adrian, now a high school literature teacher and friend to science teacher
Lucas Amato (Michael Dobson), with whom a mutual infatuation developed.
|Cybersix confronts Von Reicther amongst his creations.
|Cybersix facing her Adrian persona.
other inspiration came from Portuguese writer Fernando
Pessoa, who had created seventy-five distinct names that he
wrote under. That led to the theme of duality that ran throughout the Cybersix series as many of the
characters had a completely different side to them. In Six’s case, it was her
time as male literature teacher Adrian. For Lucas, not only was he a science
teacher, but also a journalist.
|Jose, a Hitler in the making.
|A vial of Sustenance.
|Cybersix and Data-7.
|Lucas reassures Cybersix he's never seen Dark Angel.
Cybersix the series ended on a
cliffhanger, Cybersix the comic
managed to bring its story to a conclusion before its cancellation. Cybersix had a second controversy during
2000, as Meglia and Trillo sued James Cameron
and FOX over their show Dark
claimed that the show stole most of the plot and recognizable elements from the
comic. Unfortunately, the lawsuit was never resolved as they couldn’t afford to
pursue it. The lawsuit likely led to the heavy and unpopular changes made in Dark Angel’s second season, which
ultimately led to its cancellation.
|The DVD cover.
its short run, Cybersix won a Pulcinella Award
and two Leo Awards
in 2001. Cybersix was released to VHS
in Canada by ImaVision
Distribution in both English and French. In 2014, Discotek Media
released the complete
series to DVD in North America, and by DVDY Films
Images in Europe. All versions of the DVD set contained
bonus features. It would go on to be available for streaming on Amazon Prime and other services.