I used to be a huge fan of the comic strip Dilbert. I found it to be funny and inventive. Eventually, however, it seemed to me that it fell into the same pattern that many successful comic strips fall into. That is, Scott Adams developed a stable of jokes and situations that he would cycle through periodically, dressing them up slightly to keep it from being too obvious.

The strip spawned an animated series that ran on UPN from January 1999 - July 2000. I don't suppose that  it will go down in history as the greatest piece of animation ever made, but it had its moments.  Be that as it may, I have the whole series on disk, and have decided to break it out and watch it again.

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Being a fan of Dilbert, I remember having been excited when the strip received an animated series. Sadly, I found that the metaphorical aspects of the strip felt too literal when animated. Although I continued to enjoy the daily strip, the animated series was a big disappointment. Oddly enough, the series seemed very true to the original source material.

John DeRubbo said:

Oddly enough, the series seemed very true to the original source material.

Some things that are great in one form don't adapt well to others. I think Dilbert is one of those things.

"The Gift"

Plot: In order to find a birthday present for his mother, Dilbert must go to the Mall, where he encounters his long-lost father (voiced by Buck Henry).

Overall: An OK episode. Dilbert's reunion with his father is mildly touching. Jeri Ryan makes a brief guest appearance as Dilbert's Seven of Nine alarm clock.

"The Trial"

Plot: A blood drive leads to Dilbert being falsely imprisoned for murder.

Overall: Mildly amusing.

  It was interesting to see Dilbert's organizational skills work in a prison environment

The Baron said:

"The Trial"

Plot: A blood drive leads to Dilbert being falsely imprisoned for murder.

Overall: Mildly amusing.



Mark S. Ogilvie said:

  It was interesting to see Dilbert's organizational skills work in a prison environment


It was interesting seeing that he actually does know his business.

Overall: Mildly amusing.

"The Shroud of Wally"

Plot: A near-death experience causes Dilbert to question the nature of reality. Wally becomes a cult figure.

Overall:  Not bad. Some amusing bits.

"The Dupey"

Plot:  Dilbert designs the hot new toy, which evolves into an unappealing higher life form.

Christopher Guest voices the Dupey.

Overall: Interesting. A look at how appearance is more important to people than substance.

"Art"

Plot: Dilbert inadvertently destroys the art world by painting a blue duck.

Overall:  Another OK-but-not-great episode. Chazz Palmentieri voices Leonardo Da Vinci.

"Hunger"

Plot:  Dilbert attempts to end world hunger using a hybrid he created, the tomeato, but ends up causing a famine in Elbonia, instead. Gilbert Gottfried voices the Accounting Troll.

Overall;  An OK episode. At some point, they went from having a storyline to "What issue can we look at this week?"

"The Security Guard"

Plot:  For a bet, Dilbert trades jobs for a day with a security guard (voiced by Wayne Knight).

Overall: It's gambling this time out, as everyone is betting on something. An OK episode.

"The Merger"

Plot: The company seeks a merger partner, and only Dilbert seems to notice that they're brain-sucking aliens.

Overall: Another OK episode.

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