"Still, can you imagine a darker Zeta Project? Do you think TZP would have more fans if they had gone with the original concept?"
Yeah, I think The Zeta Project would be more successful if it had been darker. I also think that, since Zeta obviously takes place in the DC Universe, in the same continuity as Batman/Superman/Justice League/Batman Beyond, Zeta could use a few more episodes with tie-ins to those TV shows, like the Zeta episode that featured Batman Beyond. For example, here are a few Zeta episode ideas I've had for awhile:
(Z1) In this stunning two-parter, Zeta and Ro travel to Atlantis in an attempt to find the perfect place to hide away from the US Government. Of course, by Batman Beyond/Zeta's time, all the "surface world" governments are well aware of Atlantis's existence (and, in fact, Atlantis now has Observer Status at the UN, like Vatican City and Switzerland do today), but that doesn't mean relations are good. Atlanteans still don't trust anyone who lives on the "surface world", and when the US Government comes looking for Zeta, a diplomatic situation could quickly escalate into war between the US and Atlantis!!! In the end, Zeta and Ro leave Atlantis before they cause any more trouble.
(Z2) In this episode, Zeta and Ro meet the gorilla from Batman Beyond, "Speak No Evil." All three of them go to Gorilla City to find sanctuary. However, the gorillas in Gorilla City don't like the genetically engineered 'primitive' gorilla; they think of him as a Frankenstein-like monster. This, of course, causes trouble. And, to make matters worse, the African country that (through UN auspices) allows Gorilla City to exist in its borders comes looking for Zeta, in the hopes of using Zeta to build an army of Zeta-clones for their military.
(Z3) I don't have any specific ideas on this one, but basically, Zeta and Ro go to Metropolis, and meet Superman, or the entire JLU (with or without Batman Beyond?).
What do you think?
Favorites! (1) Action: Transformers & G.I. Joe; Visionairies; The DCAU; Robotech, DBZ, Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo & Trigun; TMNT, MOTU; and Avengers: EMH; (2) Comedy: The Simpsons & Futurama, Space Ghost: Coast to Coast & The Brak Show, Sealab 2021, Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law, ATHF, The Boondocks, The Venture Bros., and Archer