Carmen Sandiego (TV series)

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Carmen Sandiego
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Genre
Based onCarmen Sandiego
by Broderbund
Directed by
  • Jos Humphrey
  • Kenny Park
  • Mike West
Voices of
Theme music composerJared Lee Gosselin
Opening theme"Carmen Sandiego"
performed by Raquel Castro
Composers
  • Steve D'Angelo
  • Lorenzo Castelli
Country of origin
  • Canada
  • United States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes33
Production
Executive producers
  • Caroline Fraser
  • C.J. Kettler
  • Anne Loi
  • Kirsten Newlands
ProducerBrian Hulme
Running time24–33 minutes
Production companies
Release
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseJanuary 18, 2019 (2019-01-18) –
January 15, 2021 (2021-01-15)
Chronology
Related shows
External links
Website

Carmen Sandiego is a Canadian-American animated action-adventure streaming television series with educational elements, based on the media franchise of the same name created by Broderbund. The series is produced by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt with WildBrain serving as the production company, and contains a "serialized look at Carmen’s backstory that is told from her perspective".[1] Serving as an origin story for the fictional thieving villain of the same name, it is the fourth Carmen Sandiego television show after the PBS game shows Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? and Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?, and the Fox animated series Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?; it is also the first Carmen Sandiego show since the end of Where on Earth in 1999.

The series sees many characters drawn from the franchise's 35-year history: Carmen Sandiego herself who debuted in the original World video game; The Chief who took her current form in the World game show; Player, Zack, and Ivy who featured in the Earth animated series, Chase Devineaux who debuted in Word Detective, and Julia Argent who featured in Treasures of Knowledge.

The first season was released on January 18, 2019 on Netflix.[2] A second season was released on October 1, 2019.[3] A third season was renewed in an announcement on April 24, 2020[4] and was released on October 1.[5] On October 2, 2020, it was announced that it was renewed for a fourth season, which was later announced to be the final season, which was released on January 15, 2021.[6][7]

An interactive special, titled Carmen Sandiego: To Steal or Not to Steal, was released on March 10, 2020.[8]

Premise[edit]

Carmen is a modern-day Robin Hood, traveling the globe, stealing from V.I.L.E. and giving back to its victims. Cloaked in red, she is accompanied by her hacker Player, and her best friends Zack and Ivy. Carmen is publicly perceived as a criminal by most law enforcement agencies – or actually, make that a master criminal due to the sheer scale and theatricality of her heists. We will follow her escapades and get to determine not only where in the world but “who” is Carmen Sandiego?[9]

A recurring theme is that both V.I.L.E. and A.C.M.E. make mistaken assumptions about Carmen's actions.

In season 2, Carmen seeks answers about her past, while V.I.L.E. attempts to keep their finances from plummeting even further into the red; the Faculty attempt to find a new fifth member as well. Thanks to Julia's encouragement, Carmen and the Chief make a loose alliance to take down V.I.L.E.

In season 3, Carmen has been off the grid for weeks upon months, looking for clues to her mother. Julia quits A.C.M.E., after Chief has become too blinded by distrust toward Carmen, for stealing Intel on her father from them, to see that she isn't stealing from anyone. V.I.L.E. sets up base in Scotland, sending new agents, specifically trained to capture Carmen, after her; once both they and A.C.M.E. discover her latest whereabouts.

In season 4, after several failed attempts to claim gold, including the lost hidden treasures stolen by the past generations of the organization, V.I.L.E. has been pushed to its limits and they start using robot operatives but the facility used to make the robots gets destroyed by Carmen. Ultimately, they eventually capture and brainwashed her into becoming pure evil, who then quickly rebuilds their funds and gains the Faculty's favor. However, Graham helps A.C.M.E. bring the real Carmen back, while selling out V.I.L.E. in the process. Carmen finally tracks down and meets her mother and Shadowsan retires, while Zack and Ivy join A.C.M.E. in crime fighting. For two years since the downfall of V.I.L.E., A.C.M.E. chases down the leftover V.I.L.E. members, with the occasional help from Carmen.

Characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Carmen Sandiego / 'Black Sheep' (voiced by Gina Rodriguez) – The eponymous protagonist and heroine seeking to dissolve V.I.L.E. and donate their stolen funds to humanitarian causes (the proceeds go through Carmen's charity Black Sheep Inc, as subtle taunt to V.I.L.E.); this Carmen is notably different than previous incarnations, who were leaders of V.I.L.E. and lady thieves. The story she knew was that she was found as an abandoned baby on the roadside of Buenos Aires, Argentina 20 years ago. At a young age, she used to be a student at V.I.L.E. Academy until she left when she didn't want to take the life of anyone who gets in her way after stowing away on a mission and seeing what really goes on in V.I.L.E. She takes her name from the brand name tag in the hat she used in her escape disguise. She is also nicknamed "Carm" by Zack & Ivy and "Red" by Player. By the end of the second season, Carmen learns of her true heritage as the daughter of former V.I.L.E. Faculty Member Dexter Wolfe, who was killed by the mysterious Chief of A.C.M.E. during an ambush by Interpol and assassination attempt by V.I.L.E. and that her mother may still be alive, thus making it her new secondary objective to find her mother.
  • Player (voiced by Finn Wolfhard) – A white-hat hacker from Niagara Falls, Ontario who helps Carmen plan her heist, gives her intel about the places she visits, and keeps her updated on the local authorities and any possibilities she may have missed; Player is inspired by the live-action character of the same name from Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?, who in turn is a reference to people playing the video games—this version, however, has met Carmen in person at least once, as he has the stolen V.I.L.E. drive which he uses to plan out Carmen's trips to the caches of V.I.L.E.'s stolen goods. He cares for Carmen as a friend, and helps Shadowsan uncover The Chief's identity. In Season 4, his last name is revealed to be Bouchard.
  • Zack (voiced by Michael Hawley) and Ivy (voiced by Abby Trott) – Twin siblings from South Boston helping Carmen after they met during a Donut shop heist which was a V.I.L.E. front; they are inspired by the A.C.M.E. detectives of the same names from Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?, voiced by Scott Menville and Jennifer Hale respectively. Ivy, the older of the two, often runs interference for Carmen, either through disguises or her engineering skills; she also is much more well-read than Zack, who habitually makes mistakes about their discoveries and is less experienced with going undercover (almost giving himself away when tricking the Countess), hence why he more often serves as Carmen's wheelman/getaway driver.
  • Shadowsan / Suhara (voiced by Paul Nakauchi; main – season 2) – A Japanese master thief, skilled swordsman, assassin, and a former-member of the Faculty of V.I.L.E. teaching stealth and covert thievery. He gave a test where students had to find and steal a dollar from his coat when Carmen was still in school, and emptied his coat so she wouldn't be able to find the dollar, which caused Carmen's need to outdo Tigress. In the season one finale, Shadowsan revealed that he was really on Carmen's side all her life, and that he was the one who found her in Argentina when she was a baby. He emptied his coat in order to protect her from joining V.I.L.E. He is a secret member of Carmen's team as well, providing her with a new drive on V.I.L.E.'s financial data at the end of the season. By season 2, his betrayal is revealed and he becomes an enemy of V.I.L.E. while helping Carmen foil their plans. In the Daishō Caper, his real name is revealed to be Suhara, having stolen his katana from his brother decades earlier and regretting the life he chose. In the season 2 finale, he reveals to Carmen that he was sent to kill her father Dexter Wolfe, a.k.a. The Wolf, a V.I.L.E. Faculty member, but witnessed his death by Tamara Fraser who then became Chief of A.C.M.E. He joins Carmen's search to find her mother, who went into hiding just before Wolfe's death. While he's not stated it, Shadowsan sees Carmen's team as family. In the 1994 animated series, Suhara was the name of a great Japanese detective who mentored Carmen when she was an A.C.M.E. agent.

A.C.M.E.[edit]

A.C.M.E. (short for Agency to Classify & Monitor Evildoers) is the secret law enforcement agency that often combats V.I.L.E. and the anti-heroes of the series. In this iteration, they seek out finding proof leading to the dissolution of the criminal organization through the means of finding and capturing Carmen and her crew for intel on them.

  • The Chief / Tamara Fraser (voiced by Dawnn Lewis) – Head of A.C.M.E. and supervises all of the organization; she is inspired by the Chief from the PBS game shows, played by the late Lynne Thigpen. She has only appeared via hologram in most of the series, but believes Carmen may be a lead to helping A.C.M.E. prove the existence and downfall of V.I.L.E. By the end of season 2, it is revealed that her name is Tamara Fraser, and that she was the one who killed Carmen's father, Dexter Wolfe, the night she was taken in by Shadowsan; it's possible that due to her error in judgement that caused Wolfe's death, The Chief does not tolerate incompetence and issues agents with capture only gear, despite her own assumptions about and eventually mistaken obsession with Carmen. The Chief has also been obsessed in her pursuit of finding evidence on V.I.L.E.'s existence ever since killing Wolfe, for as yet unknown motivations.
  • Chase Devineaux (voiced by Rafael Petardi) – A French Interpol inspector turned A.C.M.E. recruit. He, along with Julia, is one of the only two agents to get close enough to see Carmen's face. He is arrogant, pompous, and constantly over-estimating his own abilities. By the end of the first season, Chase is put into mental strain caused by a device Brunt and Shadowsan used to force him to answer their questions. In season 2, after waking up from his coma, he provides a lead but is dismissed and returned to Interpol with a desk job, only to be fired for going off the grid in pursuit of Carmen and finds the Isle of V.I.L.E. only after it was destroyed. By the season 2 finale, A.C.M.E. rehires him after Carmen steals from their databanks. At the end of Season 3, Chase realized Julia was right about Carmen; he decides to help her stop V.I.L.E. subtly.
  • Julia Argent (voiced by Charlet Chung) – An Interpol agent turned A.C.M.E. recruit, Chase's partner and opposite: she usually does the logistics and fact finding that Chase would otherwise overlook or disregard; is more highly intelligent, competent and perceptive; and is the most open to believing Carmen is instead stealing from other thieves—this is explicit and given the option of exploitation in the interactive episode To Steal or Not to Steal (it is even suggested that she may have feelings for Carmen, and vice versa); and in season 2, she in fact actively tries to recruit Carmen as an A.C.M.E. agent despite being undermined by the Chief's focus to outright arrest Carmen to gain intel on V.I.L.E. She, along with Chase Devineaux, is one of the only two officers to get close enough to see Carmen's face. She is also the only A.C.M.E. agent to visibly keep her job for the whole of both seasons until season 3, when she quit due to the Chief's mistaken assumptions with Carmen.
  • Zari (voiced by Sharon Muthu; main – season 2) – A longtime pursuant of Carmen Sandiego's, who becomes Argent's partner in season 2. While focused and efficient, her loyalty is shown to lie with the Chief and not her partner, as seen in Stockholm when her team swarmed Carmen in talks with Argent to secure loyalty after Zari realized she was following a decoy (Ivy). She is later partnered with Devineaux in season 3.

V.I.L.E.[edit]

V.I.L.E., short for Villains' International League of Evil (undercover as Valuable Imports, Lavish Exports) is a shadowy international criminal organization of thieves and the main antagonists of the series. They make their headquarters on one of the Canary Islands and use the academy there to train their new recruits for a one-year semester. As of the end of Season 2, V.I.L.E. Island was destroyed after the V.I.L.E. Faculty believed that A.C.M.E. had found their location. V.I.L.E. was then relocated to a castle in Scotland in Season 3.

The Faculty[edit]

A council of five masterminds who are the leaders of V.I.L.E., the instructors of V.I.L.E. Academy and the primary antagonists of the series and who Carmen considered the only family she knew before betraying them. They each have equal authority, and reach decisions by a majority vote; thus they ensure an odd number is always present.

  • Professor Gunnar Maelstrom (voiced by Liam O'Brien) – A Norwegian psychiatrist and teacher of psychological manipulation. Sinister and quite psychotic, often the classic Machiavellian type villain and coming off as creepy to the V.I.L.E. graduates and faculty. Unlike his 1994 series counterpart, he is part of V.I.L.E. itself, often acts as the leader, a mediator and head spokesperson for the faculty as a group.
  • Coach Brunt (voiced by Mary Elizabeth McGlynn) – A Texan coach and teacher of combat and physical training. She was Carmen's favorite teacher, and the two had soft spots for each other. Carmen always thought that Coach Brunt was the one who found her, so the two shared a good relationship. Brunt, like the other faculty members, was quite upset over Carmen's betrayal. However, it seems that Carmen still has a soft spot for Coach Brunt. This is thought when Carmen gets altitude sickness and mistakes Dr. Pilar as Coach Brunt, saying that she always knew it was Coach Brunt who found her as a baby (however, that honor is revealed to go to Shadowsan).
  • Countess Cleo (voiced by Toks Olagundoye) – An Egyptian wealthy debutant and teacher of culture, class, and forgery, possibly a reference to the Contessa, a recurring villain from the World gameshow. She seems to not really care that much about Carmen, and always tries to use her etiquette lessons to get rid of Carmen's rebellious streak. Her crimes deal with obtaining fine art and fashion which she keeps for short periods before selling them off.
  • Dr. Saira Bellum (voiced by Sharon Muthu) – An Indian mad scientist and V.I.L.E.'s master inventor; teacher of technology and science and much like her 1994 animated series counterpart, is the main technical expert, responsible for creating all of the many gadgets and tools V.I.L.E. uses in their heists and schemes. She is shown to be slightly more reasonable than the other faculty, though still willing to destroy the food supply of Indonesia just to shill in a market for an artificial commercial brand; she also has trouble understanding metaphors. She tends to multitask even during council meetings, focusing on numerous screens of information, much to Maelstrom's annoyance. It is shown on multiple occasions that she is a cat lover.
  • Roundabout / Nigel Braithwaite (voiced by Trevor Devall) – A senior V.I.L.E. operative and British MI6 double-agent who takes the place of Shadowsan in the end of season 2. He utilizes his influence in British Intelligence to give V.I.L.E. a leg up on any law-enforcement that may zero in on their operations, as well as divert attention away with proper diversionary substance. Like his namesake, he speaks in the manner of one who received a prodigious education, but also uses that vernacular to imply something without saying so and leading people into how he wants them. In Season 3, he is revealed to be a talented fencer. By the end of season 3, he was exposed to rest of the world as a criminal for stealing the Crown Jewels thanks to Player by uploading a video of him stealing them. He was arrested, but the cleaners rescued him.

Operatives[edit]

  • Tigress / Sheena (voiced by Kari Wahlgren) – A spy with a literal catsuit and mask to match her namesake, who is particularly antagonistic toward Carmen, even while at the Academy. She is based on the character of the same name from the original 1994 animated series; though, unlike the original, who was nothing more than a disguise donned by Ivy, Tigress is a separate person in the 2019 continuum. She is the longest-running combatant against Carmen, who felt like she needed to prove she was better than Tigress at pick-pocketing due to Tigress acing a test set by Shadowsan that Carmen failed (however, this is only because Shadowsan cheated so Carmen could fail). Tigress also dislikes Paper Star. In the interactive game it is shown that in spite of her dislike of Carmen, Tigress is still capable of returning the favor if Carmen helps her out, showing that she has a sense of honor.
  • El Topo / Antonio (voiced by Andrew Pifko) and Le Chevre / Jean Paul (voiced by Bernardo de Paula) – A pair of V.I.L.E. operatives who used to be in Carmen's group of friends before she left. El Topo is a wisecracking Spanish spy with streamlined powerful digging gauntlets, while Le Chevre is a no-nonsense French spy with incredible parkour skills. In the interactive game, if Carmen works with El Topo, he holds no hostility towards her, stating his belief they are just pawns in the game of life; Le Chev on the other hand, will taunt her.
  • Paper Star (voiced by Kimiko Glenn) – A psychopathic master of origami weapons, she is Maelstrom's favorite pupil. While on the contrary, Shadowsan rightfully believes Paper Star to be too psychotic to carryout orders, as Paper Star refused to hand over the stolen goods to Le Chevre per V.I.L.E. protocol. Paper Star has little combat experience outside of her origami techniques; whenever they have been negated, Carmen has gained the upper hand.
  • Mime Bomb – A silent spy and snitch; dresses as a mime artist for public camouflage. He is usually used by the faculty to spy on the students, which is also how the faculty found out that Carmen had stowed away. However, they sometimes wonder if it was a good idea to hire a mime as a spy since they can't really understand what he's trying to say though he does communicate through charades or sign language.
  • The Cleaners / Boris and Vlad (voiced by Liam O'Brien) – Two men who are not just the cleaning crew at V.I.L.E. Academy but also the men-in-black who are deployed to extricate V.I.L.E. members who have failed their missions by being apprehended and "Scrub" any evidence of V.I.L.E.'s existence. The duo rarely speak, but are diligent in their jobs. They work quickly, quietly, and without complaint. As Shadowsan notes, they are without fear. Vlad is shorter than Boris and has brown hair and eyebrows with a sharper chin than him. He possesses a more tired expression as well. His hair is revealed to be balding. Boris's chin is more square and blunt than Vlad's and is taller than him. His hair and eyebrows are black and tilted. They both have somewhat wrinkly faces with their hair cut short. Their attire changes depending on their part in missions but they mainly wear pale green-grey shirts and pants with a black belt. During a costume party in the episode "The Haunted Bayou Caper", Boris dresses as Frankenstein, and Vlad as Count Dracula. They are based on Rick and Nick ICK, commonly known as The ICK Brothers, a pair of V.I.L.E. henchmen who had similar jobs, seen in the 1996 edition of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, who were assigned to "clean up" the evidence of V.I.L.E.'s whereabouts. However, the brothers' incompetence always ends up creating more messes for V.I.L.E.'s members as ACME's detectives continue to pursue them.
  • Cookie Booker (voiced by Rita Moreno) – V.I.L.E.'s bookkeeper and financier; she believes in white collar crime above other forms. Rita Moreno was the voice of Carmen Sandiego in the 1994 animated series, a connection subtly referenced when Carmen steals her trademark outfit from Booker as a kind of "passing of the torch."
  • Dash Haber (voiced by Troy Baker) – Countess Cleo's executive courier and personal assistant. Dash Haber's main weapon is his hat, which is embellished with razor-sharp blades and can be thrown. His name is a pun of the word haberdasher.
  • Neal the Eel (voiced by Rhys Darby) – A New Zealand thief that wears a wet suit allowing him to slip through vents, tight spaces and anyone that attempts to grab him. He mostly works for Dr. Bellum and rarely teams up with another agent. His offensive weapons are a pair of tasers.
  • Spin Kick (voiced by Dante Basco) – A member of V.I.L.E. Academy's newest graduated class that specializes in kickboxing and partnered with Fly Trap. Carmen simply avoids him as they are too evenly matched.
  • Fly Trap (voiced by Sarah-Nicole Robles) – A member of V.I.L.E. Academy's newest graduated class that wields a pair of bolas and partnered with Spin Kick. Carmen outwits her by using the bolas in ricochet attacks to catch Fly Trap off guard.
  • The Troll (voiced by Osric Chau) – A Korean skilled internet hacker and computer tech who is like an evil counterpart to Player. Though it is unknown if The Troll is also a white-hat hacker, he has demonstrated as high a proficiency in encryption breaking, hacking and data collection as Player. The Troll hates it when people call him simply "Troll", though he admits that it's not always best to pronounce it that way.

Former[edit]

  • Graham Calloway (voiced by Michael Goldsmith) – Also known as Gray or Crackle, Graham is Carmen's former best friend at V.I.L.E. Academy. However, after a failed mission, Graham had his memories erased by Bellum. He returned to Australia where he met up with Carmen once again (only this time, he didn't remember her) and asked her out on a date. However she left before she even got there, because she thought that Gray had a chance to start over, and that Carmen Sandiego would ruin that chance. In "The Crackle Goes Kiwi Caper", Carmen recruits him to help her infiltrate Dr. Bellum's New Zealand lab, but upon his realizing Carmen's true mission, he helps destroy Bellum's experiment; they then finally have that date and talk more. By the end of season 3, it's revealed that Graham has been spied on by A.C.M.E. since then, acknowledging that he is the last and only link they have to Carmen, and it is hinted they intend to bring him in.
  • Dexter Wolfe / The Wolf – Carmen's father and Shadowsan's predecessor as a member of the V.I.L.E. Faculty and Stealth 101 Professor. Wolfe was a master thief who was often allowed to leave V.I.L.E. Island due to his expertise, though he preferred stealing for the thrill rather than for selfish gain. However, when Carmen was born, the rest of the faculty realized that he was planning to leave the organization and sent Shadowsan to assassinate him. By this point, he was attempting to make his escape with Baby Carmen to be reunited with his wife "Vera Cruz" but was accidentally killed instead by the current Chief of A.C.M.E. after hiding Carmen in the closet, leaving her to be taken to V.I.L.E. Island by Shadowsan.

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
19January 18, 2019 (2019-01-18)
210October 1, 2019 (2019-10-01)
SpecialMarch 10, 2020 (2020-03-10)
35October 1, 2020 (2020-10-01)
48January 15, 2021 (2021-01-15)

Season 1 (2019)[edit]

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11"Becoming Carmen Sandiego" (Part 1)Jos Humphrey and Kenny ParkDuane CapizziJanuary 18, 2019 (2019-01-18)
In the present, Carmen Sandiego robs the Poitiers estate of Countess Cleo, a V.I.L.E. Academy professor, and is pursued by French Interpol Inspector Chase Devineaux and his junior partner Julia Argent. Fleeing the scene on a train to Paris, Carmen is cornered by her old classmate Graham, a V.I.L.E. Agent nicknamed "Gray" by her and codenamed "Crackle" – as she lured him to a train knowing there was a tracker in the item she stole. In the past, Carmen, a mischievous orphan, grows up on V.I.L.E. Isle and enrolls in V.I.L.E. Academy, a school for thieves, the academy’s youngest person to do so. Given the code name Black Sheep by her mentor Coach Brunt, she makes fast friends and enemies. When pickpocketing a phone from a staff member, she is called by a white hat hacker called "Player" who hacked into the V.I.L.E. network, and the two build a covert friendship. When Black Sheep takes her final exams, she fails a test with Professor Shadowsan, and cannot graduate, but secretly sneaks aboard the graduates’ helicopter to their mission.
22"Becoming Carmen Sandiego" (Part 2)Jos Humphrey and Kenny ParkDuane CapizziJanuary 18, 2019 (2019-01-18)
Seeing her classmates going on their first mission, Carmen crashes the graduates' caper, after touching down at an archaeological dig site near Casablanca, Morocco. There, Carmen meets with the dig leader and develops an appreciation for history and culture, but the camp soon comes under attack by the graduates. She saves the dig leader from Gray, but is captured and returned to V.I.L.E. Isle. Now, knowing the truth about V.I.L.E., she makes a new plan: stealing from them to dissolve the organization. Recovering her phone, she calls Player and narrowly escapes, stealing a hard-drive with all of V.I.L.E.'s funding and prospective capers for the next year. As she leaves, she takes the name "Carmen Sandiego" from the fashion store brand stitched onto her hat. Back in the present, she recounts her origin to Crackle, who she defeats and leaves for Inspector Devineaux. Meanwhile, Agent Argent finds the stolen diamond from the dig in Morocco; Carmen left it to be recovered by the authorities, instead taking back her old matryoshka dolls she had left behind on the island and that Graham had used for his bait, and makes her escape through Paris’ canals.
33"The Sticky Rice Caper"Kenny ParkMay ChanJanuary 18, 2019 (2019-01-18)
Escaping on the River Seine, a pair of unidentified agents pursue Carmen, but she escapes with the help of her partners: Boston twin siblings Zack and Ivy. Player navigates the trio to a secret lab in Java, Indonesia, where V.I.L.E. is developing a fungus designed to destroy the country's rice supply- after which, they would promote their V.I.L.E. imitation rice (although according to Carmen, the imitation was terrible, so even if V.I.L.E. succeeded, it’s likely that no one would buy it). Meanwhile, before Devineaux and Argent can interview Crackle, the "Cleaners" pick him up and take him back to V.I.L.E. Isle, erasing all evidence he was there. V.I.L.E. also orders Tigress, Carmen's class rival, to intercept her. Carmen's team track the supply truck carrying the bioweapon to a shadow-puppet festival, planning to covertly disperse the fungus in fireworks. Carmen engages Tigress in combat and is defeated, but Zack and Ivy successfully remove and destroy the fungus during the fight. Back on V.I.L.E. island, Crackle is brought before Dr. Bellum for debriefing, and she plugs a device on his head. The next day, the two unknown agents get a call from their Chief to begin "Plan B".
44"The Fishy Doubloon Caper"Jos HumphreyBecky TinkerJanuary 18, 2019 (2019-01-18)
While exploring a shipwreck off the coast of Ecuador, Carmen stumbles upon hidden treasure in the form of an old gold coin, but her old classmate "El Topo" battles her underwater for it while his partner "Le Chevre" confronts Zack and Ivy. The chase continues to the mainland after a tuna swallows it, gets caught by fishermen and then later to be sold at a fish auction. Carmen meets with local archaeologist; Dr. Pilar Marquez, who tells Carmen of the historical value of the Ecuadorian doubloon back in the 19th Century, prompting Carmen to find it and return it to the doctor. Chevre and Topo also pursue the coin, believing that if Carmen is after it, then it must be worth a fortune. Reaching a fish market in Quito, Carmen faints from altitude sickness, but Pilar finds and treats her. After Zack and Ivy find the right fish at the auction, a fight with Topo and Chevre allows Carmen a chance to reclaim the coin without their knowing. Carmen gives the coin to Pilar, and the two part ways as friends, as Carmen must intercept another V.I.L.E. target in the Rijksmuseum. Meanwhile, as Devineaux and Argent part ways after a long day, the two agents kidnap Devineaux to have a holographic conference call with the Chief of A.C.M.E, who is determined to prove the existence of V.I.L.E. and believes Carmen can lead them to it. But during the call, Argent finds them and both she and Devineaux are recruited to A.C.M.E.
55"The Duke of Vermeer Caper"Kenny ParkGreg ErnstromJanuary 18, 2019 (2019-01-18)
In Amsterdam, Carmen goes undercover to stop Countess Cleo, who's been replacing priceless paintings with forgeries and plans to sell them off to the highest bidder. Carmen steals the last Vermeer painting on the list, and sets up a meeting. But awaiting their contact, Zack mistakenly opens the door to Cleo's assistant; Dash Haber and, as "The Duke", accepts the invitation to a dinner party and auction, giving the crew only 24 hours to save the mission; while Devineaux and Argent search for "The Dutchess", unaware that she is Carmen's alias. After preparing and following Zack, Carmen spots and eludes a following Devineaux. As Zack meets with and distracts the Countess at the dinner, Carmen infiltrates her Swiss manor to switch the stolen Vermeer collection with blanks. When dessert is being handed out, Cleo serves Caviar, and Zack, who has a fear of fish, is saved when Devineaux arrives to warn them and the party guests that Carmen Sandiego is near; coincidentally allowing Carmen more time to steal all the paintings. Zack then points out the window and Devineaux sees a woman with a red cloak motor-skiing away, prompting the agent to give chase after her, while inadvertently saving Zack from suspicion. Cleo declares the party over and later finds her collection gone. Devineaux catches up with "Carmen", but it turns out to be Ivy pretending to be a tourist in a red cloak, while Zack and Carmen escape with the paintings. The next day, A.C.M.E. finds the chateau destroyed and no trace remaining, as well as all Vermeer paintings returned. Meanwhile in Sydney, Crackle gets off a bus in front of the Sydney Opera House.
66"The Opera in the Outback Caper"Jos HumphreyBecky TinkerJanuary 18, 2019 (2019-01-18)
In Australia at the Sydney Opera House during an Opera, Carmen finds Crackle, not recognizing her and going by Graham again. Carmen later finds and fights Le Chevre, who deploys a low-frequency sound-wave generating device on the show and it's audience, including Carmen, and leaves. Player analyzes Carmen's commlink device's data and finds a hypnotic subliminal message in it by Dr. Saira Bellum directed at Jeanine Dennam, a Helio-Gem rocket scientist who was in the audience. Outside, after the opera, Graham asks Carmen, who was asking for his help in finding a outback guide, out on a date. Reaching the outback next day, Carmen and her team tour around Uluru as the Helio-Gem base is nearby. Player and Carmen then deduce V.I.L.E.'s plan: launch a defective "Boomerang" rocket to rain debris over the outback, forcing Helio-Gem out and allowing V.I.L.E. to take over their contracts. At the launch station, Zack and Ivy protect Dennam, while Carmen keeps the rocket grounded. As El Topo hacks the station's audio system to play the trigger music, Zack and Ivy restrain Dennam, but Carmen falls victim to the hypnosis and starts the 3 minute launch sequence. Zack and Ivy handle Topo and Chevre respectively, and once Carmen returns to normal, she stops the rocket. When Carmen goes to meet Graham, she decides that he'll be better off without 'Carmen Sandiego' back in his life. While on the Isle of V.I.L.E., Professor Maelstrom assigns the next agent to fight Carmen Sandiego.
77"The Chasing Paper Caper"Kenny ParkGreg ErnstromJanuary 18, 2019 (2019-01-18)
Professor Gunnar Maelstrom schemes to steal all 17 pages of the Magna Carta, with origami weapons expert; Paper Star, despite Shadowsan's viewing Paper Star as unpredictable. In Mumbai, India, Carmen predicts Maelstrom's plan and fights defensively, but is restrained and unable to stop Paper Star. When Le Chevre meets Paper Star at the rendezvous, she paper-cuts his hands to make him confess the next drop location in Agra, seeing him as an "easy mark" for capture. Player finds Paper Star on surveillance and he and Carmen track her to a train in Agra City, where Devineaux and Argent are also on. Carmen gets confronted by Devineaux in a car, but manages to cuff him to a seat and swipes his A.C.M.E. ID Card. She then meets and greets Argent in the dining car for a short talk before leaving; Argent realizes that she met Carmen and looks for Devineaux. Carmen and Paper Star clash again, but Carmen gets the upper hand by leading the fight to the roof where the wind counters the origami weapons. As Carmen retrieves the Magna Carta, Argent finds Devineaux, and Carmen covertly leaves the Magna Carta for Argent. When asking Player to hack Devineaux's A.C.M.E. keycard, she finds that Paper Star took it off her during their fight. Back on The Isle of V.I.L.E., Paper Star submits the A.C.M.E. keycard as a consolation prize.
88"The Lucky Cat Caper"Jos HumphreyMay ChanJanuary 18, 2019 (2019-01-18)
In foggy San Francisco, Carmen attends an elegant charity auction. After buying a car for Zack, she discovers Mime Bomb stole a rare stamp worth $10,000,000. Following him to Chinatown, he stashed the stamp in a maneki-neko. Shadowsan sends in Tigress to pick up the stamp, and Coach Brunt secretly sends the Cleaners as unseen backup, while Bellum is trying to hack the A.C.M.E. ID card. As Carmen battles Tigress over the maneki-neko, tricking her with bait & switch, the statue was Mime Bomb's diversion to hold the real stamp. After encountering Devineaux and Argent, he slips the stamp into Devineaux's coat. At Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, Tigress rendezvouses with Mime Bomb and covertly steals the stamp from Devineaux's coat; leading Carmen, and by extent Devineaux, on a car chase to the Golden Gate Bridge. Devineaux crashes his A.C.M.E. car into the bay, while the Cleaners rendezvous to get Tigress, but Carmen manages to swipe the stamp from her and escape with Tigress' phone to call V.I.L.E. and gloat. Despite the defeat, Dr. Bellum announces she learned the owner of the A.C.M.E. ID Card: Chase Devineaux.
99"The French Connection Caper"Kenny ParkDuane CapizziJanuary 18, 2019 (2019-01-18)
Studying Devineaux, the Faculty find he is always there where Carmen appears, seeing him as a partner. Shadowsan and Brunt are elected to interrogate Devineaux. After debrief with Chief, Devineaux accuses Argent of being Carmen Sandiego's "silent partner", and upon returning home, the Cleaners capture him and leave a message on the Dark Web for Carmen. Arriving in Poitiers, Zack & Ivy each disguise as Carmen to lure the Faculty members out, but when Brunt corners Zack, she realizes the trick and races back. Before passing out, Devineaux calls the Chief, who greets Carmen before alerting Argent to his location. Before Carmen can move Devineaux, Brunt returns and overwhelms Carmen, making one final offer to return, which Carmen rejects. As Brunt attempts to bear hugs Carmen to death, Shadowsan returns and stuns Brunt unconscious. He then helps Carmen escape before authorities arrive, but Brunt awakens also and escapes before capture. Elsewhere, Shadowsan reveals that it was he who found Carmen 20 years ago, intentionally failing her knowing that she'd reject V.I.L.E.'s mission. He tried joining her escape, but she got away without him, but not before he sabotaged the Cleaner's air-transport. Argent reports to Chief of Devineaux's condition, and The Chief believes Carmen took his keycard to lure Devineaux into a trap; Argent remains uncertain. As Shadowsan vanishes, he leaves behind another V.I.L.E. hard-drive for Carmen's next series of capers.

Season 2 (2019)[edit]

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101"The Hot Rocks of Rio Caper" (Part 1)Jos HumphreyBecky TinkerOctober 1, 2019 (2019-10-01)
One week after learning Shadowsan's true alignment, Carmen's mind is too distracted and fumbles on a mission in Prague, but still gets a clue of uncut Alexandrite, learning V.I.L.E. is selling the stone source for funding in Rio de Janeiro. The Faculty debate Shadowsan's fate as he is missing, as Le Chevre reports mission success in the Alexandrite mining. Meanwhile, Devineaux wakes up and gives details of Brunt & Shadowsan, but Chief has him put on permanent leave for his recklessness and is forced to go back to Interpol to work a boring desk job; Argent is partnered with Agent Zari and sent to Rio after CrimeNet deduced Carmen to be there. In Rio, Ivy & Zack get information from a dealer, and come upon Le Chevre who flees. A distressed Carmen is invited by a kind family to dinner, and they inform her of a likely V.I.L.E. safe house. There, Carmen finds a tunnel to the V.I.L.E. mining operation, but is caught by Tigress, Le Chevre and El Topo. Shadowsan then steps out of the shadows to congratulate them.
112"The Hot Rocks of Rio Caper" (Part 2)Kenny ParkGreg ErnstromOctober 1, 2019 (2019-10-01)
Shadowsan elaborates to the V.I.L.E. agents about his scarcity as being on Carmen's trail while pretending to earn her trust, but he drops a code phrase which informs Carmen of his true allegiance. When Le Chevre states an inaccuracy, Shadowsan uses his position to detain him and takes Carmen away. Tigress informs the Faculty of Shadowsan being there, relaying his story which reveals his treachery, and they contemplate the extent of his infiltration. Elsewhere, Carmen's crew work with Shadowsan, while Argent and Zari follow sightings of Carmen. During Rio Carnival, Carmen's team realize V.I.L.E.'s planning to use Carnival as cover to use a Duck boat to covertly deliver the gems from Rio to Prague, and find a stray Dragon float. Intercepting on the water, Carmen and Shadowsan successfully retrieve the gemstones, and disguise the float as a duck to escape. Carmen uses her charity foundation, Black Sheep Inc., to open a community fund for the family that gave her dinner and their neighbors, with the value of the gemstones. As Shadowsan ponders what to do now that he blew his cover, Carmen invites him to join her. Agents Argent & Zari find them, but lose the thieves in the crowd, but an image capture of Shadowsan inadvertently links Carmen to V.I.L.E.
123"The Daisho Caper"Kenny ParkGreg ErnstromOctober 1, 2019 (2019-10-01)
As Carmen awakes in Matsumoto, Nagano, Shadowsan has once more vanished. At Matsumoto Castle, she learns Shadowsan's Katana is part of a Daishō, realizing he stole the other half of the pair. Meeting with him, Shadowsan aims to return the katana, having stolen it as initiation as a thief. Carmen encounters Paper Star, who distracts her so Lady Dokuso, a veteran V.I.L.E. agent, can retrieve the Tantō; reporting her success, she is offered to replace Shadowsan should she prevail. Carmen meets Shadowsan, learning his true name 'Suhara' from the curator, who is revealed by him to be his elder brother- Hideo. Shadowsan explains that, while Hideo was content with his scholar's livelihood, Suhara was not content living poor and became a thief. To prove himself, he stole the katana while Hideo saved the Tantō, and has regretted the choice ever since. Now understanding, Ivy covertly disarms the guards before Shadowsan fights, while Carmen fights Paper Star for the Tantō and entraps her. As Dokuso poisons Shadowsan into being temporarily paralyzed, Carmen arrives and forces Dokuso to flee. They return the Daishō to Matsumoto Castle, and Suhara pleads with Hideo. While he still does not forgive Suhara, he allows him to return the sword. Shadowsan then joins Carmen's crew, no longer calling Japan home.
134"The Fashionista Caper"Jos HumphreyBecky TinkerOctober 1, 2019 (2019-10-01)
After failing to stop V.I.L.E. Agent Dash Haber from stealing smart-fabric in Greece, Player finds chatter leading the team to Fashion Fest in Milan, where V.I.L.E.'s plan will be enacted and Shadowsan deduces that Countess Cleo and Dr. Bellum are working together on a caper, likely an idea from an operative aiming to replace him as Faculty. V.I.L.E. accountant Cookie Booker, in a bid for Shadowsan's old seat, coordinates with Bellum & Cleo in a plan to save V.I.L.E. from debt. Eavesdropping, Carmen learns Dash Haber is adding the smart-fabric to supermodel attire to mind control the models, part of the plan to abscond with original Medici 14th Century attire. After evading A.C.M.E., Carmen enlists Argent's aid in securing the gowns, and fights off the mind-controlled models in a secluded space. Once Shadowsan swipes Haber's weaponized chapeau, he and Carmen destroy the mind-control hats, and stop V.I.L.E.'s plan. Taking Shadowsan to a clothing store, he changes his attire to something not as ostentatious as his Wafuku and Player finds a possible HQ location for the crew to have, which coincidentally happens to be the warehouse of the same brand of Carmen’s hat she used to escape from the island. On the Isle of V.I.L.E., as Booker's application as Faculty is denied, other operatives are being looked at for the position.
145"The Boston Tea Party Caper"Kenny ParkBecky TinkerOctober 1, 2019 (2019-10-01)
As Carmen's team look at the warehouse building in San Diego for a possible stationery HQ, they tell Shadowsan the story of how they all first meet on their very first heist: the Donut Shop Caper. One year ago, Zack & Ivy were a brother-sister racing team trying to earn prize money so they could get out of Southie, but after Zack loses against his rival racer silver spoon Trey Sterling and busts up his car in the process, the siblings had to ask gangster Shark Head Eddie for help, as he was the one who loaned them the money for the car. Eddie gave them a simple job- rob a donut shop which was a front for, according to Eddie, the Mob. It was there they encountered Carmen, who had to keep them safe as V.I.L.E. used the donut shop as a front for printing money with stolen treasury plates. V.I.L.E.'s plan was to print money as a way of buying prime real estate in Boston to expand their influence and enterprises. Despite Carmen's efforts to keep them away, the siblings still gave her help in finding and destroying V.I.L.E.'s money printing, making their own tea party. Realizing they have nothing in Boston, and to avoid Eddie, the siblings opt to join Carmen on her globe trotting capers. Hearing their story, Shadowsan also adds that the V.I.L.E. Faculty had no idea how dangerous Carmen was to them until now. Following the story, Player relays V.I.L.E.'s plan to steal the world's fastest electric car in Dubai, and the team sets out again.
156"The Need For Speed Caper"Jos HumphreyGreg ErnstromOctober 1, 2019 (2019-10-01)
V.I.L.E. operative 'The Mechanic' comes from London with a plan: steal the most advanced car in the world to make a fleet of V.I.L.E. super-getaway-cars. As Shadowsan coordinates with Player, Carmen's team go to Dubai to steal the super car to keep it away from V.I.L.E. As they infiltrate a Palm Jumeirah gala, Zack and Ivy come across Trey Sterling and his father Sterling Sterling, the latter who is supportive of the two unlike Trey. As the caper goes off, Zack is triggered by posters of Trey and makes a scene stealing the car which lands him and Ivy in jail. However, an impressed Sterling Sr. bails them out and offers them a job under him, while Carmen is angered that they risked the mission and calls them amateurs. This leads to the siblings coming to the conclusion that they weren’t meant for the life of thievery and ponder on whether or not to take Sterling Sr.’s offer. The next morning, Ivy & Zack find Trey tied-up realizing his "girlfriend" was a V.I.L.E. agent, 'The Driver', and follow her across Dubai. Clashing with The Mechanic & The Driver in a getaway blimp, Team Carmen save the car. Afterwards, Carmen waits for Zack and Ivy, who have turned down Sterling Sr.’s offer and rejoin her. As thanks, Carmen buys the warehouse to give the two roots to call home, and Player then calls with a lead in Moscow; Carmen and Shadowsan go, while Zack and Ivy stay behind to remodel their new home.
167"The Crackle Goes Kiwi Caper"Jos HumphreySteven MelchingOctober 1, 2019 (2019-10-01)
In Moscow, Shadowsan and Carmen encounter Neal the Eel at the Kremlin, but he escapes. Player learns Neal stole schematics of "The Trip Wire" EMP weapon, which Dr. Bellum will likely improve upon. With Neal involved, Shadowsan deduces Bellum's lab to be in New Zealand. Player urges they need to have a skilled electrician on-site to manage the power grid hack, suggesting Crackle, despite Carmen's wish to protect Graham. Still recruiting him in Sydney for 'a charity opera', they fly him to Auckland. As Graham's memories in V.I.L.E. were wiped, Shadowsan stays at their warehouse HQ, not risking triggering any V.I.L.E. memories or impulses. In the lab, Carmen deletes all Trip Wire data, but runs into Neal upon exiting. As Graham starts the "encore," he realizes the deception, enters Bellum's lab and finds Carmen mid-caper. She exfils Graham to the roof, but Bellum holds Auckland hostage for her capitulation. At the roof, Graham's subconscious V.I.L.E. training allows him to sabotage the Trip Wire, which Bellum destroys activating. Carmen finally has coffee with Graham, content V.I.L.E. is unaware of his involvement. Elsewhere, A.C.M.E. tracks Carmen and learns about Graham, believing him to be of use.
178"The Stockholm Syndrome Caper"Kenny Park and Mike WestBenjamin TownsendOctober 1, 2019 (2019-10-01)
With only Four members, V.I.L.E.'s Faculty reach an impasse on whether or not to abandon V.I.L.E. Isle. They ultimately decide to do so once their current class graduates, and motivates them to hunt down Carmen Sandiego. Elsewhere in Stockholm, Ivy dresses as Carmen to play decoy with A.C.M.E. agents, while Argent petitions the Chief to allow her a chance to recruit Carmen- which is approved. Alone, Carmen finds and talks with Argent about stopping a major V.I.L.E. plan; but when Zari spots Ivy is a decoy, Argent's plan is revoked and Carmen is swarmed by ACME agents. Barely escaping, Carmen is hit by tranquilizer gas while escaping, causing her to glide crashing into a forest; and Argent is incensed by Chief's actions. Meanwhile, V.I.L.E. agents Otter Man and Moose Boy capture Ivy, thinking her to be Carmen. With both the girls missing, Player directs Zack to find Ivy, trusting Carmen's survival skills. As Ivy escapes Otter and Moose, she also recovers stolen Gold Codes to complete Carmen's original mission, and reunites with Zack. Carmen reluctantly uses Argent's A.C.M.E. pen, having swiped it earlier, as a last resort. She activates it to call Chief for help, but faints from the cold before she can ask. It is believed she got frostbite and is later given over to her team to get medical help as a show of trust between them.
189"The African Ice Caper"Jos HumphreySteven MelchingOctober 1, 2019 (2019-10-01)
Carmen's team admit her to a hospital for treatment, then move her to HQ while Shadowsan completes her missions as she recovers. Meanwhile, Devineaux analyzes all of Carmen's past capers, realizing the only anomaly is an isle of the Canary Islands with no data. As Carmen works to recover, she heads to Botswana which Player connects to an illegal diamond mining operation. Meanwhile, V.I.L.E. operative "Roundabout" informs Maelstrom of Shadowsan's involvement on a mission, compromising their mining operation. As Carmen's team discover the operation's extent and locate Brunt, Tigress corners Carmen until Zack and Ivy help to subdue her. Carmen calls the Chief for help, and Player transmits a visual of the Chief to Shadowsan, who recognizes her, and asks him to trace the signal. As the authorities raid the mine, they narrowly escape a trap, giving "proof" to V.I.L.E. of Carmen's collusion with A.C.M.E. On a train to the airport, Carmen promises Chief a better outcome next time, later captured by Brunt and the Cleaners. Waking up, Brunt doesn't kill her, but informs her that Shadowsan killed her father the night "he found her", leaving her tied-up to reel from the revelation.
1910"The Deep Dive Caper"Kenny Park and Mike WestDuane CapizziOctober 1, 2019 (2019-10-01)
Carmen ventures to the now destroyed Isle of V.I.L.E. to crack the main databank. Devineaux, stranded on the island following Carmen's trail, starts a fire and is then rescued, but was fired during his absence. After recovering the data, Carmen learns her father was Dexter Wolfe, codenamed "The Wolf"; V.I.L.E. Faculty and Shadowsan's predecessor as professor of stealth and thievery. Confronting Shadowsan, he reveals Wolfe was mostly absent as a teacher, but always delivered results. The Faculty then learned of his planning to leave V.I.L.E., ordering Shadowsan to remove him. After finding Wolfe's secret family life, Interpol swarmed Wolfe's home that night before Shadowsan could carry out the mission, and Wolfe was accidentally killed by Agent Tamara Fraser, the now Chief of A.C.M.E. After burning Wolfe's house per protocol, Shadowsan saved baby Carmen and her Matryoshka dolls; the Faculty then voted to keep her lineage secret and induct Shadowsan in Wolfe’s place. After Player tracks the Chief in Seattle, Carmen confronts her and leaves behind a V.I.L.E. data-drive, which allows Player to hack A.C.M.E. and corroborate Shadowsan's account. From that file, Carmen also learns her mother "Vera Cruz" faked her death and is somewhere in the world and now sets out to find her as a secondary mission. Enraged by the hack, Chief Fraser reinstates Devineaux to hunt down Carmen, which he gleefully accepts.

Special (2020)[edit]

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20"Carmen Sandiego: To Steal or Not to Steal"Jos Humphrey and Kenny Park; Co-Directed by: Mike WestDuane Capizzi, May Chan, Sam Nesson, & Susan O’Connor T: Greg Erstrom, & Becky TinkerMarch 10, 2020 (2020-03-10)
This is an interactive movie. While attempting to steal from a V.I.L.E. building, Carmen learns that her friends, Zack and Ivy, have been kidnapped by V.I.L.E., who threaten to brainwash them into being V.I.L.E. henchmen unless Carmen steals some objects for them. There are multiple endings that can be taken. Upon finding the good endings, a bonus scene will be unlocked, with all of the cast members but Carmen and the Chief singing the theme song from the 1990s game show.

Season 3 (2020)[edit]

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211"The Luchadora Tango Caper"Jos HumphreyDuane CapizziOctober 1, 2020 (2020-10-01)
V.I.L.E. relocates to a Scotland castle, with Roundabout, now as the fifth faculty member, still working his double life on their behalf. Roundabout reveals that after weeks and upon months of being off the grid, Carmen has been spotted first in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and then Veracruz, Mexico. Carmen is searching for clues to her mother's identity, befriending a friendly luchadora in the process: a masked wrestler named Lupe Peligro. Brunt decides to go one last time herself to bring Carmen in, stealing a luchadora mask to hide her face. Carmen teams up with Lupe to beat Brunt, who flees back to V.I.L.E. in anger, all while A.C.M.E. agents, Julia and the newly rehired Chase, zone in on her.
222"The Day of the Dead Caper"Mike WestSharon FlynnOctober 1, 2020 (2020-10-01)
As Mexico City celebrates Día de los Muertos – The Day of the Dead – Carmen tracks a young art thief who just might be recruited into V.I.L.E. by one of Cleo's art contacts. The Faculty celebrate Halloween, with an enthusiastic Maelstrom embracing the holiday. Carmen convinces the recruit to use her skills for helping others; the thief takes it to heart and begins tracking down all the art she helped steal. Meanwhile, Shadowsan leads V.I.L.E.'s new graduate agents, Spin Kick and Fly Trap, on a wild goose chase to keep them off Carmen's trail. Julia decides to quit A.C.M.E. to work in a university; having become tired of Chief's distrust towards Carmen.
233"The Haunted Bayou Caper"Jos HumphreyKathryn LynOctober 1, 2020 (2020-10-01)
In New Orleans, a celebrity chef hosts a costume gala at his spooky mansion. V.I.L.E. sends Tigress, Paper Star and the Cleaners to steal the charity money digitally with the help of The Troll's retinal scan app. Carmen's Team goes undercover to save him as Chase, now partnerless, tries his hardest not to bumble and destroy his A.C.M.E. gear; however, Carmen evades him at every step. Zack and Ivy manage to keep the chef away from V.I.L.E until the midnight deadline forces them to give up.
244"The Masks of Venice Caper"Mike WestSteven MelchingOctober 1, 2020 (2020-10-01)
V.I.L.E. plots to steal priceless masks from a museum in Venice, Italy. Shadowsan's brother, Hideo, is also there, having lent Japanese artifacts. Chase is partnered with Agent Zari, due to the Chief's growing frustration at his lack of capturing Carmen or a V.I.L.E. agent, and they inform museum security of "Carmen's" incoming theft. Mime Bomb and Neal the Eel are sent to commit the theft, forcing Shadowsan to meet his brother and explain that he and Carmen are hiding the artifacts from the real thieves. After duping the V.I.L.E. goons into taking fake masks during a boat chase, Carmen is caught by Chase; however, he is surprised that she hands over the real ones, making him realize Julia was right all along. Shadowsan makes amends with his brother, who tells him that he will be welcomed home once his fight against V.I.L.E. is over. Meanwhile, as Neal and Mime Bomb realise they've been duped, Mime Bomb tries to warn Neal of incoming police, but he is misunderstood and instead dives into the water, leaving Neal to be arrested. At V.I.L.E. Castle, Roundabout reassures the rest of the V.I.L.E. Faculty that Neal the Eel will be released and that an elaborate trap will be set for Carmen Sandiego that she will not be able to resist.
255"The Jolly Good Show Caper"Jos HumphreyGreg ErnstromOctober 1, 2020 (2020-10-01)
In London, Carmen and her crew break into the Tower of London to stop V.I.L.E. from nabbing the Crown Jewels of England. Roundabout and The Troll trick her into starting the theft, getting her caught by the authorities, while Roundabout switches St. Edward's Crown with a replica and hands it off to Le Chevre to take back to V.I.L.E. at Big Ben, only later to be confronted by Shadowsan. Roundabout follows and fights Shadowsan to the top of the clocktower, where the police arrive via helicopter and order Roundabout to surrender for the theft of the crown. Shadowsan then slips to the shadows while revealing the team's true plan: Player tricked The Troll and forwarded footage of the theft to the police, while Zack and Ivy posed as the officers taking away Carmen, allowing her to take back the real crown from Le Chevre and placing it in Roundabout's office, thus pinning the crime on him. Defeated, Roundabout accepts arrest, only to be freed by the Cleaners to be taken to V.I.L.E. in Scotland. Meanwhile at A.C.M.E., Chief has finally run out of leads and patience to catch Carmen and stopping V.I.L.E. She decides to bring in Graham, the only link to Carmen left exposed.

Season 4 (2021)[edit]

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261"The Beijing Bullion Caper"Mike WestBecky TinkerJanuary 15, 2021 (2021-01-15)
Roundabout and Neal escape a mindwipe due to Scotland's climate shorting out Dr. Bellum's equipment. They are given a chance to redeem themselves with the aid of Lady Dokuso. However, their plans to steal gold are foiled by Carmen pulling a bait and switch with the knocked out bank manager; they get Zack instead. Roundabout is taken away, while Neal leaves V.I.L.E. During the caper, Shadowsan falls and hurts his leg, requiring a cast for him to heal.
272"The Big Bad Ivy Caper"Jos HumpheryKathryn LynJanuary 15, 2021 (2021-01-15)
Dr. Bellum suggests using robot operatives, but is still getting the kinks out of the works. Cleo sends Dash Haber to meet with LadyGold to smuggle gold out of Germany in chocolates. With Player now in public school and Zack taking care of (actually annoying) Shadowsan, Carmen and Ivy are left to work on their own. A.C.M.E. questions Graham about Carmen and use a device to help restore his memories, this causes his Crackle persona to manifest briefly and make him escape.
283"The Robo Caper"Mike WestCarly DenureJanuary 15, 2021 (2021-01-15)
Dr. Bellum sends her robot operative to steal a golden crown. Without Player's help, Carmen and Ivy fail to stop it. At the same time, Graham is stuck in a fugue state due to his confused memories. He is arrested for stealing in Iceland after calling V.I.L.E for help during a delirium.
294"The Himalayan Rescue Caper"Jos HumphreyGreg ErnstromJanuary 15, 2021 (2021-01-15)
Carmen heads to V.I.L.E.'s hideout in the Himalayas on a rescue mission to save Graham. She needs Player's help, but he's stuck at school.
305"The V.I.L.E. History Caper"Mike WestStory by Greg Ernstrom & Kathryn Lyn Teleplay by Greg ErnstromJanuary 15, 2021 (2021-01-15)
V.I.L.E. learns that a tomb created by its founders has been found. El Topo and Le Chevre are sent to recover the emblem of V.I.L.E. which has Nordic runes leading to the second map. Brunt and Maelstrom team up to investigate. Carmen has Julia and Player work together to find the second map. It turns out to be part of a Viking ship. Brunt accidentally causes a cave-in, nearly drowning herself. However, both parties get a clue to the final map.
316"The Egyptian Decryption Caper"Jos HumphreyCarly Denure, Nicole Belisle & Sharon FlynnJanuary 15, 2021 (2021-01-15)
After Carmen steals the final map, an angry Dr. Bellum and Cleo use surveillance of Carmen to track Julia down. With the help of Tigress and the Cleaners, Cleo kidnaps her and takes Julia to Egypt to find the vault in the pyramids. Carmen calls in Chase, who in turn has Chief call in the police to reveal the treasure. Chief accepts Carmen has been helping take down V.I.L.E the entire time. Enraged beyond reason, Cleo tells the Faculty they must punish Carmen severely. Carmen asks the Chief to find her mother on exchange for V.I.L.E Intel. Afterwards in a park, The Cleaners kidnap Carmen, taking her to back to V.I.L.E. Castle.
327"The Viennese Waltz Caper"Mike WestSharon Flynn & Duane CapizziJanuary 15, 2021 (2021-01-15)
Shadowsan, Zack, Ivy and A.C.M.E. fly to Vienna to intercept V.I.L.E.'s latest heist, hoping it'll lead them to the missing Carmen, unaware that the Faculty have successfully brainwashed Carmen into becoming a pure evil version of herself.
338"The Dark Red Caper"Jos HumphreyDuane CapizziJanuary 15, 2021 (2021-01-15)
The brainwashed Carmen is added to V.I.L.E's faculty. The Chief finds Carmen's mother runs an orphanage, originally in the hopes of finding her daughter. While A.C.M.E. keeps an eye on the orphanage, Shadowsan infiltrates and finds the final Russian nesting doll missing from Carmen's collection. Graham asks for A.C.M.E.'s help to restore Carmen's memories, helping trick V.I.L.E. into sending her after the treasure that she help recover from her first trip in Poitiers; the diamond from the Morocco heist. During a struggle with Chase, Julia, Graham and Shadowsan, Carmen is zapped with the memory restorer and returns to her senses after Shadowsan shows her the last doll. Carmen gives Chief V.I.L.E.'s location, leading to the arrest of Brunt, Bellum, Cleo, Maelstrom, Roundabout, Tigress and Mime Bomb. While El Topo and Le Chevre open a food truck, the rest of V.I.L.E. remains at large. Shadowsan returns home, while Carmen finally meets her mother; Graham is rewarded with being let go by A.C.M.E. Two years later, Zack and Ivy are now A.C.M.E. agents paired with Chase and Julia; they track Paper Star down to a building, only to find her tied up. They catch sight of Carmen on the roof, happy to see her again, before she takes off to parts unknown.

Production[edit]

On April 14, 2017, Hollywood insider information site The Tracking Board reported that they had exclusively learned of an animated Carmen Sandiego project at Netflix, that Gina Rodriguez as the voice of the titular character. The site reported that the 20-episode series would aim to be "as educational as it is entertaining", in keeping with the style of the franchise.[11] It was later confirmed that the series would be called Carmen Sandiego. Rodriguez confirmed the story via her Twitter feed the following day in response to a Hypable story, which compared the news to that of a Kate McKinnon-led revival of The Magic School Bus.[12][13] Carmen Sandiego was set to appeal to a wider audience (ages 6–11), plus the parents of those kids and fans of the original series.[1] On April 18 and 19, the news began to be published by reputable news sites, where it was confirmed that Netflix had rebooted the franchise on TV by ordering twenty 22-minute episodes of Carmen Sandiego, which would premiere in 2019 and with Gina Rodriguez in the starring role. Rotoscopers noted that this was "more than most Netflix Originals receive".[14] The Hollywood Reporter noted that Rita Moreno, who voiced Carmen in the FOX animated series Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?, had recently guest-starred on Rodriguez's show Jane the Virgin. The new series was described as having "thrilling adventure and intrigue", while offering an "intimate look into Carmen's past" and what inspired her career choices, essentially answering the question "Who in the world [is] Carmen Sandiego?" while simultaneously following her on her thieving escapades.[15]

Promotional material for the series

Caroline Fraser, Head of HMH Productions, is the Executive Producer of the series. Duane Capizzi, known for Transformers: Prime and The Batman, is the showrunner and Co-Executive Producer. Kevin Dart serves as visual designer. It is a production by DHX Media, providing production work, and Chromosphere, providing the design work.[16][17][15] Animation services are outsourced to Top Draw Animation in the Philippines. DHX Media is the current owner of the library of DIC Entertainment, the animation studio which produced the Earth animated series.[18] The series is produced by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, who own the rights to the franchise after their corporate predecessor Riverdeep acquired the property in 2002.[15][19] The Hollywood Reporter wrote that the series followed in the wake of Bill Nye Saves the World and Julie's Greenroom.[15] Finn Wolfhard signed on to lend his voice to the character Player, who is described as Carmen's chief accomplice and friend.[20] Another character called "Player" was featured in Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?, but this character was a fourth wall-breaking live action boy who bookended the show and interacted with Carmen, implied to be the player of a video game featuring her. E! Online reported that the new series would be called, simply, "Carmen Sandiego".[21]

Rodriguez, who had first learned about the series through the PBS game show Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?, asserted that the new Carmen Sandiego origin series was "tight", "well written", "really, really good", and "unbelievable". She mentioned that Netflix was a home for great programming and that the show had partnered with talented illustrators. She added that despite being entertaining, the show would still provide geographic and historical education.[22] In another interview, she said that she loved the art and story of the animated series, and praised the show's executive producer, Duane Capizzi, for making the world that Carmen inhabits in the show itself.[23]

Andy Yeatman, Netflix director of global kids content, explained “We think there’s a huge benefit of having a program that parents remember fondly and grew up with. We are giving them the opportunity to introduce it to their kids and spark a conversation", explaining that while the service pitched reboots of many '80s and '90s shows, Carmen Sandiego was one that "made sense" and "really stood out". They responded to the fact that this is not a show that is perennially rebooted, as the last Carmen Sandiego series ended 20 years before this new series would premiere, and that there are interesting ways to retell the story.[1] In addition to Yeatman's comments, Amy Dunkin, Houghton Mifflin's the chief marketing officer, noted that many had "fond memories" of Carmen Sandiego, and added that there are many ways "you can go with Carmen just based on what she stands for."[24]

In March 2018, Netflix also ordered a live-action film of Carmen Sandiego, once again with Rodriguez as the titular character.[25]

On February 15, 2019, it was announced that Netflix had renewed the series for a second season.[3]

On April 24, 2020, Netflix announced it had renewed the series for a third season.[4]

On October 2, 2020, Netflix announced it had renewed the series for a fourth season, which was later announced to be the final season.[6][7]

Reception[edit]

Pre-release[edit]

The announcement saw a positive response by the media, who appreciated the throwback, and a return for the Carmen Sandiego franchise to the small screen. TVShowsOnDVD wrote "It's awesome to see this franchise return to television".[26] The Rolling Stone thought the TV series' origin story subject matter offers what was once one of "golden age of television's favorite thematic trappings".[27] Commenting "children of the 90's rejoice", Maxim suggested that Netflix enlist the talents of World game show theme song performers Rockapella to provide music for the show.[28] ScreenRant noted that "those who still hold fond memories of the property" would be intrigued as to what type of shape the new series will take; adding that it has a "storied legacy" to live up to and will likely take some inspiration from Earth.[29] Dark Horizons expressed sadness that the show was two years away.[30] Toonzone wondered if the new show would maintain the established backstory of the red fedora-wearing villain, which in mid-to-late ‘90s canon involved Carmen Sandiego beginning as an A.C.M.E. agent before finding the work too easy so wanting to outsmart her former colleagues.[18] Gizmodo thought the new series would "bring the character's trademark blend of edutainment to new audiences".[31] Mashable said "fans demanding the series NOW".[32] Pedestrian thought the trend toward series such as this was a sign that producers were aiming to " trap people in a downwards vortex of nostalgia ".[33] Fortune suggested that the new show offered Netflix "huge merchandizing potential", and that the company could follow in the footsteps of Disney by creating a merchandising arm to support its shows.[34] Rom-Game saw this as a sign that Netflix was "indirectly interested in gaming heritage".[35] MiscRave mentioned how much potential the franchise with its interactive edutainment in a compelling package it previously had.[36] NerdHQ noted that the new series offered an opportunity to resuscitate the "once-dormant" and "dying" franchise.[37] Apart from these media reviews, various Latina women across the United States were excited and energized by the show's release.[38]

Post-release[edit]

The show currently holds a 93% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 14 reviews, with the site's consensus reading, "Vivid animation and creative reconstruction of the Carmen Sandiego backstory elevates this property beyond its edutainment roots."[39] Other reviewers are more critical. Renaldo Matadeen of CBR, for instance, critically reviewed the series. He argued that the second season ended on a "very intense note," while noting the family history themes in the show,[40] and stated that the final episode of the third season remixes all the movies of the Ocean's franchise.[41] In a review of all the episodes of the third season, he wrote that there is a "lot packed in" the third season, predicting the revenge of the villainous Roundabout, saving Gray, a face-off between The Chief and Carmen, and the continued search for Carmen's mom in the show's next season.[42] At the same time, Martha Sorren of Bust also predicted that the fourth season could explore the relationship between Carmen and her mother.[43] Apart from these reviewers, Megan Summers of ScreenRant highlighted Wolfhard's role as Player, calling it one of his best roles,[44] and Prabhdeep Dhaliwal in The Peak stated that while the show is "geared towards a younger demographic," adults can still be entertained by it.[45] He also stated that the show has sympathetic characters and an "overarching theme of good winning over evil." Katherine Smith of Paste took a different tact. While stating that Carmen Sandiego has returned to relevance with the Netflix series, she also highlights how animated projects "hustle their employees out of sight," contrasting the gains in visible representation with "very plausible worker exploitation." She cites an example of Filipino company, Top Draw (working on the animation), which fired a whistleblower who demanded proper compensation.[46] She concludes by saying that in the current series, Carmen Sandiego is a female thief who "steals only from thieves now," and worries about where her character has gone, compared to the original story.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipients and nominees Result
2019 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Children's Program Caroline Fraser, C.J. Kettler, Kirsten Newlands, Anne Loi, Duane Capizzi and Brian Hulme Nominated[47]
Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation Elaine Lee (as background painter) (for "The Chasing Paper Caper") Won[48]
2020 Annie Awards Best Character Design — TV/Media Keiko Murayama (for "The Chasing Paper Caper") Won
Best Music — TV/Media Jared Lee Gosselin, Steve D'Angelo and Lorenzo Castelli (for "The Chasing Paper Caper") Nominated
Best Production Design — TV/Media Eastwood Wong, Sylvia Liu, Elaine Lee, Linda Fong and Emily Paik (for "Becoming Carmen Sandiego") Nominated
Best Storyboarding — TV/Media Kenny Park (for "Becoming Carmen Sandiego") Won
Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Special Class Animated Program Caroline Fraser, C.J. Kettler, Kirsten Newlands, Anne Loi, Duane Capizzi and Brian Hulme Nominated
Outstanding Directing for an Animated Program Jos Humphrey, Kenny Park, Mike West, Flávia Guttler and Jamie Simone Nominated
Outstanding Casting for an Animated Series or Special Jamie Simone and Sierra Leoni Nominated
Individual Achievement in Animation Wei Li and Sylvia Liu Won
TCA Awards Outstanding Achievement in Youth Programming Carmen Sandiego Nominated[49]

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