The thing that worked against the technology is that it seemed like it was awfully easy for any robotized individual to gain their free will back. All the FFs needed was to divert Robotnik's FM signal or whatever mechanical mind control component he was using to sever the "enslavement", which was quite obvious from the many times the FFs were able to turn Uncle Chuck back. Looking back on the show, I watched it not too long ago and it's weird to watch it with the advanced education that I now have. It's hard to watch the show without seeing a lot of 1990s sociopolitical stereotypes. The show seemed to steal an awful lot from the film Once Upon A Forest, as the Firlings are dead-on analogues of many of the Freedom Fighters, which explains why I loved both the series and the movie so much when I was younger. It seems like they were trying to throw Sonic into some weird Don Bluth-Meets-Captain Planet-Star Wars-and-Inspector Gadget blender universe and it somehow just didn't fit. As for Ben Hurst, I think he seemed to carry that same megalomaniac gene that Ken Penders had with the comic. The mediums were basically springboards for their egos and they act as if the fans of the show/comic are fans of them (I remember Ken's old message board *shudder*).