Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Aimless Adulteration: Robocop: Prime Directives

Howdy again folks and welcome back for more Aimless Adulteration. Today I am touching base on a mini-series that most of America may have missed. In spite having the Detroit Demolitionist or Delta City Defender as he is referred throughout the series. 13 years after his resurrection, Murphy is on the scene with all the crime, corporate dodges and mishandling of funds, one cyborg may be all this city has to stand for their rights. This is Robocop: Prime Directives.

You're illegally parked.  20 seconds to move starting now.

Murphy (Page Fletcher of The Hitchhiker series, Buying Time, Ordeal in the Artic and Haven't We Met Before) is back and the better chunk of Detroit is now known as Delta City, "The Safest Place on Earth" and there is evidence to contradict that easily but who wants to quibble? Bomb nuts or Da Bombs are just the beginning of the problems in this safe town.  The new Delta City Commander John Cable (Maurice Dean Wint of Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future, TekWar, The Adventures of Sam & Max: Freelance Police, PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal, Blue Murder and ReGenesis) feels like a puppet as he has been issued a non-lethal ordinance courtesy of Security Concepts. Murphy feels obsolete or over the hill left in his chair wondering why hasn't he been shut down.

I gave up violence and joined a monastery.

With Delta City burning a hole in OCP (Omni Consumer Products), it is up to the junior executives Sara Cable (Maria del Mar of Street Legal, Tekwar, Price of Glory, Blue Murder and The Christmas Shoes), Damian Lowe (Kevin Jubinville of PCU, Fly Away Home, American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile and Seven Years) and James Murphy (Anthony Lemke of Witchblade, Andromeda, Mutant X, American Psycho, Blue Mountain State, White House Down and Dark Matter) are all juxing for position each trying to get up to the corporate ladder and rule ze world! Muahahahahahaha!!! Or something like that.

With almost cyberpunk information thieves, warring gangs and a brilliant cybernetics designer turned rogue madman David Kaydick (Geraint Wyn Davies of Forever Knight, Black Harbour, The Outer Limits, Tracker, 24 and ReGenesis) who OCP railroaded looking for revenge just very well may get his darkest wishes.

These paintballers are serious!

Feeling Murphy is not under OCP's control anymore, it is time for a new CPU (Crime Prevention Unit) and his first task is to dispose of Murphy. Will Murphy be able to hold his own? Can he expose the OCP 's corruption? Will he be able to stop Kaydick?

Okay first the pros before the cons. Because this is four stories with plot and subplots, you have the continuous lone sheriff theme in Murphy's actions.  The streets and city scenes are not dead and have plenty of extras roaming it.   There is a sort of flashbacks that makes up more of a backstory for Murphy before Metro West and his death.   How a veteran cop became who and what he is. Vancouver was once again the logical choice for Detroit.  

The cons are the constant new media breaks got a trifle annoying. The slo-mo action felt like it was dragging or padding the series. The habitual need for the Johnny or Jane on the spot opinion polls on how Robocop does his job got tiresome but ask our former president about a fickle people that doesn't care. The violence is close the same level of the movies but apparently they went more CGI blood that blood squibs.

With a smattering of hand-to-hand fights, gunfights, car chases and car explosions, this series compliments the films even without Orion pictures allowing Prime Directives to use any of the footage of the previous films but they lifted footage from the more family friendly and failed TV series that lasted a season and long enough to get its own action figures and vehicle playsets.

Across the board, this is not a bad series. It was clever enough to use elements of poverty and the forgotten, the privileged and hard-working and gave enough violence, mild nudity and bleak future standing as possible.

C'mon you muthas!!