Robocop - 21st century cyborg police
officer on the sci-fi series ROBOCOP: THE
Richard Eden starred as Alex
Murphy, a police officer shot in the line of
duty whose human remains were fused with the
high-tech cyborg body called "Robocop".
Reassigned to Metro South Precinct of Delta
City, Robocop battled such futuristic criminals
as mad scientist Dr. Cray Z. Mallardo (Cliff
DeYoung) and Pudface Morgan (James Kidnie) who
had been disfigured by toxic waste.
Robocop's mechanical needs were maintained by Charlie
Lippincott (Ed Sahely), a technician for
Omni-Consumer Products (OCP), the company behind
Robocop's indestructible body and advanced
Although most of Murphy's
memories were wiped clean when his body was
reprogrammed, occasionally he flashed on
feelings and images from his past life
especially of his wife and child who were still
alive and unaware of his new identity.
Only his former partner, Det. Lisa Madigan (Yvette Nipar)
knew that Robocop had reclaimed some of his
humanity and his very being.
Because Murphy's right brain functions were
taken away and replaced with a hard drive
computer, he was small on imagination but big on
logic. If Robocop wanted to kill an opponent his
wishes were overridden by his "prime directive"
programming dictates. They were:
Serve the public trust
Protect the innocent
Uphold the law.
Stacked under these three basic rules were "use
of force" alternatives which progressed in a
logical fashion from:
Robocop was also equipped with thermo-graphic vision, a huge multi-round .9mm
gun stored in his left leg, miniature magnetic grenades and etiquette protocols.
For example, when Robocop finished talking with a citizen he politely concluded
"Thank you for your cooperation."
Robocop was assisted by Diana Powers (Andrea Roth), a beautiful blond secretary
whose brain was harvested by a mad scientist and placed inside a super computer.
The Robocop fiberglass costume used on the series weighed 92 pounds. The series
was based on the theatrical films Robocop (1987) and Robocop 2 (1990) starring
Peter Weller. In the motion picture sequel Robocop 2 (1990) a list of new
directives are displayed:
- No. 233 - Restrain hostile feelings
- No. 234 - Promote positive attitude
- No. 235 - Suppress aggressiveness
- No. 236 - Promote pro-social values
- No. 238 - Avoid destructive behavior
- No. 239 - Be accessible
- No. 240 - Participate in group activities
- No. 241 - Avoid interpersonal conflicts
- No. 242 - Avoid premature value judgments
- No. 243 - Pool opinions before expressing
- No. 244 - Discourage feelings of
negativity and hostility
- No. 245 - If you haven't got anything nice
to say don't talk
- No. 246 - Don't rush traffic lights
- No. 247 - Don't run through puddles and
splash pedestrians or other cars
- No. 248 - Don't say you are always
prompt when you are not
- No. 249 - Don't be oversensitive to
hostility/negativity of others
- No. 250 - Don't cross a ballroom
floor swinging your arms
- No. 246 - Don't rush traffic lights
- No. 254 - Encourage awareness
- No. 256 - Discourage harsh language
- No. 258 - Commend sincere efforts
- No. 261 - Talk things out
- No. 262 - Avoid Orion meetings
- No. 266 - Smile
- No. 267 - Keep an open mind
- No. 268 - Encourage participation
- No. 273 - Avoid stereotyping
- No. 278 - Seek non-violent solutions.
In the 1960s the animated crime series 8TH
MAN/SYN/1965 told the story of a scientist named
Professor Genius, who built a super-android
called Tobor the 8th Man that contained the
memories and likeness of a police detective
(Secret Agent Brady) killed in the line of duty.
Operating out of the Metropolitan International Police Headquarters, only Chief Fumblethumbs knew
the secret identity of 8th Man as he battled crime and sought
to find Saucerlip, the man who had killed him.
The series was based
on the 1963 comic strip created by Japanese
artist Jiro Kuwata and scriptwriter Kazumasa
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