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Robocop - 21st century cyborg police officer on the sci-fi series ROBOCOP: THE SERIES/SYN/1993-94.

ROBOCOP: The series

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 weapons systems.

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:

1. Serve the public trust
2. Protect the innocent
3. Uphold the law.

Stacked under these three basic rules were "use of force" alternatives which progressed in a logical fashion from:

1. Verbal Command
2. Pain Compliance
3. Striking Techniques
4. Incapacitate
5. Deadly Force.

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.

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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 yourself
  • 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.

TRIVIA NOTE: 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 Hirai.

Tobor the 8th Man - Cartoon Crimefighter


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