RoboCop Programming Directives - Code of behavior
followed by 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-technology cyborg shell called
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:
Serve the public trust
Protect the innocent
Uphold the Law
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.
TRIVIA NOTE: The RoboCop fiberglass costume used
on the series weighed 92 pounds.
The series was based on the theatrical film
Robocop (1987) starring Peter Weller. In the motion picture sequel
Robocop 2 (1990) a list of new directives are displayed:
- Restrain hostile feelings
- Promote positive attitude
- Suppress aggressiveness
- Promote pro-social values
- Avoid destructive behavior
- Be accessible
- Participate in group activities
- Avoid interpersonal conflicts
- Avoid premature value judgments
- Pool opinions before expressing yourself
- Discourage feelings of negativity and hostility
- If you haven't got anything nice to say don't talk
- Don't rush traffic lights
- Don't run through puddles and splash pedestrians
or other cars
- Don't say that you are always prompt when you
- Don't be oversensitive to the hostility and
negativity of others
- Don't walk across a ballroom floor swinging your
- Don't rush traffic lights
- Encourage awareness
- Discourage harsh language
- Commend sincere efforts
- Talk things out
- Avoid Orion meetings
- Keep an open mind
- Encourage participation
- Avoid stereotyping
- Seek non-violent solutions.
In the scene where RoboCop is reprogrammed by Dr. Juliette Faxx, the following hexadecimal numbers quickly scroll up the screen: "50 45 54
45 20 4B 55 52 41 4E 20 49 53 20 41 20 47 52 45 41 54 20 47 55 59."
The converted ASCII text reads: "PETE KURAN IS A GREAT GUY."
Peter Kuran was the film's special effects photographer. The
animated cartoon ROBOCOP ALPHA COMMANDO/SYN/1998 continued the adventures of
Robocop as he fought crime in 21st century New Detroit. See also -
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