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Toggle Commented Mar 19, 2012 on If Robocop was a bad 80s sit-com at WWdN: In Exile
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My first reaction when I read this comment was "has Roger actually even seen RoboCop?".
Toggle Commented Mar 19, 2012 on If Robocop was a bad 80s sit-com at WWdN: In Exile
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Oh, and whilst we are on the subject? "...where he is always screwing up." Did you watch the same RoboCop that I did, Wil? I think it would be a great little essay to get several different people of different walks, including your good self of course, to write about what constitutes comedy to them. Because I can say without the slightest hint of irony that people who are obviously trying to get me to laugh almost never succeed in actually doing so. RoboCop's genius on the writing level, on the other hand, is best expressed by the fact that whilst it is deliberately setting out to make me laugh at times ("I'll buy that for a dollar!"), it does so in such an inobvious way that even a habitual analyst like myself takes a few viewings to fully notice.
Toggle Commented Mar 18, 2012 on If Robocop was a bad 80s sit-com at WWdN: In Exile
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Wil, A few things come to mind here. First, I will get the perfunctory crap out of the way. Long-time reader, very occasional commentator, you know how it goes. What you describe in this entry is, to be blunt, my worst and most absolute nightmare. As I have written in reviews I posted in the heady days when I dreamed that I might be able to make it is an author or something writing-related, I first saw RoboCop as a boy during a time when I was so sick that I stopped fearing I was going to die and started fearing that I never would. Although it took a lot of years after that first viewing, it helped shape many things about the kinds of stories I like to hear/read/see, and the way in which I tell stories. Point being that they DID try to make sitcoms out of RoboCop. The television series notwithstanding, these sitcoms were called RoboCop 2 and RoboCop 3. Watch the entire midsection of RoboCop 2, the bit after RoboCop is reprogrammed with all of his family-friendly directives, and see I am not exaggerating. Whilst we are on the subject, outside of Star Trek, have you seen a clearer example of the Idea Catapult being used to fling stuff at a wall and see what sticks than RoboCop 2? It is almost as if they took the scripts for at least four potential sequels, cut them into strips, and chucked it all up in the air. The ironic thing is that a perfectly straight continuation of RoboCop would not look out of place on the HBO channel these days. Odin knows that television has, for possibly the first time in history, become a more adult medium than cinema. It is flabbergasting considering what men of our ages grew up with on the idiot box. After a viewing of True Blood or A Game Of Thrones, I can say that a RoboCop series in which the titular cyborg goes to his son's neighbourood and sees what 25 years of regressive taxation and tax breaks for the rich have wrought would be a ratings bonanza. Only problem is that Fox bought the rights mainly because one germaine point that RoboCop had was that in a truly functional society, justice is not solely for the rich. Given how much they like that kind of message, the likelihood that they will let another company near RoboCop is very small. Seriously, when are we going to see a Wheaton-written series or film? You are too good for the "give all your work away for free" culture of the "loookit how naaaaaaaoooo ah am" culture of today's 'net.
Toggle Commented Mar 17, 2012 on If Robocop was a bad 80s sit-com at WWdN: In Exile
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