The original 1987 “RoboCop” film, directed by Paul Verhoeven, was a campy, hyper-violent stylistic exercise similar to Verhoeven’s adaptation of the Robert Heinlein novel “Starship Troopers”. The sequels, “RoboCop 2” and “RoboCop 3”, co-written by “Sin City” creator Frank Miller, were less well received, and especially the third toned down the violence as Orion Pictures tried to make it more childish. . -friendly.
“RoboCop: The Series” followed the same strategy to make the concept suitable for television (and toy commercials). Here is the official synopsis via Liberation Hall:
In 1994, after three films in the franchise, the popular sci-fi action character RoboCop debuted in his own TV series. Produced by Canada’s Skyvision Entertainment, RoboCop: The Series starring Richard Eden. An 89-minute pilot aired in two parts in March, followed by 21 one-hour episodes. Aimed at a younger audience, the series returned the graphic violence from the first two films and showed a tone similar to RoboCop 3.
Many of the events and plot lines in the films were discarded, with RoboCop: The Series acting as a reset for the once human, now cyborg police officer. The series’ theme song, “A Future to This Life”, was performed by rock legends Joe Walsh and Lita Ford. In addition, the series included songs by, among others, the band, Dave Edmunds, Nicky Hopkins, Iron Butterfly, KC and the Sunshine Band and Todd Rundgren.
The box set “RoboCop: The Series” goes on sale on May 10, 2022.
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