Saturday, May 26, 2012
Saturday, May 19, 2012
For regular visitors to this site, the regularly-scheduled Max Headroom post for this week has been pre-empted. It will return next week.
In the meantime, take a look at this excellent post from 18 months ago: http://friday87central.wordpress.com/2010/12/31/maxheadroom/
Note: where the author refers to the creator of Max Headroom as "George Strong" it should be "George Stone."
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Saturday, May 5, 2012
In a media and corporate-driven society, ratings are cash and cash is power. If one has enough cash, one has enough power to shape truth to whatever form is most expedient to increase ratings and thereby increase revenue.
In another episode, Blank Reg is arrested for “signal zipping,” which is interrupting a network television feed, and is considered a “terminal offense.” As he is a Blank, that is, a person whose entire history has been erased from all computer databases and are thus able to live completely ‘off the grid,’ there is no way to determine if Reg has a criminal past. So, they upload his personality template into something called the “Career Capacity Malfeasance Program,” which matches his template with unassigned criminal profiles. Since there is no way to prove that he is not in fact the person represented by the unassigned template, there is sufficient cause to try him. This disgusts Reg’s friend Edison Carter: “Template matching isn’t justice, its convenience.”
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The Ghost Corps is a group of 'free-lance diplomatic' operatives (translation: spies) at work in the Orient in the years between the World Wars. The radio series focused on an agent, KC Smith and his aide, Mohammed Ali, who were stationed in Egypt (the series places them variously in Cairo and Alexandria). Smith is identified as an American who had also served for a time in the French Foreign Legion and was a master of disguise and languages. Ali is a stalwart friend who possesses skills as varied as swordsmanship and ventriloquism. Together, they made a formidable team.
I could see Smith and Ali interacting very easily with the other characters mentioned in this series of posts. In fact, as I've mentioned before, one of my projects is to write a pulp-style 'novelette' featuring Smith and Ali, Rocky Jordan and Chandu, the Magician in a single adventure.
But again, it is the Corps itself that fires my imagination. The Ghost Corps had only two 'seasons' of fifteen-minute episodes. The first has Smith and Ali preventing a jihad in Egypt, while another sends the pair to an area near Pakistan to solve a mystery of a prayer rug that might actually be a map to a fabulous treasure. The second season ended with the promise of a new adventure further East in story arc titled "The Ming Ruby." However, I'm not sure this arc exists.
Nonetheless, I wold love to see this series picked up and given justice by competent hands. Until then, it appears to be stuck in my inexpert grasp.
My original review can be found here
The series can be found at the Internet Archive