RoboCop: The Series


RoboCop: The Series Information

RoboCop: The Series is a 1994 television series based on the film of the same name. It stars Richard Eden as the title character. Made to appeal primarily to children and young teenagers, it lacks the graphic violence that was the hallmark of RoboCop and RoboCop 2. RoboCop has several non-lethal alternatives to killing criminals, which ensures that certain villains can be recurring. The OCP Chairman and his corporation are treated as simply nave and ignorant, in contrast to their malicious and immoral behavior from the second film onward.

Background

While RoboCop was initially an American property, Orion Pictures received a $500,000 cash infusion for TV licensing rights to Canada's Skyvision Entertainment. This allowed access to co-production treaties and possible partnerships with other countries. The series was filmed in Toronto and Mississauga, Canada and originally planned for a January 1994 debut, several months after the unsuccessful release of RoboCop 3. Skyvision was also in negotiation with Peter Weller, the original RoboCop, but this did not come to fruition. Twenty-two episodes were made, but the series was not renewed for a second season. Expense played a significant part in this; according to Skyvision VP Kevin Gillis, episodes would be produced at $1.2 million to $1.5 million each.

The pilot episode runs two hours. It was adapted from a discarded RoboCop 2 script, Corporate Wars, by the writers of the original RoboCop, Edward Neumeier and Michael Miner.

Villains on the series include Boppo the Clown, Dr. Cray Z. Mallardo, OCP executive Chip Chayken, William Ray Morgan aka Pudface, Vlad Molotov.

The series gave writers more of an opportunity to develop the central characters and to extend the human interest aspect through the introduction of Gadget; the station mascot and the adopted, insightful daughter of station Sergeant Parks. Gadget, along with the presence of Jimmy Murphy did much to shift the focus from the adult to the youth target audience. The writers also introduced an element of virtual romance and deus ex machina in the persona of Diana, formerly a secretary to crooked Vice-President Chip Chayken, who becomes transmogrified through her death into the 'face' and 'body' of Metronet, OCP's city-running super-computer.

Many of the characters' names were altered from their movie counterparts due to rights issues.

Cast

  • Richard Eden as RoboCop
  • Yvette Nipar as Detective Lisa Madigan
  • Blu Mankuma as Sgt. Parks
  • Andrea Roth as Diana Powers
  • David Gardner as OCP Chairman
  • Sarah Campbell as Gadget
  • Jennifer Griffin as Nancy Murphy

Episodes

Episode Name (Other names)
1 (Pilot) The Future of Law Enforcement
2 Prime Suspect (First Suspect)
3 Trouble in Delta City (Delta City)
4 Officer Missing (Absence of Police)
5 What Money Can't Buy
6 Ghosts of War
7 Zone Five
8 Provision 22
9 Faces of Eve
10 When Justice Fails
11 The Human Factor
12 Inside Crime
13 Robocop vs Commander Cash
14 Illusions
15 Tin Man
16 Sisters in Crime
17 Heartbreakers
18 Mothers Day
19 Nano
20 Corporate Raiders
21 Midnight Minus One
22 Public Enemies

Home videos and merchandise

The first five episodes were released on VHS in 1995. Episodes of the series were also released in a Japanese laserdisc set. They include "First Suspect," "Delta City," and "Absence of Police."

An action figure collection for the series was produced by little-known Toy Island, a company that would continue making RoboCop figures in the future. The basic series includes RoboCop, Madigan, Stan Parks, Commander Cash (also released as "Commandant Cash"), and Pudface. It also features the OCP Interceptor, Tactical Field Vehicle, Tactical Field Ambulance, Mobile Armored Detention Vehicle, and Cyrochamber playset. In 1995, the Power Glow figure series was released. This includes RoboCop variations with illuminating armor such as a basic RoboCop (blue), Thermo Shield RoboCop (red), and Xicor Shield RoboCop (lime green). Each figure in the collection includes various accessories and several points of articulation.

A soundtrack entitled A Future to This Life was released January 24, 1995, on both CD and cassette by Pyramid Records. Aside from the show's theme writers, Joe Walsh & Lita Ford, it features classic rock songs from groups like The Band, The Flamingos, Iron Butterfly, and KC & the Sunshine Band.

DVD releases

On July 27, 2010, Alliance Home Entertainment released RoboCop: The Beginning: The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1 (Canada only) for the very first time.

In Region 2, the complete series was released by Stax Entertainment on DVD in the UK on March 20, 2006. The series was re-released with slimmer packaging on January 22, 2007.

In Region 4, Madman Entertainment released the entire series on DVD in Australia on July 25, 2006.




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