Max Headroom

Season 1 Episode 2

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Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Apr 07, 1987 on ABC
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Max is concerned that there is a homicidal madman running around and laying waste to people. He is surprised when he finds out that "Missile Mike" is a violent children's television show. There is an illegal sport called raking. Individual use these motorized skate board for a deadly match. Theora receives a phone call from her sister-in-law Winnie. Winnie is upset because Theora's brother, Shawn, has taken up the sport of raking. Theora sets Edison onto the case. Edison wants to keep this sport outlawed because it is so dangerous. Zik Zak is wanting to legalize it and sponsor it.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    Sherman Howard

    Sherman Howard

    Simon Peller

    Guest Star

    J.W. Smith

    J.W. Smith

    Rik

    Guest Star

    Joseph Ruskin

    Joseph Ruskin

    Promoter

    Guest Star

    Ricardo Gutierrez

    Ricardo Gutierrez

    Martinez

    Recurring Role

    Lee Wilkof

    Lee Wilkof

    Edwards

    Recurring Role

    Hank Garrett

    Hank Garrett

    Ashwell

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (1)

    • QUOTES (8)

      • Max Headroom: Why is he trying to find find Theora?
        Bryce Lynch: I guess he's fond of her.
        Max Headroom: Is fo-fo-fo-fo ... is fond the same as fondle fondle?
        Bryce Lynch: How should I know?

      • Murray: All right, talk to me, somebody... wake me up!
        Max: Murray? Murrrrayyy...
        Murray: Somebody except Max.
        Max: Murray...

      • (we learn that Max is interactive)
        Max: Hi. I'm doing a survey on this kind of mindless violence and its effect on the mind-mind-mind-mindless. Do you believe all that killing is necessary? Does it s-s-s-scare you?
        Raker: Me?
        Max: Yes! Yes! You with that plank on whee-whee-whee-whee-wheels. What is its effect-t-t-t on you?
        Raker: You can see me?
        Max: Well. That was a fas-fas-fascinating discussion and I think you've answered my question. Thank you-you-you-you, thank you... for your help.

      • Max: But... in a lighter vein, here are some really sporting off-off-offers on sale now from Network 23. Yes: music! Mu-Mu-Music! Sit back and tap your feet to the best Russian pop music with this really up to the minute Rus-ss-ssian album" '20 Great Funeral Marches!"

      • Max: Hi... this is M-M-M-Max Headroom on Network 23, and if you thought raking was a vicious game, let me tell you - there are sponsors who'd give both-oth arms to get their hands on that sport!

      • Max: I sense a prob-prob-prob-problem here! Why the long face? Hmm? Hmm?
        Theora: I think I lost my brother.
        Max: Have you ch-ch-ch-checked your pockets?

      • Murray in regard to Max
        Murray:I'm never going to get used to this. Just because he lives in a TV, he thinks everything is TV!

      • Max: Forget about that mad bomber jazz and listen up! There's a guy with a gun running amok-mok-mok in a crowd here every afternoon!
        Murray: I'm sorry to disappoint you, uh, Max, but that's, uh, 'Missile Mike.' It's one of our children's shows.
        Max: You're kidding.

    • NOTES (4)

      • In this episode we are exposed for the first time to "the fringe". This is a vast area of post-apocalypic wasteland where the majority of the population lives in patchwork shelter. They are the underclass. They survive on rats and trash. The Lords of the television and advertsing rule over them.

      • In the game ranking you play one on one against an opponent. The referee drops a wooden "flag". To win one raker must take possession of the flag by disabling the other raker.

      • This is the first episode in which it is suggested that the televisions can no longer be turned off.

      • A guy named Jim Rugroden invented & manufactured the motorized skateboards, or " MOTOBOARDS " as they were called. Although the company was sold, they are still being manufactured in Los Banos CA. by the assumed name MotoBoard International (website motoboard.com) Regards . . .

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Brief references in the pilot make reference to "The Rat Catchers" and "The Rat Killers". This becomes more understandable and visional in this episode as we are exposed to "The Fringe." This is a rough and grim environment with rats loose on the streets and hanging up on food carts.

      • In this episode they have a television show entitled Missile Mike. It is a gag for a show that was a contemporary for Max Headroom called The A Team.

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