History Series / MaxHeadroom

17th Jul '17 6:44:34 AM Jeduthun
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* ShoutOut: [[OvershadowedByControversy Infamously]], the series received a truly bizarre one when an unknown hacker took over TV signals in Chicago and broadcast a rambling string of nonsense while wearing a Headroom mask. Read about that [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Headroom_broadcast_signal_intrusion here]].
25th Jun '17 7:02:06 PM jayharrison
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--> '''Max:''' Who's calling the tu-tu-tuneup? Who's in cru-cru-cru-cruise control here? I'll tell you how: Me! Me! Max Headlamp!

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--> '''Max:''' Who's calling the tu-tu-tuneup? Who's in cru-cru-cru-cruise control here? I'll tell you how: who: Me! Me! Max Headlamp!



* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Breughel and Mahler

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* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Breughel and MahlerMahler.



* VoiceWithAnInternetConnection: Probably the TropeCodifier in its "with Internet" form. When the show was made, AOL was brand new, CompuServe was hip and hot, college students were just starting to get email addresses, and the Web was still years away. Nevertheless, Theora and the other controllers clearly are accessing something Internet-like and providing the info to Edison et al. This was terribly prescient at the time, but now suffers from SeinfeldIsUnfunny.

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* VoiceWithAnInternetConnection: Probably the TropeCodifier in its "with Internet" form. When the show was made, AOL was brand new, CompuServe was hip and hot, college students were just starting to get email addresses, and the Web was still years away. Nevertheless, Theora and the other controllers clearly are accessing something Internet-like and providing the info to Edison et et. al. This was terribly prescient at the time, but now suffers from SeinfeldIsUnfunny.
25th Jun '17 6:48:43 PM jayharrison
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-->'''Max''': And I'll-I'll-I'll be back in a few moments with more from Network 23.

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-->'''Max''': -->'''Max:''' And I'll-I'll-I'll be back in a few moments with more from Network 23.



* AutoTune: Matt Frewer's voice is gets electronically distorted whenever he's playing Max.



* {{Blipvert}}: TropeNamer

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* {{Blipvert}}: TropeNamerThe TropeNamer.



--> '''Max:''' Who's calling the tu-tu-tuneup? Who's in cru-cru-cru-cruise control here? Me! Me! Max Headlamp!

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--> '''Max:''' Who's calling the tu-tu-tuneup? Who's in cru-cru-cru-cruise control here? here? I'll tell you how: Me! Me! Max Headlamp!



* SchizoTech: TropeNamer for TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture- but the cars were all from TheFifties.

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* SchizoTech: TropeNamer for TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture- TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, but the cars were are all from TheFifties.



** In the TV series, Bryce is an unusually likeable example of this trope in large part because of the fact that he was depicted as a normal 15-year-old boy in terms of his personality, maturity and sense of humour who happened to be a genius. The TV movie Bryce, on the other hand, is more irritating than Wesley Crusher and Adric combined. And, you know, evil.

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** In the TV series, Bryce is an unusually likeable likable example of this trope in large part because of the fact that he was depicted as a normal 15-year-old boy in terms of his personality, maturity maturity, and sense of humour who happened to be a genius. The TV movie Bryce, on the other hand, is more irritating than [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Wesley Crusher Crusher]] and Adric [[Series/DoctorWho Adric]] combined. And, you know, evil.
19th Jun '17 4:04:00 PM jayharrison
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Back in the 1980s, it looked like computers were going to be able to do just about anything. It also looked like [[JapanTakesOverTheWorld Japanese businessmen were going to economically conquer the world]]. And it looked like corporate greed was going to grow and grow until the average citizen was a virtual slave to the mega-corporations who would happily destroy the environment, culture, history, and basic human liberty all in the name of profit. Come to think of it, not much has changed and those things look more likely to happen now than back in the 1980s (only with [[ChinaTakesOverTheWorld China]] instead of Japan).

Max Headroom, a plastic-coated stammering faux-CGI host full of sardonic wit played by the frankly underrated Canadian actor Matt Frewer, made his debut in April of 1985 in a British one hour pilot entitled ''Max Headroom: Twenty Minutes Into The Future''.

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Back in [[TheEighties the 1980s, 1980s]], it looked like computers were going to be able to do just about anything. It also looked like [[JapanTakesOverTheWorld Japanese businessmen were going to economically conquer the world]]. And it looked like corporate greed was going to grow and grow until the average citizen was a virtual slave to the mega-corporations who would happily destroy the environment, culture, history, and basic human liberty all in the name of profit. Come to think of it, not much has changed and those things look more likely to happen now than back in the 1980s (only with [[ChinaTakesOverTheWorld China]] instead of Japan).

Max Headroom, a plastic-coated stammering faux-CGI host full of sardonic wit played by the frankly underrated Canadian actor Matt Frewer, made his debut in April of 1985 in a British one hour pilot entitled ''Max Headroom: Twenty Minutes Into The Future''.TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture''.



The pilot wasn't picked up, but the rights to the Max Headroom character were sold to the makers of a music-video program on British television, on which Max appeared later in 1985. The Max Headroom show was the first to play with the music-video format, with Max frequently talking over lousy videos and making jokes, or cutting the video off partway through, a technique later picked up by WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead and other satirical video shows. The character was later picked up by Coca-Cola, for a series of TV spots for New Coke and appeared on T-shirts and mer-'''''*BZZZZZZZZZZT*'''''

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The pilot wasn't picked up, but the rights to the Max Headroom character were sold to the makers of a music-video program on British television, on which Max appeared later in 1985. The Max Headroom show was the first to play with the music-video format, with Max frequently talking over lousy videos and making jokes, or cutting the video off partway through, a technique later picked up by WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead and other satirical video shows. The character was later picked up by Coca-Cola, for [[CharacterCelebrityEndorsement a series of TV spots for New Coke Coke]] and appeared on T-shirts and mer-'''''*BZZZZZZZZZZT*'''''



''Series/MaxHeadroom'' strayed back and forth between BlackComedy and (mostly) serious CyberPunk for two half-seasons before being cancelled and largely forgotten. Many believe the network intentionally killed it, scheduling it opposite two hugely popular shows, ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' and ''Series/MiamiVice'' (where, ironically, Matt Frewer played a villain in a two-parter shortly after his show was cancelled).

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''Series/MaxHeadroom'' strayed back and forth straddled the line between BlackComedy and (mostly) serious CyberPunk for two half-seasons before being cancelled and largely forgotten. Many believe [[ScrewedByTheNetwork the network intentionally killed it, it]], scheduling it opposite two hugely popular shows, ''Series/{{Dallas}}'' and ''Series/MiamiVice'' (where, ironically, Matt Frewer played a villain in a two-parter shortly after his show was cancelled).



The character was resurrected in 2008 as part of Creator/ChannelFour 's marketing for the digital switchover, in a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRtjEfw-mSE number of (full-length) adverts]]. In 2010, [[http://www.amazon.com/Max-Headroom-Complete-Lenticular-Cover/dp/B00005JNU5/ref=pd_bxgy_d_text_b it was announced that the US series would be getting a DVD release in August of that year, with an amusing lenticular cover.]] The DVD set includes a bonus disc with behind-the-scenes featurettes.

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The character was resurrected in 2008 as part of Creator/ChannelFour 's Creator/ChannelFour's marketing for the digital switchover, in a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRtjEfw-mSE number of (full-length) adverts]]. In 2010, [[http://www.amazon.com/Max-Headroom-Complete-Lenticular-Cover/dp/B00005JNU5/ref=pd_bxgy_d_text_b it was announced that the US series would be getting a DVD release in August of that year, with an amusing lenticular cover.]] The DVD set includes a bonus disc with behind-the-scenes featurettes.



* ProductPlacement: Max inadvertently [[https://youtu.be/IEIE2q7kvxQ plugs non-branded auto parts]].
--> '''Max:''' Who's calling the tu-tu-tuneup? Who's in cru-cru-cru-cruise control here? Me! Me! Max Headlamp!



* [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything The Terrorists Who Don't Do Anything]]: Deconstructed in the episode "War" where the organization White Brigade has struck a deal with a news reporter: they blow up abandoned buildings, and tell the reporter beforehand. The terrorists get publicity for their cause, and the reporter can break the news about the "terrorist strikes" before the competition without anyone actually dying. Everyone wins. Subverted in the end, as the White Brigade decides to start targeting populated places after all.

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* [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything The Terrorists Who Don't Do Anything]]: Deconstructed in RepetitiveAudioGlitch: Max often repeats syllables and words he's spoken within the episode "War" where the organization White Brigade has struck a deal with a news reporter: they blow up abandoned buildings, and tell the reporter beforehand. The terrorists get publicity for their cause, and the reporter can break the news about the "terrorist strikes" before the competition without anyone actually dying. Everyone wins. Subverted in the end, as the White Brigade decides to start targeting populated places after all.past three seconds.


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* [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything The Terrorists Who Don't Do Anything]]: Deconstructed in the episode "War" where the organization White Brigade has struck a deal with a news reporter: they blow up abandoned buildings, and tell the reporter beforehand. The terrorists get publicity for their cause, and the reporter can break the news about the "terrorist strikes" before the competition without anyone actually dying. Everyone wins. Subverted in the end, as the White Brigade decides to start targeting populated places after all.
3rd May '17 7:00:59 PM PaulA
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* HollywoodHacking: Complete with RapidFireTyping and a ShoutOut to WilliamGibson with the term "ICE" (Intrusion Countermeasures Electronics).

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* HollywoodHacking: Complete with RapidFireTyping and a ShoutOut to WilliamGibson Creator/WilliamGibson with the term "ICE" (Intrusion Countermeasures Electronics).
13th Feb '17 2:55:14 PM Gosicrystal
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* LostForever: The original footage for the series didn't survive, making it impossible to remaster the TV series for DVD. Hence the [=DVDs=] were made from video tape transfers.
5th Feb '17 7:29:07 PM Agent_B
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[[caption-width-right:350:The cast of the series.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:The [[caption-width-right:350:And the cast of the series.]]
10th Jan '17 7:33:59 PM maxwellsilver
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Back in the 1980s, it looked like computers were going to be able to do just about anything. It also looked like [[JapanTakesOverTheWorld Japanese businessmen were going to economically conquer the world]]. And it looked like corporate greed was going to grow and grow until the average citizen was a virtual slave to the mega-corporations who would happily destroy the environment, culture, history, and basic human liberty all in the name of profit. [[HarsherInHindsight Come to think of it, not much has changed and those things look more likely to happen now than back in the 1980s]] (only with [[ChinaTakesOverTheWorld China]] instead of Japan).

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Back in the 1980s, it looked like computers were going to be able to do just about anything. It also looked like [[JapanTakesOverTheWorld Japanese businessmen were going to economically conquer the world]]. And it looked like corporate greed was going to grow and grow until the average citizen was a virtual slave to the mega-corporations who would happily destroy the environment, culture, history, and basic human liberty all in the name of profit. [[HarsherInHindsight Come to think of it, not much has changed and those things look more likely to happen now than back in the 1980s]] 1980s (only with [[ChinaTakesOverTheWorld China]] instead of Japan).
27th Dec '16 11:38:31 AM DuckDuckNoose
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* InstantAIJustAddWater: Insufficient resources are mentioned in the episode "Deities" to be the reason that the Vu-Age Church's BrainUploading process only created an "idiot version" of the deceased that could only respond to people in a pre-programmed manner; whereas the system resources of Network 23's mainframe made Max Headroom, a complete artificial intelligence, possible.
* IntrepidReporter: Edison Carter (and theoretically, Max himself)

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* InstantAIJustAddWater: Insufficient resources are mentioned in the episode "Deities" to be the reason that the Vu-Age Church's BrainUploading process only created an "idiot version" of the deceased that could only respond to people in a pre-programmed manner; manner, whereas the system resources of Network 23's mainframe made Max Headroom, a complete artificial intelligence, possible.
* InterchangeableAsianCultures: For whatever reason, the often-featured executive of the Japanese Zik-Zak corporation is Ped Xing, a Chinese man -- presumably [[PunnyName so they could work in the joke]].[[note]]Compounding this is that Xing himself was never played by a Chinese actor, but a Filipino one (Arsenio Trinidad) in the first season and a Japanese actor (Sab Shimono) in the second.[[/note]]
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IntrepidReporter: Edison Carter (and theoretically, Max himself)himself).
16th Sep '16 11:36:23 AM TMOverbeck
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!!''Max Headroom'' provides examples of:

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!!''Max Headroom'' provides examples ex-ex-examples of:



* [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything Terrorists Who Don't Do Anything]]: Deconstructed in the episode "War" where the organization White Brigade has struck a deal with a news reporter: they blow up abandoned buildings, and tell the reporter beforehand. The terrorists get publicity for their cause, and the reporter can break the news about the "terrorist strikes" before the competition without anyone actually dying. Everyone wins. Subverted in the end, as the White Brigade decides to start targeting populated places after all.

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* [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything The Terrorists Who Don't Do Anything]]: Deconstructed in the episode "War" where the organization White Brigade has struck a deal with a news reporter: they blow up abandoned buildings, and tell the reporter beforehand. The terrorists get publicity for their cause, and the reporter can break the news about the "terrorist strikes" before the competition without anyone actually dying. Everyone wins. Subverted in the end, as the White Brigade decides to start targeting populated places after all.



* {{Soul Fragment}}: Edison's relation to Max.

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* {{Soul Fragment}}: SoulFragment: Edison's relation to Max.
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