** Initially, I thought that it was ridiculous that Amber Mendez was able to smuggle the tape containing the EXTREMELY incriminating evidence on the government into the gameshow undetected. Sure, she uses the classic "Women have more hiding-places" line, but c'mon, she was caught red-handed rifling through the filing-cabinet - and considering what you gotta go through to get on a PLANE today, WITHOUT first being caught with your hands in a cookie-jar of dirty government secrets, it seems unthinkable that they'd fail to find the tape anyway. But then I realized - the 'crimes' they make up against her (which, as I recall, includes 'having sex with 3 different men in a year) indicate that this dystopian future society is extremely puritan on matters of sexuality (while being extremely liberal on matters of EXTREME VIOLENCE - anyone else get a hint of societal critique here?), including enforced monogamy at the very least. Hence, its enforcers would be uncomfortable searching through those 'extra hiding-places', making it a long-shot, but not entirely impossible, that Amber would be able to keep the tape hidden in her TrouserSpace... -- BlackDragon
** Alternately, folks willing to search all those places weren't necessarily hard to find, but hard to find in the time they had. She wasn't discoverd rooting through the records until the night the show was going to be on, and they were rushed to get her in costume to have her be part of the act. As for why Killian didn't go for a quieter method of dealing with her? I dunno, he's an [[VillainBall 80's action movie villain.]]
** When the movie shows the previous seasons "Winners," they're smiling and waving in front of some fairly obvious blue screens. However, the thing that hit me after watching the movie a couple times is that they're both still in their spandex contestant jumpsuits. Didn't anyone in the audience think that was a bit odd?
** See I just figured they'd think they put them back on for the show and all
** Why would the government frame Richards for the Bakersfield Massacre in the first place? What did they gain out of it? They had to have known that firing on a crowd of unarmed civilians would either piss off the people or frighten them into submission. But you can only frighten people like that if they believe that the government is willing to kill them, not if they believe that it was the act of a single rogue pilot.
*** The people were clearly more pissed off than frightened by Bakersfield anyway; frightening them into submission probably wasn't the plan. The totalitarian society of ''The Running Man'' seems to work more on apathy rather than fear; it's more ''Brave New World'' (keeping the population nice and docile through distraction) than ''Nineteen Eighty Four'' (keeping the population weak and frightened). Even the poor people in the shanty towns are distracted from their wretched lot by watching the show and making bets on it. So trying to frighten them into submission probably wasn't the game-plan, since that can also quite easily backfire; after all, if you're already poor. oppressed and starving, and the government makes it clear that it doesn't care and is going to machine gun you from above anyway just for being poor, oppressed and starving, then you've got nothing left to lose by rising up and fighting them. By making Richards the fall guy, the government can both quell a potential unrest while keeping their hands clean by pointing it all towards him.