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* Regarding ED-209's significant flaws, it would actually not be nearly as problematic a design if deployed in certain situations which could either be more tightly controlled (acting as a sentry in a fenced-off area such as the storage yard in ''Robocop 3'') or where the use of force is much more encouraged (military operations, especially if they can utilize some sort of Identification Friend or Foe system to avoid friendly fire). Police work itself is very distinct and specialized apart from military and security operations, even if there is some overlap. Even the problem with being unable to get up if it falls over just means OCP has the opportunity to sell the military recovery vehicles to get ED-209s back on their feet, similarly to how the military has specialized vehicles for recovering damaged or immobilized armored vehicles.

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* Regarding ED-209's significant flaws, it would actually not be nearly as problematic a design if deployed in certain situations which could either be more tightly controlled (acting as a sentry in a fenced-off area such as the storage yard in ''Robocop 3'') or where the use of force is much more encouraged (military operations, especially if they can utilize some sort of Identification Friend or Foe system to avoid friendly fire).fire -- Dick Jones even says he's looking to deploy it militarily). Police work itself is very distinct and specialized apart from military and security operations, even if there is some overlap. Even the problem with being unable to get up if it falls over just means OCP has the opportunity to sell the military recovery vehicles to get ED-209s back on their feet, similarly to how the military has specialized vehicles for recovering damaged or immobilized armored vehicles.


* If Murphy's wife and son moved away from Detroit after his "death" and left their vacant house to be sold, why didn't the realtors who installed those video-screens promoting its sale also clean up that abandoned debris in the kitchen? Finding a cracked mug and a bunch of burnt photos and dead houseplants lying around on the countertops sure isn't going to appeal to potential buyers.

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* If Murphy's wife and son moved away from Detroit after his "death" and left their vacant house to be sold, why didn't the realtors who installed those video-screens promoting its sale also clean up that abandoned debris in the kitchen? Finding a cracked mug and a bunch of burnt photos and dead houseplants lying around on the countertops sure isn't going to appeal to potential buyers.
buyers who stop in for a tour.

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* If Murphy's wife and son moved away from Detroit after his "death" and left their vacant house to be sold, why didn't the realtors who installed those video-screens promoting its sale also clean up that abandoned debris in the kitchen? Finding a cracked mug and a bunch of burnt photos and dead houseplants lying around on the countertops sure isn't going to appeal to potential buyers.

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** This is even somewhat hinted at in the movie, with Dick Jones stating that the strike "could really work for [OCP]." By the sequel, the executives at OCP are even prolonging the strike by cutting pensions, hoping that the actual Detroit police department will eventually be all but defunct in order for them to replace it with Robocop units.

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** A less obvious one, when Robo determines that ''yes, taking the CEO hostage is a valid immediate termination offence'' and thereby rescinds Directive Four as it relates to Dick Jones. ED-209 would not have the wherewithal to process that kind of information and determination (which is easy enough for a human, but as yet still difficult for a computer to figure out.)

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* Regarding ED-209's significant flaws, it would actually not be nearly as problematic a design if deployed in certain situations which could either be more tightly controlled (acting as a sentry in a fenced-off area such as the storage yard in ''Robocop 3'') or where the use of force is much more encouraged (military operations, especially if they can utilize some sort of Identification Friend or Foe system to avoid friendly fire). Police work itself is very distinct and specialized apart from military and security operations, even if there is some overlap. Even the problem with being unable to get up if it falls over just means OCP has the opportunity to sell the military recovery vehicles to get ED-209s back on their feet, similarly to how the military has specialized vehicles for recovering damaged or immobilized armored vehicles.

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** Maybe his operating costs are so high because all the massive property damage he does is included in the figure. They probably didn't intend to need to repair him as often as they do, either, and the holding-cell setup doesn't look like it would cost that much to operate once the initial equipment is there. They probably originally estimated him costing them far less, just a few technicians' salaries plus occasional parts. Robo's also great for their public image because his humanoid appearance makes him much more marketable, and you can let him play with the kids without worrying about him shooting them into a bloody pulp.


* RealityIsUnrealistic: Police strikes have occurred before despite this, though they are somewhat rare. A notable example would be the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baltimore_police_strike Baltimore police strike]] in 1974. The main difference there was it was following a larger municipal strike by other city departments, the entire department didn't walk out, and the obvious issue of the police derpartment in the movie being privately owned. Still, realistically you would expect some form of government response, even if it only amounted to condemning the strike and requesting outside help from other police departments.

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* ** RealityIsUnrealistic: Police strikes have occurred before despite this, though they are somewhat rare. A notable example would be the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baltimore_police_strike Baltimore police strike]] in 1974. The main difference there was it was following a larger municipal strike by other city departments, the entire department didn't walk out, and the obvious issue of the police derpartment in the movie being privately owned. Still, realistically you would expect some form of government response, even if it only amounted to condemning the strike and requesting outside help from other police departments.

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* RealityIsUnrealistic: Police strikes have occurred before despite this, though they are somewhat rare. A notable example would be the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baltimore_police_strike Baltimore police strike]] in 1974. The main difference there was it was following a larger municipal strike by other city departments, the entire department didn't walk out, and the obvious issue of the police derpartment in the movie being privately owned. Still, realistically you would expect some form of government response, even if it only amounted to condemning the strike and requesting outside help from other police departments.


* Public servants are forbidden to strike. However, the police are a subsidiary of a private company and overseen by the villain who has [[BadBoss no regard for them]]. The strike is in fact useful to both parties as Jones doesn't need to worry about any police [[TheCavalry coming to Murphy's rescue]] and interfering with Boddicker. Robocop himself does not have to worry about innocent cops [[StopHelpingMe getting in his way]] or being stopped from doing his duty by the police retrieving him and [[NiceJobBreakingItHero shutting him down]].

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* Public servants are forbidden to strike. However, the police are a subsidiary of a private company and overseen by the villain who has [[BadBoss no regard for them]]. The strike is in fact useful to both parties as Jones doesn't need to worry about any police [[TheCavalry coming to Murphy's rescue]] and interfering with Boddicker. Robocop himself does not have to worry about innocent cops [[StopHelpingMe [[UnwantedAssistance getting in his way]] or being stopped from doing his duty by the police retrieving him and [[NiceJobBreakingItHero shutting him down]].

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** Also, it's only in the second film that Robocop is shown to be irreplacable; from what the first film shows us, there's nothing stopping them from just reviving other dead cops the same way as Murphy.


* The movie started off bad, then it got worse for Robocop, a ''law'' officer named ''Murphy''. Think about it.

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* The movie started off bad, then it got worse for Robocop, a ''law'' officer named ''Murphy''. Think about it.


** The board member could have been a whistle-blower or someone else undesirable to the rest of the board, and ED-209 was an easy way of eliminating him under cover of a 'malfunction'.

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** The board member could have been a whistle-blower or someone else undesirable to the rest of the board, and ED-209 was an easy way of eliminating him [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident under cover of a 'malfunction'."malfunction."]]

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** The board member could have been a whistle-blower or someone else undesirable to the rest of the board, and ED-209 was an easy way of eliminating him under cover of a 'malfunction'.

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**Then again, the hunk-o-junk can't even climb a flight of stairs. Urban pacification is one thing, actually busting crime with it would be impossible with such a limitation. "Who cares if it works", indeed.

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