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Novak was a bought and paid for corporate shill for Omnicorp.
  • This isn't too much of a stretch, but Novak's incredible pro-bot bias, particularly in the scene where he has the CEO at the studio and the anti-bot senator on hologram, speak of such horrible bias, that it doesn't take a whole heck of a lot to imagine Omnicorp is probably covertly (at the very least) paying Novak a great deal to be a sockpuppet for them.
    • Alternatively, rather than being paid under the table, his show is outright owned and produced by Omnicorp (or another OCP subsidiary / partner), and is taking the company line.
OCP is a Chinese Mega Corporation.
  • Omnicorp is American, but its parent company is a tech and industrial giant from China. That certainly would give it a extra level of irony, making America's safety and military might a matter of foreign business. Plus, it would explain why Omnicorp had R&D in China note .
    • Outsourcing can do wonders. Microsoft is not a Chinese company even though Xbox One used to be developed in Beijing.
OCP had plans to privatize the police department just like in the original.
With the rampant corruption exposed by Murphy, it shouldn't be too hard to convince public officials to let OCP buy the department under the guise of a benevolent attempt to clean it up.
  • They may have already, to some extent. Compare the bullpen when Murphy is headed to his chief's office at the start of the film, to after he defeats Vallon. When Murphy is shown there after the shootout at the restaurant, it looks like a regular office and the only futuristic technology is the computer screens in Chief Dean's office. But after Vallon's defeat, when Murphy is exposing the contacts Vallon was using, the same bullpen looks much more high tech. It's likely OmniCorp put some serious cash into the place. They would have to since it's going to be Murphy's primary base of operations and he has some special needs.
This takes place Decades after the original RoboCop.
Detroit looks cleaner than the original. It has also shown Murphy wasn't the first Mechanical enforcer on the market. The name of his wife and kid are not the same as the original or the miniseries that followed it. Odds are this Alex Murphy is Alex Murphy the 2nd.
  • Adding credence to this theory is how much more competent the ED-209 robots are (albeit, still not perfect). The fact that the US Armed Forces are using the ED-209s alongside bipedal robot soldiers may support this idea.
  • The line "I wouldn't buy that for a dollar." suggests that the in-universe TV show this line originated from is still at least fairly well known.
The story is a spin on the film Avatar
Alex Murphy gets severely wounded akin to Jake Sully's paraplegic condition only Alex can not leave his "Avatar" body. His first time in his new body, he also gets to "escape" from the lab and go running outside. Alex also turns against his corrupt Mega-Corp in a militant way and removes the corrupt leadership with lethal results (in this case, when Sellers holds his family hostage). Both end with the respective characters fully accepting their new forms.
Raymond Sellers threatening Alex Murphy's family granted Alex an exception to the "Red Asset" rule, but his systems still had trouble processing it.
When Raymond Sellers threatens the Murphy family, the programming in Alex's robotic body was having a fit trying to process the notion that a Red Asset was threatening to harm innocents and blatantly violating laws. Finally, the operating system decides that Sellers is "fired" and allows Alex to pull the trigger.

Dennett Norton may have even had a hand in this decision, realizing how the Red Asset program was being used to allow Omni Corp staff to evade law enforcement.