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Blade Runner meets TV cop show...badly,
This review is from: Total Recall 2070 (DVD)
Another failed SF series. And watching it, I can understand why this one failed (even though I still cannot understand why something like JAG can survive for ten years...). First of all, the debt to Blade Runner is considerable. Cops tracking `androids,' exterior scenes garishly lit in constant rain by neon fluted with Japanese characters. And a scene midway into the story of an android wanting to extend his memory and the `cop' not killing him. In this version, he jumps off of the building instead of delivering the pithy 'tears in rain' speech. And the dialog does not approach the genre-pathos of BR.
The structure of the story revolves around a good `cop' who is chronically underappreciated by his captain. The dialog is peppered with cliches from just about every TV cop show ever written. What is tiresome is the trope of the good cop constantly doing good cop work, yet his captain somehow amazingly seems not to be able to stop yelling and berating him for it. In this series, the logic of such a relationship is broken. We can see no reason why our hero Hume keeps getting trash-mouthed by his boss, as he is consistently uncovering clue after clue in the ongoing investigation and breaking it wide open. But of course, that doesn't create much drama, so we have to have his boss be an unmitigated jerk. And the female lead/support is also tiring. Enough of bromide female characters afraid for their spouses and constantly berating them for not coming home on time or forgetting the milk. Let's face it, as a viewer, If I see this guy evade certain death and heroically perform feat after feat, i'm not going to have much sympathy for his dumbass wife. But the berating chastising/wise wife is a hallowed cliche in TV and is trotted out again and again. And boringly, everyone is beautiful - or at least, the good guys are. Skip it.