Max Headroom

Episode Guide

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With pictures. Lots lots lots lots of pictures. The people must see me.

 

Me-me. I should be a meme. Max The Meme.

You're already the embodiment of a YouTube poop, Max.

How r-r-rude.

And yet, accurate. Moving right along...

You know, kiddo, all of these were aired before you were b-born. You should listen to me more. I'm your elder.

I have opposable thumbs. And legs. Therefore, I win.

No need to get p-p-p-personal.

Sure there is. And if people wanted a more personal overview of the Max Headroom universe, they could see screencaptures, and original artwork, sorted by character and setting by clicking here.

Season 1, Episode 1: Blipverts

THIS EPISODE WAS WRITTEN BY JOE GANNON AND STEVE ROBERTS, AND DIRECTED BY FARHAD MANN. ANAGRAMS OF THE TITLE INCLUDE: VERB SPLIT, 'TIL PBS REV.

When hotshot reporter Edison Carter -

Hey, is he related to that gggguy who invented the movie camera? Man, that bright spark is why we have lightbulbs.

And telegraphs.

Ye-ye-ye-YEAH! I Thought I should telegraph these facts. I've gotot heritige. Heritige.

No, you haven't, there is probably no relation. Anyway, Edison Carter discovers that Network 23 is using advertising that

BLOWS YOUR MIND. Literallyally.

A bit of detective work uncovers they're being pushed into it by parent company, ZikZak, who are very unhappy about Carter's work. Carter runs for his life, then hops on a motorbike and rides for his life, head-first into the “Max Headroom” sign above the exit to an underground carpark. Carter is unconscious, and ZikZak is worried about what he might publicly reveal when he wakes up... So they push Network 23's resident genius, Bryce, into downloading Carter's consciousness so they can ask a computer simulation of his memories what he saw.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how babies aaaaaaaare made.

If, by babies, you mean an emergent artificial consciousness formed from Carter's memories...

What-WHAT-what-what else would I mean?

I can only guess. Anyway, a long story short, ZikZak get their comeuppance, Carter wakes up, and Network 23 decide to let Max hang around.

Show them the p-p-p-pictures!

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Season 1, Episode 2: Rakers

THIS EPISODE WAS WRITTEN BY JAMES CROCKER AND STEVE ROBERTS, AND DIRECTED BY THOMAS J. WRIGHT. ANAGRAMS OF THE TITLE INCLUDE: ASK ERR, AS KERR.
Raking is d-d-d-dangerous.

We're not talking clearing your lawn of leafs, we're talking getting on a motorised skateboard and using assorted blades to claw at someone else on a skateboard. The rules are a bit vague, but the punters love it despite its illegality. Theora's brother has taken up raking, and his concerned partner has run to Theora for help. Naturally, Theora enlists Carter's help, and Max

Saves the day, as always always-ways.

I was going to say “came along for the ride”. But yes, Max does end up saving the day, as they realise the cruelty of the sport, the broadcast rights for which are about to be sold to their very own Network 23.

 

Then I totally save the day.

Yes, I guess you do.

HA HA HA HA HA HA, brilliant. Show them me-ME-me doing it.

I'll also throw in screencaps of everyone involved in this excursion; as always, click on the thumbnails for the full-sized image to open in a new window.

Season 1, Episode 3: Body Banks

THIS EPISODE WAS WRITTEN BY STEVE ROBERTS, AND DIRECTED BY FRANCIS DELIA. ANAGRAMS OF THE TITLE INCLUDE: SAD NOBBY, BANK BY SOD, ASK BY BOND.

Have you ever tried to order a bag of big toes? The Body Bank could help you out, they've likely stripped a fresh corpse just this morning, and toes aren't liable to damage in accidents. Sadly, the Body Bank isn't always turning its sights to actually dead bodies... A desperate bloke does a bit of breaking and entering, and holds Theora hostage, in an effort to convince Carter to look into the disappearance of his girlfriend. It turns out that a very rich man called Plantagenet -

AHAHAHAHAHAH

Hee hee, it is a silly name... Anyway, ol'Planty's Mum is dying from a rare condition of somethingorother, and he's been paying off the BodyBank to hunt down poor people with a matching somethingorother type for harvest and transplant without consent. Bryce gets sucked into the mix when a Network executive panics, and agrees to use the same technology that created Max to back up Plantagenet's mother's brains. At the last minute, Max broadcasts everything, laying Plantagenet's plan bare, his mother dead, and the kidnapped poor lass not dead.

BEHOLD.

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Season 1, Episode 4: Security Systems

THIS EPISODE WAS WRITTEN BY MICHAEL CASSUTT, AND DIRECTED BY TOMMY LEE WALLACE. ANAGRAMS OF THE TITLE INCLUDE: I STRESS MY CUTESY, YES SYSTEMATIC RUST, CURTSEY SET MISSY.

This episode is best summarised as political/financial intrigue culminating with Carter and Bryce being trapped in a freezing room, and Max saving their life with the power of FLIRTING.

I'm such a st-st-st-stud.

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Season 1, Episode 5: War

THIS EPISODE WAS WRITTEN BY MARTIN PASKO, REBECCA PARR, MICHAEL CASSUTT AND STEVE ROBERTS, AND DIRECTED BY THOMAS J. WRIGHT. ANAGRAMS OF THE TITLE INCLUDE: RAW... YEAH, THAT'S ALL I'VE GOT.

EXPLOSIONS.

And then, inexplicably, a smaller network beats our heroes at Network 23 to the scoop.

Then, MORE EXPLOSIONS.

Carter smells a rat, and uncovers a pseudo-terrorist plot to blow up uninhabited areas and sell the screen rights for a big wad of credits. Things go bad to worse when it turns out that one of Carter's colleagues, Crane, was caught in one of the blasts. Also, the leader of the pseudo-terrorist group, Croyd, is bonkers.

Then, ANOTHER EXPLOSION

Thankfully, due to the quick action of Carter et al, and the bonkers logic of Croyd, this one takes out the pseudo-terrorists, and not Crane as they had intended. Click on the thumbnails to view the lager sized ima-

BOOOM!

Season 1, Episode 6: The Blanks

 THIS EPISODE WAS WRITTEN BY STEVE ROBERTS, AND DIRECTED BY TOMMY LEE WALLACE. ANAGRAMS OF THE TITLE INCLUDE: HANK BLEST, SHANK BELT.

What do you get when a B-b-B-Blank is good with computers, and-and-and-and has a criminal plan?

A rollicking adventure where Carter needs to track down the cause of city-wide TV outages (leading to panic and chaos) and ends up telling the story of a group of disenfranchised second-class citizens who feel they're not getting a fair go?

 

I was going to say a...Drumroll... Blank cheque, hah HAHA! My answer was better than-thth-than yours. Yours. Yours.

Yes, but my answer neatly summarises the story. Click on the thumbnails below to view larger versions of screencaptures from this episode.

Season 2, Episode 1: Academy

THIS EPISODE WAS WRITTEN BY DAVID BROWN, AND DIRECTED BY VICTOR LOBL. ANAGRAMS OF THE TITLE INCLUDE: MACE DAY, A MAC DYE.

Bryce's alma mater has continued to be a haven for young technological geniuses, bringing out their technical talents. One particularly talented young student, Nicholas, commits the heinous crime of hacking into television broadcast signals. He covers his tracks by framing Blank Reg for his actions. While Reg fights for his freedom in a pastiche of public trial and game show, Bryce and Carter go back to school in an attempt to weed out the true criminal.

Hey, why do pot-POT-potatoes make good detectives? Because they keep keep keeep their eyes peeled!

Needless to say, they find the culprit and save the day.

I think, therefore I Yam.

More like yammer. Anyway, here are screencaptures from this episode. Click on the thumbnails to see a bigger image pop up in a new window

Season 2, Episode 2: Deities

THIS EPISODE WAS WRITTEN BY MICHAEL CASSUTT, AND DIRECTED BY TOM WRIGHT. ANAGRAMS OF THE TITLE INCLUDE: I'D SEE IT, SIDE TIE.

Capitalising on the human wish for life after death, the Vu-Age church is offering a computer-based afterlife. The hefty sum given by ordinary people is going to waste, however, as the church doesn't actually have the technology to back up its promises.

Its under-under-understand-understandable, really, given the way the coc-coc-coconut trade is going.

What?

Coconuts. Whatever they are, they k-k-k-kill more people than sharks.

I'll keep it in mind. Anyway, heading up the church is Vana, an old flame set to reignite her relationship with Carter. Her true goal is getting her hands on Max, and the technology that built him; through this technology, she hopes to finally make good on the promise of a digital afterlife for her congregation. The multitude of problems involved with doing so, not the least the danger to Max's program, mean Carter has to stop her... And he does. Hey, Max, what is brown, hairy, and wears sunglasses?

What?

A coconut on holidays!

T-t-t-th-they stalk people when they're on holidays?

It is a constant threat.

AAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

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Season 2, Episode 3: Grossberg's Return

THIS EPISODE WAS WRITTEN BY STEVE ROBERTS, AND DIRECTED BY JANET GREEK. ANAGRAMS OF THE TITLE INCLUDE: BREAST GREG ROSS, BERG REST GROSS.

Grossberg is done licking his wounds, and tries to get his own back on Network 23 by tricking his way to the helm of Network 66 and poaching 23's resident genius, Bryce. He nearly succeeds, but when Carter sheds light on the the less than commodious deeds of some of his hirelings, Grossberg must admit defeat.

We defeated him IN THE FACE.

Very nice.

Right in the kisser. Kiss kisser.

Metaphorically speaking.

POW!

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Season 2, Episode 4: Dream Thieves

THIS EPISODE WAS WRITTEN BY STEVE ROBERTS AND CHARLIE CRAIG, AND DIRECTED BY TODD HOLLAND. ANAGRAMS OF THE TITLE INCLUDE: HE'D SEVER TIM, MARSH EDIT EVE.

Carter bumps into an old friend and rival reporter fallen on hard times, Paddy. The next encounter with Paddy sees him drained of life, spurring Carter to investigate. Teaming up with Blank Reg, Carter discovers a new TV program built from people's dreams; the problem is the recording process is also liable to suck their lifeforce as well as their unconscious imagery.

Did you hear about the man who p-p-p-plugged his electric blanket into the toaster? He kept popping out of bed all night!

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Season 2, Episode 5: Whackets

THIS EPISODE WAS WRITTEN BY ARTHUR SELLERS AND DENNIS ROLFE, AND DIRECTED BY VICTOR LOBL. ANAGRAMS OF THE TITLE INCLUDE: SWAT HECK, TASK CHEW.
I was on Wh-wh-wh-Whackets, you know.

After you, Max, and everyone else watching Big-Time TV became addicted to it. Blank Reg didn't know what he was getting into when he first aired the Whackets tape, and his viewing audience inexplicably couldn't get enough of its mindless content. When Big Time TV, broadcasting from Reg's van, began to beat the bigger networks in the ratings, Network 23 set their best reporter on the case. Carter exposed the truth in the nick of time; Whackets was a pilot of a new breed of mindless, addictive shows intended for evil purposes.

The o-o-only time I have felt more disappointed was when I realised that not everyone could be as suave as me. Me.

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Season 2, Episode 6: Neurostim

THIS EPISODE WAS WRITTEN BY ARTHUR SELLERS AND MICHAEL CASSUTT, AND DIRECTED BY MAURICE PHILLIPS. ANAGRAMS OF THE TITLE INCLUDE: MINE TORUS, SIRE MOUNT.
Have you ever wanted to meet me, face-face-face-face-to-face? Be honest with yourself, you secretly wh-whi-while away the hours of waiting for something to happen in your empty lives with mental images of my glimmering visage whisking you away from all of this. This. This. Dream a little better with a Neurostim bracelet, manufactured by ZikZak.

If you dream with that thing, you'll have illegal subliminal advertising pumped directly into your brain. Your life will crumble under a pile of stuff you didn't want, and neglect of your daily chores.

Just imagine - you, me me me me, and... well, how could you want anything more than me!

And, if you're as unlucky as Carter, ZikZak will get you out of the way by pushing your mental consumer buttons, turning you into a remorseless shopaholic destined for debt.

Yeah, but I hop-hop-hopped into Carter's brain and saved him from himself.

At the last minute. And it almost fried you both.

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Season 2, Episode 7: Lessons

THIS EPISODE WAS WRITTEN BY ADRIAN HEIN, STEVE ROBERTS, COLMON DEKAY AND HOWARD BROOKNER, AND DIRECTED BY VICTOR LOBL. ANAGRAMS OF THE TITLE INCLUDE: LESS SON.

Knowledge is power.

Stick-stick-stick a few wires into a smart kid and they'll p-p-power your TV for months.

Show a few educational programs to some Blank children and they'll arrest you. Unconstitutionally. Carter and Theora, while wandering around in a festival that involves stuff falling on their heads, meet some Blanks who have fallen afoul -

Why. Why did the chicken cross the road?

To escape the foul smell! AHAHA AHA HA HA AHAHAHAH!!

Very nice. Anyway, Carter stumbles across Blanks trying to educate their youths, and decides it isn't right the authorities are locking 'em away. It turns out the Metrocops aren't too happy with arresting for educating themselves either, and they all team up in a pretty cool showdown to take down the bast-

No swearing!

- rather unpleasant man who was behind the arrests.

sh-sh-sh-Shit, that was close.

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Season 2, Episode 8: Baby Grobags

THIS EPISODE WAS WRITTEN BY CHRIS RUPPENTHAL AND ADRIAN HEIN, AND DIRECTED BY JANET GREEK. ANAGRAMS OF THE TITLE INCLUDE: BRAGG SAY BOB, ABSORB BAGGY.

Baby Grobags offer an excellent service for the busy Mum: they'll take your genetic material, and do all the nasty business of pregnancy for you.

Wait, you mean THIS is how babies are made? GROOOOOOOOOSS!

When the baby is due, Mum and Dad simply pick it up... Unless someone steals the baby. Theora's friend, Helen, has had her baby stolen. Carter et al uncover a string of missing babies, and follow a trail to a hit television show predicated on the exploitation of (kidnapped) genius children. They thwart the plan and recover the baby. Hooray!

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