Max Headroom: Season 1, Episode 3

Body Banks (14 Apr. 1987)

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While Max attempts to fill the many gaps in his and Edison's memory, a man takes Theora hostage in an effort to focus Edison's attention on thugs in search of involuntary organ donors.



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Claude Earl Jones


While Max attempts to fill the many gaps in his and Edison's memory, a man takes Theora hostage in an effort to focus Edison's attention on thugs in search of involuntary organ donors.

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Comedy | Sci-Fi




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16 September 2010 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

Max attempts to fill in the gaps in his and Carter's memory. Moreover, Network 23 executives want Max to endorse a Zik Zak product. Meanwhile, a man abducts Theora (superbly played by the lovely Amanda Pays) in order to alert Edison (the always excellent and appealing Matt Frewer) to a shady underground medical facility that specializes in the harvesting of stolen human organs. Director Francis Delia does an ace job of creating and sustaining an appropriately dark and gloomy tone. This episode is especially important for introducing the terrific William Morgan Sheppard as jolly punk anarchist Blank Reg and the delightful Concetta Tomei as Reg's sharp-tongued companion Blank Dominique. Jere Burns and Rick Ducommun are effectively creepy, chilling, and grotesque as brutish thug Breughel and his equally vicious partner Mahler. Longtime favorite 80's horror slasher sequel mainstay Juliette Cummins has a cool bit as brash punkette thief Paula while J.W. Smith makes a welcome return appearance as the street smart Rik. Robert M. Stevens' funky cinematography provides the show's trademark gnarly'n'hazy quasi-futuristic noir look. Cory Lerios' brooding score likewise hits the shuddery spot. Best of all, the acrid and gripping script by Steve Roberts delivers a strong central message about how the rich and powerful will gladly prey on the vulnerable poor who exit on the fringes of society in order to achieve immortality.

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