Education becomes a crime when Blanks start pirating elite educational programming for poor children.



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Bobby Reporter
Festival Queen
Laura Carrington ...
Guy Christopher
Larry Cortinas ...
Man on motorcycle
Peter Crook ...
Blank Bruno
Ainslie Currie ...
Lewis Dauber ...
Blank Teacher


Education becomes a crime when Blanks start pirating elite educational programming for poor children.

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Comedy | Sci-Fi




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5 May 1988 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode is also known under the title "Lost Tapes." That working title was likely changed in the rushed post-production of the last few episodes after the series cancellation. See more »


[the Metrocops lead away handcuffed Blank Teacher they've just arrested for teaching the children of "The Fringes" to read using tapes pirated from a Subscription TV channel]
Blank Teacher: Reading is a right, not a privilege!
Dragul: A right that must be earned; a commodity that must be purchased.
Blank Teacher: These kids have the right to knowledge, philistine!
Dragul: Not if it is stolen property. That tape is pirated from Pay Education TV.
[to metrocop]
Dragul: Chief, get rid of him. If these vermin want it, they should pay for it, like ...
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Nice episode
7 October 2010 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

Education becomes a crime when Blanks begin pirating educational programming for poor children. Edison (the always excellent Matt Frewer) tries to break the story, but winds up running afoul of censors as well. The sharp and incisive script by Adrian Hein and Steve Roberts astutely addresses the meaty themes of education as yet another commodity to be bought and sold for profit (the educational shows broadcast on Network 23 are strictly pay cable affairs), the evil of censorship, the abuse of power, and the importance and necessity of education for everyone. Moreover, Hein and Roberts deserve extra credit for giving the episode a good degree of complexity (for example, the metro cops hate busting the Blanks, but still have to follow orders just the same). In a welcome departure from the show's usual format, both Thera (the lovely and beguiling Amanda Pays) and Murray (fabulous Jeffrey Tambor) get in the thick of the action as they help Edison out. Ainslie Currie contributes a sweet and charming performance as cute Blank kid Mink. Laura Carrington is likewise fine as Mink's scared on the run mother Francies. John Durbin makes for a marvelously odious villain as slimy and overzealous censor Drugal. And Max's sardonic quips are as wickedly funny as ever.

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