Theora's brother gets involved in "raking" - a violent underground sport that is a cross between skateboarding and roller-derby.



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Tain Bodkin
Bobby Brett
Kawena Charlot ...
Peter Cohl ...
B.L. Collins
Tabi Cooper
(as Lee DeBroux)
Kimberly B. Delfin ...
(as Kimberly Delfin)
Ricardo Gutiérrez ...


Theora's brother gets involved in "raking" - a violent underground sport that is a cross between skateboarding and roller-derby.

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Comedy | Sci-Fi


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7 April 1987 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Max Headroom: Murray. Murrrrayyy... *Murray*! Forget about that mad bomber jazz and listen up! There's a guy with a gun running amok-mok-mok in a crowd here every afternoon!
Murray: I'm sorry to disappoint you, uh, Max, but that's, uh, Missile Mike. It's one of our children's shows.
Max Headroom: You're kidding. Kids like ki-ki-ki-killing? Who *told* them about it!
Murray: I'm never going to get used to this. Just because he lives in a TV, he thinks everything is TV!
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Max Headroom--Rakers
2 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode focuses more on Amanda Pays' character in regards to her brother being involved in a violent underground sport involving skateboarding and full contact called raking. It takes place in a reasonably guarded bingo hall that carries the resemblance of a small skatepark. Network 23 seems interested in the sport (not knowing that the underground rules of the sport is "survival" through who can incapacitate the other in the reward of a victor), but when Edison (looking for Theora's brother) gains an understanding of the danger that comes with raking he will try to put a stop to it through his reporting of it to a worldwide audience. This episode shines a light on the poverty and homelessness (and starvation) of the city that Edison and cast live. The culture of raking is just a way for aggressive kids with little hope to compete and belong to something potentially meaningful, exploited by adults with eyes wide open to big profits and massive earnings. The message against easily accessible violence, popularized and mainstream, is rather loud, especially the way Max Headroom addresses it with the suits at Network 23 (Missile Mike). The kids trying to kill each other on skateboards while adults bet on their welfare also comments on how violence can be used through manipulation (a coach in charge of a team that included Theora's brother knowingly badgers the kid to compete even while badly injured) by exploiting the young to benefit the older. It'll take Edison and a "source" (an inside guy who knows about the sport and what it entails) to put a spotlight on the nefarious misdeeds of those allowing the kids to harm each other while they cheer and celebrate. There are little hints that Edison and Theora might have a slight thing for each other. As Max would say, "A f-f-f-fond-fond-fondddnnn-fondness for each other." We notice that "credits" are used to purchase things. And we also learn that Murray should stick to producing because his work at control sucks. Bryce has a few minutes in this episode, not exactly forthcoming in pulling a conversation between Theora and her sister-in-law after Edison has to damn near beg and plead for it (Max actually does it instead). Theora is bit of a bitch when Edison freely offers to help her find her brother; not her finest moment is a club table scene where she flat defies Edison's every attempt to give her assistance. Without her at control, though, Edison isn't quite the same…they are a great team. And ultimately she understands that Edison deserves the benefit of the doubt as he can get to the truth and find her brother easier than perhaps she can.

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