Max Headroom: Season 1, Episode 4

Security Systems (21 Apr. 1987)

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The CEO of Security Systems, the world's largest security center, fears there may be danger behind the possible purchase of her company by an unknown buyer.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Carol Mayo Jenkins ...
Valerie Towne
J.W. Smith ...
Ricardo Gutiérrez ...
David Allyn
Peter Mins
Julia Calderon ...
Mrs. Rivas
Santos Morales ...
Mr. Rivas
A-7 (voice)


The CEO of Security Systems, the world's largest security center, fears there may be danger behind the possible purchase of her company by an unknown buyer.

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Comedy | Sci-Fi




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21 April 1987 (USA)  »

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Edison Carter: Security Systems has its tendrils into every element of our society - the government, our homes, the police, the courts - I'm not gonna spike this story just because it deals with dollar amounts beyond your comprehension! It's too important!
Murray: ...cerebral...
Theora Jones: Murray, we're trying to play this takeover as a threat to our average viewer. Nobody knows who's doing it. I mean, we all deal with SS every day - what if some really dangerous people got control of it?
Murray: Who do you think controls it now?
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Involving episode
17 September 2010 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

The CEO of Security Systems, the world's largest security center, fears that there may be danger behind the purchase of the company by an unknown buyer. Edison (Matt Frewer, fine as usual) investigates and becomes a wanted fugitive who seeks refuge from the police from his friends. Director Tommy Lee Wallace, working from an intriguing script by Michael Cassutt, does an ace job of creating and sustaining an edgy and paranoid atmosphere. Moreover, this episode neatly illustrates the loyalty amongst the lead characters, with Jeffrey Tambor in sterling form as the antsy Murray who's totally out of his element being on the lam. William Morgan Sheppard as merry anarchist Blank Reg, Concetta Tomei as Reg's kooky companion Blank Dominique, and J.W. Smith as the street savvy Rik shine in cool guest roles. Carol Mayo Jenkins delivers a splendidly icy performance as ruthless and duplicitous CEO Valerie Towne. Max's cheeky conversations with main computer A-7 (delightfully voiced with sultry aplomb by Sally Stevens) are a hoot. Kudos are also in order for Paul Goldsmith's nifty noir-style cinematography and Cory Lerios' moody score. And this episode not only makes interesting points about how advanced technology makes it easier to obtain secret information and thus destroy someone's life (Edison is accused of credit fraud, a crime that's considered worse than murder in the bleak near future!), but also manages to make computer hacking seem awfully exciting.

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