Max Headroom - Max Headroom -
Computer generated alter-ego of award winning investigative
reporter Edison Carter (Matt Frewer) who worked for the
futuristic TV Network 23 on the journalism adventure MAX
When Edison Carter (Ident No. 74928VDG6629)
began to investigate the mysterious detonation of TV viewers,
his assignment was quickly terminated. It seemed the executives
at his network had devised a commercial called a "Blipvert," (a
thirty second commercial compressed into three seconds) designed
to keep people from switching channels while viewing.
Unfortunately, the Blipvert had one serious side effect. It
caused the bodies of inactive viewers such as the pensioned, the
sick and the unemployed to explode.
But, caring more for the money
made from their Blipverts than the danger it posed to their
viewers, the president of Network 23, Mr. Grosberg (Charles
Rocket) decided to keep them on the air, even if it meant
silencing their star reporter, Edison Carter, who had penetrated
the research and development laboratory on the Network's 13th
Floor and learned the secrets of Blipverts.
Escaping the security guards sent after him, Edison hopped
aboard a motorcycle and sped through the subterranean parking
lot only to be abruptly stopped by a garage exit ramp which rose
from the floor.
Edison's unconscious body was held captive while
the amoral Mr. Grosberg decided what to do with him. Bryce Lynch
(Chris Young), their 16-year-old computer genius and inventor of
Blipverts suggested that they read his mind to find out just how
much Edison Carter knew about Blipverts. As Lynch explained:
"I can do a memory dump of his synaptic circuits. The brain is
only a binary computer, a series of on/off switches, that's the
basis of my computer generated people program. I can record
Edison Carter's memory into the computer and then regenerate him
on screen. Then we can ask his computer regenerated figure what
he knows, before he wakes up."
The result was a computer generated head (the computer could
only hold enough memory buffer for the upper half coordinates of
his body), that began to take on a life of its own, learning
from minute to minute, thus becoming Max Headroom, the first
ever computer generated person.
Max took his name because the last thing Edison Carter saw while
sailing through the air at the site of the crash were the words
"Max Headroom 2.3 m" (the clearance height written on the
parking lot barrier arm).
When Max Headroom overheard that Mr. Grosberg was going to erase
a part of his memory (the incriminating Blipvert part) he
escaped into the network's electronics system. Edison Carter's
body was found (still alive) at a local body bank and revived.
With the help of Max Headroom and Edison's beautiful control
room assistant, Theora Jones (Amanda Pays), Carter overthrew the
tyrannical Mr. Grosberg.
Now, a living part of Network 23 computer system, Max Headroom,
the blonde haired, blue eyed computer image of Edison Carter,
popped in and out of regularly scheduled programs with such
provocative questions as "How can you tell when our network
president is lying? "...His lips move."
The Max Headroom computer character was created by English whiz,
producer Peter Wagg. Max Headroom originally appeared in 1985 as
a video promotional figure for an English record company. He
later crossed the ocean to America to conduct Rock music
interviews on the CINEMAX cable channel, and later became
commercial spokes-head for a series of highly successful
Coca-Cola TV spots.
Actor Matt Frewer actually was the star behind the series. His
computer likeness was nothing more than a series of filmed
versions of his speaking head translated into a fast-paced,
agitated animated format. The series was based on a British
screenplay by Steve Roberts. See also
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