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The last several month's have not been good years to be a cop. After Floyd, Cops have never been seen in more negative lights. The Police department is being pressured to be defunded, and some even think that cops should be replaced with social workers, blaming corporations for creating street thugs. Cop media has also suffered. Cop shows have been cancelled, and even Paw Patrol got hit by this, because parents wanted Chase to be written out of the show because he's a police dog. And that's for preschoolers.
Well, as a Minnesotan, and a Liberal(hate me if you want), I actually think that this is no better time to keep making that upcoming Robocop sequel. I even give the first movie kudos for having the main villain be a rich corporate executive instead of a street thug. But I'm also a pragmatist. I know that crime is merely a byproduct of society, no matter what form it takes. I do know that not all crooks are bad people, and some are driven by poverty and desperation. I also don't think we should get rid of cops, just limit their power and give them knew training. Train them to treat each incident differently, use diplomacy, and only resort to arresting when there's no other option.
Robocop needs to show this as well. A lot of people hated the 2014 film for no gory violence, but that's not what makes Robocop great. To me, Robocop is the story of a cop who's lost nearly everything, and his attempts to keep all that's left of his humanity. Murphy is still in there, he still has feelings, and one could even argue he still has a soul. The gory violence is just for add on.
So here's what I'd do if I was the writer for the sequel.
Ignore the first 2 sequels, that's already been confirmed.
Establish that after Dick's death, Omniconsumer and the Detroit Police have fallen on hard times. There have been protests, riots, and even Robocop himself has been blamed for being part of a oppressive system.
Have a villain who's willing to exploit the anti cop situation to his advantage
Maintain that there is corruption and even racism in the Police Department
Have at least one scene where Robocop is able to resolve a situation without fighting
Establish that even in a more just society, there is still crime
Acknowledge that not all crooks are bad people
Reserve violence only for the bad crooks, good crooks who are driven by poverty and desperation get help.
Call me a snowflake if you want, but these little details could do wonders in today's world.
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What happened to Lt. Hedgecock, after Anne Lewis saved RoboCop from being destroyed by him? Did he was branded as an outcast?
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His name is John Reed. That was the name he had in the script, novel and film Robocop in 1987. Murphy mistakenly calls him "Warren" in the second film because he is confused by his reprogramming. IT IS A JOKE!
There are so many Robocop movies and programs that, by the 1990s (in the real world), the timelines jump back and forth. The stories aren't even necessarily in the same universe, but here is an attempt to create a linear chronology (the year in parentheses is the year the film/show was released):
Robocop (2014 - reboot)
Robocop: The Animated Series (1988)
Robocop: The Series (1994)
Robocop 2 (1990)
Robocop 3 (1993)
Robocop: Prime Directives (2001)
Robocop: Alpha Commando (1998)
A question is where Robocop Returns will fall in the chronology. It is supposed to take place about 25 years after Robocop so that places it between Prime Directives and Alpha Commando, I guess?
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