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Max Headroom: 20 Minutes Into the Future

  • Jun 1, 2013 · 7:00 PM
  • Jeff Johannigman's home

25 years ago, a major television network dared to broadcast a series that satirized consumer culture, reality game shows, and yes, network television itself. Much like Firefly, it was too strange to earn high ratings and was canceled after only 14 episodes. "What kind of show is this anyway?" Max asks early on. What, indeed? It's Blade Runner meets Network, a bleak comedy and cyber satire that, even decades later, one can't watch without marveling how something so off-center ever get on the air. Decades later, society has caught up to the show that was ahead of its time.

The series is set "20 minutes into the future" in a dystopian landscape where instead of a chicken in every pot there is a TV in every homeless tent. Evil and corrupt television executives, in consort with advertising agencies, will literally kill for ratings. Exposing their plots is the mission of investigative reporter Edison Carter (Matt Frewer), aided by producer Theora Jones (Amanda Pays), hacker prodigy Bryce Lynch (Chris Young), and Edison's digital alter ego, Max Headroom.

To get a taste of the cool that is Max Headroom, see:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWdefG8WaqQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=281mHkhBUnM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9AZZVnNw60

I will run three of the best episodes, and supply the popcorn. Please bring other snacks and drinks to share. See you there, 20 minutes into the future!

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Eric

    In Max Headroom style, it was "great te-te-te-television" ***starts floating to the right***

    June 3, 2013

  • Susan

    Very well done both in terms of content and cinematography.

    June 2, 2013

  • Johann

    Nice turnout, and we had a lot of fun. Amazing to see how visionary this series was 25 years ago.

    1 · June 2, 2013

  • Diane B.

    Oh man, I don't think I can make it tonight in time. Enjoy yourselves. I'm jealous.

    June 1, 2013

  • Diego

    Hi my name is Diego and I'm new to this club I hope to make a lot of new friends and I hope I get accepted as a friend.

    May 26, 2013

  • Krishna J.

    I most likely won't make it - will probably be checking out artist's alley at the Dallas A-kon :D

    May 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sounds great. must resist the urge to watch all the episodes /right now/!

    May 8, 2013

  • Sten

    Momentarily forgot - I'll be in San Antonio that weekend.

    April 28, 2013

  • Christine M.

    MAX HEADROOM is way too kewl!!

    April 27, 2013

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