Its 2070. We have colonized Mars, androids are available to perform
any job you set them to, and several large conglomerates have control over most
businesses, the biggest being Rekall, purveyors of living memories. In charge
of policing these organizations and others is the Citizens Protection Bureau
(CPB), one of whom is David Hume. When his partner is killed, Hume is partnered
with android Ian Farve and the two build a friendship.
Not that it isnt obvious, but Total Recall 2070 was based on the
Arnold Schwarzenegger film. In appearance and set-up, however, it owes more to
First Run: The US Showtime
network began airing episodes on 12 March this year. Sky snapped it up and
its currently showing over here.
Number of Episodes: 22 to the end of Season
One, counting the double-length pilot as two episodes.
Good Guys :David Hume
(Michael Easton), badass sweary cop; Ian Farve (Karl Pruner), polite
almost-Canadian Mountie-style android; Olivia Hume (Cynthia Preston), hot babe
and wife of David; Martin Ehrenthal (Michael Anthony Rawlins), chief of police
and man who keeps an eye on David; Olan Chang (Judith Krant), forensics expert
and friend to Olivia.
Bad Guys: Cally (Matthew
Bennett), head of the Assessors Office, involved in all cases involving a
major company and not a nice chap; Vincent Nagle (Peter Firth), Rekall
representative who knows many of the company secrets.
And Isnt That... Anthony Zerbe, veteran actor and recently the
baddie in Star Trek: Insurrection plays Tyler Hume, Davids father;
David Warner clocks up his umpteenth genre appearance as Dr Philip Latham, a
brain implant specialist; the very recognizable Henry Gibson plays Belasarius,
head of a robot-hating company; and Damon DOliveira who plays
almost-regular background tec Moralez had a stint on Earth: Final
Conflict as Sahjit Jinnah.
Overdone Clichés: An
android goes rogue in some way and Hume and Farve have to blow it to pieces.
Someone makes mysterious comments about another characters hidden
secrets. Rekall manage to escape prosecution by their rep being extremely
Fashion Statements: Grey suits
usually. In 2070 there will also be a surfeit of rickshaw drivers. Be
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The pilot episode, though rather long, is well-written, starts up the enjoyable
relationship between Hume and Farve, and introduces the viewer to some
impressive CGI scenes which become less exciting as time goes on.
Similar to The X-Files Ice, Hume and Farves
investigation of a crash result in a growing sense of paranoia and madness
among the humans, and Farve himself may not be immune. Creepy, with some
unsettling special effects.
A showcase for Cynthia Preston when Olivia starts to believe she is going mad
just as her life is getting back together. Preston is superb finally given the
chance to do some proper acting.
|Several of the early episodes such as Nothing
Like the Real Thing, First Wave and Baby
Lottery have some great ideas but completely fail to put them to good
Recall 2070: current UK Transmission details
Sky 1: Wednesdays, 21.00
See magazine for details