Posts tagged robocop
Posts tagged robocop
With what was, perhaps optimistically, titled Android Week now coming to a close, I think it’s safe to say that we’ve hashed out the theory:
Androids, being those robots designed specifically to emulate humans, tend to have pretty normal haircuts (appropriate to the time the production they’re found in was made).
Cyborgs, by contrast, being humans who have taken on robotic aspects (often with no choice in the matter) seem almost overwhelmingly to be bald.
That said, there are always going to be exceptions to the rule, and where I encounter those I’ll be sure to throw them up on the blog for the requisite analysis.
There is one element of the Android/Cyborg conundrum we haven’t yet addressed. The truth is, couldn’t really find anything at all to correlate facial hair among androids and cyborgs. In fact, despite Star Trek’s Data’s propensity to don a moustache or even a full beard, there’s precious little content featuring facial hair bedecked robots (or partially robotic humanoids) that I could find.
While Data’s moustaches seem to fit quite neatly into the almost comical categories offered by villains in old Westerns, the beard itself is a little more of a conundrum. It seems, at first glance, to be some sort of a cross between Abraham Lincoln’s beard (which suits the honesty Data espouses in the series) and Riker’s exemplary beard (which we can only assume Data admires).
With all that out of the way, I can say that I think the shot of the T-800 with a beard is actually Osama Bin Laden’s beard. For reasons I can’t possibly explain, that makes me profoundly uncomfortable.
Goodbye, sweet Android Week. Maybe next year…
There’s something staggering about Robocop’s fantastic baldness. It goes beyond plain old surface baldness; it’s a sort of a mechanical-skull-deep baldness. It helps to emphasis the extent to which his humanity is subject to the cybernetic implants. Sure, he’s kept his face and manages to look human, but at the same time, he’s been denied the one thing that makes us what we are… divested of the one thing that separates us from animals.
A beautiful haircut.
Moreover, remember that Robocop was made in the eighties, a time in which man had truly mastered hair. We had climbed that mountain, we had feathered the hair of God himself.
We were cast down for our hubris, damned to a decade of nineties hair, but looking at the movies that survived… it was worth it.
Place Robocop in that context, imagine being a product of the eighties and not having hair.
Is it any wonder that we see him in the above gif, smashing a man who has no body, the one person lower on the eighties totem pole than a man without hair? It’s only made more depressing by the fact that, in life, James Murphy had had such wonderful, eighties hair.
With the beginning of a new month, and the return of wintery weather, I’ve decided that it’s time to give the blog a bit of a theme. Today (April first), marks the beginning of the first time I’ll try to chain a few posts together.
The main point of this is to see how well a pet theory holds up. I’d been considering the prominence of androids and cyborgs in science fiction, and a couple of things occurred to me all at once:
Androids: It seems almost universally the case that androids are either made to be as human as possible or deliberately made to look as human as possible so that they can blend in with humans. As a result, they should have really down-to-earth hairstyles that will help them blend in.
See: Data, The Terminator, Ash (Alien), human-form-cylons (not pictured due to spoiler-risk) and Roy Batty (Blade Runner).
[Much as Roy Batty might seem an exception, we must remember him as a product of the eighties]
Cyborgs: Being a mixture of man and machine, cyborgs don’t have to try and look human. For reasons I can’t begin to imagine, they’re often bald.
See: Robocop, Darth Vader, Cyborg (Justice League) and Lobot (Star Wars).
Over the next week or so, I’ll look into some of the more interesting haircuts that mechanical and partially mechanical characters have.
The first of these, pictured above, is Lobot. Lobot is fairly straightforward, being an administrative aide whose mind is linked directly with the network of computers that operate the cloud city. As in the case of Robocop, Lobot had cyborgdom (and the accompanying cyborg-pattern-baldness) thrust upon him, poor lad.
At the same time, I bet he gets killer bass with that biotech-headband.