20 MINUTES INTO THE FUTURE

20 MINUTES INTO THE FUTURE

Katase
Edison Carter, a television reporter for NETWORK 23 trying to expose corruption and greed, discovers that his employer has created a new form of subliminal advertising (termed "blip-verts") that can be fatal to certain viewers. While attempting to flee the network headquarters with proof, Edison suffers a serious head injury, caused by striking a low-clearance sign labeled "Max. Headroom: 2.3 mts". Believing him killed, the network's chief executive orders Bryce Lynch, an adolescent genius working as a scientist for Network 23, to digitally record Carter's mind. The recording will then be used to create a computer-based replacement for Carter in order to hide his death. However, Bryce's programme is flawed and apparently broken — burbling "Max Headroom" over and over again (from the last object Carter saw before being knocked out, and the first thing the albeit-primitive Max says while twitching into what would become his smooth latex form). After a bit of nurturing from Reg, the resulting program achieves a somewhat eccentric life of its own, crackling out rapid fire gags, hosting his own show, and sending Reg's ratings through the roof. Meanwhile, a merely unconscious Carter escapes from becoming a premature organ donor. With the help of colleague Theora Jones and the distraction provided by Max, Carter eventually defeats Network 23. #MAX_HEADROOM
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