Reviewed by David Savage
Starring: Desi Arnaz Jr, Chuck Wagner, Heather McNair
Number of Episodes: 13
Number of Discs: 4
Running Time: 651 minutes
Release Date: 1 October 2012
Automan is a 1980’s television series spin-off from the hit movie ‘Tron’ and is now available for the first time on DVD.
Walter Nebicher (Desi Arnaz Jr) is a police computer programmer whose supervisors think the best use of him is behind a desk at police headquarters using his computer (a fairy new concept at that time) rather than fighting crime on the streets. Walter has other ideas and using a computer game he had developed creates a special program call ‘Automan’. Automan (Chuck Wagner) is born – a 3D computer hologram with artificial intelligence. Once Walter summons Automan from his computer if there is enough power available he comes to life and exists in the real world along with Cursor, a small floating ball on light that creates any equipment Automan needs from clothes to the Lamborghini Conntach he drives around in to the helicopter and plane he flies in.
Automan does have his limits and can only come out mostly at night when the people in the city are not using so much power, he has to go back into the computer during the day to recharge. He also appears in a strange blue suit that lights up making him very obvious but soon learns that Cursor can give him the clothes he needs.
Walter and Automan then hit the streets to solve unsolvable crimes against his superior’s orders and always happens “to be in the right place at the right time”.
Overall, having never seen the show or Tron before I wasn’t sure what to expect but found it very enjoyable. It is quite humorous especially when Walter decides that Automan needs to learn what people are like are gives him video tapes to watch and then he goes out dancing like John Travolta and Cursor (a computer generated ball of light) that seems to be fond of women. Automan is also very curious and always goes off on his his creating amusing situations. A very simple, easy to watch and enjoyable show where good always wins and with a great soundtrack.
Rating: 5/5 or as Automan says "On a scale of 1-10 he is 11"
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