Religious Images In Robocop

A few years ago there was a bit of a ‘huh?’ type reaction online when Paul Verhoeven mentioned that he made Robocop as a Jesus story of resurrection. I’m not sure why this was a shock to some people, because the film is chock full of religious imagery, and not just the really obvious one of Robocop walking on water.

When you’re raised Catholic (it’s the best way to raise an atheist), you’re bombarded with religious iconography all the time, and it just sticks with you, even if you can’t always place the source.

Watching Robocop for the first time, a few years before I was legally allowed to do so, I didn’t realise quite how strongly it would stay with me. Images like this have stuck in my mind ever since.

I don’t even know what painting that’s referencing now, I just know that it is. This one you’ll have seen in that film that was meant to be about Superman but completely missed the point of the Man Of Steel.

Poor quality sorry, but you know the moment

And it’s no coincidence that Robocop strikes this pose a lot throughout the film.

Don’t see it?

This one is even less subtle.

Not sure if this is a frame from the movie or a publicity shot

Just after he walks on water, he’s speared through the chest too.

And can we take a moment to appreciate the stunt performer during this explosion please.

And how, upon my re-watching of this the other night, did I only just realise that this is Robocop giving him the finger?

What’s The Opposite Of Jurassic Park?

Time again to visit our podcast setisoppO, wherein we work out the opposite of things that don’t have a natural opposite. This week, we turn our attentions to ninjas, to polls, and to Jurassic Park.

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In it, we talk a bit about the sitcom Dinosaurs, an ABC show that ran for 58 episodes in the early 90s. I had a vague feeling that it used to be on ITV on Saturdays at fiveish, but it was actually on Sundays at ten to three.

Here’s a moment from recording when things just aren’t going to plan.

And if you want to know how the show finally ends, man alive it’s bleak. SPOILERS …