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Subj: Re: An interesting oddity in the original Robocop movie
Posted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 at 01:44:26 am EST (Viewed 199 times)
Reply Subj: Re: An interesting oddity in the original Robocop movie
Posted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 at 01:12:18 am EST (Viewed 205 times)

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That's a good question. Did he override the directives at the warehouse simply by will? If so, why couldn't he will himself through Directive 4 and kill Dick Jones? Maybe there was something different about the way it was programmed and he couldn't override it?

Upon review, I think Directive 1 to 3 are similar to the 3 laws of robotics in that they keep Robocop in line and to be a cop and not a fully armed and armored killing machine.

However Directive 4 when it first activated completely overrode 1 thru 3 when he was trying to arrest Dick Jones. Directive 4 was slowly overriding and shutting him down, yes he was resisting but I get the impression that Directive 4 triggers special circuits in him that come online when he attempts to act against an employee of OCP.

When he entered the board room, we see Directive 4 is flashing on his HUD but we also learn that it stops direct action, while stating that Dick Jones is wanted for murder, that his program won't let him act, and playing back the evidence is NOT prevented by Directive 4. Slight oversight on Dick Jones' part. ;\)

Then the old man gets clever and says the magic words "Dick, YOU'RE FIRED!" Directive 4 cuts off as Robocop's computers register that the CEO of the company just fired Dick Jones and Robocop is free to blast him.

This theory about Directive 4 being both code and hardwired into him is evident in part 1 of the Robocop Prime Directives miniseries. When it starts we see no evidence that there is a Directive 4 in him, until he is sabotaged while offline for a recharge session. Directive 4 is reprogrammed as "TERMINATE JOHN CABLE!" Robocop immediately rises up to follow the directive as it is constantly urging him, despite the fact that Directive 1 to 3 are causing a massive internal conflict and overloading his systems.


The super villain of the episode had Cable hostage and as much as Murphy wanted to save him, in the end Directive 4 won. Robocop mortally wounds Cable and as he falls to the ground the startled super villain looks up as Robocop screams in pure rage and just charges in blasting away.

Directive 1 to 3 were still there but they sure as blazes didn't stop him from sanctioning the villain in a rather brutal way. Murphy's rage again seems to defeat the Prime Directives in this case, but Directive 4 is the one that he cannot defeat.

For those that didn't watch Prime Directives, Cable was Murphy's old partner before Murphy transferred departments and got blasted and rebuilt into Robocop.

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