Whether or not Lost in Space is a decent film, the update of Robot is pretty cool. The design seems to be one which would actually work- a plus in my book. Yes, I have a book. It’s written in crayon, though.
It’s fortunate that Data plays for the good guys in TNG, because he would be one formidable enemy. And that’s not taking into account his ability to sing opera with Picard. Unfortunately, Data sacrificed himself in Nemesis. As luck would have it,though, another Data lookalike, B-4 (really?), was found, and at the end of the film seems to have some of Data’s memories. I guess you could say that… wait for it… B-4 you know it, Data will be running around the quadrant once more! Wha-ha! Humor! I love it! Perhaps I should turn off my emotion chip?
Duh! They’re only the two most famous robots in film history. I do love them, even if 3PO chatters enough to drive a guy nuts. I like how the prequel films added gizmos and abilities to R2-D2 which somehow the little guy forgot to use in the original trilogy. Personal favorite? Spraying oil. It’s like something out of Speed Racer. You have to love that. These are the droids we’re looking for.
The lesson of Hardware is this: If you’re a junk artist, don’t use an ex-military project robot head in your art project. If you do, it will come to life, use the junk to rebuilt itself, and go on a killing spree in your apartment complex. You may wish to accept this as fact rather than doubt the logic. I’ve always had mixed feelings about Hardware. The effects are great, but the film itself is an uneasy mix of science fiction, horror and sleaze. It does have an awesome killing machine of a robot, though.
I may as well get everyone upset, and focus on Marvin from the most recent film adaptation of Hitchhiker’s. As voiced by Alan Rickman, I love him. I like the design, as well. I realize I may be alone in this opinion. Indeed, he is one Paranoid Android, and quite a bummer to be around. He’s also One Cool Robot, but don’t tell him that. It wouldn’t cheer him up, anyway.
Say what you will about Terminator: Salvation. You have to admit that it features some great robots. Moto-Terminators are more than just heavily-armed street motorcycles. They’re nimble, avoid obstacles with ease, and coordinate their attacks. In the film, they’re deployed from the legs of the hulking Harvester robot (which could also be added to this list).
Design was the strength of the original Battlestar Galactica series, including some of the coolest robots ever, Cylon Centurions. From their roving red eyes to their distinctive electronic voices, the Cylons were always buffed and ready to take humanity down.
ED-209 is a wicked security robot, but also a great source of laughs. Its deep voice and 20mm cannons are enough to intimidate the most hardened of criminals, and yet it thrashes and squeals like a pig when toppled over. It’s no Robocop, but it is one cool robot.