Total Recall 2070


Total Recall 2070

Infobox Television


caption = "Total Recall 2070"'s intertitle
show_name = Total Recall 2070
format = Science fiction
runtime = approx. 42 minutes
creator = Art Monterastelli
starring = Michael Easton
Karl Pruner
Cynthia Preston
Michael Rawlins
Judith Krant
Matthew Bennett
country = CAN
network = OnTV
first_aired = January 5, 1999
last_aired = June 8, 1999
num_episodes = 22
imdb_id = 0159920
tv_com_id = 417

"Total Recall 2070" is a short-lived science fiction television series first broadcast in 1999 on the Canadian television channel CHCH-TV and later the same year on the American Showtime channel. It was later syndicated in the United States with some editing to remove scenes of nudity and violence. "Total Recall 2070" is very loosely based on two works by the author Philip K. Dick: his short story "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale," which was adapted into the film "Total Recall", and his novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?", which was adapted into the film "Blade Runner".

The series was filmed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It was a Canadian/German co-production. Only one season consisting of 22 episodes was produced.

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"Total Recall 2070" takes place in a dark, crowded, industrial and cosmopolitan setting. The government mostly runs at the behest of a small number of extremely powerful companies called the "Consortium" (including computer memory and virtual-reality vacation provider "Rekall" and android manufacturer "Uber Braun"). David Hume is a senior detective for the Citizens Protection Bureau (CPB). After his first partner is killed by self-aware androids, he is partnered against his wishes with Ian Farve, an earnest and upright officer new to the department. Hume and the CPB often have conflicts with the Assessor's Office (the branch of the government that has sole jurisdiction over crimes related to the Consortium) and with the private security forces of Consortium companies. The main story arcs of the series concern the agendas of Ian Farve, Hume’s wife Olivia, and the mysterious manufacturer of Alpha Class androids.

The series introduced two important twists, one early and another about half its run. The first was the fact that Farve was an Alpha Class android, which Hume did not learn until after they've been partnered. The second was the fact that Olivia's memories were implanted before she married Hume, [cite episode |title= Paranoid |series= Total Recall 2070 |serieslink= Total Recall 2070 |season=1 |number= 15] which led her to leave him to find who she really was. [cite episode |title= Bones Beneath My Skin |series= Total Recall 2070 |serieslink= Total Recall 2070 |season=1 |number= 17] The last plot twist, never answered due to the series cancellation, was that the mysterious manufacturer of Alpha Class androids looked exactly like Farve, only older. [cite episode |title= Meet My Maker |series= Total Recall 2070 |serieslink= Total Recall 2070 |season=1 |number= 22]

Main characters

Episode list

cite news
last = Robb
first = Brian J
coauthors =
title = Counterfeit Worlds: Philip K. Dick on Film
work =
pages =200-225
language = English
publisher = Titan Books
date = 2006
]

The Consortium

By the year 2070 the Earth is ruled by a one-world government known as the "Interplanetary Council". However, a lot of the real power lies with "the Consortium", the six multi-global companies that financed the colonization of Mars.

The six companies are;

* Rekall is described as as the information technology powerhouse of the twenty-first century (like Sony, IBM, Intel and Microsoft in one single company).
* Minacon is the energy supply company, and supplies the oil on Earth and the Deuterium on Mars.
* Tashimo-Pacific is the transport company, and creators of "Johnny Cab".
* Uber Braun are the rocket and robotics corporation who build the service androids.
* Variable Dynamics are a medical and bio-tech company who are interested in creating synthetic humans.
* Tillman Health are the agriculture and chemicals giant who are working on illegal cloning.cite news
last = Robb
first = Brian J
coauthors =
title = Counterfeit Worlds: Philip K. Dick on Film
work =
pages =200-225
language = English
publisher = Titan Books
date = 2006
]

DVD

The 2-hour series pilot ("Machine Dreams") is available on Region 1 DVD (Canada and the United States) and region 2 DVD (United Kingdom). The complete series was released in NTSC DVD in Japan (in English and dubbed in Japanese) but is long since unavailable. No release dates for other Regions have been set as yet.

Internet Distribution

The entire series, as of April 2007, is available online through the Joost beta systemcite web
url=http://www.joost.com/whatson/channels.html
title=Joost Channel Overview
accessdate=2007-04-03
] worldwide except in the United States and Canada. It can be found on the Alliance Atlantis Sci-Fi channel or via a search for "Total Recall 2070".

All 22 episodes are also available, ad supported, on the hulu service.

Production

Most of this series was filmed at the Downsview Park studio, at the location of the former CFB Downsview in north Toronto. An entire futuristic environment of different sets was constructed for the production.cite web
url=http://web.archive.org/web/20070210093641/www.pdp.ca/Film_Studios.419.0.html
title=Downsview Park Film Studios
accessdate=2008-01-21
]

External links

* [http://www.tv.com/total-recall-2070/show/417/summary.html TV.com Episode Guide]
* [http://www.hulu.com/total-recall-2070 Total Recall 2070 on Hulu]
* [http://joost.com/0450059 Total Recall 2070 on Joost]
* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfkPIDq--p8 Total Recall 2070 Theme on YouTube]
* [http://totalrecall2070.free.fr/ French Total Recall 2070 site]

References


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