Posted April 16, 2009
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This week, I’m trying something different by giving you a PREVIEW of the upcoming episode, rather than recapping at the end. I won’t be giving away spoilers, but it’ll give you some fun things to watch as the episode airs. This Saturday’s episode is one of mine called “The Do Right Module”, which should have an acronymmy subtext that many of you will enjoy.
The episode’s idea is this: Mayor Aria gets the Tensai to build chips that keep people from breaking the law. A very strict interpretation of the law, with a few extra tidbits thrown in (you can’t talk back to power). The FCPD are going to be beta testing the chips, which puts Spin and Penny in the thick of things: they get powerful electrical shocks when they do things “unapproved” by the Mayor. It backfires badly when Botch and Macro start committing actual crimes, leaving Spin and Penny helpless to stop them.
Even before I wrote The Pig and the Box, I had this story idea in my head. It was actually supposed to be the season finale (when we had just 13 episodes for the season), and was going to deal with Spin being forced to cope with the chips. In the end, he decides to quit the FCPD rather than put up with it anymore. When I had that idea in my head, we were working with instructions to be light and fluffy (and without any series arc at all), so it quickly got watered down into what you see here. I really liked the idea of Spin quitting the Kei’zatsu tribe to take a stand, and loved the cliffhanger ending (although not as good as the season 2 ending, which is now our season 1 ending). Especially because he quits over this issue. But it was not to be.
That said, I think it’s still my most subversive script of the season. The Do Right Module (DRM for short) prevents lawful people from doing lawful things, which causes more trouble than it’s worth. Noble intentions, maybe, but it’s still a bad idea. It’s one of the core theories of any good childhood education, yes?
Some things of note in this script:
In short, if you only watch one episode of RollBots this season, make it this one. And the next one. And, well, the last six are really good too. But this one teaches your kids an important lesson, so make it the #1 episode for April. Yeah, that works. For April!
NOTE: Next week is my last episode until the final 2, in which we meet the Zurasho tribe, which was originally called the “SlashBots”. THAT one is filled with in-jokes, let me tell you…
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