Friday, July 19, 2013

League Assignment- Robots!

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We had a great assignment from the League of Extraordinary Bloggers this week.


There was only one robot I could think to cover, Short Circuit's Johnny 5.

 If you've never seen Short Circuit, it's about an experimental military robot that gets struck by lightning, and gains sentience. He wanders off the military base, and meets up with Stephanie Speck, an animal lover who mistakes Johnny for a space alien. During their time together, Johnny 5 develops a personality based on the books and television he's seen, leading to him becoming quite the goofy character. Eventually, the government finds out where Johnny 5 is, and they send the other SAINT robots after him. I won't spoil the ending, but since there was a sequel, I'm sure you can figure out what happens. After I saw Short Circuit, I was obsessed with having my own Johnny 5, even if it was just in action figure form. The sequel only made things worse, since Johnny 5's inventor was making a living by selling toy versions of his original creation. I just knew there had to be a Johnny 5 action figure out there somewhere, and it was years before I finally gave up hope. As far as I know, there still hasn't been a mass produced toy made of Johnny 5. I used to think it was a shame we didn't have a Johnny 5 for every child, now I think the world is a better place without him.

"But Chris," you may say, "Johnny 5 was such a loveable and caring robot. Why shouldn't every child have a toy version of him?" I would say to you, think of another robot that came out within the past 10 years that looks similar to Johnny 5.

Okay, fine. I can see why you would think of Wall-E. The expressive eyes, they both run on tracks, and they both have friendly dispositions. Even though Wall-E's version of the future isn't exactly sunshine and daffodils, he's not the robot to which I was referring. . I was thinking of something more like this:

That's right, Johnny 5 is the T-1's great grandaddy. Think about it for a second. Johnny 5 was originally developed as a Cold War weapon. You could airdrop a handful of the SAINT robots into a battle zone and wreak havoc without losing a single human life. These things are super strong, and later versions would have been heavily armed as well. The T-1 is just a logical progression of Johnny 5's design. The military would realize that there was no real need for the robots to have arms, so they would just replace them with miniguns. The three track design would increase the robots' speed and maneuverability, and the body would become armored to better withstand damage. All human like characteristics would be discarded until the development of the next branch of the T-1's design, and I'm sure you all remember what that looked like.

So there you have it. Johnny 5 was the precursor to the machines that will eventually kill us all and take over the world.

Johnny 5's alive..b*tch.
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