Not Quite Human
Today we're going to touch on the age-old subject of the Ridiculously Human Robot. These are technological creations designed, for whatever reason, to ape human behaviour, display insane amounts of curiosity, and learn precisely what it means to be human.
Chip is one such robot. And I'm going to dispense with the lecture style here.
Alan Thicke plays Jonas Carson, a genius inventor who has programmed a regular old TV to be able to communicate with his daughter Becky (Robyn Elaine Lively). His latest invention, Chip (Jay Underwood) is the aforementioned robot, the product of his lifelong dream. Unfortunately, Jonas is actually contracted to build a prototype toy for toy tycoon Gordon Vogel (Joseph Bologna), who profits off war toys. Vogel and his subordinate Derks (Robert Harper) quickly deduce Chip's true nature, and, using Jonas' unfulfilled contract as an excuse, conspire to reprogram Chip as a soldier robot.
For those who don't know, this was a Disney Channel Premiere Film, based on a book series by Seth McEvoy. As such, it is trite, clichéd and utterly harmless. Underwood probably comes off the best (having previously dazzled as the autistic Eric Gibb in The Boy Who Could Fly) and the rest give it their all, but the material isn't exactly Oscar-worthy. Might entertain some kids, though.
"That new girl? She seems kinda weird to me. And what kind of name is Buffy anyway?"
--unaired Buffy pilot
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