Aug 1, 2016
Overdrawn at the Memory Bank (1983) (part 1 of 12)
The Cast of Characters:
Aram Fingal (Raul Julia). A worker drone in an unspecified future year. Gets bored with his job at the eeeeeevil Novicorp and decides to watch Casablanca when he should be working. In order to “rehabilitate” him, Novicorp transplants his mind into a baboon (don’t ask), but things go haywire and Fingal ends up in the central computer, where he creates his own virtual reality simulation of Casablanca to pass the time while he destroys much of the world. Yes, he’s “the hero”.
Apollonia James (Linda Griffiths). A Novicorp “Compu-Tech” with a bad perm who struggles to locate Fingal’s identity inside the central computer. Despite the fact that her bosses have clearly ordered her to do this, she’s still very secretive about it all.
The Fat Chairman (Donald C. Moore). The head of Novicorp, who’s perpetually trying to wipe Fingal’s identity out of the central computer. Does this in the most confusing way possible, namely by masquerading as Sydney Greenstreet’s character from Casablanca and being a general pain in the ass. He’s “the bad guy”, despite possibly being the most sensible character in the movie. (Which ain’t saying much.)
Rick (Raul Julia again). The star of Fingal’s Casablanca simulation, played by Fingal himself. Despite being a figment of Fingal’s imagination, Rick does a pretty good job of making Fingal look like a total loser jackass. And if you ever wondered what Humphrey Bogart would have been like if he were Puerto Rican, your dreams are about to come true.