Oct 9, 2020
Overdrawn at the Memory Bank (1983) (part 7 of 12)
Outside The Place, Apollonia waits in a trenchcoat and lights a cigarette. Her VO says she had to “lie low” because, in case you can’t recognize faces, the Fat Man is really the Novicorp Fat Chairman. But why does she need to lie low? Does this mean what she’s doing in the Fake-trix is somehow supposed to be unknown to the Chairman? Because I think he’s well aware that Fingal is in the central computer. Frankly, I just don’t get the reason for all the secrecy here, and all the cryptic dialogue. And that complaint pretty much applies to the movie as a whole.
Anyway, Fingal walks out of The Place, disbelieving that he’s “making the whole thing up!” A greasy street vendor gets the proudest moment of his acting career when he yells, “Most assuredly, sir! De whole ball of wax! Heheheheheh!” You mean, the whole ball of wax that you melted down and put in your hair?
In VO, Apollonia explains the only way to “keep [Fingal] out of trouble” was to send him back to his old work routine. A rectangular wipe happens for no particular reason. Cut to Pantsuit Central as Apollonia’s VO says the Chairman getting involved was “bad news”, because he could “call off the search for Fingal’s body!” Huh? But then his company would be bankrupt. So why would he do that? Oh, yeah. The evil thing.