In an early precursor to The Big Meg’s Got Talent, this story explores the lengths some citizens will go to in order to get their gurning mug on the telly. The writers successfully predicted the rise of the peon celeb and this is a horrible trend that continues to this day. Not a month goes by without some jizztrumpet deciding he or she will make the evening news by gunning down a school/mall/concert.
February 2103 (Prog 201).
John Wagner and Alan Grant throw up some satire while Ian Gibson does his shit.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT (IN ONE SENTENCE)?:
TV show Any Confessions boosts arrest rates and is a hit with the Department, but Dredd is convinced that citizens are committing crimes just to appear on it.
WHO’S THAT IN THE HELMET?:
Judge Klugman makes an arrest of Any Confessions contestants.
Council of Five Judge McGruder, Quimby and Griffin meet to discuss Dredd’s concerns.
Psi Div Chief Ecks manages to add insult to injury when he votes one way and then after Pepper is killed, says he foresaw trouble all along.
Deputy Chief Judge Pepper is gunned down by Brutus and Ivy Lupin, future Any Confessions contestants, prompting him to change his mind before he dies. Goodbye, sweet idiot.
IT’S CULTURAL, INNIT?:
Jay Silverheels was an American actor internationally famous for playing Tonto.
Frankie Joe Haydn is a nice play on Franz Joseph Haydn, the 18th century composer.
(Gustav) Gus Holst was a composer most famous for his Planets Suite.
Corn O’Connor seems to be a nice jab at the toothy game show host Tom O’Connor.
Sector 31 is called “District 31”.
Quimby states that prison (not iso cube) admittances have doubled.
WHAT THE DROKK?:
For no apparent reason the Council of Five meet on a balcony in the open air and are therefore convenient targets for the Lupins or anyone else who decides to take a shot.
It looks like Pepper has grown back his missing leg. Just in time to die too. Poor bastard.
WHAT’S THE ART LIKE?:
Workmanlike stuff from Gibson with the standout being the downward angle as the Lupins plummet to their doom. There’s also a nice circle panel for Whittle’s pleasure.
HOW MANY LINKS?:
Pepper getting killed off in a funny way underlines what is essentially a satire on the reality TV show. All in all though, the humour is pretty strong here and it’s funny to see Dredd being a whiny little bitch when he gets overruled by Griffin. He just can’t let it go. If he’d have thought about it, he could have just had the cameras follow future contestants and essentially do the job of Psi Div. Five links.