It seems that it was only a matter of time before that do gooder Dredd turned his attention to sweet, sweet sugar. Rather than make a series of infomercials or documentaries extolling the virtues of a properly balanced diet, he goes right for the nuclear option and decides to smash the supply once an for all. In doing so he gets several people killed but fuck it, he’s a Judge and can do what he likes.
June 2103 (1981 Sci Fi Special).
Alan Grant gives it his best and Colin Wilson comes up with some clean lines.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT (IN ONE SENTENCE)?:
An attempt is made on Max Normal’s life leading Dredd to a sugar smuggling operation.
WHO’S THAT IN THE HELMET?:
Judge Gale grudgingly aids in the clean-up of the assassins on the Megway.
Judge Ridley overlooks some vital lipstick clues before being shown up by Dredd.
Judge Moro helps Dredd question Roxanne Gleeg.
Judge Medway arrests Roxanne Gleeg for withholding information and defacing a Judge’s uniform.
Judge Mills was part of the team investigating the sugar smugglers.
Judge Watson is unlucky enough to be with Dredd when the bullets start flying and consequently takes a shot to the shoulder.
IT’S CULTURAL, INNIT?:
Muhammad Ali was the greatest boxer the world has ever seen.
Ricardo Montalban was a Latin American actor renowned for a number of roles, not least being fucking awesome.
ANY LAW LORE?:
Defacing a Judge’s uniform is an offence.
Sugar was outlawed in 1999. Someone ought to tell McDonald’s.
Instead of an Iso Cube, “Mega Prison West” is mentioned as the place of incarceration.
WHAT THE DROKK?:
I dunno what Max’s head is made of, but it seems to deflect a round that should go right through his skull.
It’s bizarre that someone decides to silence Normal only when he is talking to Dredd and not before.
Dredd fails to lie detect Roxanne Gleeg, which would have been a quicker method of interrogation.
For some reason, Dredd lets the cargo trucks through the checkpoint, allowing them to get up some speed and try to shoot their way out. This gets some of his men killed when a simpler method would have been to detain them at the checkpoint with their engines off.
WHAT’S THE ART LIKE?:
Wilson’s art is intricate and he excels in throwing together the new tech. Despite the great use of angles and framing he still comes up with a Burdis enraging badge chain.
HOW MANY LINKS?:
The script fizzes along nicely with plenty of humour in amongst the drama. There’s also a decent procedural investigation that collects the dots nicely. Four links.