There are those amongst us who have not burned a calorie in thirty years. In developed nations this is something of a rarity unless you are the mighty US of A where 36% of the populace are in the obese category. Not that this is a fat shaming exercise, it is just to point out that with shows like My 600-lb Life we seem ever closer to screening live eating contests between the grossly overweight. Still, this has to be better than Love Island.
John Wagner and Alan Grant tackle some weighty issues while Carlos gets out the biiiiiig crayons.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT (IN ONE SENTENCE)?:
The Judges crack down on the illegal eating game.
WHO’S THAT IN THE HELMET?:
Judge Simon is killed in the fatty breakout at Frank Cannon.
IT’S CULTURAL, INNIT?:
Cyril Lord being a luxury ruin is a nice nod to the British entrepreneur and carpet salesman who had the motto “This is luxury you can afford from Cyril Lord”. Presumably this was also his chat up line when refering to his penis.
“Jaws Of the Tiger” is a reference to “Eye Of The Tiger” from Rocky III.
“I coulda been a contender” is a lovely tip of the hat to On The Waterfront’s Terry Malloy.
Tobias Belch is lardy fool from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.
Frank Cannon was a rotund cop played on the TV by William Conrad.
ANY LAW LORE?:
Illegal Food Hoarding gets you 5 years.
Harbouring Known Fatties is punishable by a 2 year stretch.
Threatening A Judge carries a 3 year sentence.
The eating game is known as “grunt and guzzle” which sounds like a weird sexual fetish.
Iso Cubes in this story are a very small sphere.
WHAT’S THE ART LIKE?:
The appearance of a circle panel will bring joy to the Whittle.
HOW MANY LINKS?:
A great intro with a novelty death hides the grim sadness of the eating game and how badly the contestants are actually exploited and then discarded. This is typified when the promoter requests some sensitivity for the death of his prize eater and then refers to him as a fat slob before dumping the body unceremoniously. Three big fat links.