[quote=“Squonkamatic, post:25, topic:884”]This is going to sound crazy at first but did anyone notice parallels between FASTHAND and … ROBOCOP??
First, Alan Steele gets his hand shot off, or at least maimed. Not just any part of his person but his hand in particular, and he’s shot by the head of the bad guy gang. He’s then left for dead and the gang goes about their crimes. Alan Steele comes back to get them and he’s all dressed in impenetrable black with that ridiculous beard, which covers his whole face like a mask. It doesn’t look real, it looks like a mask. He acts completely devoid of emotion even as they beat the stuffing out of him over and over again. Then in his final showdown with William Berger he has some sort of pistol contraption strapped onto his dead arm. Remember also that in ROBOCOP one of the recurring motifs is Peter Weller remember watching a western show with his son who asks if he can do a quick-draw with a pistol twirl, which Weller first practices before his maiming and is a trait carried over into his Robo re-incarnation. I have always thought that Weller’s maiming scene had more in common with a spaghetti western torture scene than a Six Million Dollar Man crackup.[/quote]
Very good point Squonk. I can definitely see the parallels and wouldn’t surprise me in the least to hear that there was some influence there.