Over at Geek Soul Brother, it’s a list which got me thinking. What are the TEN MOST EVIL ROBOTS?
Do Cyborgs count? Is a proper evil robot 100% synthetic? Can a part-human, part-robot hybrid ever be really, truly evil if there’s the possibility that such a being has human reasoning in addition to artificial programming?
Am I reading too much into this? Very probably. But I do love a good list.
For my money? Ash in “Alien” is the most evil, as Ian Holm gives him a predatory quality which neatly undercuts the way in which he’s actually supposed to be looking out for you. At least with the likes of the Terminators, or the Daleks, you can be pretty sure that if you’re organic and fleshy, the vaguely metallic life-form pursuing you probably means you a good deal of harm and isn’t merely trying to catch up to you so that he can give you an expert back-rub.
I’m all for agenda-free robots, is what I’m saying. Make my killer robots easy to recognise, dag-blast it!