While poking around YouTube this weekend, I ran across an episode of Junkyard Wars, the TLC competition show from the early aughts. Teams of tinkerers/engineers were tasked with building various vehicles and contraptions to compete against each other.
I loved the show when it aired, and the UK’s Scrapheap Challenge, upon which it was based. But looking at it now, I was struck by how much it was influenced by the gomi no sensei (master of junk) ethos of cyberpunk, especially in Gibson’s Mona Lisa Overdrive and the American Max Headroom TV show. The entire aesthetic of the show screams cyberpunk.
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