M.D. Geist & M.D. Geist 2: Death Force

November 16, 2014 at 8:59 pm (4 Heads, M.D. Geist & M.D. Geist 2) (, , , , , , , , )

M.D. Geist & M.D. Geist 2: Death Force – 1986 & 1996 – Japan

Super soldier M.D. Geist (M.D. stands for “most dangerous”) awakens from hibernation on a war ravaged planet. After slaughtering gang members and military troopers for awhile, he begins a secret mission to infiltrate the Brain Palace and destroy the robotic army Death Force. Since M.D. Geist is deranged, he instead controls Death Force to destroy all life.

In M.D. Geist 2: Death Force, Death Force robots have overrun the planet. The megalomaniac super soldier M.D. Krauser commands the remaining humans against M.D. Geist and the robots. Eventually Krauser, Geist, and everyone else are annihilated by a “jignitz bomb”.

M.D. Geist was released in 1986 and its sequel in 1996. Japanese animation of this genre was popular with American audiences in the 90s. Elements are borrowed from a multitude of other Japanese animation and comics, especially Fist of the North Star and Appleseed. In an armored suit that makes him look like high-tech hockey goalie, the mullet-wearing Geist kills Road Warrior-esque freaks and giant robots.

Ultimately, M.D. Geist is an excuse for absurd destruction and violence. The abbreviated plot is crammed disjointedly between action scenes where Geist eviscerates everyone. While M.D. Geist’s bleakness is compelling, it is difficult to empathize with the cast of psychotic or otherwise despicable characters. Still, scenes of behemoth war machines vaporizing people are undeniably exciting.

Rating: 4/10 Shrunken Heads. I feel stupider for liking this even a little.

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