Beyond Thunderdome Minute 21 - Embargo, on!

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Frustrated by Max’s insolence and looking to flex their power, Master-Blaster declares a power embargo and drags Max over to the main shut-off valve. Master-Blaster reduces Underworld’s power output then waits for Aunty to call. As if on cue Aunty demands to know what is going on and Master-Blaster responds by asking, “Who run Bartertown?” Met with frustration, Master-Blaster shut off the power completely to put additional pressure on Aunty.

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Beyond Thunderdome Minute 20 - Fetch!

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With Master-Blaster breathing down his neck, Blackfinger wracks his brain trying to find a way to disable the booby trap. He settles on an idea but Max steps forward from the shadows to dissuade him from following through. After Max reveals that the vehicle is his, Master-Blaster commands him to disarm the trap. Max asks for compensation which angers Master-Blaster and the two have a confrontation where Max says some things that hurt Master-Blaster’s feelings.

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Beyond Thunderdome Minute 19 - We got a real problem

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We follow Master-Blaster as they stop through Underworld until they come upon a familiar looking vehicle, Max’s camel-drawn Ute. Blackfinger, Master-Blaster’s subterranean mechanic is busy trying to figure out a way to disable Max’s booby trap, but he’s not having much success. However, Master-Blaster is impatient and demands that Blackfinger ignore the danger and find a way to disable what could be up to two dozen sticks of dynamite.

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Beyond Thunderdome Minute 18 - Come help a convict

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Max has picked up a shovel and descended into Underworld in hopes of getting a closer look at Master-Blaster and hopefully uncover their capabilities. Unfortunately for Max, Master-Blaster are uninterested in talking to Max and completely ignore his shouting. Max is approached by one of Underworld’s prisoners, simply known as Pig Killer, who encourages Max to keep his head down to avoid being locked up for life, even if that only lasts a few years.

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Beyond Thunderdome Minute 17 - Keep the brain, dump the body

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Max takes another turn at the periscope and catches his first look at Master-Blaster. The Collector explains Master-Blaster’s dynamic and comments on how they are powerful when together. Aunty adds that they are also arrogant, and therefore a threat to Her rule. The Collector continues saying that Max’s target is Blaster, the muscle, which will allow them to severely hinder Master’s ability to challenge them. Max wants to take a closer look at his quarry.

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Beyond Thunderdome Minute 16 - We call it Underworld

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Aunty and The Collector bring Max over to a periscope and Aunty begins searching for something. Aunty invites Max to look through the periscope and explains that He’s looking at the source of Bartertown’s power, a place they call Underworld. Max takes a guess at where they find their energy, but it’s revealed that everything is powered by the methane extracted from pig droppings. Aunty takes another turn at the periscope and finds the men she was looking for.

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Beyond Thunderdome Minute 15 - Dealing with subtleties

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Standing at the edge of the penthouse, Aunty tells Max how much Bartertown means to her and the ends she will go to in order to protect it. Max is cautious, still unsure of who he’s dealing with, but the payout proves to be worth the trouble. The Collector steps forward and explains that this job is incredibly sensitive and outlines the conditions that Max must follow in order for the deal to be fulfilled which prompts Max to ask for more information about his target.

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Beyond Thunderdome Minute 14 - Look around, mister

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Having cut himself free from Ironbar’s noose, Max turns the tables on him and flings the guard from Aunty’s penthouse. Max spins around, knife still at the ready, to find Aunty pointing her crossbow at him, but instead of shooting him, Aunty congratulates Max for passing her audition. As Ironbar climbs back into the penthouse, Aunty takes Max aside and shows him the full extent of Bartertown, as seen from above, and muses about the civilization she’s made.

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Beyond Thunderdome Minute 13 - So much for history

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As Ton-ton Tattoo begins playing, Aunty takes a moment to hint at her life before Bartertown, explaining that before the collapse she was no one special, but once the old world was burned away, she had the chance to turn her situation around. Ultimately she dismisses her nostalgic musings and invites Max to eat and drink, but this invitation quickly turns into an ambush and Max must fight off Aunty’s guards using only his wits, speed, and his flyswatter.

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Beyond Thunderdome Minute 12 - Just a raggedy man

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Max enters Aunty’s penthouse and is left to wait while The Collector fetches Aunty. Sensing visitors, the blind saxophone player halts his music and Aunty steps in to inspect the warrior that has been brought to her. Although initially dismissive of Max, even asking Ironbar for his opinion, Aunty takes a second look at the Road Warrior and soon warms to Max. At Her request, Max reveals that he was once a cop. She asks the saxophone to play once more.

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Beyond Thunderdome Minute 11 - A crowded elevator

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Max is loaded into a makeshift elevator along with The Collector and Ironbar and soon finds himself ascending high above the streets of Bartertown. Below, wastelanders gather, trade, and socialize enjoying a semblance of the world that once was. Finally arriving at their destination, Max is led off of the elevator and allowed entrance to Aunty’s penthouse, a quiet refuge from the bustle below where the only sound is the saxophone playing off-screen.

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Beyond Thunderdome Minute 10 - Make me an offer

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The streets of Bartertown are packed with people as Max is escorted by The Collector, Ironbar, and several guards. Suddenly, Max sees his team of camels being auctioned off by Dr. Dealgood. He breaks ranks with his escorts and tries to stop the auction, shouting and demanding answers for how his animals were brought there. Dr. Dealgood ignores Max and Ironbar, with the help of the other guards, pulls him away, leaving the bidding to continue uninterrupted.

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Beyond Thunderdome Minute 9 - Leave your weapons here

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Curious about the arrangement that would see his goods restored to him, Max follows The Collector, all the while flanked by guards. Before entering Bartertown, Max is stopped and told to leave his weapons behind. Visually bothered by the run-around he’s being given, Max turns to the weapon attendant and begins turning over his weapons. Max unloads a small arsenal of weaponry onto the counter and the group passes into Bartertown.

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Beyond Thunderdome Minute 8 - Something to trade after all

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One of Bartertown’s guards comes forward with knives swinging on chains in an elaborate and intimidating display. Unimpressed, Max reaches into his cloak and pulls out his double-barrelled shotgun and fires above the guard’s head, destroying the enforcer’s headdress. Ironbar steps forward again, but Max pulls a handgun from his belt and points it at The Collector. Impressed by Max’s speed and calm under pressure, The Collector offers Max a deal.

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Beyond Thunderdome Minute 7 - Skills to Trade

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Max passes on the water-seller’s offer and continues into Bartertown, but before he enters the settlement He finds he must pass by The Collector. With no physical goods to speak of, Max tries pressing for information but The Collector is quick to explain that Bartertown is for trade and Max has nothing to offer. Max protests saying that he has skills, which prompts The Collector to make a quip about the local brothel. Max does not take kindly to the jab.

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Beyond Thunderdome Minute 6 - Let’s get some dealing done

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With the best chance of finding his wagon and camels ahead of him, Max heads towards the settlement, joining the throng of wastelanders along the way. Amidst the traders and wanderers, Max passes under the sign for the settlement: Bartertown, helping build a better tomorrow. Max tries to keep his head down, but the guards are still suspicious of this leather-clad stranger. Before Max can enter Bartertown he is approached by a water-seller, looking to make a deal.

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Beyond Thunderdome Minute 5 - A boatswain's call

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Though he’s had all of his supplies stolen, Max is determined to follow the thief and reclaim his good. As he follows the tracks left by his vehicle, Max finds a pair of boots and an odd looking whistle. Max clears the dust and blows the whistle sending a shrill call across the empty expanse of wasteland. Emboldened by the supplies dropped by the monkey, Max continues tracking his stolen wagon until he sees smoke rising from a settlement in the distance.

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Beyond Thunderdome Minute 4 - Bombs away!

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With his airborne attacker coming around for another pass, the man in black leaps to his feet and begins pursuing his camel cart on foot. High above, the Pilot leaves his son at the controls, moves out to the wing, and makes a daring leap onto the unmanned wagon. Luckily, the man in black has an ally still in the cart, a macaque monkey who begins throwing supplies from the back of the wagon. Left behind, the man in black reaches the crest of a ridge and reveals his face.

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Mad Max Minute Presents: Anarchy Road - Episode 1

As we mentioned in Beyond Thunderdome Minute 3, we now have a bonus podcast available exclusively through our Patreon page.

Anarchy Road will be an ongoing series where Rick and Julia watch movies outside of the normal scope of the Mad Max series 5-minutes at a time. First up on the chopping block is 1991's Hook, directed by Steven Spielberg, the story of a man who suddenly finds himself stripped of his possessions in a strange land surrounded by children.

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Beyond Thunderdome Minute 3 - Bull's-eye!

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High above the Moon Plain outside Coober Pedy, Australia, our perspective sways in a slow descent towards a lone wagon pulled by a team of camels. Suddenly the angle shifts and the tire of an airplane strikes the camel driver, knocking him to the ground and leaving his cart defenseless. The odd-looking aircraft starts its engine with a roar as the pilot and his son celebrate their devastating maneuver and move to make another pass on their target.

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