Here we have a pseudo-hold over from Charles Band’s Empire days. While not a real sequel, as Robot Wars fits that a little better as a followup to Robot Jox, it does lift some archival footage in order to achieve the climax of the movie. The movie title is even an homage to Robot Jox as the term ‘Crash and Burn’ is analogous to ‘break a leg'; the saying used prior to robotic combat before each event. However most of the borrowed elements are so out of context, they have little relation to their source material. One may say that in addition to just grabbing footage, the type of movies Band wanted to make were still in the same vein as previous releases. [break]
One of Unicom’s employees visits one of the broadcasting stations for a regular checkup. Once there, he develops feelings for the underage girl and sticks around for a while. However people start dying, and finding illegal uses of computers becomes something that’s placed on the back burner. He theorizes that a synthoid is among them causing trouble. Much like ‘The Faculty’ that came a few years later, they all go through a test to determine if they’re human, but the synthoid being a tricky creature, eludes detection through some means that’s only explained later when we don’t have to think about it terribly hard.
Piloting the robot can be done with a single input device and just squashed the synthoid, and everyone lives happily ever after. Well as much as they can in a dystopian future, where half their friends are dead.