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I am quite amazed that Max's personality in Ice Station Santa. His behavior reminds me of how Lucas Arts protrayed him in Hit the Road and the cancelled Freelance Police.
I mean, days before the launch of season 2, I was thinking how much I missed Max complaining to Sam to free him from that water booth in HTR. I am sure he complained in season 1 to some extent, but it wasn't an impatient kind of complaint. It was something more like "Sam, can we go buy some more cheese after we are done with the case, please?" sort of complaint. Also, season 1 show signs that TTG is getting familar with their vision of S and M despite some of the employees worked on S&M before, so it is understandable that season 2, ep 1 is more fleshed out than say, season 1, ep 1.
However, when I bought and played the new ep at launch, I was amazed how much Max is like the La version where as he kept complaining to the opening robot's use of referencing 80s music. I like how Max was just about losing his sanity whenever he hears a lyrics from some 80s pop song. Also, the voice actor used seems to have gotten more familar voicing Max since he seems to carry out the character better than he did in season 1.
I also loved Max's occasional use of swear words and how vein he is when he sees him future self . True, he didn't cuss or talk about how sexy his future self while mentioning how fat future Sam is in the lucas Arts games, but having him say these things adds to his his egotistic, anti-hero behavior