Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks. Ahhhh, it’s good to be back blogging. I really missed writing about all the geeky stuff I did, watched, read. Although November was kinda slow in that department cause of NaNo. But that doesn’t mean I was totally neglecting my duties as a girly geek.
I picked up a new show along the way and just watched the third episode, almost human, so here it goes, and as always, spoilers!!!
Synopsis according to the official FOX website:
From Emmy Award-winning executive producer J.J. Abrams (“Fringe,” “Lost,” “Revolution,” “Person of Interest,” the “Star Trek” and “Mission: Impossible” franchises) and creator/executive producer J.H. Wyman (“Fringe,” “The Mexican”), comes ALMOST HUMAN. Starring Karl Urban ( the “Star Trek” and “The Lord of the Rings” franchises”) and Golden Globe Award nominee Michael Ealy (“Sleeper Cell,” “Common Law”), the new series is an action-packed police procedural set 35 years in the future, when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids.
The year is 2048. Meet Detective JOHN KENNEX (Urban), a cop who survived one of the most catastrophic attacks ever made against the police department. After waking up from a 17-month coma, he can’t remember much – except that his partner was killed, he lost one of his legs and he is now outfitted with a highly sophisticated synthetic appendage.
Suffering from depression, mental atrophy, trauma-onset OCD, PTSD and the “psychological rejection of his synthetic body part,” John returns to work at the behest of longtime ally Captain SANDRA MALDONADO (Emmy Award nominee Lili Taylor, “Six Feet Under,” “Ransom”). By mandate, every cop must partner with a robot. And despite his passionate aversion to androids, John is paired up with a battle-ready MX-43. But he abruptly terminates his partnership after the robot discovers incriminating information about him. So technician RUDY LOM (Mackenzie Crook, “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise) introduces John to DORIAN (Ealy), a discontinued android with unexpected emotional responses. Although such responses were deemed flaws, it is in these “flaws” that John relates to Dorian most. After all, John is part-machine now, and Dorian is part-human. John and Dorian’s understanding of each other not only complements them, it connects them.
As he adjusts to working with his new partner, John also must learn to get along with his new colleagues, including the sharp and insightful human intelligence analyst Detective VALERIE STAHL (Minka Kelly, “Friday Night Lights,” “(500) Days of Summer”) and the distrustful Detective RICHARD PAUL (Michael Irby, “Law Abiding Citizen,” “The Unit”), who does not welcome John back with open arms.
ALMOST HUMAN will follow the week-to-week missions of John and Dorian, as they fight crime across this futuristic landscape, while the mysteries surrounding John’s attack and the larger mythology of this new world unfold.
ALMOST HUMAN is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc., in association with Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television. The series was created by J.H. Wyman, who wrote the pilot. The series is executive-produced by J.J. Abrams, Wyman and Bryan Burk. Kathy Lingg (“Person of Interest,” “Revolution,” “Fringe”) and Reid Shane (“Fringe”) are co-executive producers. Brad Anderson (“Fringe,” “The Killing”) directed and served as co-executive producer on the pilot.
I had high hopes for this series, I mean, the synopsis and the promotion sounded interesting to me. But upon first watching the first few minutes of episode one, I was kinda scared this show was turning into a mix between Stephen Spielberg’s AI and the sci-fi movie Demolition Man.
Luckily it wasn’t. Oh they do have similarities, but then again, you can make so much movies/TV series about androids and the future.
What I do like about this show that it tries to stay away from the bigger clichés in android land, sort to speak. Like androids turning evil, or slave androids in normal day to day households. Although you could say employing said androids for the police is some sort of slavery. Especially if you consider that they got rid of the more ‘emotional’ type androids and went for the newer models that just follow orders and make rational decisions.
But then again, we are just three episodes in, who’s to say we won’t end up to the path of cliché destruction.
Karl Urban plays the main character, John Kennex, in this series, and as the synopsis suggests, he’s a pretty damaged guy. And I like it. Not per se the damaged part, but the whole, this isn’t another series surrounded by a bunch of good looking squealing teenagers. Just a normal guy, with normal problems, who struggles to find his way back into society, I do have one question. The guy has been in a coma for 17 months, had his therapy, I might hope, and his boss keeps nagging for him to come back. First day in the office and he’s already back in the field? Yeah right.
Michael Ealy plays his android counterpart Dorian, an older android model with emotions. Ohhh scary. But what it does is give the right balance to John’s darker and more self destructive path. He sometimes acts almost childlike, not familiar with proper responses and functions of day to day human life. He acts as sort of robotic Jiminy Cricket, the voice of reason.
The chemistry between those two is amazing! John being al dark and sarcastic and unintentially funny. Come on, if you’ve seen the first episode, tossing his android partner out of the car was pretty hilarious. And Dorian with his dry humour, trying to reason with facts.
And some credit must also go to Lili Taylor, playing Captain Sandra Maldonado. I only know her from being the frail looking girl in horror movies and was really surprised she is pulling of this tough as nails captain part with a human side. Kudos for good acting!
At this point we have sort of a red line weaving in the story of the week series. Being John wants to know what happened to him when he got his accident and what his former girlfriend has to do with it. But it’s not overly done. We get hints and glimpses, but I like the series as it is at this point. A cop story a week and in the mean time work on finding out more about the accident.
Last person I will mention, because I do have a soft spot for geeks, Mackenzie Crook, playing Rudy Lom, the android techie guy. I love me some old fashioned nerds and he is funny as hell.
So should you watch it? If you like sci-fi and robots, give it a try, it won’t disappoint you. Now hopefully the general audience picks up on it as well and we get more episodes along the line. I’m really curious to see where this series is going.
Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy