First Look: Almost Human

2 07 2013

AlmostHumanTwitterBoxHaving been a huge Fringe fan, I was expecting great things from this show. It was even better than I expected. As the show opens, it explains that it is the year 2048. The crime rate has increased 400%. Science and technology have evolved at an uncontrollable pace. Unknown drugs and weapons flood the streets and schools. The contraband is controlled and distributed by violent, faceless criminal organizations. Law enforcement implements a new strategy to assign every officer an advanced combat-model android.

The show opens with a great action sequence and the pace of the show continues at the same level. The androids really creep me out. Lili Taylor plays Sandra Maldonado, John Kennex’s (Karl Urban) boss, who needs his help. John is a mental mess. He does not like the android he is assigned and creatively gets rid of him and picks out a model he believes he can work with, Dorian (Michael Ealy). I was pleasantly surprised that Dorian is not like a Data from Star Trek. I was worried that the Michael Ealy ‘s natural swagger would be squashed, but again, I was proven wrong. After a few minutes, you forget he is part robot.

Although this is in our future, the set looks futuristic, but not unrealistic. In true Fringe-like fashion, a science mythos is set up almost immediately. People looking for drama will be satisfied by the action, themes of betrayal, mysterious family connections, and crime-solving. I also took note of possible underlying prejudice. Science fiction fans will be satisfied with all the futuristic-type weapons, androids, technology, a story set in the future, and all things that involve DNA. There is a scene that reminds me of something I saw on the second season of “Sleeper Cell” with a twist. Michael Ealy provides subtle comic relief to an intense storyline. He gives John some tips on how to adjust to his robotic limb. By the end of the pilot, a great partnership takes root.

ALMOST HUMAN provides a little bit of everything to everyone. The only worry I have is that potential viewers who do not like “science fiction things” might dismiss the show outright because it is set in the future. I urge those viewers to watch the show first before making a decision.  Tune in on Monday, November 4, 2013 at 8 PM Eastern/7 PM Central for the season premiere.

Thank you to Fox VIP and Fox Broadcasting for the privilege of watching the pilot episode.


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