Review of ‘Almost Human’

by on December 17, 2013

in Entertainment, tv reviews

Almost Human review

I know I’m a few weeks behind, but I’ve been busy!!!  I finally caught the premiere episode of Fox’s Almost Human, from Bad Robot.  (Yes, J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot)

The show stars Karl Urban as Detective John Kennex and Michael Ealy as his “synthetic” partner, Dorian.

Other cast includes Mackenzie Crook, Lili Tayloe, Michael Irby.

Minka Kelly in Almost Human

It’s an interesting premise, where in the future all human cops work with android cops.

The pilot episode shows us Kennex in a cross-fire, where his partner gets killed.  They find themselves abandoned by their android because other humans were in need that had a better probability of being rescued and surviving.

Talk about cold.  Oh, wait, they’re androids.

It’s now two years later and Kennex is called back to duty and now it’s mandatory that all cops have a synthetic partner.  He’s so overjoyed.

The android assigned to Kennex starts to question Kennex’s methodes or behavior.  So Kennex shoves it/him out of a moving car.

The replacement synthetic is Dorian, an older, outdated and “faulty” model.  This model is faulty because it was designed to be more emotional.  But that’s a flaw, at least it was.

Michael Ealy in Almost Human

The episode follows Kennex chasing down a gang called insyndicate.  At first Kennex is very anti-synthetic.

Oh, BTW, Dorian does not like being called synthetic.  And it shows.

As the pilot episode proceeds, Kennex slowly warms up to his new partner.

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Karl Urban in Almost Human

I didn’t know what to expect coming into the first two hours of Almost Human and I was worried how the android would be protrayed.  The standard police units are very much the cold, analytical units I expected.

But Dorian is quite different from an android.  He does have a more human approach and it isn’t played up until it’s time to kick some ass!

And then he’s kind of cool.

The relationship between Kennex and Dorian starts out cold, but warms up.  In the second episode, they’re more in tune with each other, and are more partners or comedic muses.

Either way, I think I’ve found a new show to watch and I think, if inclined or curious about it, you too might like Almost Human.

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TS January 30, 2014 at 7:02 am

I agree that this is a show worth watching. The rapport between the two main characters is appealing. The plots of each episode are intriguing. This is a show that, while probably called sci-fi by some, really seems to appeal to a wider audience. I’m able to watch this show with my whole family and still be entertained. Many times this show has brought a smile to my face or even inspired laughing and I don’t find that to be the case with much television. J.J. Abrams seems to have really come up with a perfect mix of elements in this show to make a winner. The casting of all the characters is excellent, perhaps except Minka Kelly, as she seems a little out of place in many of her scenes.

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