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(Entertainment Weekly)   J.J. Abrams' new "Almost Human" has only broadcast half its series premiere, but let's start with the wild Blade Runner speculation anyway (spoilers?)   (insidetv.ew.com ) divider line
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2013-11-18 09:04:04 AM  
All I know is, that it farking hooked me from the start. Better than average acting, a good hook for a story line, and production values that put anything else sci-fi on TV now to farking shame. Karl Urban rocked the farking socks.
 
2013-11-18 09:11:17 AM  
I can see the angry threads now lamenting how you let JJ Abrams suck you into another show that promised 'big twists' and satisfying story lines and delivered nothing but disappointment. Battered TV Viewer syndrome.
 
2013-11-18 09:13:42 AM  
Mac and C.H.E.E.S.E. was better.

No seriously though, I hadn't heard of the show until I saw this headline.  Watched the pilot this morning and I'm in.  I like Karl Urban.  He's a good actor.
 
2013-11-18 09:15:46 AM  
I kept waiting for the police chief to pull out a guitar and sing about how Joe lies.
 
2013-11-18 09:22:51 AM  
Shadowrun meets Bladerunner. I'm in.
 
2013-11-18 09:23:40 AM  

serial_crusher: Watched the pilot this morning


How?
 
2013-11-18 09:24:37 AM  
synthetics and cops
in chinatown noodle shops
 
2013-11-18 09:26:41 AM  
Does anyone really watch this pap?
 
2013-11-18 09:33:22 AM  
Karl Urban in a science fiction movie/tv show playing a grumpy character? What a surprise.
 
2013-11-18 09:40:01 AM  

Nadie_AZ: serial_crusher: Watched the pilot this morning

How?


maybe he had it on DVR? or might be online now
 
2013-11-18 09:43:15 AM  
I liked it but I couldn't help thinking how much better it would be if it was on HBO with an HBO budget.
 
2013-11-18 09:43:39 AM  

Nadie_AZ: serial_crusher: Watched the pilot this morning

How?


stole it.
 
2013-11-18 10:06:36 AM  

serial_crusher: Nadie_AZ: serial_crusher: Watched the pilot this morning

How?

stole it.


looks like hulu has it too though...
 
2013-11-18 10:13:06 AM  
RoboRunner: Human Revolution, more like.  I saw elements of all three of those in there, with a hint of Alien Nation.

I thought it was extremely well done, though, looking forward to the other half tonight.  And because I like it and it's on Fox, it'll probably strangle itself to death in five episodes.  Still not sure how Fringe lasted.
 
2013-11-18 10:17:19 AM  

IdBeCrazyIf: All I know is, that it farking hooked me from the start. Better than average acting, a good hook for a story line, and production values that put anything else sci-fi on TV now to farking shame. Karl Urban rocked the farking socks.


Agreed.
 
2013-11-18 10:17:21 AM  

Longtooth: synthetics and cops
in chinatown noodle shops


What kind of sick person writes only the first two lines of a Haiku? This is going to bother me for the rest of the day.  Someone give me 5 syllables to close this thing out, please.
 
2013-11-18 10:17:34 AM  
Actually catching it on Hulu right now, and it's, thus far, enjoyable.
 
2013-11-18 10:19:25 AM  

Talondel: What kind of sick person writes only the first two lines of a Haiku? This is going to bother me for the rest of the day. Someone give me 5 syllables to close this thing out, please.


synthetics and cops
in chinatown noodle shops
Karl Urban rocks
 
2013-11-18 10:19:33 AM  
Anyone know why the premiere was delayed 2 weeks?

It was funny that during the World Series they'd run commercials shows the new premiere dates of 11/17 and 11/18 while the behind-the-home plate graphics during the game still showed 11/2.
 
2013-11-18 10:19:39 AM  
BTW, Those MX-43 series androids are creepy looking though aren't they?
 
2013-11-18 10:22:14 AM  

Bareefer Obonghit: I can see the angry threads now lamenting how you let JJ Abrams suck you into another show that promised 'big twists' and satisfying story lines and delivered nothing but disappointment. Battered TV Viewer syndrome.


This is by the same people who made Fringe. And Fringe was five years of great TV and while Season 5 may have divided viewers, not many people felt ripped off by it.
 
2013-11-18 10:23:42 AM  

mjohnson71: Anyone know why the premiere was delayed 2 weeks?


They wanted to delay it to try and give it a bigger push before moving Bones to Fridays and ensuring that Sleepy Hollow maintains its momentum.
 
2013-11-18 10:30:12 AM  

mjones73: BTW, Those MX-43 series androids are creepy looking though aren't they?


I kind of dislike that the main android character isn't creepy looking.  He's too human
 
2013-11-18 10:34:05 AM  
I could see it. I just assumed Dorian would end up being a double-agent or something.
 
2013-11-18 10:35:46 AM  
Blade Runner without the pleasure model. As in: what farking good is that?
 
2013-11-18 10:39:46 AM  

Talondel: Longtooth: synthetics and cops
in chinatown noodle shops

What kind of sick person writes only the first two lines of a Haiku? This is going to bother me for the rest of the day.  Someone give me 5 syllables to close this thing out, please.


channeling Deckard
 
2013-11-18 10:43:46 AM  

MFAWG: Blade Runner without the pleasure model. As in: what farking good is that?


Pleasure models is either the next episode or next week's episode...
 
2013-11-18 10:43:52 AM  

MFAWG: Blade Runner without the pleasure model. As in: what farking good is that?


Wait until tonight's episode.
 
2013-11-18 10:46:38 AM  
It's an obvious ball full of sci-fi and buddy cop cliches, but it's still way more interesting in one hour than Agents of SHIELD has managed to be in like 10.
 
2013-11-18 10:48:40 AM  
Throw in a few zombies and it's a sure winner
 
2013-11-18 10:50:20 AM  

Confabulat: It's an obvious ball full of sci-fi and buddy cop cliches, but it's still way more interesting in one hour than Agents of SHIELD has managed to be in like 10.


That's all I could think of for the 45 minutes of show, I kept thinking "Holy fark, there is more here than Agents has had its entire run so far"
 
2013-11-18 10:53:22 AM  
Karl Urban isn't a robot...

HE IS THE LAW!!!!!
 
2013-11-18 11:02:24 AM  
I really enjoyed it. Urban is always a lot of fun. The show has a nice time slot (finally something to watch before The Walking Dead/ Game of Thrones Sunday 9 PM lock)

=]
 
2013-11-18 11:10:17 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: Does anyone really watch this pap?


Well, if you like Asimov's Elijah Baley books mixed with Philip K. Dick, then it should appeal. Since I do, I like it.
 
2013-11-18 11:10:29 AM  
I love it but I'm waiting for Karl to put on one if those police helmets with the half face shield.
 
2013-11-18 11:22:26 AM  

Confabulat: It's an obvious ball full of sci-fi and buddy cop cliches, but it's still way more interesting in one hour than Agents of SHIELD has managed to be in like 10.


Agents of SHIELD managed to be so interesting that I stopped watching it entirely.

Maybe I'll pick up this one instead.
 
2013-11-18 11:23:14 AM  

luidprand: Well, if you like Asimov's Elijah Baley books mixed with Philip K. Dick, then it should appeal. Since I do, I like it.


Took the literal words right out of my mouth.   Still, I'm cautiously optimistic.
 
2013-11-18 11:24:38 AM  
Hmmm, glad to see all of the good reviews. I didn't catch it, but I will look for any reason to watch a show that Minka Kelly appears in.

Mmmmmm...Minka Kelly.
 
2013-11-18 11:25:19 AM  

Zombie DJ: I love it but I'm waiting for Karl to put on one if those police helmets with the half face shield.


Curiously I don't dredd that.
I enjoyed the show but I wish they had held off some of the character development.

SPOILER BELOW



Think they should have paced out the acceptance of Dorian by Urban's character until near the end of the season. Their emotional/verbal sparing was good.
 
2013-11-18 11:25:19 AM  

serial_crusher: mjones73: BTW, Those MX-43 series androids are creepy looking though aren't they?

I kind of dislike that the main android character isn't creepy looking.  He's too human


If you think about it as sort of a post-Blade Runner world it would make sense for humankind to retire the too-human androids. Look how much trouble they were causing. The "advanced" MX-43 are obviously android and act like them. In a real world we wouldn't make them look like people at all, but not a lot of story-telling there. It's like human beings invented Data and were like oh crap oh crap oh crap, no let's make them dumb again! whew
 
2013-11-18 11:26:11 AM  

Soulcatcher: I really enjoyed it. Urban is always a lot of fun. The show has a nice time slot (finally something to watch before The Walking Dead/ Game of Thrones Sunday 9 PM lock)

=]


I think the deal is its normal time is on Monday, but they aired the first episode at a special time to confuse all of you backwards people who still actually watch TV while it's broadcasting.
 
2013-11-18 11:30:38 AM  

Confabulat: serial_crusher: mjones73: BTW, Those MX-43 series androids are creepy looking though aren't they?

I kind of dislike that the main android character isn't creepy looking.  He's too human

If you think about it as sort of a post-Blade Runner world it would make sense for humankind to retire the too-human androids. Look how much trouble they were causing. The "advanced" MX-43 are obviously android and act like them. In a real world we wouldn't make them look like people at all, but not a lot of story-telling there. It's like human beings invented Data and were like oh crap oh crap oh crap, no let's make them dumb again! whew


Yeah, it totally makes sense in the world they're building.  We'll see how the story turns out.  This sort of thing usually revolves around the androids becoming real people, not the android who was too real being brought out of retirement for dubious and convenient reasons.  So, let's see where it goes.  Maybe a popular uprising once people realize the smart androids are back on the police force, taking jerbs.

/ It really bothered me the way they wrote in that the chief had specifically requested that android to be the guy's buddy.  Earlier in the show it was explained that he was getting him because they were all out of the regular ones, but then we find out it was the chief's plan all along?  Did the chief plan for Karl Urban to throw his original android buddy out of the car, or did she just come up with the plan really fast after that happened?
 
2013-11-18 11:38:04 AM  

serial_crusher: I think the deal is its normal time is on Monday, but they aired the first episode at a special time to confuse all of you backwards people who still actually watch TV while it's broadcasting.


yeah, that time slot will not last, I was actually pretty surprised to see Fox delay The Simpsons an hour. HERESY!
 
2013-11-18 11:40:03 AM  
Does anyone else remember Total Recall 2070?
 
2013-11-18 11:42:03 AM  

Confabulat: yeah, that time slot will not last, I was actually pretty surprised to see Fox delay The Simpsons an hour. HERESY!


Which was honestly one of the funniest Simpsons I've seen in awhile

"This message brought to you by your brain, a subsidiary of your penis"
 
2013-11-18 11:44:05 AM  

Msol: Does anyone else remember Total Recall 2070?


No, but now I'm going to find it and watch it.

From Wikipedia:
Total Recall 2070 is a science fiction television series first broadcast in 1999 on the Canadian television channel CHCH-TV and later the same year on the American Showtime channel. It was later syndicated in the United States with some editing to remove scenes of nudity, violence and (in most cases) strong language

ok, I'm going to find the Canadian version
 
2013-11-18 11:49:40 AM  

Msol: Does anyone else remember Total Recall 2070?


Yes. Almost Human reminded me a lot of Total Recall 2070. Very good show. Too bad it didn't last. It had a good cliffhanger.
 
2013-11-18 11:50:53 AM  

IdBeCrazyIf: Confabulat: yeah, that time slot will not last, I was actually pretty surprised to see Fox delay The Simpsons an hour. HERESY!

Which was honestly one of the funniest Simpsons I've seen in awhile

"This message brought to you by your brain, a subsidiary of your penis"


It's actually one of the first new Simpsons I've seen in like a decade other than the occasional Treehouse of Terror, and that's just cause it was delayed an hour and I was watching Fox (the football game helped too, I'm sure that was no coincidence).

And yeah, it wasn't bad. Well to be fair I drifted off after the first commercial break but I did chuckle a few times before then. That's pretty good for a modern Simpsons! Is that how the opening goes these days? No more nuclear plant or Marge and Maggie at the supermarket?
 
2013-11-18 11:55:44 AM  
I liked it. I'm afraid of getting attached to new shows.
 
2013-11-18 11:59:09 AM  

serial_crusher: Msol: Does anyone else remember Total Recall 2070?

No, but now I'm going to find it and watch it.

From Wikipedia:
Total Recall 2070 is a science fiction television series first broadcast in 1999 on the Canadian television channel CHCH-TV and later the same year on the American Showtime channel. It was later syndicated in the United States with some editing to remove scenes of nudity, violence and (in most cases) strong language

ok, I'm going to find the Canadian version


Sounds like it starred Rob Ford.

Anywho, visually and musically, it's aces. It wants to be Blade Runner w/ the Tron soundtrack, and there's nothing wrong w/ that. Plot/character wise, it's a regular network cop show. The kidnap/kill a cop then end up breaking into evidence just seemed hokey, convoluted, and unnecessary (even though it led to a bad-ass showdown at the end). The acting is okay; gruff detective doesn't win anyone any points anymore, and Dorian seems so human b/c maybe the actor has a little trouble finding the line between confused machine and straight up rookie partner. That said, there is a lot of potential. However, it also looks expensive as hell, which means its days are definitely numbered. I can't imagine there are a lot of tax breaks in the future, and I doubt the designer DNA folks are paying for product placement, considering it causes peoples' faces to melt off.
 
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