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Old 05-14-2013, 02:10 PM  
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Fox Fall 2013: Almost Human

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ALMOST HUMAN From Emmy Award-winning executive producer J.J. Abrams (“Fringe,” “Lost,” the “Star Trek” and “Mission: Impossible” franchises) and creator/executive producer J.H. Wyman (“Fringe,” “The Mexican”), comes ALMOST HUMAN. Starring Karl Urban (“Star Trek”) and Michael Ealy (“Sleeper Cell,” “Common Law”), the new series is an action-packed police drama set 35 years in the future, when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. The year is 2048. Meet 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; his girlfriend, ANNA MOORE (guest star Mekia Cox, “Crazy, Stupid, Love.,” “Undercovers”), left him after the attack; and he lost one of his legs and 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 eager and somewhat starstruck 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 his 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 is created by J.H. Wyman, who wrote the pilot. The series is executive-produced by J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk and Wyman. 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.

PRODUCTION COMPANIES: Warner Bros. Television, Bad Robot Productions, Bonanza Productions Inc.

CREATOR/WRITER: J.H. Wyman

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, J.H. Wyman

CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Brad Anderson (pilot), Kathy Lingg, Reid Shane

DIRECTOR: Brad Anderson

CAST: Karl Urban as John Kennex, Michael Ealy as Dorian, Minka Kelly as Valerie Stahl, Michael Irby as Richard Paul, Mackenzie Crook as Rudy Lom, Lili Taylor as Maldonado
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Old 11-23-2013, 10:17 AM   #46
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I enjoyed the first 2 episodes. It is basically I, Robot without the big computer. But I thought the humor was good and I care about the character. As long as they come up with a decent plot it should be good.
Ghost in the Shell influenced too
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Old 11-23-2013, 11:42 AM   #47
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Watched it last night. Really liked it. Moreso than either SHIELD or Sleepy Hollow. I think it's looking like it could develop into the best purely science fiction show on TV for the last few years.
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Old 11-23-2013, 11:47 AM   #48
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Watched it last night. Really liked it. Moreso than either SHIELD or Sleepy Hollow. I think it's looking like it could develop into the best purely science fiction show on TV for the last few years.
Potentially. I'm sure if it heads that way Fox will shitcan it.
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Old 11-23-2013, 02:46 PM   #49
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Potentially. I'm sure if it heads that way Fox will shitcan it.
It'll depend on the ratings. It dropped 26% from the pilot to Monday (not a surprise), but it's one of the highest live-plus-seven new shows of the year so far (behind SHIELD, Blacklist, Crazy Ones and Sleepy Hollow).

It keeps that up, and it's fine. Fox doesn't just randomly cancel stuff. They cancel stuff because nobody's watching.
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Old 11-26-2013, 06:24 PM   #50
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It was an OK Die Hard episode the other night
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Old 11-27-2013, 06:55 AM   #51
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Basically, but I enjoyed it. Much better than SHIELD or Arrow so far.

What is "live-plus-seven"?
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Old 11-27-2013, 07:39 AM   #52
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Better than Arrow? You're on crack.

Third episode was boring as ****. Turned it off halfway through. I'll finish it sometime, but it didn't hold my interest at all.
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Old 11-28-2013, 05:55 AM   #53
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Better than Arrow? You're on crack.

Third episode was boring as ****. Turned it off halfway through. I'll finish it sometime, but it didn't hold my interest at all.
Really? I thought it was better than the first two. Pilot was boring as hell IMO.
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Old 11-28-2013, 09:04 AM   #54
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Better than Arrow? You're on crack.

Third episode was boring as ****. Turned it off halfway through. I'll finish it sometime, but it didn't hold my interest at all.
I don't see what every loves so much about Arrow. The acting sucks and it just seems cheaply done.
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Old 11-28-2013, 09:53 AM   #55
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The acting is on par with Almost Human. Arrow doesn't overly rely on special effects, which is nice.

I started the Almost Human episode over and watched the whole thing. It was better on a second viewing. Still a little "meh," but lots of shows that I like haven't always hit the ground running.
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The acting is on par with Almost Human. Arrow doesn't overly rely on special effects, which is nice.

I started the Almost Human episode over and watched the whole thing. It was better on a second viewing. Still a little "meh," but lots of shows that I like haven't always hit the ground running.
Fringe was like this until they found their niche with the alternate dimension instead of the "monster of the week" copied format from the X-Files.
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Old 11-28-2013, 01:48 PM   #57
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The acting is on par with Almost Human. Arrow doesn't overly rely on special effects, which is nice.

I started the Almost Human episode over and watched the whole thing. It was better on a second viewing. Still a little "meh," but lots of shows that I like haven't always hit the ground running.
Acting isn't even close. As far as relying on special effects, I'd rather that then being too cheap to afford special effects and constantly relying on darkness. It's like having cheap choreography and shitty combat scene actors, and so having to rely on constant angle changes, darkness, and jittery cameras.
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Old 11-28-2013, 02:40 PM   #58
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Karl "broodmeister" Urban isn't exactly going to win an Emmy for this. Nor will the captain lady. She's awful. Arrow isn't that badly acted.

Darkness is a part of superheroes.
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Old 11-29-2013, 08:12 AM   #59
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I agree Urban is not a guy that comes to mind when discussing great actors, but he's 10 X better than whoever plays Oliver Queen. That said, Ealy is 10 X better than anyone on either show. Never heard of him before, but he's been really good.

I also agree darkness is / can be a part of a superhero's world. However, it seems like every set on Arrow is overly dark to hide something. Even the scenes in daytime offices or other setting where you normally have an abundance of light are dark and moody. It just seems awfully cheap. Don't get me wrong, I love the storyline. It's just missing something. I'm glad Malcom is back. I honestly was ready to stop watching after the last episode. Right up until the end. Now I'll give it a few more weeks at least.
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I think Oliver is good, as is Felicity.
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