Almost Human…short-lived but good…

almost-humanI was going to write about Peaky Blinders for this Blogathon but I can’t keep going on and on and on about how brilliant it is (ok, I guess I could). But, change is good. And there’s another show that I thoroughly enjoyed. Unfortunately, as would be my luck, this one only went for one short season (2013 to 2014) and failed to get the nod for another round. What a pity. But don’t be put off by that…enjoy that one special season for what it is. Oh…hmmm…I guess I do watch more series than I suspected (and claim) after all…I always say I’m “not a series person” but I guess the odd one I do watch.

Hsmall-screen-2ere’s Almost Human…my entry to The Small Screen Blogathon hosted by Maddylovesherclassicfilms.

We’re in the future where human police officers have been teamed up with human looking androids, more specifically MX-43s. This, to get a good, supposedly effective balance of human thought processes together with the emotional detachment and superior fighting skills of androids. Paired are “old school” (read “not-at-all-happy about this) detective John Kennex – he’s the human, played by Karl Urban – with Dorian – a retired DRN model android (“dug out the storage area” but that’s not really the case), played by Michael Ealy. Huh? Yes…you see, John was initially teamed up with a fancy schmancy MX-43 but let’s just say, they had a personality clash and said android was not-so-gracefully dispatched of by allocated human partner (thus bringing the DRN into the picture). Now, the thing is, John is grumpy and fighting his own daemons which include amnesia and a prosthetic leg and really isn’t too chuffed with Dorian‘s constant advice, opinions and general input. I need to mention that Dorian and fellow DRN models were retired due to their emotional programming not being quite right for the job. The MX-43s are purely logic based partners.

Karl Urban and Michael Ealy fulfill their roles perfectly and have a superb chemistry. You’ll find yourself constantly chuckling as they bash heads due to different opinions, emotional states and outlooks on life while trying to solve various cases. Add to this duo the wonderful Mackenzie Crook  as Rudy Lom (you might know him from Pirates of the Caribbean as the pirate with the wooden eye that keeps popping out) who is the tech support/nerd/lab guy. He’s the go-to guy for all things…techie. Oh boy is he great. As miserable and gruff as John is, there’s a subtle soft spot (he’ll never admit it) there with colleague Detective Valerie Stahl (Minka Kelly). I was really sad that this didn’t get to be developed more but that was probably left for a subsequent series which we’re never to see…booohoooohoooo. Lili Taylor is Captain Sandra Maldonado who sees John for what he is while other detectives and MX-43 android models keep opposing him.

And so this team fights futuristic (actually, not too futuristic) crimes while John and Dorian become the best duo I’ve seen in a long time. Well worth watching despite the short season.

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17 comments

    1. I’m not a big television person at all – never really watch anything…well, except the odd series (and short ones at that). I can’t be bothered to watch something that never ends…
      Peaky Blinders is absolutely brilliant – well worth watching. Each “season” is 6 episodes and that’s that. But worth every minute. Some fantastic work by the BBC.

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  1. Loved all the Blade Runner nods along with Judge Dredd influences and the forbidden zone we never got to see. What with Urban having already played the Judge and after loving Dredd and being disappointed they won’t make a sequel it was a great joy to hear Almost Human was in the pipeline. The pilot episode set it up so nicely with the right amount of buddy chemistry.
    It was so good, the relationship between the two was wonderful to watch. Couldn’t believe they cancelled it but it was purely the network to blame. They mixed all the episodes up, so they ran out of sequence. One minute Urban and Ealy would be best buddies then the next Urban couldn’t stand him. The flipping of episodes also opened up big continuation issues! I’m sure I remember one of the police force getting killed and then just randomly being ok a few epis later. The original episode 2 was shown in episode 8’s place and the original episode 5 was shown after the pilot. It was so frustrating to see a show you loved literally get destroyed before your eyes. Fox just killed the show without giving it the chance it deserved…….. Great TV pick btw and sorry for the big comment 🙂 Wolfy

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    1. Absolutely no need to apologise for the „big“ comment. It is greatly appreciated. I didn’t realise they mixed all the episodes up (watched them in the correct order). I absolutely loved Dredd too. Was brilliantly done. Urban works well in those gruff roles. Have a wonderful day!

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  2. This sounds very interesting. I love films or series about odd couple characters at odds with one another. Sounds like a series I would enjoy. Karl Urban is an actor I like quite a bit so that’s even more reason to check this out. Terrific post. Thanks for taking part Cat.

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    1. Thanks for having me Maddy. I thoroughly enjoy watching Karl Urban (hence I actually found this series). He’s so cool in “R.E.D.” and I even enjoy him in “The Loft” which has terrible reviews but I don’t think it that bad.

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  3. I enjoyed this series so much! I was disappointed when Fox cancelled this one after only one season. I guess we have another Firefly, except I don’t think we’ll get a movie to tie this one up. 😦

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