The year is 2048 and the criminal underworld has gotten so bad that police officers are partnered with Androids to supplement their numbers and power level. Like any good android, most of these "robocops" are all about rules and regulations. This doesn't sit well with Karl Urban's John Kennex when he makes calls under fire based on emotion and not logic and careful calculation. Kennex is gravely wounded and returns to duty with an even greater dislike of the android officers. Eventually he is teamed with Dorian (Michael Ealy), an older model android programmed "to feel."
Compared to many shows that take half a season to get off the ground, Almost Human was able to hit the ground running in comparison. The relationship between Kennex and androids is believable and his new partner Dorian is able to prove himself by the end of the episode to differentiate himself from the other androids and begin earning Kennex's trust. The growing relationship between Dorian and Kennex worked as well and it was a good move to not try and drag a hated partnership throughout the season. The two actors had good chemistry with each other as well.
The story, outside of the single episode plot, showed threads of a larger story with a variety of threads to continue throughout the season. The future-world of Almost Human feels real and also opens up story possibilities should they explore what caused the growing crime wave and struggling society of the country and city.
It's not a perfect show and it's a story we've seen elements of before. But with most tv shows, chemistry between the actors can carry it through growth and bumps in the road and this cast definitely has it. The effects and production quality are very well done, the world feels polished, and if they continue to improve and polish have a chance to turn this into one of the better sci-fi shows on tv. Most of all though, it makes you want to tune in next week.
Fortunately, this time, viewers only have to wait until tomorrow. The second episode of the premiere - "Skin" airs at its regular time of 8pm, Monday on Fox.
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About the Author - Jeremy Shane
Jeremy was born in a small mountain village of a strange foreign land called Weystvurginea. Banishment for liberal views saw him spend years wondering the east coast until he decided to bike to California. When he saw how long a trip it was, he drove instead. Now he's living it up in a low humidity climate, sometimes working on his photography and when not, he writes for us covering books (by way of his blog: Reading Realms), gaming, tv, movies, comics, conventions in the SoCal area, and creates a weekly webcomic: A Journey Through Skyrim. If you look for him offline, start in the L.A. area; online start at: www.jeremyshane.info for his profile and all the social networks he's on... or just follow him on twitter, he seems to be on there a lot: @jeremyshane.
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