Almost Human (2013)

 
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From J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman comes an action-packed police drama set in the year 2048, when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. Meet John Kennex, 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, 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. John is paired up with a battle-ready MX-43, but abruptly terminates his partnership after the robot discovers incriminating information about him.

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Season 1

  • 1.
    17 November 2013
    In the year 2048, an unprecedented increase in the crime rate has made being a cop only more dangerous than it is today, necessitating that every police officer partner with an android. John Kennex, a detective and sole survivor of a devastating police ambush, and his robot partner, Dorian, solve cases and fight to keep the lid on dangerously evolved criminals in this futuristic landscape.
  • 2.
    18 November 2013
    Detective John Kennex and Dorian are dispatched to investigate a murder and high-profile missing persons case that lead them into the highly profitable world of IRCs – Intimate Robot Companions – also known as sexbots. Meanwhile, Kennex looks to reconcile a part of his troubled past.
  • 3.
    25 November 2013
    Detective Kennex and Dorian battle an intense and futuristic hostage situation, while Captain Maldonado attempts to meet the terrorist’s demands, hoping to protect innocent people.
  • 4.
    02 December 2013
    An old cop friend of Detective Kennex's goes undercover, posing as a "cook" of a highly addictive street drug called "The Bends." But his cover is blown. As the scope of the intense drug investigation unfolds, a determined Kennex and Dorian call on Rudy Lom for assistance.
  • 5.
    09 December 2013
    Detective John Kennex and Dorian are tasked with protecting the only remaining witness in a major murder trial, while Captain Maldonado faces off with the defendant.
  • 6.
    16 December 2013
    Detective John Kennex and Dorian respond to a suspicious death at a hospital where – before having a fatal cardiac arrest – a man claimed someone was trying to kill him, and inexplicably knew his exact time of death. As the investigation unfolds, a black market for vital organs is uncovered in which bio-mechanical hearts can be resold and remotely "shut off." As the team fights to find the pulse of this 2048 tech-centric crime, Dorian reconnects with a decommissioned DRN.
  • 7.
    06 January 2014
    Det. Kennex and Dorian investigate Simon, a psychopathic killer who is strapping bombs to his victims' neck and broadcasting their final moments over the internet. When Simon targets Kennex, the team is in a nail-biting race against time to save his life. Meanwhile, a power deficiency affects Dorian's energy level, causing him to have unexpected outbursts.
  • 8.
    13 January 2014
    Detective Kennex and Dorian investigate a crime scene involving a self-guided bullet that can track, target and kill specific people at any moment. Also, Kennex makes a mockery of his anger management classes.
  • 9.
    03 February 2014
    There are consequences and casualties when Danica, an advanced DRN that operates more like a soldier than a cop, is rebuilt and on a rampage. With few clues about her mission, location and innocent lives being lost, Kennex and Dorian look to Nigel, a genius roboticist and DRN creator, in attempt to track her down.
  • 10.
    10 February 2014
    When Det. Kennex and Dorian investigate the simultaneous and sudden deaths of two genetically-enhanced - or "chrome" - children, a fatal dose of the perfect designer drug appears to be the cause. As the investigation unfolds and a recent drowning victim is mysteriously connected, the case takes an unexpected turn. Meanwhile, Kennex endures painful flashes from the past and pays a visit to the recollectionist.
  • 11.
    17 February 2014
    A deadly crime from the future occurs when a "smart home" goes terribly bad and turns on its occupants. Detective Kennex and Dorian lead the investigation that forces them to interface with a house that is represented by a mysterious hologram character.
  • 12.
    24 February 2014
    When Det. Kennex and Dorian investigate the murder of a "chrome," there are no signs of trauma, other than a very small pinprick on the back of his neck. As the investigation unfolds, it’s revealed that the murder suspect is tapping into the DNA of his victims in pursuit of perfection.
  • 13.
    03 March 2014
    Det. Kennex and Dorian investigate a string of murders by a copycat of a serial killer whom Kennex’s father put in jail. As the investigation unfolds, biotechnology from the future sheds light on crimes of the past. Meanwhile, Dorian receives his performance evaluation since being reactivated.

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Brilliant and prematurely canceled!

I loved this show! I'm still upset that is was canceled. It was a true breath of fresh air. So funny, well acted, interesting, witty... I could go on, but alas... it is no more. :-(

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Brilliant and growing stronger

This buddy cop story might sound like slightly familiar ground, but actually there is nothing like it, in successfully created science fiction. It seemlessly blends phillip k dick like surreal future darkness, with a crime solving partnership that works very well. The energy between the main stars works very well, with lots of comedic moments. Michael Ealy as "Dorian" blends sensitivity, intuition, and comedic wackiness seemlessly in a complete reversal of the android stereotype.

The visuals are movie quality. The sound track is movie quality..excellently done. As the series moves on, the chemistry between the two main characters, their individual depths, the broader plotline and additional characters become drawn in, such as rudy lom (played by mackensie cook), who plays an enjoyable eccentric techy. While I was very excited to see the series pilot, I was even more excited to see the most recent episode, where I can see the show is really getting into its stride.

The plot is not overly intellectual, very much a tightly paced action sci-fi, but there are philosophical and other quandries that simmer in the background.

Honestly I am not surprised. Because the creators of fringe, went their own way, and collectively have created sleepy hollow, and this show. I almost expected both of to be highlights in american sci-fi tv, well cast, well written, good concepts - and they both very much are.

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