This show is worth watching and especially so for the science fiction fans. The premise of the show is that in the year 2048 crime has spiraled out of control and something needs to be done about it. To even the odds every police officer is partnered with an “advanced, combat model android”. Enter the main protagonist Detective John Kennex, who suffers the loss of a fellow officer in a police operation led by him when an android, based on a logical deduction deems it a futile exercise to rescue the officer. Detective Kennex also loses a leg in the same operation and returns to duty two years later with a synthetic leg. He naturally returns with baggage from the past and an unmatched hatred for androids. He repeatedly undergoes dangerous memory retrieval procedures to re-live the fateful day in order to uncover vital clues.
Shortly after his return Detective Kennex manages to trash the android attached to him and is given an older model android, Dorian which is part of a decommissioned series based on a concept known as the synthetic soul. Yes it is exactly what it sounds like, AI advanced to the stage that it starts to understand the concept of existence and experiences feelings. After a few initial hiccups Kennex and Dorian get along fine based on Dorian’s ability to understand and prioritize emotional responses (gut feelings) over logical ones.
J. J. Abrams and J. H. Wyman have indeed done a spot on job with the look and the feel of the show. None of the visual shots so far feel out of place and there is generally a very realistic sense to the entire show. With Mr. Abrams extensive experience nothing less was expected. I have to admit though, the character of Dorian feels a little too human at times. The basic premise is nothing ground breaking but the treatment given to it is very good. As with every cop show set in the future or past, the show progresses with investigation of various crimes with an added layer of a secret criminal organisation. The scenarios portrayed so far have been fairly interesting with glimpses of what our future might actually look like.
Detective Kennex is played by Karl Urban. He has been in quite a few science fiction movies such as Star Trek, Riddick and Dredd. He does a good job of playing the alpha male, lone ranger with past baggage cop. Dorian the android with a soul is played by Michael Ealy who I couldn’t place at first but has played various roles in movies and shows alike. Detective Valerie Stahl is played by Minka Kelly who was the cute girl at the end of the movie ’500 Days of Summer’. I also recognize Lili Taylor from the show Hemlock Grove who is playing the role of Captain Sandra Maldonado.
Final Verdict: You should definitely give this one a try. The show feels very realistic in it’s portrayal of the future. The basic premise won’t dazzle with anything new but the package it is presented in will not disappoint.
IMDb Rating: 8.4/10 from 12,741 users as on 01/01/2014.
Official Site: http://www.fox.com/almost-human/