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Postby sunnyside » Wed Dec 04, 2013 3:39 am

It's a new series about a sort of cyberpunk future where cops are paired with androids. Episodes are online on fox and Hulu at the moment.

I really want to like it, but I'm annoyed at how the cops treat the tech whiz.

However the reason I'm venting about that here is it makes me appreciate Trek more. Trek is the only setting I can think of where the scientists and engineers really get to be the heroes and are accorded appropriate respect. Well, maybe MacGuyver in his manner. Abramsverse maybe less so though... speaking of which by chance the cop in the series is Karl Urban (i.e. new Bones)
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Re: Almost Human

Postby McAvoy » Wed Dec 04, 2013 4:42 am

I like it though it is a cliche cop show aside from the high techy stuff.

I have seen only the first two episodes but the guy who does the repair/maintaince on the androids seems to be ok.
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Re: Almost Human

Postby kostmayer » Wed Dec 04, 2013 6:49 am

Been enjoying it so far. Karl Urban does grumpy so well, and its a nice twist making the android the more human of the two.
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Re: Almost Human

Postby Tsukiyumi » Wed Dec 04, 2013 10:47 am

I thinks it hits the ground running better than any show I've seen in years. The chemistry is present from the first episode, the action and SFX are solid, and the plots aren't super predictable. It has a lot of potential.
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Re: Almost Human

Postby sunnyside » Wed Dec 04, 2013 5:09 pm

McAvoy wrote:I like it though it is a cliche cop show aside from the high techy stuff.


After you've seen enough stuff it's hard to avoid things seeming like cliches or tropes.

So far the techy stuff seems to add a lot of interesting variation. I also like the flavor of advancement occuring at a somewhat out of control pace. That has supposedly been a theme within the cyberpunk genre since its inception, but typically it isn't actually done very well, meaning there are some new technologies at the start of the series of books, games, or shows, but then things largely stagnate from there.

Though we'll see how they do with it, I appreciate the difficulty in keeping that going.
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Re: Almost Human

Postby Graham Kennedy » Thu Dec 05, 2013 2:27 am

Liking this so far, overall. The two leads are very good, especially the robot dude.

The tech stuff is very, but I do wonder if they aren't going to end up tying themselves in knots. It's easy to throw things in one episode that are cool, but it can lead to a lot of "But why don't they just use that thing they had a few weeks back to resolve this situation?" Trek was famous for introducing technical weirdness that would be fabulously useful, only to then drop it. I hope this doesn't go down the same path.
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Re: Almost Human

Postby sunnyside » Thu Dec 05, 2013 4:13 am

GrahamKennedy wrote:Liking this so far, overall. The two leads are very good, especially the robot dude.

The tech stuff is very, but I do wonder if they aren't going to end up tying themselves in knots. It's easy to throw things in one episode that are cool, but it can lead to a lot of "But why don't they just use that thing they had a few weeks back to resolve this situation?" Trek was famous for introducing technical weirdness that would be fabulously useful, only to then drop it. I hope this doesn't go down the same path.


We'll see how they manage, but they seem to have already added in a flavor of obsolescence. Subcutaneous wire? Now worthless. Nanotrasmitter things...already depreciated. I'd be willing to accept that the cops aren't vulnerable to that gas stuff by the fifth episode and so I wouldn't be bothered if we don't see it again. So on and so forth.
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Re: Almost Human

Postby sunnyside » Wed Dec 11, 2013 4:00 am

I thought it was weird in this episode how they could know all about holography being able to mimic faces (from the earlier episode) but have the premise of the episode being that eyewitness testimony is still key.

But then I thought about
http://dsc.discovery.com/tv-shows/mythb ... ttakes.htm
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldne ... -man.html#

So I guess maybe the idea is the same as now. Something along the lines of it being expensive and not coming up.
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Re: Almost Human

Postby McAvoy » Wed Apr 23, 2014 5:29 am

I have been catching up and a new theme is genetic engineering of a human to create a near new race with no imperfections and even greater intelligence. The hit girl is one. Makes it interesting.
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