Almost Human

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot

63
Aired Monday 8:00 PM Nov 17, 2013 on FOX
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9.1
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Episode Summary

In the year 2048, Detective John Kennex, wounded in body and soul, returns to his old police force, but balks when he learns that his new partner is Dorian, a robot. Can he get over his mistrust of Synthetics long enough to solve the crimes plaguing the city?

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  • stylish

    9.0
    The series just started here in the UK. I thought the pilot had a very stylish look, reminded me a lot of Blade Runner, only not quite so depressing. I thought Karl Urban gave a really good performance, grouchy but still kind of charming. I absolutely loved the scene where he threw this first synthetic partner out of the car. The series made a nice job about introducing the main characters. They really already felt like people you could care about. Dorian was just charming, but perhaps a bit too human to be believable as a robot. He seemed more human than some humans, but perhaps that is the point. I would really like to know what he does if he is not on duty. Does he get unplugged or stored somewhere or do they treat him like a human and give him a flat to live in? It really is a pity that it just got cancelled.moreless
  • This is just the type of show I've been waiting for!

    10
    This is just the type of show I've been waiting for! The pilot was strong, had humor and an interesting story. I just hope they don't make Dorien too human, then he won't be anything special and we'll have is another cop show.
  • RoboCop Reimagined Nicely

    9.0
    Cop shows/movies come and be sure. Sci-Fi cop TV series seem to never last however, Here's one that might fair better. Go back to the movie Robocop and lift one of the central things that made it work: the juxtaposition between soulless android technology and the opposite, human emotion or simply humanity. Immediately this series gets to the point. Pathological criminals and programmed future gen androids, good or bad, lack human emotion. There's a slippery slope here as the good guys, the police, are half android bots of which the latest generation is no longer hampered by any human emotional traits to bias judgment. Partner each copbot with a human for a balanced pair in this future time This is the crux of Almost Human.



    Officer John Kennex was seriously wounded a couple of years ago because he chose to attempt to save his partner even as the copbots said it was a no go. Not only did Kennex lose his partner, but he caused more collateral damage, including the loss of a leg and a lengthy sabbatical during which time he was fitted with a new android leg. After a nice concise recap of those events Kennex is called back to serve. Immediately he rejects his soulless android partner in a fairly graphic, and pretty humorous, way. For his replacement partner he gets another android with a difference, this older model android has some human emotion the current, superior, models, have evolved beyond. So, while Kennex is very human, his new partner, Dorian, is loosely speaking "Almost Human". They make an excellent pair as such.



    This show will revolve around the dilemma of a near future time's battle to inject humanity in fighting a newer bread of technologically advanced criminals who have absolutely no morals left. It will do so with the need to regain that moral compass lost in this bleak time. Having a pair of police, one human the other android but with some humanity still programed in, fight this technological darkness is the core each week's stories. It can't be stressed highly enough that the likeability of our two protagonists is central to the success, or failure, of Almost Human. In that regard it seems no stretch to say casting Karl Urban as Kennex and Michael Ealy as Dorian is extremely effective. Urban is up there with Peter Weller as a cop who answers to his human side. He's tough and very likeable at the same time. The real coup, however, is casting Ealy as the android who has a strong sliver of humanity left. In only a few minutes Ealy grabs the camera with his accessible fashion model good looks and then nails it with his portrayal of Dorian. This is a pair of future crime fighters viewers can get on-board with, and root for.



    Thus, Almost Human starts out with a good sci-fi palate and cast. The success of this show will depend on first, and foremost, the quality of each week's story. The need for depicting the technology and inherent dilemmas of a near futuristic time will be almost as important. If the stories and the presentation levels are high this series has a chance at more than an initial run because the idea, and casting, has legs, of which three of four are android!moreless
  • Not bad, not bad

    8.5
    Looks good and Karl Urban is cool. It's not that special besides the look so far. But don't let it end after 5-13 episodes. Let's keep this series at least for 20 episodes please :)
  • A good pilot

    10
    I thought this was a strong pilot episode that really got to the point and did not spent too much time introducing the characters with long periods of exposition. Its nice to see some good science fiction get a chance on TV. I just hope FOX does not freak out if the raitings are not there right away and pulls the plug before the show really gets going.
Karl Urban

Karl Urban

Detective John Kennex

Lili Taylor

Lili Taylor

Captain Sandra Maldonado

Mackenzie Crook

Mackenzie Crook

Rudy Lom

Minka Kelly

Minka Kelly

Detective Valerie Stahl

Michael Ealy

Michael Ealy

Dorian

Michael Irby

Michael Irby

Detective Richard Paul

Tim Kelleher

Tim Kelleher

Reinhardt

Guest Star

Mekia Cox

Mekia Cox

Anna Moore

Guest Star

Hiro Kanagawa

Hiro Kanagawa

The Recollectionist

Guest Star

Joe Smith (II)

Joe Smith (II)

Voice of Mx's

Recurring Role

Anthony Konechny

Anthony Konechny

MX-43-1

Recurring Role

Darren E. Scott

Darren E. Scott

MX-43-2

Recurring Role

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