Being an avid “X-Files” fan and still not being happy that it came to an end (and has never been renewed either), I was more than happy to come across another sci-fi series called “Fringe” by the director J.J. Abrams. Like most good things, that too came to an end and I was once again left without a good, iconic sci-fi series to get hooked on.
I watch “Warehouse 13” with interest but I must say it lacks that spark or, as the French say, “Je Ne Sais Pas”. The last series has been deplorable, outright silly and boring in my opinion and I fee that so much more could have been done with it but alas, I digress.
Imagine my surprise and joy to hear that JJ is bringing out a new series called “Almost Human” this November. It is a sci-fi police series and features Karl Urban (“Bones” from the new Star Trek films) & Mackenzie Crook (Gareth Keenan from “The Office”). Cutting a long story short (you can read the full official version at the end of my Blog post), it’s set in the nearish future when the police work with androids on the force but Karl’s character is not comfortable working with them after losing his partner and ends up with an artificial robotic implant in his leg (hints of “I Robot” there). He then gets to work with a ‘not 100% with it’ android who seems to have human qualities. There you have it: “Cagney & Lacey” for the 2010s.
I have high hopes for the series as I was a big fan of “Alias” with Jennifer Garner, even though I felt that said series lacked impetus towards the end. I’m hoping that it will focus on individual storyline episodes and strong leading characters rather than dragging the series out with a common thread throughout all episodes. Plus, if JJ wants to renew the “X-Files” franchise and bring back the original “Mulder & Scully”, that would also bring a smile to my face.
I leave you with the official spiel from the FOX Network site for those of who are too lazy to visit the OFFICIAL “ALMOST HUMAN” SITE:
The year is 2048. Meet JOHN KENNEX (Urban), 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 (guest star Mekia Cox, “Crazy, Stupid, Love.,” “Undercovers”), 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 (Emmy Award nominee Lili Taylor, ” Six Feet Under,” “Ransom”). By mandate, every cop must partner with a robot. And despite his passionate aversion to androids, John is paired up with a battle-ready MX-43. But he abruptly terminates his partnership after the robot discovers incriminating information about him.
So technician RUDY LOM (Mackenzie Crook, “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise) introduces John to DORIAN (Ealy), a discontinued android with unexpected emotional responses. Although such responses were deemed flaws, it is in these “flaws” that John relates to Dorian most. After all, John is part-machine now, and Dorian is part-human. John and Dorian’s understanding of each other not only complements them, it connects them.
As he adjusts to working with his new partner, John also must learn to get along with his new colleagues, including the eager and somewhat starstruck Detective VALERIE STAHL (Minka Kelly, “Friday Night Lights,” “(500) Days of Summer”) and the distrustful Detective RICHARD PAUL (Michael Irby, “Law Abiding Citizen,” “The Unit”), who does not welcome John back with open arms.
ALMOST HUMAN will follow the week-to-week missions of John and Dorian, as they fight crime across this futuristic landscape, while the mysteries surrounding his attack and the larger mythology of this new world unfold.