Recently I finished watching Almost Human series. It’s a USA police/crime show set in 2048. The main heroes are a detective not fond of technology and androids (John Kennex, front), set with an android partner (Dorian, right).
Although its set in future, the series relies on the well known buddy-cop format, where two detectives with opposite character or background work alongside each other. Just like in the 48 Hrs., Beverly Hills Cop films which I watched as a kid/teen. There are also buddy-cop TV series, like Common Law, where a pair of clashing detectives (but still they were the best) are sent for a pair therapy. It was Common Law, where I noticed for the first time (I think) Michael Ealy, the actor playing part of the android.
Detective John Kennex lost a leg in ambush, after the android that accompanied his squad left the site because humans wouldn’t make it out anyway. He had two years break, and came back to work with an artificial leg. When he comes back he hears from his captain that he must start working with an android (MX type), because nowadays all policemen do so. His destroys his first android, but is given another one. Different, older type. One that was already decommissioned. The DRN type was made to resemble humans as closely as possible, with the “artificial soul” system. Which was responsible for their “malfunction”. This android is called Dorian.
There are only 13 episodes, 1 season because the series was cancelled. That means that the plots other than crime in every episode aren’t cut clean. And those plots look promising. What’s behind the other side of The Wall? What’s with the fake memories in Dorian’s memory? Would Kennex and detective Stahl (next to Dorian) end up as a couple? We’ll probably never know this.
The main characters get most spotlight, leaving others (too much) in the background. When I think about it, after I finished watching, it’s more like the other characters are extra props being used when needed. Detective Paul (the farthest on left) is the one least needed in the series, he serve no real purpose and his character isn’t too developed. Captain Maldonado didn’t have a lot of spotlight either, but she leaves an impression. Detective Stahl gets more attention as the love interest of Kennex, but even with two episodes where she plays major role it’s not enough. Rudy, the lab rat, on the other hand is really standing out as a minor character. Except the main pair, I like his character the most.
The buddy-cop format gains a lot from the human-android interaction. It’s so funny to watch them both. Michael Ealy as an android is convincing, and the episode with two of him is hilarious. I love the world building in Almost Human, tho we don’t have a clear knowledge of the world. Moreover, I like the ideas every episode for the crime and solving it. I like it more than CSI or NCIS. If you like science-fiction and aren’t a fan of crime TV series, if you are a fan of crime series but not a fan of science-fiction, if you’re a fan of good TV series, I recommend you to watch Almost Human.
My opinion: 8.5/10 (It’s underdeveloped since it’s cancelled)
Review made for The 2015 Sci-Fi Experience.