We’re always on the look out for new, interesting crime drama and Almost Human is certainly that. Starring Star Trek’s Karl Urban and from the ever fertile mind of JJ Abrams (again in an EP role here) it’s a classic buddy cop drama with an interesting spin – it’s set in the year 2048 and features a robot as one half of the buddy cop relationship. A fair-to-middling hit on its US parent network, Fox, the show has been snapped up by UKTV flagship entertainment channel Watch.
Due to air in May, the show – by all accounts – is a bit of a grower. Here’s Fox’s official blurb on the show:
The year is 2048. Meet Detective 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, he lost one of his legs and he 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 Sandro Maldonado (Lili Taylor). 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) introduces John to Dorian (Michael 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.
We’ve seen the first episode and it’s fun. It mixes the sort of tech we’ve seen in Minority Report, and feels like a sci-fi version of Lethal Weapon in places. Throw in a smidge of Blade Runner here and there and ticks all the sci-fi boxes.
The critics weren’t exactly falling over themselves Stateside, but by all accounts the series got better and better as it went on. Here’s a lengthy trailer to give you a taste: