But Where's the Cow? 'Almost Human' Trailer
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But Where's the Cow? 'Almost Human' Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | October 23, 2013 | Comments ()


Almost Human contains several qualities that make it quite attractive television to my eyes. First, it’s science fiction. Second, there are robots. Lots and lot of robots. Third, there is Karl Urban, which I think we can all agree on by inspection, without the need for an extensive proof. Fourth, it’s coming from JJ Abrams, who we will never allow to forget lens flare, but does tend to deliver on science fiction television.

Of course it’s on Fox, which means jokes about time slots and impatience, which I guess is unfair since I haven’t watched television in an actual time slot in five years, and Fox was kind enough to let Fringe play out, so how bad can they be.

Here’s the trailer:

So … they adapted the Will Smith version of I, Robot to television but couldn’t afford to pay the Asimov estate for the name because the price went up after that previous bullshit? I kid, I kid!

I mean, this is totally different, see they made it a white guy and a black robot instead of a black guy and (literally) white robot. Totally different concept. See, instead of an inversion of color, they have literally made the black guy the member of the repressed minority, thus eliminating the entire point of bothering with metaphor in the first place. And it’s the leg of the robot-hating cop which was ironically replaced with synthetic instead of his arm. Light years apart!

I miss Gene and cherry milkshakes.

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  • kinoumenthe

    How is this "groundbraking" when there was this show 14 years ago -admittedly only one season long- called 'Total recall 2070', with Cop unwillingly partnered with an android ? It was pretty good too…



    God, I hope this doesn't suck. I really want him to do well.

  • bastich

    Wait, does this mean we don't get a Dredd sequel?!?

    /shakes fist in air


  • cgthegeek

    I will give this a shot because Michael Ealy.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    I watched Sleepy Hollow, and frankly I love that dippy show. So I see no reason why I shouldn't give this show a shot.
    Also I kinda like the idea of a weekly tv date with Mr. Urban.

  • Aaron Schulz

    strawberry milkshakes

  • Guest


    Is there going to be a betting pool on how long it is until Robot and the guy who should have been Batman "do it"?

    Holy Frak is that Lili Taylor?

    Still no Asian cops, even in the future huh?

    I'll watch it mostly because its shot in Vancouver, where I live.

  • Noo

    Actually the main MX played by Darren E Scott is of chinese malaysian descent, and in the pilot there is another cop, Patel. So there are Asian cops in the future.

  • amylu

    It is Lili Taylor! I was on the fence until I saw that she and Mackenzie Crook are on the show.

  • BWeaves

    Given how most uncanny valley droids today are made by Asian companies, I'm surprised the droids aren't Asian.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    It's only derivative of I, Robot. I remember a series from the 90s with the same basic setup, except the non-human partner was an alien.

    I'll watch it anyway. The leg-stabbing bit made me chuckle. I'm easily impressed.

  • bastich

    Was it "Alien Nation"?

  • Fabius_Maximus

    I had to look that up. That's it. It was called "Spacecop L.A." over here. Go figure.

    Holy Hell, James Caan and Mandy Patinkin were the leads in the movie.

  • Guest

    And Terence Stamp.

    AV Club did an interview with Caan and asked him about his role in A.N.:

    Alien Nation (1988)—“Det. Sgt. Matthew Sykes”
    JC: Why the fuck… Why would you bring up that?

  • I'm sorry, what? I can't understand you, my higher intellect breaks down whenever I see Michael Ealy.

    mmmmm... Michael Ealy... *drool*
    That dude can GET IT!

  • alannaofdoom

    OK, leaving the debatable worthiness of this show aside for now, I think we can all agree that "ro-bromance" is not an acceptable portmanteau.

  • bastich

    What are you, some kind of robromophobe?

  • alannaofdoom

    It's Adam and Steve, not Adam and 00101111010010111000111010011001!

  • ZombieNurse

    This really is just Mack and C.H.E.E.S.E without Joey! How do they not see that?!

    (Strawberry Milkshakes, BTW.)

  • JenVegas

    Speaking of Fringe I saw Walter/Steward of Gondor on a promo for the upcoming episode of some show recently and I've already forgotten which it was....

  • Guest

    Was it Sleepy Hollow?

  • JenVegas

    YES! That's what it was. I think he's coming in the eps after the World Series is over.

  • BWeaves

    I thought it was a new season of Being Human, and got confused.

    It looks stupid, but I love Karl Urban and the partners seem to have good chemistry. It looks like another Star Trek type show where the android has the most personality of all the characters.

  • And yet, I will watch the hell out of this show, derivative or not.

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