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.