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Almost Human: Pilot Review

by Aly Semigran November 17, 2013
Almost Human: Pilot Review

"The future is coming," a female voiceover that I'm just going to pretend is "Her" tells us over an opening crawl. "Science and technology evolve at an uncontrollable pace, unknown drugs and weapons flood our streets and schools. The contraband is controlled and distributed by violent, faceless, criminal organizations. Crime rate rises an astounding 400%. Outnumbered and overwhelmed, law enforcement implements a new strategy: every police officer is partnered with an advanced combat-model android. " In other words, in a perfect world this show could have been Police Bots (c'mon, like they're gonna call it RoboCop).

Now that it's been established we're living in a crime-riddled society where police and police bots are doing their best to stop these violent criminals, we get our official opening shot of Almost Human. Apparently, in the future, everything looks like a first-person shooter video game. A blast of machine gun shots ring out in what looks like a series of abandoned warehouses. There's an explosion and a man jumps out. The shoot-out continues. And people say violence is glorified on television!

Our leading man John Kennex (Karl Urban) is preparing to raid one of the buildings with a bot by his side to save his human partner Pelham. "We don't know how many are in there," the bot warns John, and tells him in his very monotone bot voice that it's not risking that many lives for one. (Perhaps Almost Human is on to something here. It's not technically bad acting if they're robots!) "SHUT UP!" Kennex screens at him, as if that will hurt the bot's non-existent feelings.

Over the "pew pew pew" of gun shots, a robot cop is shot (his wound its melted and metal-y just like in Terminator) and John finds a wounded Pelham. "Hey buddy, this ain't good," he tells Kennex. "They were ready for us, how did the Syndicate know we were coming?" Kennex cries to the heavens, "How did they know?!" Alright, so now we've established that the Syndicate is the criminal organization "Her" told us about during the opening crawl.

"We're getting out of here!" Kennex promises the hurt Pelham, which is pretty much a death wish. A police bot scans Pelham and gives the bad news: "Blood pressure is dropping, arteries blown apart. There's nothing to do, sir… He will bleed to death before you get him out of here." Kennex isn't having it and shouts "Shut up!" once again at the bot. (I don't think "Shut up" is effective as he thinks. Maybe "Unplug!" or "Reboot!"?)

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