Almost Human, the new JJ Abrams show starring Karl Urban

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  1. Sam Posten

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    Only one hour tonight with the second hour tomorrow.
     
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    Thanks for the clarification! Was surprised there wasn't a thread for this already.
     
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    Was OK, next week looks better.
     
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    A strong start. I was a little surprised the two bonded so quickly. I would have thought they'd drag out the characters not getting along, but I'm not exactly complaining.
     
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    Meaning tonight? It's on at 8 p.m., its regular timeslot starting Monday night.
     
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    I haven't watched yet, waiting for episode 2 so I can watch back to back.
     
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    I enjoyed it enough to keep watching. Urban is the man.

    I do have to say they went all out on the look of this show. Great camera work, great FX, great set design. While the story seems pretty standard/vanilla at this point, there can be no mistaking it for anything less than the best looking genre show on TV. I feel like I'm watching a fully realized world.

    Too bad SHIELD dropped the ball so bad on this. Watch this show next to SHIELD and prepare to be flummoxxed over how/why the Marvel flagship TV show ended up looking like Charlie's Angels in comparison.
     
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    I kept expecting someone to speak in some sort of Chinese/English mashup and say to Urban's character
    "You Brade Runner"..... :)

    I really enjoyed the high production values that they put into the show. I had the feeling of watching a theatrical
    release and not something designed for TV. The dialogue was spot on and I could get into the characters right
    away. I felt like I had been watching the show for a few weeks and not for the first time.

    Looking forward to this.

    For some reason I thought that this was something that was going to be released earlier in the year. Was this
    delayed or am I just remembering wrong?
     
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    I enjoyed tonight's episode, but they're already starting the romantic pairing of cops in the workplace! Geez!
     
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    Sebastian? Sex Bots? Skin Jobs?

    J.H.Wyman and Abrams really like Blade Runner.


    Again, loved the show. Just couldn't get over all the references.
     
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    That was a great show.Loved the references.
     
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    Haven't seen tonight's episode yet (we forgot to set the DVR), but I really liked the pilot. Urban and Ealy are great as the leads and the production value was great.
     
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    I enjoyed both episodes, as this show looks a lot more promising than "Common Law". It does have that "Robocop" feel to it.
     
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    I've watched both episodes and I mostly enjoyed it.

    Pros
    The cast and the chemistry between Urban and Ealy.
    The production design and FX / general look of the series.
    The themes of synthetic vs. natural life and how those differences and simularities will illustrate the nature of both of them.
    Bladerunner - the television series. :)

    Cons
    Writing is a bit too formulaic and kind of drags down the show in some ways. Some cliches and tropes I could have done without are present.

    Other thoughts
    So Kennex chunks his expensive MX series robot partner out of his vehicle causing a crash and damaging an expensive piece of government gear and there are no repercussions. Sure it was a quick way to establish the character's issues with artificial units but it kind of pulled me out of the show with its unrealistic tone.

    How long before the 'Kennex is a synthetic unit' rumors start swirling around the internet? :)

    I'm sticking around for all of the reasons I listed as pros and I hope the writing becomes a little less predictable.

    - Walter.
     
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    I think I made it about halfway through the pilot and couldn't take it anymore. Just a very formulaic poorly written procedural show. I'd say it belongs on SyFy but I don't think it's even up to their standards.
     
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    I liked the pilot, but thought episode two was a bit too cartoony. Almost felt like a bigger-budget throwback to the syndicated science fiction shows that had their niche in the nineties.As always, Minka Kelly is distractingly beautiful. A bit confused as to her role. In the pilot, her title was intelligence analyst. In the second episode, she was a detective just like Kennex but didn't seem to work any cases of her own and basically seemed to exist just to feed Kennex and Dorian plot points.
     
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    Detectives can be Intelligence Analysts. (otherwise she would never be in the field. But CSI breaks that rule ;) )
     
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    Urban has really expanded his acting chops. Watch him in anything before Doom and he's pretty wooden. This second episode was a lot of fun seeing the relationship change and him not being such the one dimensional guy he was in the first.
     
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    Enjoyable episode with a couple of neat twists.
     

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