Almost Human (TV series)

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Almost Human
Almost Human (TV series) logo.jpg
Genre
FormatPolice procedural
Created byJ. H. Wyman
Starring
Theme music composerJ. J. Abrams
Composer(s)The Crystal Method
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Athena Wickham
Location(s)Vancouver
Camera setupSingle
Production company(s)
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelFox
Picture format720p (HDTV)
Audio formatStereophonic
Original runNovember 17, 2013 (2013-11-17) – present
External links
Official website
 
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Almost Human
Almost Human (TV series) logo.jpg
Genre
FormatPolice procedural
Created byJ. H. Wyman
Starring
Theme music composerJ. J. Abrams
Composer(s)The Crystal Method
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Athena Wickham
Location(s)Vancouver
Camera setupSingle
Production company(s)
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelFox
Picture format720p (HDTV)
Audio formatStereophonic
Original runNovember 17, 2013 (2013-11-17) – present
External links
Official website

Almost Human (stylized ΛLMOST HUMΛN) is an American science fiction/crime drama that premiered November 17, 2013 on Fox for the 2013–14 U.S. network television schedule. The series was created by J. H. Wyman for Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television. Wyman, Bryan Burk and J. J. Abrams are executive producers.

Premise[edit]

In 2048, the uncontrollable evolution of science and technology has caused crime rates to rise an astounding 400%. To combat this, the overwhelmed police force has implemented a new policy: every human police officer is paired up with a lifelike combat-model android.

John Kennex (Karl Urban), a troubled detective, has a reason to hate these new robot partners. Almost two years previously, Kennex and his squad were raiding the hideout of a violent gang known as the Insyndicate, but ended up being ambushed and outgunned. Kennex tried to save his badly injured partner, but the accompanying android officer abandoned them both because their chances of survival were low. An explosion then took out Kennex's leg and killed his partner.

After waking up from a 17-month coma, Kennex has to deal with a cybernetic prosthetic leg and huge gaps in his memory, which he tries to recover through visits to a Recollectionist in the city slums. Besides trying to remember as much as he can about the raid and the Insyndicate, he is also coming to terms with being abandoned by his girlfriend Anna.

Kennex is then recalled to the force by Captain Sandra Maldonado (Lili Taylor), and partnered with a standard-issue MX-43 android, which he promptly throws from a moving vehicle because it was a nuisance to him. He is assigned a replacement android, an older DRN model originally destined for the scrap heap. Created to be as close to human as possible, the DRN androids have trouble dealing with some emotional responses, which was the reason they were replaced by the logic-based MX units. Kennex's unit, known as Dorian (Michael Ealy), immediately proves himself unique, with a clear dislike of being referred to as a "synthetic".

Cast[edit]

Development and production[edit]

The series first appeared as part of Fox's development slate in September 2012.[2] In January 2013, Fox green-lit production of a pilot episode.[3] On May 8, 2013, the series was added to the network's 2013–14 schedule.[4] On September 9, 2013, it was announced that executive producer and co-showrunner Naren Shankar, who joined the series after the production of the pilot, would depart the series due to creative differences. Creator J. H. Wyman will continue as sole showrunner.[5]

The main cast of Almost Human.

The series was originally scheduled to premiere on Monday, November 4, 2013.[6] Fox announced a two-week delay and that the series would instead premiere with a special preview on Sunday, November 17 before moving to its regular time slot starting on Monday, November 18.[7]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProduction
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Pilot"Brad AndersonJ. H. WymanNovember 17, 2013 (2013-11-17)2968449.18[8]
After losing his team and his leg in a devastating ambush and spending seventeen months in coma, Detective John Kennex is using a black-market Recollectionist doctor to try to remember exactly what happened before the bomb went off. After being pressured by his captain, he returns to active service and, against his will, is assigned a mandatory MX android as a partner to investigate a biotechnology robbery, which his captain suspects has been perpetrated by the Insyndicate, the same criminals who had ambushed him. He then throws the MX out from his moving car, destroying it. He is then assigned an old DRN unit called Dorian, whose software was based on a 'Synthetic Soul' program, which gave them emotions. Meanwhile, Detective Vogel (Toby Levins) is captured by the Insyndicate. With Dorian's help, Kennex gets an address from a captured robber. When the police raid the address, it turns out to be a set-up. Vogel is killed by a mysterious gas, while the robber is freed by his accomplices. Dorian later discovers that one of Vogel's case files, number 6663, is missing from the database. Technician Rudy Lom discovers that the criminals used the stolen biotechnology to create a weapon that targets cops specifically by attacking the mandatory inoculations they have in their bodies. Kennex decides to undergo treatment under the Recollectionist again to try to find more clues on the Insyndicate, and discovers that his ex-girlfriend Anna (Mekia Cox), was one of the criminals at the ambush. He then has a seizure, but is saved by Dorian. They discover the criminals are planning to steal evidence related to case 6663 at the police precinct. John warns the captain, but the criminals are already there and manage to disable all the MX units. The police are able to stop the attack on their headquarters and capture the leader, but due to the sabotage, they are not sure what the gang intended to steal. However, it is revealed that 6663 is in fact the head of a female android unit, which is seemingly still functional. In the aftermath, Kennex asks his captain why she assigned him Dorian specifically (as opposed to another DRN or MX unit selected at random); the captain hints, "Because he's special..." Now more at ease and slowly warming up to his new partner, Kennex tells Dorian to call him by his given name. 
2"Skin"Michael OfferCheo Hodari CokerNovember 18, 2013 (2013-11-18)2J70056.76[9]
Kennex and Dorian investigate the murder of a businessman in a motel room and missing persons case involving robots, as it is discovered he makes synthetic skin for robot prostitutes (termed Intimate Robot Companions, or "sexbots"), which are allowed as human trafficking has declined more than 40% since the technological advancements. While synthetic skin has advanced greatly in realism, it pales in comparison to genuine human skin. As a result, there is a market for improved sexbots with human skin.In order to make these sexbots, engineers harvest skin grafts from women previously abducted from the streets. By tracing the life history of one of the sexbots, the location of her first activation leads police to the warehouse where the women are being held. It is revealed that the businessman was murdered as his partner had joint intellectual property rights in a line of sexbots, which are inferior to the IRCS incorporating human skin. In the meantime, Kennex tries to find closure in a piece of his troubled past, by visiting the family of his dead partner. 
3"Are You Receiving?"Larry TengJustin DobleNovember 25, 2013 (2013-11-25)2J70066.12[10]
Kennex and Dorian are faced with an intense hostage situation where terrorists bomb the server room of a building. Captain Maldonado is hoping to protect the hostages by meeting the terrorists' demands, and hoping Kennex and Dorian can get close enough to stop the hostage takers. During a brawl with one of the criminals, a face projection device is masking some of the terrorist's with false ID's. Dorian's CPU is damaged as a result of the fight and is put together with trash bin materials. The pair discover the plan for the terrorists was to distract police, who use jamming tech to stop comms, from noticing a heist at a nearby palladium bank- worth millions in raw metal ore. When Dorian distracts the hostage takers, Kennex neutralizes them and alerts police to their plot. The day is saved, hostages alive, the heist stopped, and Dorian and Kennex hailed by their co-workers. 
4"The Bends"Kenneth FinkDaniel GrindlingerDecember 2, 2013 (2013-12-02)2J70075.87[11]
A deadly new drug called 'the Bends' is wreaking havoc on the streets, supplied by a mysterious criminal called "Bishop". The only way to take him down is from the inside, which means Kennex and Dorian need to help Rudy infiltrate the Bishop's organization as a drug cook. The murder of undercover narcotics detective Cooper, and the initial assumption is he was a supplier as there is no official report of his undercover work, but Kennex knew the victim and works to clear his name. Kennex and Dorian follow the leads, and Rudy makes a batch of 95% pure 'Bends' which has him meet the 'Bishop'. 'Bishop' is actually Alexio Baros the captain of the 25th precinct narcotics who was supposedly investigating the Bishop. Kennex catches him and 'neutralizes' him for his corruption and killing an old friend of his. 
5"Blood Brothers"Omar MadhaCole MaliskaDecember 9, 2013 (2013-12-09)2J70086.05[12]
When one of two witnesses in the trial of genius philanthropist Ethan Avery (who stands accused of murdering a fertility geneticist) is killed, Kennex and Dorian are tasked with keeping the remaining witness, Maya (who underwent a procedure which allegedly allows her to talk with the souls of the dead), safe and solving the murder. It is later discovered the geneticist once was a specialist in cloning before legislation banned the science. When Kennex and Dorian are taking Maya to the precinct, they are intercepted by gunmen. Kennex kills one who is the spitting image of Ethan Avery, which leads to the belief that Avery knew Dr. Fuller because Fuller cloned Avery. Maya was shot in the shoulder and hospitalized, where she bonds and shares with Dorian. She got the procedure to be psychic to talk to her parents on the other side, but a fire destroyed their possessions, so now she never can. The gunmen found Maya because the MRX guarding the witnesses was destroyed and his police comm-link was taken. Det. Stahl goes to see Dr. Fuller's mother, where she finds the evidence of cloning, but is captured and used as a hostage by Avery's clones. Ethan killed Dr. Fuller because Fuller wanted to publish his findings. At the rendezvous, the clones see through the ploy and attempt to escape, only for Dorian to catch up and flip their van, killing the clones. Maya testifies and Avery goes to prison, Dorian visits Maya later and tells her that he looked into the arson case involving her parents. The episode concludes with Kennex and Stahl watching a soccer game and drinking bourbon, an event that Maya had predicted earlier. 
6"Arrhythmia"Jeff T. ThomasAlison SchapkerDecember 16, 2013 (2013-12-16)2J70035.34[13]
When a Chinese man walks into a hospital with a gun demanding medical equipment, stating his exact time of death and then collapsing at the exact time...Kennex and Dorian are called in. The man died being in possession of a mechanical heart he should not have. The partners embark on a investigation into the seedier side of the human replacement organs black market. 
7"Simon Says"Jeannot SzwarcAlison SchapkerJanuary 6, 2014 (2014-01-06)2J70106.35[14]
A man is killed by a cyber criminal who straps bombs onto his victims and shows their demise live in order to get viewers. During this time, a solar flare hits and the androids receive limited charging, which leads to Dorian having personality issues. 
8"You Are Here"Sam HillJ. H. Wyman & Naren ShankarJanuary 13, 2014 (2014-01-13)2J70026.88[15]

Reception[edit]

Metacritic gives the pilot episode a weighted average rating of 61% based on reviews from 29 critics.[16]

Kevin McFarland reviewing for The AV Club gave the pilot episode a C+ grade, criticizing the information heavy introduction and title card, but noting "flashes of excitement" and expressing interest in how the plot gets teased out and how the detective partnership develops. [17] The grades do improve, garnering a B- for episodes two, three and four, a B for episode five, and an A- for episode six.[18]

US ratings[edit]

No.TitleAir dateRating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1"Pilot"November 17, 20133.1/89.18[8]1.43.424.512.60[19]
2"Skin"November 18, 20132.3/66.76[9]1.02.623.39.38[20]
3"Are You Receiving?"November 25, 20131.9/56.12[10]1.12.983.09.10[21]
4"The Bends"December 2, 20131.7/55.87[11]1.22.862.98.73[22]
5"Blood Brothers"December 9, 20131.8/56.05[12]1.02.572.88.62[23]
6"Arrhythmia"December 16, 20131.6/55.34[13]1.12.582.77.92[24]
7"Simon Says"January 6, 20141.8/56.35[14]N/AN/AN/AN/A
8"You Are Here"January 13, 20142.0/66.88[15]N/AN/AN/AN/A

References[edit]

  1. ^ episode "You Are Here"
  2. ^ "Development Update: Wednesday, September 5". The Futon Critic. September 5, 2012. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Development Update: Friday, January 25". The Futon Critic. January 25, 2013. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
  4. ^ Goldberg, Lesley; Rose, Lacey (May 8, 2013). "Fox Drama Series Orders: 'Sleepy Hollow,' 'Rake,' 'Gang Related,' 'Almost Human'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 12, 2013. 
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 9, 2013). "'Almost Human' Co-Showrunner Naren Shankar Exits". Deadline.com. Retrieved September 11, 2013. 
  6. ^ "FOX Announces Fall Premiere Dates for 2013-14 Season: 'Sleepy Hollow', 'Glee', 'Bones' & More". TV by the Numbers. June 26, 2013. Retrieved June 27, 2013. 
  7. ^ Porter, Rick (October 21, 2013). "'Almost Human' premiere delayed, 'Bones' stays on Monday a little longer". Zap2It. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Kondolojy, Amanda (November 19, 2013). "Sunday Final Ratings: 'The Mentalist' Adjusted Up; No Adjustment for 'Once Upon a Time' or 'Almost Human'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 20, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Kondolojy, Amanda (November 19, 2013). "Monday Final TV Ratings: 'The Voice' Adjusted Up; 'Dancing With the Stars' & 'Castle' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Bibel, Sara (November 26, 2013). "Monday Final TV Ratings: 'The Voice' & 'Mom' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 26, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Kondolojy, Amanda (December 4, 2013). "Monday Final TV Ratings: 'How I Met Your Mother' Adjusted Up; 'The Blacklist' & 'The Voice' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Bibel, Sara (December 10, 2013). "Monday Final TV Ratings: 'The Voice' & 'Sleepy Hollow' Adjusted Up; 'The Great Christmas Light Fight' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 10, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b Kondolojy, Amanda (December 17, 2013). "Monday Final TV Ratings: 'The Sing-Off' & 'The Great Christmas Light Fight' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  14. ^ a b Bibel, Sara (January 7, 2014). "Monday Final TV Ratings: 'Almost Human' Adjusted Up; 'Castle' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 7, 2014. 
  15. ^ a b Kondolojy, Amanda (January 14, 2014). "Monday Final TV Ratings: 'Intelligence', 'Mom' & 'The Bachelor' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 14, 2014. 
  16. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/tv/almost-human
  17. ^ Kevin McFarland (Nov 17, 2013 • 8:45PM). "Almost Human: "Pilot"". AV Club. The Onion. 
  18. ^ Kevin McFarland (Dec 09, 2013 • 9:00PM). "Almost Human:". AV Club. The Onion. 
  19. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (December 3, 2013). "Live+7 DVR Ratings: 'The Big Bang Theory' Tops Adults 18-49 Ratings Increase, 'Elementary' Leads Percentage Gains, 'The Blacklist' Tops Viewer Increases in Week 8". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  20. ^ Bibel, Sara (December 9, 2013). "Live+7 DVR Ratings: 'The Big Bang Theory' Tops Adults 18-49 Ratings & Total Viewers Increase + 'Elementary' & 'Parenthood' Lead Percentage Gains in Week 9". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  21. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (December 16, 2013). "Live+7 DVR Ratings: 'The Blacklist' Tops Adults 18-49 Ratings & Total Viewers Increase + 'Grimm' Leads Percentage Gains in Week 10". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 16, 2013. 
  22. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (December 23, 2013). "Live+7 DVR Ratings: 'The Big Bang Theory' Tops Adults 18-49 Ratings, 'Glee' Leads Percentage Gains & 'The Blacklist' Wins Total Viewer Increase in Week 11". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 23, 2013. 
  23. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (December 30, 2013). "Live+7 DVR Ratings: 'The Big Bang Theory' Tops Adults 18-49 & Viewership Gains, 'Grimm' Leads Percentage Increase in Week 12". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  24. ^ Bibel, Sara (January 9, 2014). "Live+7 DVR Ratings: 'How I Met Your Mother' Tops Adults 18-49, 'Almost Human' & 'Hawaii Five-0' Lead Percentage Increase, 'Person of Interest' Biggest Viewership Gains in Week 13". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 9, 2014. 

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