Starring Karl Urban and Michael Ealy, [Almost Human] is an action-packed police procedural set 35 years in the future, when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids.
The year is 2048. Meet Detective John Kennex (Urban), a cop who survived one of the most catastrophic attacks ever made against the police department. After waking up from a 17-month coma, he can't remember much—except that his partner was killed, he lost one of his legs and he is now outfitted with a highly sophisticated synthetic appendage.
Suffering from depression, mental atrophy, trauma-onset OCD, PTSD and the “psychological rejection of his synthetic body part,” John returns to work at the behest of longtime ally Captain Sandra Maldonado (Lili Taylor). By mandate, every cop must partner with a robot. And despite his passionate aversion to androids, John is paired up with a battle-ready MX-43. But he abruptly terminates his partnership after the robot discovers incriminating information about him. So technician Rudy Lom (Mackenzie Crook), introduces John to Dorian (Ealy), a discontinued android with unexpected emotional responses. Although such responses were deemed flaws, it is in these “flaws” that John relates to Dorian most. After all, John is part-machine now, and Dorian is part-human. John and Dorian's understanding of each other not only complements them, it connects them.
Let’s be honest right off the bat: When I initially heard about this series, all I needed to hear was Abrams, Urban and Ealy…and I was IN. With Abrams involved, you’re pretty much guaranteed a complex, layered show with lots of action and snarky humor. Karl Urban and Michael Ealy can both run the gamut from dark and intense to light and silly and who wouldn’t want to see them onscreen together? I mean, So. Much. PRETTY. So, going in, I was pre-disposed to like the show. That said, after the two night, two episode premiere, I already LOVE the show. And if you like sci-fi, action, humor, conspiracies, snarkiness and/or heart in your television shows, you probably will, too.