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Tue
Nov 19 2013 4:40pm

Nothing Artificial in Almost Human’s John and Dorian Bromance

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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.

[Let's get to the heart of it...]

Thu
Oct 3 2013 2:00pm

Closer than Brothers: The Appeal of Bromances

Gus and Shawn in Psych“I love you, man,” says the hero of our story, and his male best friend pulls him into an entirely unself-conscious hug, patting him on the back in a comforting yet manly way. “I love you too,” he says, a soft whisper in his friend’s ear.

Let’s say this hypothetical moment isn’t slash (despite what fanfiction writers may say). This is a bromance, a very similar phenomenon—just minus the sex. One assumes. Sometimes it’s hard to say. This is two men, closer than brothers, closer to each other than either is with the women in their lives. If they aren’t the main characters, they’re often “those two guys,” never seen apart from each other. If they are the main characters, their relationship will often be the driving force of the show/movie/book, rather than a romantic one.

Even though men have been in bromances forever—one can picture cavemen nudging at each other and giggling over a risqué cave painting—there’s been a huge upswing of these sort of relationships recently, mainly in TV and movies. Shawn and Gus plan out their two-yard pool in Psych, Sherlock and John chase criminals together in London, George Clooney and Brad Pitt (or their characters, but let’s be real, no on cares about the difference) don’t need to actually talk to have a conversation in Ocean’s 11, Turk and JD sing a song about “Bro Love” in Scrubs, Chandler supports Joey in all his acting endeavors, anything that happens in anything directed by Judd Apatow. These bromances dominate the screen big and small.

[All you need is love...]