Almost Human Discussion

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#1 Edited by airshocker (28043 posts) -

Anybody else watch the pilot for this show? I thought it was pretty good, but what always irks me about these futuristic shows is that they never seem to realistically show the progression from the past. Take the LAPD precinct for example. I don't think I saw any resemblance from police precincts that we have now. It would take A LOT longer than 34 years for things to look radically different than they do now.

Maybe I'm just nitpicking but that's always what throws me off about sci-fi. The best sci-fi, to me, incorporates as much reality as possible. It doesn't try and overload your brain with dazzling tech and gloomy underbellies of society.

#2 Posted by Aljosa23 (24206 posts) -

You liked it?

Damn, guess I'm skipping it now. :>

#3 Edited by airshocker (28043 posts) -

@Aljosa23 said:

You liked it?

Damn, guess I'm skipping it now. :>

Hey, don't blame me because you've got no taste.

But yeah, it wasn't too bad. One of the better futuristic cop shows around.

#4 Edited by dave123321 (33169 posts) -

Maybe it takes place on a different earth where things were different 34 years ago. Different universe I should say

#5 Edited by Shadow4020 (1937 posts) -

The first episode was good, but the second one wasn't that compelling. I keep finding it a bit odd that this world has androids and yet they still drive around in regular cars, it seems like technology only advanced in one area. Ealy and Urban seem to have some good chemistry together, so I'll keep watching and see if the show can find its footing.

#6 Posted by WhiteKnight77 (12018 posts) -

I missed the Sunday night show, but saw last nights. It was OK, but it seemed to lack something, or at least the one sexbot did. The woman acting it made the character seem just so bland. If we are supposed to believe that robots are more humanlike than what they are currently even set in the future as it is, then they missed the boat it appears. Maybe future shows will get better in that regard, we shall see.

#7 Posted by GazaAli (22432 posts) -

I looked it up in IMDB and it seems interesting. I'll give it a try since I was planning on start watching something new. But yea I agree with you that the best sci-fi is the kind of one that has futuristic elements but also can still make us present peasants relate to the plot and the settings.

#8 Posted by dave123321 (33169 posts) -

Would you guys ever use a sexbot?

#9 Posted by dave123321 (33169 posts) -

Imagine the possibilities

#10 Posted by deeliman (2205 posts) -

Would you guys ever use a sexbot?

Who wouldn't?

#11 Posted by GazaAli (22432 posts) -

Would you guys ever use a sexbot?

The things I'd do to one.

#12 Posted by lostrib (31044 posts) -

I liked the pilot episode more than the second "skin" episode. But it seems interesting so far. Karl Urban and Michael Ealy work well together

#13 Posted by konvikt_17 (22090 posts) -

i like the show.

mondays are good now. Almost Human followed by Sleepy Hollow, Fuck Yea!

#14 Posted by lostrib (31044 posts) -

i like the show.

mondays are good now. Almost Human followed by Sleepy Hollow, Fuck Yea!

is sleepy hollow good?

#15 Edited by konvikt_17 (22090 posts) -

@lostrib said:

@konvikt_17 said:

i like the show.

mondays are good now. Almost Human followed by Sleepy Hollow, Fuck Yea!

is sleepy hollow good?

i think so, yea.

i find it interesting, and i enjoy the humor they throw in here and there. plus Nicole Beharie is hot. :P

#16 Posted by TacticalDesire (10713 posts) -

I didn't watch it, but I definitely agree with you about sci-fi often depicting unrealistic and rapid progression. Plenty of games, books, shows, movies etc. take place 20-30 years in the future, but seem to show worlds that are 100 years or more away from even being a remote reality.

#17 Edited by Fightingfan (38011 posts) -

. It would take A LOT longer than 34 years for things to look radically different than they do now.

It's possible if we had another industrial revolution.

I mean look at the year 1930, and then 1945.

Medicine, guns, cars, etc... all got beefed up substantially.

#18 Edited by SaintLeonidas (25600 posts) -

Still need to watch the second episode, but I enjoyed the first. Nothing too special about the first episode, just a cop show set in the future, but I'll watch it for Karl Urban and hope it does more with the premise.

#19 Edited by airshocker (28043 posts) -

@airshocker said:

. It would take A LOT longer than 34 years for things to look radically different than they do now.

It's possible if we had another industrial revolution.

I mean look at the year 1930, and then 1945.

Medicine, guns, cars, etc... all got beefed up substantially.

I'm not saying technology wouldn't improve. I'm saying things wouldn't look terribly different. Every Police department I've ever been to has always had pictures from the past all over the place. They don't discard their traditions when they get renovations. Perfect example is my department. We just got a new building within the last 15 years and they moved 90% of the decoration from the old one into the new. That's my issue with futuristic settings. They go straight for eye-candy without any substance.

#20 Posted by dave123321 (33169 posts) -

Black market celebrity sexbots is something I can get behind

#21 Posted by Fightingfan (38011 posts) -

@Fightingfan said:

@airshocker said:

. It would take A LOT longer than 34 years for things to look radically different than they do now.

It's possible if we had another industrial revolution.

I mean look at the year 1930, and then 1945.

Medicine, guns, cars, etc... all got beefed up substantially.

I'm not saying technology wouldn't improve. I'm saying things wouldn't look terribly different. Every Police department I've ever been to has always had pictures from the past all over the place. They don't discard their traditions when they get renovations. Perfect example is my department. We just got a new building within the last 15 years and they moved 90% of the decoration from the old one into the new. That's my issue with futuristic settings. They go straight for eye-candy without any substance.

Oh, I gotcha. Yeah my Sheriff department does the same thing; they have a memorial going all the way to the 1800s. The substations also recycle a lot of the decor like you say.

#22 Posted by OmitName (717 posts) -

werd. you find yourself hoping for a place when presented with a stage. howl's moving castle, and ponyo did a decent job of bringing across a place that seemed to have some life there, albeit not futuristic. that attitude and respect for detail is plenty enough to sell the quality of something in my eyes. i dont hold it's absence against anything trying to entertain me though, it is considerably rare if you stop and pay attention to most things.

the artificial girl in the monday episode was remarkable. with that beefy death scene like that, and her, some, but not too much, sense of humanness. well perhaps the scene of her demise wasnt all that beefy in and of itself, but the notion portrayed was worth noting. two people, by, instead of, from, people "where am i going? - ...to a better place. will you be there? -... i'll remember you." the light slowly goes from her eyes. at least worth an impressed frown and upturned brow anyhow. they didnt justify taking her out enough but i'll bet a writer or two will take note of the sentiment of it and rip it off at some point. it was likely a grab from something else just the same.

karl urban needs to portray snake in something already.

#23 Edited by GoogleAndroid (137 posts) -

The show was OK. Not bad, but not great either. The only other thing that is on Monday is Love It or List It, so it's better than nothing.

#24 Posted by airshocker (28043 posts) -

I just watched the second episode and I have to say this show feels so shallow at times. The acting is great. Karl Urban and Michael Ealy have good chemistry, but the surroundings feel so fake.

This show would have been so much better if they had taken the attention to detail Caprica had and combined it with the story Almost Human is trying to tell.

#25 Posted by dave123321 (33169 posts) -

Will have to add this to my backlog

#26 Posted by shellcase86 (1934 posts) -

I agree with TC about the lack of believable progression in society and technology.

#27 Edited by solidruss (23630 posts) -

Thanks for the reminder. I'm a cord cutter so I added it to my Hulu Plus queue. I have next week off so I'll be catching up on a lot of shows!

#28 Posted by GazaAli (22432 posts) -

I just watched the second episode and I have to say this show feels so shallow at times. The acting is great. Karl Urban and Michael Ealy have good chemistry, but the surroundings feel so fake.

This show would have been so much better if they had taken the attention to detail Caprica had and combined it with the story Almost Human is trying to tell.

I loved the second episode. Anything with sex bots is an instant win for me :P. I liked how they used the heartless immoral Eastern Europeans trope and I think it adds a sense of continuity and relevancy to today's world and its very modern history. I think this is an example of what you wanted in the OP, the link(s) that demonstrates the progression from our time to the dystopian cyberpunk future that is the theme of the show.

All things considered I'm enjoying the show so far, about to watch the third episode. I think the show will get deeper and the plot will start to get complex. They have a good thing and a great cast, none of them makes me grind my teeth or anything. But it seems that the producers kind of rushed the thing or maybe they wanted to start simple and take it from there I don't know. Since the the show is being positively received, I think they'll have the time to develop the plot properly and add complexity to it.

We'll see.