Thursday, June 18, 2015

ALMOST HUMAN ( Gone Too Soon Series)

(November 17, 2013 (2013-11-17) – March 3, 2014)


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 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 Syndicate, but ended up being ambushed and outgunned. Kennex tried to save his badly injured partner, but the accompanying logic-based android officer abandoned them both because the wounded man's chances of survival were low and it wouldn't have been "logical" to save him. An explosion then took off 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 black market memory-recovery doctor called a Recollectionist, in the city slums. Besides trying to remember as much as he can about the raid and The Syndicate, 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 soon throws from a moving vehicle, when it threatens to report his unusual behavior. He is assigned a replacement android, an older DRN model originally decommissioned for police work and about to be transferred to the Space Station.[2] Created to be as close to human as possible, the DRN androids have trouble dealing with some of their own emotional responses, which was the reason they were replaced by the logic-based MX units.[3] Kennex's unit, known as Dorian (Michael Ealy), immediately proves himself unique, with a clear dislike of being referred to as a "synthetic", and a dry, friendly, sarcasm-oriented wit. Key to the story arc is the growth and development of Kennex and Dorian's relationship.


  • Karl Urban as Detective John Kennex, a detective who lost a leg after a Synthetic left him behind because he and his partner had a low chance of survival. He awakes from a coma 17 months later, to find his leg has been replaced with a synthetic prosthetic, and returns to duty.
  • Michael Ealy as DRN-0167,[4] called "Dorian", a retired DRN model Police Synthetic. Dorian shows himself to be unique and resents the term "Synthetic."
  • Minka Kelly as Detective Valerie Stahl, another Detective serving under Captain Maldonado, and a love interest for Kennex. She is a Chrome,[5] a human genetically engineered for excellence and success. Other Chromes consider her choice of profession to be a waste of potential.
  • Mackenzie Crook as Technician Rudy Lom.
  • Michael Irby as Detective Richard Paul.
  • Lili Taylor as Captain Sandra Maldonado.

Mack’s Thoughts

In a not-so-distant future, human cops and androids partner up to protect and serve. This show was awesomeeeeeee.  Futuristic and Fantastic.  The cast had great chemistry and as always I became emotionally attached to the characters and craved a season 2 or at least closure on the overall plot.  This show had great potential and was on its way to finding its niche. Why order shows and then throw them around without support and backing. This show would have did great on SyFy or Netflix.  Another show gone to soon. Yet more money went into a third season of the following which was subsequently cancelled and should have been after season 2. Gotham continues to lives on which in my opinion is a horrible show but I digress, please feel free to leave your comments below.

-Mack Nichols.

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