Almost Human, FOX's hit sci-fi show about a gruff human cop John Kennex and his android partner Dorian, hits all the right notes.
Created by JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot and Fringe‘s Joel Wyman, the show is a fun blast into the future starring Karl Urban and Michael Ealy. If you’ve not seen the show and want to know if it’s worth a watch, then you’ve come to the right place. Get educated on the five reasons why you need to watch this show, pronto.
Dorian and Kennex’s Relationship: Everything about this show would fall apart if it weren’t for the cool dynamic between Dorian and Kennex, the ultimate buddy-cop pairing. While Kennex is the gruff, angry, old-school type, Dorian balances him out with his mellow “Age of Aquarius”-style mentality. Of course, the twist with this show is that one of the cops – Dorian – is not only an android, but also more human than his human partner. Even though Kennex teaches Dorian a lot about what it means to be a human, Dorian is the actual emotional center of the show.
Dorian’s Empathy: Dorian’s empathy is one of the things that makes him compelling as a character. Yes, Dorian is artificial, but his emotional intelligence level is higher than most of the humans around him. His empathy raises a lot of questions about the authenticity of the soul. Dorian is an android, but does his artificial soul weigh less than that of a human’s?
Rudy Lom: Rudy Lom is to Dorian and Kennex as Q is to James Bond. Rudy is that last piece of the puzzle when it comes to creating the ultimate team of misfit heroes. Reclusive, intelligent, and adorably dorky, Rudy not only provides levity, but also serves as a bridge between human and android relations. Rudy is played by Mackenzie Crook, famous for his role as Gareth in The Office and Ragetti in The Pirates of the Caribbean film series, and more recently as Orell on Game of Thrones. In a former life, Crook was a comedian, and his comedic talent comes through with flying colors.
Realistic Futurism: The vision of the future shown in Almost Human is one that is very tangible. There are no flying space cars or apartments in the sky. There are, of course, androids, but their cell phones are slim (or slimmer) than the ones we have, with cars that could be made in the tangible future, and computers that resemble our flat-screen ones. The highways are still made out of gritty concrete, the buildings are still made out of steel, and people still watch sports. Even with the major difference being androids, robotic technology is currently being developed and perfected as we speak. So, if we were transported to the Almost Human future, Ichabod Crane-style, we wouldn’t feel too out-of-place.
Light Humor: Quite a few cop shows are hardcore, depressing, and scary. Almost Human could have certainly played into that mode of storytelling, especially since Kennex survived a horribly-botched raid, has a fake leg and is still reeling from the fact that his former girlfriend sold him down the river. But instead, the show went the unexpected route and made the humor between Kennex and Dorian the focal point. It keeps what could have been a really moody show light and fun. Thanks to the focus on humor, we’ve gotten some great character moments between the two cops, such as Dorian teasing Kennex about his burgeoning relationship with fellow detective Valerie (Minka Kelly), Kennex learning stuff about Dorian’s private parts, and Kennex losing his mind after having to deal with both Dorian and another DRN model.
With its mix of humor, deep questions and futuristic action, Almost Human is too fun to miss.