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Review Billy Grifter 19 Nov 2013 - 08:45
Fox has another decent sci-fi show on its schedules, in the form of buddy cop series, Almost Human. Here's Billy's review...
This review contains spoilers
When I was offered Almost Human to review I jumped at the chance. Karl Urban, combative androids, a dystopian future, what’s not to like? Actually, given how wrong some shows with a similar profile can go, there wasn’t a slam-dunk about this production even if it had the budget and acting talent boxes already ticked.
I’m therefore delighted to report that in the pilot episode my worst fears were almost entirely negated, as Almost Human delivered a well-paced and succinct introduction to crime fighting in 2048, even if it wasn’t exactly cliché free.
In the first five minutes they lay down the basic premise of the show, where Detective John Kennex (Urban) returns to the »
In the new Fox network drama Almost Human, 2048 is dark and dirty. There are astonishingly violent criminals in it, and cops on the edge, and robots. Some cars have wheels, others fly; one of them looks like a hovering black doughnut. It rains all the time. Computers project iPad-like windows into the air, like in Minority Report (which influenced the iPhone, among other real-life technologies). All beat cops are required to have robot partners. You’ve seen all of this before — and I do mean all of it, from the design elements to the character beats. Apparently there are only two types of science-fictional futures: Star Trek and Alien. This series (premiering in two parts this Sunday and Monday at eight before settling into its Monday time slot) from J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman (Fringe) takes place in more of an Alien future — more specifically, an Alien Nation »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
“Almost Human” is just barely watchable — a grunged-up vision of a dystopian, crime-ridden future, with actors portraying humanoid robots, including the one played by Michael Ealy, who weaves awkward slang into his speech. It’s a quirky addition to a Fox lineup that already has scored a modest success with the fantasy-infused “Sleepy Hollow,” but the network seems unlikely to enjoy such good fortune twice.
The year is 2048 (one can only imagine how many Bushes and Clintons have been president in the intervening decades), but this is less “Blade Runner” than “Alien Nation,” or perhaps “Law & Order: Cyborg Cop Unit” — using the futuristic backdrop strictly as a means of creating a different venue for a mismatched copshow.
Karl Urban plays John Kennex, the hard-bitten cop who has experienced a major loss — as in former colleagues and his leg, blown off in a explosive attack of unexplained origins, and replaced by a gee-whiz prosthetic device. »
- Brian Lowry
NBC’s Revolution is evolving, and that’s something that the cast and creators want to be sure viewers are aware of. Series star, Tracy Spiridakos, and new writer Rockne S. O’Bannon (Farscape, Alien Nation) talk about what has been happening on the show since the lights went back on and where it is headed this season. Plus motte Big Box Office for Marvel and DC racks up another good month in comic stores.
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- Mike Raub
Trailer Louisa Mellor 23 Oct 2013 - 07:01
Fox's new futuristic police drama, Almost Human, has been pushed back a fortnight. Watch the latest trailer, here...
From the makers of Fringe, Fox's Almost Human is selling itself as "the next evolution in police drama".
Early signs peg it as an I, Robot meets Alien Nation meets Mac and C.H.E.E.S.E. story of a cop (Dredd and Star Trek's Karl Urban) with a prejudice against 'synthetics', who's forced to team up with an android partner (Michael Ealy). Tensions, as you might expect, flare.
Originally given a November the 4th start date in the Us, Fox has announced that Almost Human is now to debut with a two-episode premiere on Sunday the 17th and Monday the 18th of November. We'll bring you our thoughts on the episodes after broadcast, but for now, see what you make of this new trailer: »
“Defiance” is a science fiction show, showing on Syfy and created by sci-fi great Rockne O’Bannon as well as Kevin Murphy, and Michael Taylor. O’Bannon is known for creating the film “Alien Nation,” as well as shows like “Farscape” and “SeaQuestDSV.” Produced by Universal Cable Productions, it has a much higher quality than most Syfy fare, and is right up there with “Farscape,” “Battlestar Galactica,” and “Warehouse 13” as proof that Syfy can put out good shows. The set up of “Defiance” is fairly simple: set in 2046, the world has been drastically altered due to the arrival of aliens, and a subsequent war. The terraforming equipment that was to be used to make the planet more hospitable for our visitors have fallen to Earth, reshaping the Earth. It’s been 15 years since a ceasefire and a tenuous peace with the aliens, collectively known as Votans, who have secured Central and South America, »
How many times have we seen an '80s show reboot that was underwhelming at best? Knight Rider, The A-Team, Super Mario Brothers (that movie was more based on the show than anything)...the list goes on and on. However, once in a blue moon something like 21 Jump Street, V, or Thundercats comes along and makes you crave more. These five '80s shows are good enough they should (or most likely will) get a reboot before too long, so let's hope they're done right
5. The Greatest American Hero (1981-1983)
Reboot should be: Cartoon
In the age of superheroes in media, it'd be a nice change of pace to bring some comedic relief to it all. Maybe don't bring back The Greatest American Hero as a live action series this time. A quirky school teacher with an alien suit and superpowers he doesn't understand just screams children's cartoon! Of course, »
- Mick Joest
"Almost Human," a new Fox series presented at press tour, promises lots of action and, more importantly, an uneasy working relationship between grumpy cop Det. John Kennex (Karl Urban, "Star Trek") and android Dorian (Michael Ealy, "Sleeper Cell"). For some in the audience, it all brought back memories of the 1989 TV series "Alien Nation," but creator/executive producer J.H. Wyman shrugged off any similarities to any specific scifi influence, mentioning inspiration was drawn from "so many sources." "We wanted to do something that was a bit different…" he said, adding that the decision to create put a fresh spin on the »
- Liane Bonin Starr
Falling Skies Episode 307
“The Pickett Line”
Directed By: Sergio Mimica-Gezzan
Original Airdate: 14 July 2013
In This Episode...
The Masons head off in search of Anne. They are supposed to meet up with the new rebel leader but he shows up, badly injured, and can only announce that the aliens are after the Masons before he dies. The Masons mount up and get the hell out of there. They don’t get very far when they are ambushed by a half-dozen masked bandits. They take the Masons’ horses and supplies at gunpoint. Tom isn’t exactly looking for revenge, but he wants his stuff back, so he and the boys stalk the bandits and take them by surprise on their farm. There are two men, Dwayne, the leader, and Gil his brother, and Dwayne’s three teenaged kids. All of the bandits are subdued without violence except for Gil, »
- Alyse Wax
George R.R. Martin has confirmed three of the new characters who will appear in next year's fourth season. The first is Mace Tyrell, the son of Lady Olenna (Diana Rigg) and father of Margaery and Loras.
Then there's Styr (The Magnar of Thenn), a member of Mance Rayder’s Wildling army. Finally there's Oberyn Martell, a new member of the Small Council who plays a key role in Tyrion's storyline. [Source: Tower of the Hand]
"We'll move heaven and earth to make it every bit as high quality as Breaking Bad, but then there’s the intangible question of whether it'll affect people, whether it'll move people as much as the mothership show did, and there’s no real answer to that. In fact, the safest answer to that is: 'Probably not to the same level. »
- Garth Franklin
The first three films in the Fast & Furious franchise had almost nothing to do with each other. Cars were driven quickly, usually by radically different groups of people. In a weird twist, the next three Fast movies suddenly became rigidly focused on continuity, uniting the disparate Fast casts into a big old-fashioned Super Adventure Squad. At the same time, the franchise also added in Dwayne Johnson (a.k.a. The Rock), who brought his own action-star flavor to the series. Well, the conclusion of Fast & Furious 6 — Spoiler Alert, natch — features the franchise’s neatest continuity trick yet, while also introducing »
- Darren Franich
Vulture's TV critic, Matt Zoller Seitz, will be watching and evaluating the early clips and concepts of each of the new shows unveiled at this year's upfronts. Here are his thoughts on Fox's shows — you can watch trailers for the dramas here and the comedies here. Almost Human The gist: In a dystopian future, a burned-out hotshot cop named Kennex (Karl Urban, looking and sounding kinda like Brad Pitt in Se7en) is paired with a “synthetic” partner named Dorian (Michael Ealy). Although the buddy cop premise screams Alien Nation, promo materials evoke a combination of dark sci-fi pictures: Robocop and Minority Report especially. And the fact that the robot is super-chill and the human impetuous suggests a Kirk-Spock dynamic. “I can’t say that I was born,” Dorian tells Kennex, “but I was made to feel, as much as you.”Gut reaction: Sci-fi geeks will be all over this in »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
Fox would not be Fox without some sort of series from J.J. Abrams. And this one could be the most interesting yet. The network has picked up the futuristic cop drama "Almost Human," set in a world where "Alien Nation" meets "I, Robot." Karl Urban, who plays Dr. Leonard McCoy in the upcoming "Star Trek: Into Darkness," is the lead in this new Fox series as John Kennex, a cop who is not happy with the fact that his partner is a robot. After turning his partner into roadkill (he literally pushes him out of a moving cop car when he becomes annoying), the precinct gives him an unstable robot named Dorian, who exhibits emotions and acts human, but is also quite buggy. Dorian is played by Michael Ealy, who many fans met in the failed ABC series "FlashForward" where he played Marshall Vogel. »
There has been a rise in new science-fiction shows recently, but to my mind most of them — including two by the man who ostensibly can do no wrong — have failed badly. It’s a pity, because I’m a big sci-fi buff and prior to this year there hasn’t been a huge amount of new shows coming out of the studios. But up to now I feel nobody has got it right. Some of the shows have been too closely based on movies, such as Falling Skies’ intriguing similarities to movies like Battlefield La and Skyline, or Spielberg’s other hopeful, Terra Nova’s badly-veiled attempt at Jurassic Park IV, or just poor attempts at crude meshing of sci-fi with cop show, as in the quite godawful Continuum. Then there have been the cancelled shows. Despite its panning I liked the new V, and a few other shows.
- Deryck O'Byrne
News Louisa Mellor 11 Apr 2013 - 08:15
Mid-season psychological thriller Cult is no more, as The CW pulls the remaining six episodes from its schedule...
Alien Nation (the film) and Farscape co-creator Rockne S.O'Bannon had two ships leaving the TV harbour in 2013, the first: psychological thriller Cult, and the second, forthcoming sci-fi series Defiance.
Cult set sail in January and immediately fell into the eddy of low ratings, before being redirected from the straits of Tuesday to Friday night, and finally concluding its choppy journey as a wreck on the ocean floor. Defiance, which ships out on Monday the 15th of April... (yes, alright, we'll ditch the dreadful seafaring metaphors, but only because we've run out of boating terms). In short, Cult has been cancelled, and its remaining six episodes pulled from the schedules, possibly to air online at a future date.
The defunct series was a show-within-a-show kind of deal, »
Interview Ryan Lambie 9 Apr 2013 - 07:21
The Syfy Channel is about to air what is surely its biggest experiment yet. Called Defiance, it’s a sci-fi series which not only employs some proven industry talent - not least writer Rockne S O’Bannon, of Alien Nation and SeaQuest Dsv fame, director and producer Michael Nankin, who previously helmed episodes of Battlestar Galactica and Alphas - but also coincides with the launch of the online shooter of the same name.
In a media first, Defiance the TV series and Defiance the videogame will share characters and storylines, with events in the show replicated in the online experience, too. It’s a concept that has roped in the creative minds from both Syfy and Trion Worlds, cost an undisclosed sum of money, »
Review Ryan Lambie 8 Apr 2013 - 07:15
This month sees the premiere of Syfy's major new series, Defiance. Here's our spoiler-free review of the pilot episode...
Note: although free from spoilers, this review does touch on minor plot points from the pilot's first 45 minutes or so.
Launching a new television series can’t be an easy task. And when that show happens to be in the science fiction genre, you’re adding another tricky proposition into the mix: setting up an entire new world as well as introducing compelling characters and conflicts, all within a 60-to-90 minute package tidy and eye-catching enough to attract a healthy audience.
Syfy’s Defiance has a sterling pedigree, having sprung from the mind of Rockne S O’Bannon (he of Alien Nation and SeaQuest Dsv fame), while its executive producer and sometime director Michael Taylor previously wrote episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Battlestar Galactica. »
From TorontoFilm.Net, Sneak Peek the first 14 minutes of "Defiance", the new Universal science fiction TV series developed by Rockne S. O'Bannon ("Alien Nation"), Kevin Murphy and Michael Taylor, starring Grant Bowler, premiering April 15, 2013 on Syfy:
"...in the near future, aliens collectively as 'Votans' have come to Earth seeking a new home after their star system was destroyed in a stellar collision. The Votans had thought Earth was uninhabited, but upon their arrival discover that humans are living on the planet, who respond to them with hostility and suspicion.
"A limited number of Votans are allowed to settle in a colony in Brazil. The Votans waited in orbit for six years as prolonged negotiations with Earth governments for full-scale settlement on the planet ultimately proved fruitless. With supplies on their ships running low, eventually in desperation the Votans began a war with humans to force the issue and make Earth their new home. »
- Michael Stevens
Live X Games
Tignes hosts the fourth annual European spin-off of the winter extreme sports fest. It's still a baby compared with its more established sibling, which might explain why famed snowboarder Shaun White has elected to "focus on training" rather than attend. Still, some big names will be present, including freestyle skier Bobby Brown and four-time X-Games superpipe-winning snowboarder Kelly Clark. Day one sees the men's and women's ski slopestyle and superpipe disciplines. Gwilym Mumford
First of eight episodes in E4's teen comedy-drama about two best friends from Peckham hoping to make it big in the UK rap scene. While Jay (Calvin Demba) has flunked his GCSEs, Yemi (Ade Oyefeso) has bagged a scholarship to a private school, »
- Gwilym Mumford, Hannah J Davies, Ben Arnold, Mark Jones, Andrew Mueller, Martin Skegg, Ali Catterall
The creators of Banzai are responsible for this E4 dating show, which helps to explain its madcap take on the format, as suitors are hurled from catapults, dumped into cesspools and routinely humiliated in their pursuit of a "princess". It's gleefully moronic, which, depending on your telly predilections, could either be a boon or a turn-off. Endure the first three episodes on 4oD.
Radio: Start The Week
Rotating presenters in the wake of Andrew Marr's ill-health, Start The Week has maintained its usual high level of cultural discourse, with discussions on the Commonwealth, feminism and the work of Ken Loach. There's an extensive archive on iTunes for your delectation .
TV: Heading Out
Sue Perkins's comedy about a vet re-evaluating her »
- Gwilym Mumford
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