‘Almost Human’ Heading for the TV Scrapheap?

Almost Human Heading for the TV Scrapheap?

The FOX network’s science fiction show Almost Human could be heading for the TV scrapheap according to some media publications. This Canadian-based treat starring Karl Urban, Michael Ealy, Lili Taylor, Minka Kelly and Mackenzie Crook delivers a weekly dose of future cops and robbers, and other various baddies who need catching, that should be coming back for a second season. It does look, however, that its finale on March 3 could be the show’s swan song.

Almost Human showed a lot of promise with a first season that had good storylines and enough dangling threads of backstory as well as underlying issues that need resolving to keep it moving into future seasons. Just the aspect of Urban’s character Kennex and the genetically enhanced Detective Valerie Stahl, played beautifully by Minka Kelly, in a “will-they-won’t-they scenario is one that could go on for quite some time.

Dorian, played superbly by Michael Ealy, is the best characterization of an “android” seen on television and his casting was genius. This actor plays the object of the show’s title brilliantly and with deft humor that not many can pull off at all, let alone weekly. Lili Taylor, apart from that horrendous hairstyle she’s been given, exudes authority, compassion and, like Ealy, humor.

Karl Urban loses nothing on TV and his portrayal of the damaged detective in Almost Human, proves that there really is nothing this actor cannot do. The character of John Kennex is damaged individual, not in the sense that he is ready for the scrapheap, but, he does need the compassionate robotic partner he’s been given. Kennex’s internal recovery needs this robotic semi-human support.

The futuristic setting looks convincing enough, although there are those that complain that the vehicles do not look very from what is being driven today. It should be pointed out to those naysayers that 2014 is considered “in the future” to people who were born in the right time period; asking any of them would evoke a response indicating that current vehicles on the road do not look futuristic enough either. No Jetsons’ flying cars here.

Vehicular complaints aside, the show has been favorably compared to the 2008 five season sci fi show Fringe. Featuring another actor from “down under” this show also has J.J. Abrams in common as executive producer. Neither Fringe nor Almost Human broke records with audience figures. What these two programs have done is provide entertainment where, in terms of plots and devices, the sky is the limit with creativity.

Thus far, Almost Human has delivered on all fronts. Plots and subplots are more than satisfactory and all the actors do their characters justice. On a side note, Mackenzie Crook does a brilliant job in the smaller, but crucial, role of technical expert Rudy Lom. His performance is as deft and light as his work in the Pirates of the Caribbean films.

Another actor who deserves props here is Michael Irby as Detective Richard Paul. It is the rare performer who can make his/her character so unlikable one instant and slyly funny the next. Granted the writers do have a lot to do with this, but Irby brings his egotistical cop with “short man attitude” brilliantly to life. This show is not an ensemble piece per se, but each actor involved breathes enough reality into their performances to make it seem so. Perhaps if it is renewed it may evolve into such a show.

Karl Urban is certainly a busy enough actor that he will not miss out if Almost Human is cancelled. In fact, none of the actors involved in principal roles need worry. Such is the high caliber of talent working in this series that all will be busy enough that they do not need to rely upon fickle Fox to renew. Still, it is a shame that this TV show may end up in the scrapheap just because it is not the next X Files or Fringe.

By Michael Smith





32 Responses to "‘Almost Human’ Heading for the TV Scrapheap?"

  1. Robert Bungate   October 3, 2015 at 3:43 am

    This show ha so much potential it’s not funny and yet they still kill the show for reasons no one in there right mind can conceive off, I believe that in the second season they would have left Fringe behind in stats and I loved Fringe but you can see the back stories slowly building and coming together as the show progressed & we would have seen the different stories complete or interact with other story lines if they had continued the seasons, to call Kennex’s character a stock figure you have to be a moron, the foundation of this show is Kennex & Dorian. But sadly those retards at fox decided to end the show to our loss, to have over 8 million viewers in it’s first season and ranked second only to the top show at the time says just how successful this how would have been.

  2. George Armstrong Bluster   April 14, 2014 at 6:57 am

    I had great hopes for this J.J. Abrams product, since I’m a huge “Fringe” fan, but unfortunately it hasn’t quite come together. There are many excellent aspects: Ealy is superb as an android with a soul; special effects have generally been pretty good; and several of the episodes have been great at exploring contemporary science issues (an Abrams trademark). But the series is weighted with negatives: the Kennex character is a stock figure, the hard-bitten noir cop; writing has been spotty; and Lily Taylor has been wasted.

  3. Erica   April 12, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    I really hope this show gets renewed!! It’s fantastic and deserves more time on-air!!!!!

  4. Patty Aguirre   April 2, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    This show is truly unique from anything that’s out there. The stories are amazing and the acting.. even better! Hope it doesn’t go away.

  5. Rama   March 28, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    After watching the last 4 episodes i got really confuse about the show, because up to episode 9 the show was building up a nice story, but then from episode 10 it looks like that story never existed, theres no reference to it, the show is nice, my favorit sci fi show at the moment, but it feels like they sudenly changed their mind about what the show was about, and just dismissed all the storyline built up to ep 9, and at the end of ep 13 it almost felt like a “good bye all, tnx for watching”… too bad it wasnt produced by cinemax or tnt.

  6. Tim   March 27, 2014 at 11:03 am

    wow…. just wow not happy at all cancelling such a great show… This sucks i been hanging out waiting on another episode cause it didnt look like it was finished at all to me would be big shame if they dont ever bring this amazing tv show back i miss it already.

  7. Maez   March 25, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    I too have really enjoyed “Almost Human”. The acting is really good and the stories interesting. Yes, there are some things that seem a bit disjointed, like the appearance of a wall, John’s father, Valerie being a Chrome but it’s like trying a new recipe All new shows have that. They usually need time to build characters and figure on where the show wants to go. This show does not need to build it’s characters. It already had very good lead actors who know their business. Good chemistry. I’d really be disappointed if it gets cancelled. I’ve gotten quite a few people interested in it since it started and they’d be disappointed too.

  8. Elise   March 19, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    My prediction- that Almost Human would be as big a success as the original Star Trek if given the care and time it needs. This show’s debut was handled stupidly; FOX hates Science Fiction shows and cancels them regularly and has executives who are so dim witted that they don’t have a clue of the gem that they have here between the cast, directors, writers and fans. What on earth is wrong with FOX?!

    • Kathy Hobbs   March 19, 2014 at 4:53 pm

      I read something today that gave me hope. Fox may actually give this show another chance. I hope it is right. This show was my favorite premier this season. Come on Fox. Season two will surprise you by catching more viewers and those of us who figured out already how great this show is will watch happily. Make me like you again Fox. Please.

  9. Trey   March 18, 2014 at 10:41 am

    I hope the sy-fi channel picks it up. What a great show.

  10. JamieĀ© (@J4mie_W)   March 18, 2014 at 3:10 am

    huge loss to TV!!! this has been a wonderfully imaginative show, the chemistry between the 2 main actors is brilliant. fingers crossed another station picks it up – huge potential


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