When the witness to a murder is killed while giving testimony from a secure location, things don’t look good for Captain Maldonado in Blood Brothers tonight’s episode of Almost Human (Fox, Mondays, 8/7C). And when the identity of the killer becomes known, things get even dicier. Also, a psychic!
Tonight’s series premiere of Almost Human (Fox, 8/7C, then Mondays, 8/7C) is a bang-up hour of buddy/cop tropes transplanted thirty-five years into the future, where all human police officers and detectives must be paired with android partners. The result is news kinds of technology, hence new kinds of crimes and new methods of fighting them – and even a new kind of cops.
The idea of teaming a human cop with a robot/android partner isn’t new; there have been a couple of high profile attempts in the past: Mann and Machine on the drama side, and Holmes & Yoyo on the comedy side just off the top of my head. Fox’s Almost Human (Sunday, 8/7C)then Mondays, 8/7C) is, to my mind, not only the best of this unusual sub-genre, it’s one of the best new shows of the Fall 2013 season.
Three of the biggest reasons are the excellent writing and the presence of Karl Urban and Michael Ealy as the human/android partnership. Urban and Ealy recently talked with a group of journalists/bloggers about the show.
The rebooted Judge Dredd movie, Dredd, is an action-packed ride that combines elements of the classic British series from the 2000AD magazine with the kind of triphammer percussiveness of Pantera. It doesn’t lay its Margaret Thatcher/Ronald Reagan government on steroids backdrop with a trowel, but the attitude of the comic is definitely the foundation for the film.
Judgment is coming to Comic-Con! Lionsgate will present a special advance screening of DREDD, based on the British comics series, Judge Dredd, on Wednesday, June 11th at the Reading Cinemas Gaslamp. 701 5th Ave., San Diego. The film will be introduced by star Karl Urban.
Urban will also moderate the panel, Masters of the Web on Thursday, July 12th, 4:30PM – 5:30PM in Room 24ABC.
Loosely based on a popular graphic novel series by Ming-Woo Hyung, Priest is an efficient mélange of genres that owes as much to Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns and John Ford’s The Searchers as it does to supernaturally based manga. Sadly, the only reason it doesn’t get an F is a couple of performances.