If you've ever hoped Total Recall would be made into a TV series, you're in luck. Fox's new series Almost Human, which premieres tonight, isn't based on the movie, but it feels remarkably similar. Karl Urban leads a cast that includes Michael Ealy and Lili Taylor in the thriller, which is set 35 years from now. Filled with futuristic clichés like flying cars, the series centers on a police precinct aided by robots that are so technologically advanced, they're "almost human." After sneaking a peek at the pilot, I'm giving you my take on whether this is a must-see.
- What it's about: Police officer John (Urban) spends a lot of his time trying to piece together his past. The attack that left him injured more than a year ago may provide clues to one of the city's most vicious gangs — if only he could remember. In the meantime, he and his synthetically engineered partner (Ealy) zip around in futuristic cars and solve crimes with the help of advanced robot buddies.
- Where it works: The futuristic world is kind of cool (though it's nothing we haven't seen before). Still, seeing the back alleys and colorful bars of the future is fun.
- Where it doesn't: This show is boring. There's nothing particularly interesting here, least of all the story. The characters aren't compelling, and nothing feels original.
- You might like this show if: You eat up TV shows about the future.
- When it's on: Mondays at 8 p.m. on Fox
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