From a sci-fi series called Tin Man, you’d expect something in the dystopic world of Oz, where a cyborg Dorothy takes on the Wicket Witchbot of the Westworld, where an army of cloned Cowardly Lion soldiers stay far away from the battlefield. But no, it’s an upcoming artificially intelligent psychological thriller coming to NBC, and it has attracted a pretty big-named director to helm the pilot. After entering the sci-fi genre a couple of years ago with the lackluster adaptation I Am Number Four, D.J. Caruso will bring his talents to the small screen and will hopefully wow the studio execs enough to get this interesting concept made into a full series.
The tin man of the title a robot that finds itself accused of first-degree murder and then goes on the run as a fugitive. There’s a good chance the ‘bot could be complicit in the future of human evolution, and the series will partly focus on the young female public defender who is tasked with taking its case and fighting for its innocence. It’ll be interesting to see just how much real-world politics will enter into the narrative, or if they’ll just play the drama straight without much of a subtext. I am, of course, worried it’ll be the latter.