Four Parts Almost Human Borrows To Build Its Robots

fb share tweet share

AlmostHFox’s futuristic buddy cop drama Almost Human hit the air tonight, and I know this was only the pilot—and the first night of a two-night premiere—but I’m on board this train. Right out of the gate, the show has a ton going for it. Not only is the cast, headlined by Star Trek’s Karl Urban, top notch, but the creative team includes Fringe showrunner J.H. Wyman and J.J. Abrams, who created shows like Lost and is directing Star Wars: Episode VII.

There’s some power behind this particular program. That said, Almost Human totally delivers. Set in 2048, the show partners Urban’s tough detective John Kennex with Dorian (Michael Ealy), a humanoid robot. Kennex resents the intrusion into his life, but this particular model, most of which have been mothballed or employed as manual laborers in space, were designed to be as human as possible, with their own quirks, personalities, and emotional baggage.

The two main characters have a fantastic chemistry together, and there’s a nice mix of humor, heart, and badass action. Overall the show is bursting with potential, but one of the things Almost Human does best is render the world. Sci-fi fans will notice a whole host of obvious aesthetic influences in every facet, taking bits and pieces from its various genre predecessors and building something new. What are those bits and pieces? We uncover them all here. Read on…

Pages [ 1 2 3 4 5 ]

Ghostbusters, Blade Runner, Lost, And More Get The Retro Trailer Treatment

fb share tweet share

Sometimes I love the internet. While it can be a depressing place — especially if you spend any time reading YouTube comments — it can also help spur creativity in ways you wouldn’t expect. It allows cool ideas to proliferate worldwide and challenges other people to riff on them. Today’s example, “premakes.” The idea is simple: you pick a modern movie, then imagine what a trailer for it might look like if it had come out in an earlier era. Up above you can see the answer to the question, “What if Ghostbusters had come out in 1954?”


Cars And Kicks: Minimalist Posters Play Up Iconic Sci-Fi Vehicles And Footwear

fb share tweet share

GhostbustersA very wise man who happened to be dressed like a bat once posited that “It’s the car, right? Chicks love the car.” Indeed, saving the world wouldn’t be nearly as much fun if you didn’t get to do it while tooling around town in your very own unique set of wheels. You know it. I know it. Even Batman knows it, and he was being played by Val Kilmer at the time. And while Batman’s assorted -mobiles have gone through countless variations on a theme, he hasn’t got the market cornered on awesome vehicles. In fact, if you offered me a choice between my very own Batmobile or a fully tricked-out replica of the Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters…I think we both know who I’m gonna call…


Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? And Terminator 2 Live On Stage

fb share tweet share

Do Androids Dream of Electric SheepStage shows based on popular movies are always a good idea. We’re not talking about big time productions, like The Producers on Broadway, I mean things like Evil Dead: The Musical and Re-Animator: The Musical. Things that are a little more on the fringe. About ten or twelve years ago in Seattle a group staged Point Break Live, which is apparently now a regular thing, where the Johnny Utah role was played by a different, randomly selected audience member each and every night. It was the best thing I’ve ever seen, all three times. The latest installment in these games is a production of Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, not to mention a group that recreates Terminator 2: Judgment Day using only lines from Shakespeare.

The basis for Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, Do Androids Dream has been adapted into a stage play. According to reports, this production is a more faithful adaptation of Dick’s novel than the film version, and deals with some of the author’s favorite themes like questioning reality and the search for what it truly means to be human a human being.


Harrison Ford Is Interested In Returning For Blade Runner 2

fb share tweet share

rick deckardFilm fandom allows for very fickle behavior. Loving a movie often implies nothing would be better for the viewer than spending more time in that cinematic universe, but the subject of extending that universe into sequels is where the conversation turns sour, with only the most extreme opinions getting voiced: “Sequels suck!” or “Sequels rule!” Ridley Scott’s proposed and possibly upcoming follow-up to 1982’s genre classic Blade Runner is enough to start a battle between people who otherwise agree on everything, and now there is a little more fuel for that fire. Harrison Ford recently told IGN that he is definitely considering coming bac for a sequelk, and really seems to be leaning in that direction. This was already a considerable possibility that seemed likely, but now the man himself is saying it. I mean, assuming this was the real Harrison Ford and not some Hollywood-manufactured duplicate.

While Ford has generally been keeping mum on the matter, he opened up during an interview promoting Ender’s Game. When asked if he’d be interested in returning for another film if the script was right, Ford said, “Uh, yeah. We’ve been chatting about it.” I guess he could have meant he and his barber were talking about it, but we’ll assume he meant Scott.


Rutger Hauer Explains Why Blade Runner’s Roy Batty Isn’t The Bad Guy In 1982 Video Interview

fb share tweet share

Any short list of the best, the most memorable, the most iconic villains of filmed science fiction has to include Blade Runner’s Roy Batty in the top five, if not at the very tippy-top. There are many reasons why. You’ve got the character on the page, courtesy of the screenplay by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples — adapting, of course, Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? You’ve got the direction by Ridley Scott, guiding what in my opinion is the best movie of his career. And you’ve got the character as performed, brilliantly, by Rutger Hauer. That character is the topic at hand in the above 1982 interview with Hauer, wherein he discusses…er, he reveals how he…

I’m sorry, can we just stop for a second and acknowledge that shirt he’s wearing? Now I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe…