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Four Parts Almost Human Borrows To Build Its Robots

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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…

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Before Watching Almost Human: 5 Shows And A Movie You Must See

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AlmostHumanFox’s futuristic police procedural Almost Human premieres this Sunday and Monday, November 17 and 18 respectively, and not only does it look like a badass new sci-fi joint, the show boasts a ton of big time creative power as well. Behind the scenes you’ll recognize names like J.J. Abrams, who is directing a little movie we like to call Star Wars: Episode VII, and J.H. Wyman, the showrunner behind Fringe. On screen, there’s Bones McCoy himself, the new incarnation of him anyway, Karl Urban, Lily Taylor from The Conjuring, and Friday Night Lights’ Minka Kelly, among others.

Before you dive head first into a brand new series, we thought you might like to spend the weekend preparing, stretching your mental facilities as it were. You don’t want to pull a hammy on game day, do you? With that in mind, here are a few series, and one movie, that may serve as a good jumping off point for Almost Human. Many of the shows are short-lived affairs, or at least lived lives where they burned the proverbial twice as bright, but only half as long. Let’s hope Almost Human doesn’t go that route, we could use some long, sustained sci-fi on our televisions.

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Sleepy Hollow Gives Us A First Look At John Noble’s Role

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We recently learned that Fringe alum John Noble would appear on the inaugural season of Fox’s gothic supernatural hit Sleepy Hollow. Now fans that miss the hell out of the Dr. Walter Bishop character can get their first glimpse at the Australian born actor playing a character called the Sin Eater.We heard that Noble was to have a “major recurring role” that would take place later on in the season of the pseudo-historical drama, and from the look of this promo video for the next episode, this arc will begin in three weeks time.

A Sin Eater is generally a person who takes on the misdeeds of others, thus absolving them in a manner of speaking. This usually involves a newly dead person, and the eating of sins allows them to remain at peace in the afterlife. Whether this holds true for Sleepy Hollow, and what this means for the characters, remains to be seen, but from the look of things, whatever the results, Ichabod Crane (Tom Misson) will bear the brunt of it, for good or ill. This does seem to bring up the idea that there is a way to break the bond between the former Revolutionary War soldier and the headless horseman—the two became accidental blood brothers way back when—so we’ll get to see how that plays out.

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Fringe’s John Noble Will Battle The Headless Horseman On Sleepy Hollow

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Walter BishopWe miss Fringe and we’re always on the lookout for news from the former cast members. Now it looks like star John Noble is joining the cast of Fox’s new supernatural pseudo-historical drama Sleepy Hollow. We’re not talking about a guest spot either, he’s going have a “major recurring role” and be part of a large story arc that occurs later in the first season.

This reunites Noble with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who created both Sleepy Hollow and Fringe. Noble played Dr. Walter Bishop on Fox’s embattled sci-fi police procedural, a brilliant but eccentric scientist who has a kind heart, but who was responsible for things like inadvertently tearing holes in multiple universes. While he may have been on the hook for horrible, horrible things happening to multiple worlds, Walter was the heart and soul of the show, the gooey emotional center of the complex narrative.

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Fringe’s Title Sequence Gets A Fan Makeover

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Fringe may be dead and gone, but it’s the type of show that is sure to maintain a rabid fan base for years to come. Who knows, maybe in 15 or 20 years we’ll all be going to conventions dressed up in one of Walter’s awesome old man sweaters, or completely hairless in a suit like the Observers. It certainly sounds easier than dressing like a Klingon or one of the X-Men, unless you decide to go as the porcupine man, or one of those giant, squiggly worms. Cards on the table, season five of Fringe is playing in the background right now. We’re talking about the kind of series that inspires an incredible amount of fan devotion, including this new video that reimagines the opening credits.

Made by a man named Kyle Stewart, using Adobe After Effects, this is a pretty damn cool video. It both maintains the mysterious feel of the original and brings something new to the table. You see flashes of all of the glyphs, as well as other iconic images from the show, like the brass bell.

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Cross The Streams: Fringe’s Final Season, Haven, And H.G. Wells Are Now Streaming

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The death knell of summer is slowly starting to vibrate through all the heat and humidity. Say it ain’t so, streamers! What will the fall bring? I’m not sure, but according to the Huffington Post, Netflix is paying close attention to what shows people are pirating, so that they’ll have a good idea of what people will want to stream. While I’m not one to promote illegal downloading or anything, I’m all about pointing people in the right direction in getting the sci-fi that they want. So, let’s all take the hint. In the meantime, let’s get into the most recent streaming releases, shall we?

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Haven: Seasons 1-3 (Netflix Instant)
While this Syfy original series was initially conceived as an adaptation of Stephen King’s The Colorado Kid, one of his shortest works, it almost immediately bucked the source material for something more supernatural. Emily Rose plays an FBI agent who moves up to Haven, Maine and finds her investigation soon incorporates “The Troubles,” some paranormal business that affects the town’s citizens every so often. No spoilers here, but not everything or everyone is as it seems. This probably would have been a stronger series had it aired anywhere but Syfy, but it’s got its high points, and definitely got more interesting as the seasons went on. Season 4 just started up on September 13, so if you ever wanted to get caught up, now’s the time.