Almost Human is the latest offering on Fox by the creators of Fringe, J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman. Set 30 years in the future, the series stars Karl Urban (Riddick) as John Kennex, a police detective and sole survivor of a horrible ambush that took his right leg and Michael Ealy (The Good Wife), who embodies his robot partner, Dorian, to programmed perfection.
John tossed his first android partner out of a moving car and into the oncoming path of a tractor trailer, which lead to his pairing with Dorian. Dorian is special, a retired model that was created to be as humanistic as possible, which means Dorian shows emotion and understands people even more than his battle-hardened partner.
There is no doubt that the two bring out the very best in each other, and Urban and Ealy have an undeniable chemistry that makes me wonder if breaking up their bromance with a romance is even worth the effort.
Can John patch up a girlfriend with a dirty Q-Tip, a pair of nail clippers and a wad of already-been-chewed (gross!) bubble gum? I don't think so. The lengths to which he is willing to go for his new partner and friend are not only cringe-inducing, but touching.
Yet even Dorian has been pushing for John to dip his toes into the dating pool since they first met. He has gone so far as to create an online dating profile for him and to answer an ad and set up a first date. Dorian also sees the sparks flying between John and Valerie Stahl (Minka Kelly, Friday Night Lights).
Valerie is smart, tough and fits the image John described on his profile to a T. So what's keeping him from making a move?
On a recent conference call, Kelly said, "I think they’re sort of flirting with the idea, but I don’t know how long that may or may not take to actually act on. But right now maybe they’re just having a little mutual admiration, I guess."
So it seems for now it's all about the boys. Frankly, there's nothing wrong with that. They are one handsome couple with a lot of appreciation for one another. They push each other's buttons and have each other's backs.
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