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« on: October 11, 2013, 09:17:20 AM »

Starts Nov 4th. Looks like a combination of iRobot and Surrogates.

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« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2013, 10:37:33 PM »

Premier up on Hulu, definitely worth a watch!
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« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2013, 11:39:26 PM »

This is definitely good, a must watch if you like good science fiction.

It's the semi-cyberpunk future show we've always wanted. There's androids of various types, cybernetics, human machine interfaces, the whole works. The first episode is setup and action for the series. But the second episode is an interesting thriller that starts exploring the android situation.

It's not perfect, but it's as good as we'll get right now with limits on TV budgets and how much they can cover in a police procedural-like scifi show set in such a universe.

It also helps that the soundtrack sounds like it's from Deus Ex (different composer though).

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Spoiler for Hiden:
Kind of disappointed at two things. Sergeant Patell gets killed half-way through the episode. And the only other dark skinned character is the android. But, I'll take whatever diversity I can get.

It's also pretty silly for them to have ever approved to make a thinking and feeling android for mass market use. It's clear there was some fallout from this leading to the adoption of the MX line, but I hope they cover this more because as it stands, it's a big gap. And, you would think that those androids would have gotten some rights by now. Although I suspect, and hope, that the show really digs into that.
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« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2013, 04:16:36 AM »

Good pilot and and the second episode was no slouch either.  Hope this show keeps it up and does well, I need my sci fi fix.
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« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2013, 06:56:33 PM »

I really like this show. I hope they can maintain the FX budget they have because the world they've created looks pretty awesome for a TV show.
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« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2013, 07:08:44 PM »

It has that sort of by the numbers network feel to it especially the main cast but it seems pretty well made and hopefully more depth will get shown in the long run. Its supposed to be by the people behind Fringe which was a good if sometimes flawed series so I'll get it more episodes.
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« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2013, 01:14:28 AM »

Another solid episode. So far so good, the two leads have good chemistry.
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« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2013, 07:46:15 PM »

I had no idea that the show would be as funny as it is.  The writers have a good sense of humor, and don't let the characters take themselves too seriously.  The two leads have really good chemistry...some of the best I've seen in a cop show or movie.  So far it's my favorite new show.
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« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2013, 10:35:52 AM »

You know. I think Rudy could have easily played Doctor Who, he certainly has enough quirk, sadly perhaps not the skin for it.
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« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2013, 05:47:29 PM »

4 episodes in.. and I'm very much enjoying it. Really hoping this one will make the cut and survive its first season.
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« Reply #10 on: December 10, 2013, 08:32:47 AM »

Episode 5 gets a little wonky where they jump into the supernatural with psychics. A few episodes prior Dorian was talking about auras and negative energy. You don't need to believe in souls and auras to be human.

As someone who really, really hates how some of the best scifi of the past 10 years were brought down to stupidity by crappy writing that uses supernatural elements and vague, meaningless biblical writing style. They're only skirting it so far, but I never liked it when this style of scifi resorts to this, I just hope it they don't focus on it in the future.

There's plenty of classic science fiction where they can pull ideas from if they need ideas. Heck, even Minority Report managed to justify precognition in their crazy way via a classic scifi writer.

Also, anyone else find it funny how comically bad the MX line is as doing their job? It's like that entire line is both incompetent and made by the cheapest bidder. Meanwhile, Dorian shows super reflexes, strength, and can take rifle fire all over and come out okay. I don't know about you, but I'd rather have a crazy, but capable android over a useless bot that's only good at being a liability.
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« Reply #11 on: December 10, 2013, 07:19:02 PM »

The whole metaphysical nonsense didn't bother me much. I was much more interested in the cloning stuff they integrated into the story. So far I have been really really impressed with the series. The blending of current tech and extrapolation into future/sci-fi tech is incredibly well done. None of it seems contrived to me at all, which makes the world they've created feel totally plausible yet retain the whole exotic future that makes the show feel unique.

I agree though that the ineptitude of the MX androids in comparison with Dorian is really jarring. They've only made vague references to the fact that the DRN models are "crazy" so hopefully they will expand on that angle in future episodes.

I've always liked Karl Urban but he is really awesome in this series.

The show has set a high bar right out of the gates and hopefully they will continue those standards. Anyhow, it's fast becoming one of my favorite shows on TV right now.
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« Reply #12 on: December 12, 2013, 06:01:06 PM »

I loved the writing in this most recent episode.  I'm liking it quite a bit...which means it'll inevitably be cancelled.  :/
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« Reply #13 on: December 12, 2013, 06:04:52 PM »

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on December 12, 2013, 06:01:06 PM

I loved the writing in this most recent episode.  I'm liking it quite a bit...which means it'll inevitably be cancelled.  :/

So youre to blame eh?  Quit watching show I like, dammit!   icon_wink
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« Reply #14 on: December 12, 2013, 06:05:54 PM »

I said this elsewhere, but what they should have done was left it a bit more vague, and have Dorian the only one believing the girl.   Then sort of tie it back to Skin, with Dorian trying to grapple with understanding death and what it means for him.
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« Reply #15 on: December 14, 2013, 02:38:49 AM »

While it still feels very much like a standard network TV show in its style the two main characters make it worthwhile. I'll keep it on the viewing schedule for now.
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« Reply #16 on: December 14, 2013, 02:48:56 AM »

haven't been watching (it's a sci fi show on FOX, I'll wait until season 2 is confirmed), but apparently they're showing the episodes out of the order (like they did with Firefly) so I'd rather wait for a season 1 release on blu ray and see them in the order the writers intended.
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« Reply #17 on: December 14, 2013, 03:11:59 AM »

I've been watching since the first one and loving every minute of it.  Didn't even realize they were out of order. The chemistry between the two main characters is awesome and writing is as well.  It's a solid show I highly recommend watching it because I don't want it cancelled slywink
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« Reply #18 on: December 14, 2013, 03:21:51 AM »

I like the show but tend to have a few episodes on the DVR before I jump in and watch them all, probably not helping the ratings that way.
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« Reply #19 on: February 04, 2014, 02:40:08 PM »

So... "The Wall"?  There's a wall around the city? I don't recall this fact being mentioned before. icon_confused
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« Reply #20 on: February 04, 2014, 03:19:03 PM »

I ended up deleting the show after watching 3 episodes.  This show has cancellation all over it.
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« Reply #21 on: February 04, 2014, 03:23:32 PM »

I like the show... a lot. It just seems to be suffering from that Fox / Firefly syndrome where they are showing the episodes out of order for some damn reason, doesn't help with story continuity.
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« Reply #22 on: February 21, 2014, 02:40:13 AM »

I've liked this show so far but the last episode was pretty awful. It was like the writer learned about computers from reading some bad cyberpunk. "I'm the best hacker and when I hack I can totally outhack anyone hack hack hackity hack. And I wear all black and I'm super cool."
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« Reply #23 on: February 25, 2014, 02:34:55 PM »

Quote from: Teggy on February 21, 2014, 02:40:13 AM

I've liked this show so far but the last episode was pretty awful. It was like the writer learned about computers from reading some bad cyberpunk. "I'm the best hacker and when I hack I can totally outhack anyone hack hack hackity hack. And I wear all black and I'm super cool."

Yea that one was a little..umm dissappointing. Last nights episode was pretty cool.

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I like getting more into the chrom issue not to mention exploring the hinted at obvious inter-office romantic desire.
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« Reply #24 on: February 26, 2014, 12:53:22 AM »

Just as an FYI, if anyone was wondering what order the episodes were meant to be shown in the details are here although according to Wyman, "viewers need not worry".

•1.01 Pilot (#1.01)
•1.02 “Skin”- (#1.05)
•1.03 “Are You Receiving” – (#1.06)
•1.04 “The Bends” – (#1.07)
•1.05 “Blood Brothers” – (#1.08)
•1.06 “Arrhythmia” – (#1.03)
•1.07 “Simon Says” – (#1.10)
•1.08 “You Are Here” – (#1.02)
•1.09 “Unbound” – (#1.09)
•1.10 “Perception” – (#1.04)
•1.11 “Disrupt” – (#1.11)
•1.12 “Beholder” – (#1.12)
•1.13 “Straw Man” – (#1.13)

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« Reply #25 on: February 26, 2014, 03:14:28 AM »

The out of order was partly why I stopped watching it. It tone between characters would dramatically change especially the 2 leads and made it annoying.
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