Disclaimer: I was pre-disposed to like this for four reasons:
- I like procedurals with a heavy emphasis on character and relationships
- I like scifi
- I loved Fringe
- I’ve been a huge fangirl of Karl Urban since The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. (I even went to see Doom for him, and there’s just no explaining what a bizarre choice that was for me.)
So having seen the pilot, here’s what I took away from it:
- I enjoyed John’s relationship with his boss, Sandra, very much. There are no romantic vibes here, and I hope they leave it that way. I’m not opposed to romance, but I like the idea that love and deep friendship can exist without being sexual.
- I like Dorian. Specifically, I like his wit, his willingness to stand up to John, as well as seeing him struggle with his differences from the other robots.
- I like John, very much. Granted, I was way predisposed to, because …Karl. But his appreciation for old-style tech (which completely cracks me up), his way of dealing with the first robot (I can think of a few people I wouldn’t mind doing that to), even his interrogation methods when a cop’s life is at stake, all struck chords in me.
- The atmosphere here felt very Fringe-like to me. When they entered the room where the cop was being held in the box, I was waiting for them to call for Walter, Olivia, and Peter. And you know, I don’t mind returning to a world that feels that familiar.
- Overall, the plot worked for me, too: a nice transition for John and Dorian from forced partners to real ones, introduction to several mysteries, success in one area, with lots of questions to explore later. The one thing that left me going ‘meh’ is the cop with the grudge against John, but that’s almost expected, I guess.
So, will definitely be watching tomorrow night.
“Sometimes newer technology isn’t better.” (Dorian)