‘Almost Human’ – SR Underground Ep. 118

Published 1 year ago by , Updated November 19th, 2013 at 8:55 pm,

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The Screen Rant editorial team is back with episode one-hundred eighteen of the Screen Rant Underground podcast.

Join host Ben Kendrick, fellow SR editors Rob Keyes, Anthony Ocasio, and Kofi Outlaw as we review the FOX pilot Almost Human, discuss the prospect of a Walking Dead prequel series, the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special, and offer our thoughts on Darren Aronofsky’s Noah trailer.

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Screen Rant Underground: Episode 118 - ‘Almost Human’

We review the FOX pilot Almost Human, discuss the prospect of a Walking Dead prequel series, the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special, and offer our thoughts on Darren Aronofsky’s Noah trailer.

[0:00] News: ‘Noah’ Trailer: Russell Crowe vs. The FloodIs the ‘Walking Dead’ Spin-Off a Prequel Series?, and ‘Doctor Who’ 50th Anniversary Prequel Reveals ‘The War Doctor’.

[1:10:06] Rants and Raves: Elementary, The Best Man Holiday, Spring Breakers, The Spectacular Now, To the Wonder, Ray Donovan, and The Legend of Korra.

[1:49:00] Review: Almost Human (read our full written Almost Human review).

[2:03:51] Almost Human SPOILERS Discussion.

[2:13:55] Twitter Handles and Contact Information.

[2:15:16] Game Rant News Brief

Hosts: Ben Kendrick, Rob Keyes, Anthony Ocasio, and Kofi Outlaw.



Next Week: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Last Week’s Official Box Office Battle Reader Winner (Thor: The Dark World opening): Sal reports that the somewhat precipitous drop of Ender’s Game combined with high hopes for 12 Years A Slave skewed mostly everybody’s picks. However, the winner this week was Adel with a score 9.

Opening in theaters this week (Wide):

  • Delivery Man – 2,800
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – 4,100

Opening this Week in Theaters (Limited):

  • The Christmas Candle – 400

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  1. Pushing it a little late huh Ben?

    • i hate the internet

    • Already addressed this on Twitter. My Catching Fire screening was in the middle of the day – so interrupted my usual editing time. We’ll call it even since I stayed up until 3:30am last Friday night – so that the Thor 2 episode could be published two days early ;)

    • Let me translate what BigStupidJellyfish is trying to say, “Thank you Ben and the Screenrant team for continuing to provide us with over two hours of new and entertaining content every week.”

      • Hope I didn’t come off as rude! Definitely was joking about that and very grateful for the podcast each week!

  2. Hunger games
    Thor 2
    Delivery man
    Best man holiday
    Last vegas
    12 years a slave

    • Haha… I’m just going to pretend I never saw that. Really.

      • While watching Xena on Netflix, I did a double-take when I saw him as Cupid. rofl… After he did a stint as Cupid, Urban was brought back to play Ceaser. I enjoyed his Ceaser role.

  3. Haha it’s all good Ben! The early podcast last week was much appreciated. But how are you going to tease Catching Fire and not tell us how it is?!

  4. I wished you guys would talk Doctor Who more often. I love Kofi’s version, Kat Dennings as the Doctor and the intern as the companion. I hope Steven Moffat was listening to this, lol.

    • Do you mean me? I don’t think Kofi was on during that convo.

      • Just on the podcast in general. I feel like Doctor Who isn’t talked about as much as some other shows on the podcast.

  5. Timelords can regenerate 12 times which means 13 incarnations. He can’t regenerate 13 times which is what you said, sorry don’t mean to be nitpicky. There’s just a lot of wrong Doctor Who facts being spread around with it being the 50th anniversary and all.


    • …and you know that the High Council can easily make it 13 regenerations. ;-)

    • Hey Luke, I think our larger point was that they could easily find a story solution (and some argue they already have) to give him more than 12 regenerations (and 13 total Doctors). If you read any of our articles where the subject is broached, there are an equal number of people that have explanations for how Moffat could get around that particular piece of the canon. So, not really an incorrect fact – since we’re primarily saying they could find a way around it.

  6. I love how you guys start off the episodes with a random inside joke between you guys, it almost always gets me laughing pretty hard. Ever since you guys mentioned the DQ commercial i’ve been seeing/noticing it a lot as I FF commercials… Its so goofy

    Rob I agree with you on Elementary, its a really good show and I’d say it consistently gets better over the first season. You guys have mentioned it before but I was surprised none of you liked it. I know you guys have certain feelings for the Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock (I actually haven’t watched that yet), but I much prefer the amount of episodes you get with Elementary (24 each season). His drug-addiction is an interesting attribute to the show, because it starts the character off at a very low point, and he has to redeem himself from that. Similarly to House he is kinda an asshole to most people but he is absolutely genius and people put up with him because of it. I also really like the female take on Watson, its a welcomed change.

    I really liked the premier of Almost Human, and as a Fringe fan it almost feels like Fringe-rebooted but with more robots instead of science, although he does go to that “black-market” scientist for the memory recall stuff, so it could be even more Fringey. I like Michael Ealy, especially his last buddy-cop show Common Law from USA which was cancelled after 1 season. He and Karl Urban will be a good combo, and this really has a movie’s production feel to it so far so I’ll be interested to see if they can keep that going.

    • Almost human is my new show along with sleepy hollow that Ill be watching.
      Luckily they come on the same network and night.

  7. I dont know how to respond to Anthonys comments on Korra
    except that I told him so
    and that I disagree about the animation of beginnings.

    Also on the Korra finale which I watched (without spoilers)
    The second to last ep is better, the actual finale may seem anticlimatic as its conflict is resolved more magically, and its aftermath is really nothing.
    Also the worst thing about the show korra is mako, makos character exists only for a lame uninteresting love triangle and really drags this show down and he is otherwise a straight man whos boring to Bo lins interesting comical personality.

    • That’s chick Avatars for ya, right? Love struck. ;-)

      • Well aang had it for Katara, but there was actual build up, care and reason for it.
        Korra just gets with mako, well because
        And Asami gets with mako, well because
        And they each break up, because
        And then asami wants him back, because apparently she holds no grudge or still deeply cares for this guy we’ve seen no care from.

        And the concern and love he shows for korra at the start season 2 is so bland, annoying and crap.
        The moment I hated most from book 1 was where she gets her powers back and first thing is turn around and embrace mako.
        Just terrible.

        Bo lin x korra 4 ever^

        Ive heard a rumor that season 3 will have shoguns.

        • /\ This! /\

  8. *Abraham was the one who was told to kill his son Isaac. Job was also tested by the devil killing his family…and then he was given another family.

    But, good ideas.

  9. Yul Brynner portraying Lex Luthor would be quite a trick, considering that he died in 1985. Or did I just miss a joke? “Tron Legacy” and other movies certainly have proven that the technology isn’t good enough to recreate an actor digitally in any believable way.

    As for the comments about “Noah”: no surprise there. Once it’s about the religion all the crazies come out of hiding. I don’t get what the fuzz is about. It’s just another fantasy movie based on another fantasy novel. People need to understand that the story of Noah is just an allegory, just like most other stories in the Bible. Told by men, not by God, and mistranslated many, many times. It’s the ultimate game of Whisper Down the Lane.

    Listen to the “Prometheus” audio commentary and you will find out that everything good about Prometheus was written by Jon Spaiths, and everything bad was written by Damon Lindelof. I really like that movie, but the silly Lindelofisms drag it down a lot. It’s a shame.

    Yup, Elementary is great. Anyone who is not watching it, because of some Sherlock/Cumberbatch bias, is doing himself a big disfavor. Johnny Lee Miller is excellent.

    Spring Break never looked attractive to me. A bunch of noisy, wasted, aggressive kids stumbling and puking all over the place is the closest we get to a zombie apocalypse without any actual undead.

    “Almost Human” was good, although it’s indeed pretty much a rip-off of “I, Robot” and not so much of Dredd. I don’t buy the 2048 timeframe, though. Feels more like 2148 to me. I also have to disagree with Kofi: when a show has flush handles with flashing lights – in a police station and not in a fancy club, mind you – it definitely yells “Look, it’s the future!”. ;)

    • @LostWinchester – Re: Noah – you have the right to your opinion…I have the right not to publish it. Please refrain from calling people who believe in the Bible (me included) “crazies” just because you disagree with us. I’m not calling you crazy for NOT believing in the Bible.

      I’m leaving your comment as is, but I hope you see my point and adjust.


      Paul Young – Moderator

      • I understand your concern, but you might be missing the context of what said in the podcast and to what I was refering to. I was talking about the aggressive comments that were mentioned by Ben and Anthony. I wasn’t talking about those that simply believe in the Bible and are peaceful about it. I should have made that clearer and apologize for any offending misunderstandings. I think anyone should be believe in what he thinks is right, as long as it doesn’t turn into rabid fundamentalism.

        • Yeah, yeah – if anything, it’s my fault! I was talking about the crazy comments that were “Pending”; you know, the ones talking about fire demons and a BUNCH of other stuff that’s not in the Bible.

          Now let’s all make up – ’cause both y’all are f’in crazy! ;-)

          • That goes without saying. :D

          • rofl… My apology. Since I was too busy writing the pending post, I didn’t refresh my screen to see what you said. I can understand shy my post is stuck in the queue.

            • *why not shy.

        • @TheLostWinchester,

          If I were living at an earlier point in history, the way I perceive my Christian faith would be considered unconventional. As a result of going to college, like everyone else, I have accepted and acknowledge science, psychology, art, history, and literature. I believe the truth to our existence is extremely complex. When I interpret the Book of Genesis, the way I perceive it is as a set of cliff notes. Since God was talking to humans with limited knowledge, he had to reduce everything into its simplest forms. If my fellow Christians actually read the bible, they would know two important facts: (1) Upon the fall of Adam and Eve, God never once told them to reject knowledge. God did say we were responsible for how we us knowledge. (2) Within the Book of Revelation, God said that knowledge will increase our understanding of the Bible.

          Just an example… When it comes to Adam and Eve’s presence, I interpret them as the first two humans to become fully aware. Adam, Eve, Apple, and the Tree of Knowledge are a form of symbolism, which represents a scientific and complex evolutionary story. Tree of Knowledge represents the evolutionary tree, which our species took to develop our sense of awareness. Adam and Eve represents ‘the evolutionary moment’ our species became fully sentient.

          When we hit a roadblock in science, I do not think we should stop at ‘God is the answer, so lets not go further’. We would be cheating ourselves an opportunity to grow.

    • Nah, you didn’t miss a joke. The rumors I was seeing were for a “Yul Brenner” type. And since we were talking about biblical epics, I guess I just WANTED him to be alive…

      • Yul Brenner is DEAD?!

      • Yeah, it’s too bad. He was intense guy. I love how he brought across the gunslinger in Westworld without uttering a single word.

        • 1985, haha.

  10. Great show Guys (as always). Do you think there is any chance of getting a full on Game Rant podcast going in the near future – two minutes at the end of each episode just isn’t enough!

    • Yeap, definitely! It’s just a matter of having the time and resources to do so. We have a few lovely folks on GR (who also help on on SR) who are ready to do so when we decide to launch.

  11. Just on as a side note, in the Job tale Satan is not the devil figure that was formed in the Christian mythos but rather an aid of sorts to Yahweh. One must keep in mind that for some period the Judaism was a polytheistic religion and the other gods and lesser supernatural figures only fell off later. Satan did not cause any horrible things to happen to Job, he only convinced god to let them occur for their wager.

    Great podcast as always!

  12. Box Office battle

    1 hunger games Catching Fire
    2. Best man holiday
    3. Thor The dark world
    4. Delivery man
    5. Last Vegas
    10 Enders game

  13. “NEW DRINKING GAME” take a shot every time Ben Kendrick says “FOR SURE” I am now a full blown alcoholic

    • Take a shot every time he says “like” and you are dead. :D

      • I was actually noticing this even more than usual this past week. The “for sures” happen a lot when I’m trying to keep the conversation flowing and moving, so that it doesn’t sound like one person is monologuing. The “likes” are just my verbal fillers/ticks.

        • Talking just a bit slower and more deliberately helps the brain to keep up with the mouth, and since the “likes” aren’t containing information anyway talking slower doesn’t even take up any additional time. Give it a shot, it works. ;)

      • It’s a thing Ben picked up when he was a pilot. From what he told me, the radios can cut words off if there’s not constant noise going through the mic, so it’s very common for pilots (even hipster ones) to use “like” and “uh” while talking.

        • Cool. Didn’t know Ben was/is a pilot!

  14. Almost human reminded me of a I, Robot feel. Just wanted to voice that haha

  15. 1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
    2. Thor: The Dark World
    3. The Best Man Holiday
    4. Delivery Man
    5. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
    10. Captain Phillips

  16. #1 Catching Fire
    #2 Thor: The Dark World
    #3 Delivery Man
    #4 The Best Man Holiday
    #5 Free Birds
    #10 Ender’s Game

  17. I believe Korra is going to have 4 books

    • Read that very quickly and thought you said “boobs”.

      (I like my idea better) ;-)

      • *peruses comments, falls out of chair*

  18. If this version of Noah is causing all this outrage, I wonder what would happen if Warner Bros. decided to develop Seth Grahame-Smith’s Unholy Night.

  19. don’t know if it’s already been said, but to clarify – Studio Mir was the amazingly incredible animation studio that worked on ATLA and book one of legend of korra…it was them who worked on Beginnings 1 and 2, and most of the second half of book 2…many have speculated that the reason they didn’t work on the early episodes of book 2 was because of the insane workload that came with that Wan 2-parter…but it was the same studio from book 1 and avatar: the last airbender that did the beginnings 2-parter, not some new, 3rd studio…

    • also, korra book 3 has been confirmed (as has book 4 I think), and will be called “Change”

  20. Great Podcast everyone, I went to ITunes and downloaded the first two Almost-Human episodes. Karl Urban rocks, and yes it was I-Robo-Dredd. I showed my wife this show, and we both agree Karl Urban should play Batman at least once in our life time.