It’s a hard road for science fiction on Fox with so many shows such as ‘Firefly’ getting cancelled. However when a show works like ‘X-Files‘ or ‘Fringe‘ did, it can last for awhile and fills a hole in our heart for the realm of fantasy.
Almost Human Synopsis
Executive-produced by Emmy Award winnerJ.J. Abrams (“Fringe,” “Lost,” the “Star Trek” and “Mission: Impossible” franchises) and creator J.H. Wyman (“Fringe,” “The Mexican”) and starring Karl Urban (“Star Trek”), Michael Ealy (“Sleeper Cell,” “Common Law”) and Emmy Award nomineeLili Taylor (“Six Feet Under,”), ALMOST HUMAN is a high-tech, high-stakes action drama set 35 years in the future, when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. An unlikely partnership is forged when a part-machine cop (Urban) is forced to pair with a part-human robot (Ealy) as they fight crime and investigate a deeper cover-up in a futuristic new world.
Sounds fun! J.H. Wyman had a chance to sit down with TV Guide and spill some details on his upcoming ‘Almost Human’ series as well as talk shop about ‘Fringe’, including the one thing I’d love to see more than anything else!
First up, though, is ‘Almost Human’. Some might wonder how it compares to ‘Fringe’:
“Fringe was so far-out. Until you realized it was about the alternate universe, you were like, ‘What is this?!’ Here, you’re going to learn so much about the characters..”
You don’t have to worry about it being like a standard cop show either which network television is saturated with. ‘Almost Human’ will have some of it’s roots there, but will be a completely different beast with science fiction included!
“This show is different because while you’ll get those vitamins and minerals from a regular cop show, you’re going to see things you’ve never seen before. The criteria is that no story on this show will be on our show unless it is created by something futuristic, solved by something futuristic, or the very reason that the people are doing what they’re doing is futuristic. Otherwise it is like everything else. We’ll be able to tell a murder story in a very different way than NYPD Blue or CSI. We can do stuff that’s out of this world. It offers a really great platform.”
He’s also hinted that he may try to bring some former cast members from ‘Fringe’ onto the show as guest stars.
It’d be brilliant if Walter Bishop made an appearance though I have a feeling that’s not who he has in mind (at least he wouldn’t have John playing Walter if it happened). While that would be awesome, there’s no word that the show takes place in the same universe, though I’d LOVE for Massive Dynamic to be the largest company in this world and they leave it at that.
When he went on to talk about ‘Fringe’, a few things came up though that are some food for thought, wishful thinking, or really something most fans would love to see happen. Such as “Walter went to the future, and how do you know he didn’t find a way back once again?” Well since I don’t think we’ll see a time travel episode involving Walter Bishop on ‘Almost Human’, what could that mean?
We’ll get to that in a second. ‘Fringe’ ended with Walter being in the future and while he didn’t get a happy ending with his family, Wyman did tell TV Guide, “I’ll make you not sad. Walter is only happy when his brain is being challenged.” Does this could mean that Walter might find his way back? I mean, it’s Walter Bishop for crying out loud.
So again I ask – what could that mean? Wyman notes that he meant for Peter’s expression when he received the “white tulip” letter from Walter to be ambiguous. Did he recognize it or not?
“Maybe someday there will be a Fringe movie and I’ll explain some of the things that I want to explain, but I also wanted to let people make their own opinion. I wanted it to be as special to each person individually and let them make their own assumptions and live with it. I have a lot of story I can tell still and I love those characters so much.”
Yes. YES. YES!
I know it’s only a hypothetical that such a movie could be made but YES! Do it now. Do it while we can still have John Noble reprise his role as Walter Bishop and the rest of the cast isn’t locked into something new. Fans of the ‘X-Files’ have been screaming for a third X-Files film forever (second if we all agree that the second one didn’t actually happen) and it would have nothing on this. ‘X-Files’ had 9 seasons and 2 movies and in only 5 seasons of Fringe, I felt over ten times the emotional connection to the characters then I ever could have for the Mulder and Scully.
I my want to believe but when it comes down to it, I want to believe in a world where we get more ‘Fringe’. I don’t know how they could top the poetic ending to the show, but if Abrams and Wyman were on board with the full cast? I know I’d be there in a heartbeat.