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Almost Human - Skin - S01E02 - OAD 11/18/13

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by danterner, Nov 19, 2013.

  1. danterner

    danterner Not it!

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    No thread yet? As much as I enjoyed the first episode, I really liked this one even more. There were some really great moments. I'm going to enjoy this series. SP is definitely secure. Benedict Android, the leg stabbing, the online dating, the balls-scanning - loved it all. Also loved the continued nods to Blade Runner (there were many), and the future tech was great: the FlashMasks (or whatever they were called), the license plate scrambler, and the DNA bomb were all very cool.

    I do note, with a little apprehension, that although this was the second episode to air, and was billed as part 2 of a two part series premiere, that it appears that this was actually episode 5. Not sure if that's just a production number versus an episode number, or if FOX is airing them out of order, or what's going on...
     
  2. eddyj

    eddyj Señor Member TCF Club

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    Fox would never, ever, air a series out of order.
     
  3. Kamakzie

    Kamakzie Are you serious bro?

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    :D :up:
     
  4. RGM1138

    RGM1138 I wanna Rock

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    Something I'm pretty sure that has never been uttered in a buddy-cop series before: "Don't scan my testicles ever again."
     
  5. Mars Rocket

    Mars Rocket Loosely wound

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    Somebody used that flashmask technology to rob a bank on Hawaii Five-0 a few months ago, so it's not exactly futuristic.
     
  6. smbaker

    smbaker Well-Known Member

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    I noticed the lead and his partner seemed much more at ease with each other than I expected them to be by the second episode. Airing the episodes out of order would certainly explain that.
     
  7. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh.

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    that's what I was going to say. Also, the bald cop that was antagonistic to Kennex in the pilot seemed less so.

    Jeez, seems like there's some kind of gruesome autopsy every time I watch a tv show while eating.
     
  8. Hunter Green

    Hunter Green Curmudgeon

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    I was amused to note that, just as we learned that they were harvesting skin to make "skin suits", they were also playing that gimmick of watching the heroes breaking into where they thought the bad guy was, and the bad guy responding to an invasion, and then it turning out they were in different locations -- a gimmick used to such great effect in Silence of the Lambs.
     
  9. danterner

    danterner Not it!

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    Ha! Right at the beginning of the scene, I commented out loud "You guys are in the wrong place - haven't you seen Silence of the Lambs?"
     
  10. eddyj

    eddyj Señor Member TCF Club

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    That has become such a cliche that when you see that setup, you know they are in the wrong place.
     
  11. scsiguy72

    scsiguy72 OTA Only..Free TV

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    In the CCTV world these things really exist. However they are really just crystals that reflect back Infra Red light (Used on CCTV cameras at night only)

    A common use for them today is hanging them around your swimming pool so your nosy neighbor can't watch you at night on his security cameras.
     
  12. john4200

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    While there may be "crystals" sold that purport to do that, they would not be very effective.

    There are retroreflector mirrors (basically the inside corner of a cube with surfaces mirror coated) that will reflect light back towards the source, but they would not be effective against most surveillance cameras since most cameras do not emit any light of their own.

    What might be effective is wearing a strong IR emitter -- either an IR LED or IR laser with diffuser, with a wavelength in the near-IR spectrum (say, 800-1000nm) so that it is not visible to human eyes but is strong enough to saturate the camera. The trick would be for your emitter to have as much light as possible around 800nm, since the spectrum visible to humans ends around 700-750nm, and a good visible-light surveillance camera is likely to have a filter that cuts out most of the light beyond 800nm. Such a technique would be much more effective against a night-vision IR camera, but that is not what we had in this episode.
     
  13. Hunter Green

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    Yeah, but you rarely see it juxtaposed with skin-harvesting, which makes it almost an homage.
     
  14. betts4

    betts4 I am Spartacus!

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    Yeah, seen it used fairly frequently on Criminal Minds and Castle.
     
  15. danterner

    danterner Not it!

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    According to a tweet from the showrunner, FOX is definitely airing these out of the intended order (and there's another out of order one coming up next week). He said that if they continue to do this beyond the first seven episodes, there will start to be story repercussions but that it's mostly okay for the first seven (so it sounds like it will be getting pretty serialized, which is a good thing in my book). I also read, from someone on the crew, that they had to go back and reshoot a few scenes for episode 2 (which has not aired yet) to allow it to make more sense given the order that it is being aired.

    On the one hand, I can understand why a network would want to put certain episodes first - lead with your best foot and all that. On the other, it pisses me off to no end when network executives take scissors and tape to a work of art, cut it up, rearrange the pieces, and say "there - it will work better that way."
     
  16. TIVO_GUY_HERE

    TIVO_GUY_HERE I miss the ocean

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    Leave it to the networks to get the sexbots out in front!!
     
  17. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

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    Given all the "second episode is even better" reviews, I think they might just have been on to something.

    I wouldn't be surprised if the real 1x02 turns out to be a relative stinker that they wanted to bury in the buzz...
     
  18. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey

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    I'm with the majority that ep2 (or whatever ep this is) was better...much better in my book. I was iffy on the SP after ep1, but I'm in completely now. Looks like this could be a lot of fun. I don't get the call backs to the other Sci Fi as I haven't seen a lot of those movies or have seen them SO long ago that I don't remember. I'm getting a bit of a Fringe vibe (good thing).
     
  19. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

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    I notice they're running eps. 5-7 in the 2-4 slots. I bet it took a few weeks for the show to find its way, and Fox didn't want to risk ruining it by having several weaker episodes up front...once a new show loses viewers, it almost never gets them back.
     

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