Summary: A thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself. Creators: Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan Starring: Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Mía Maestro, Kevin Durand, Richard Sammel, Jack Kesy, Jonathan Hyde, Natalie Brown, Ben Hyland, Sean Astin, Robin Atkin Downes, Drew Nelson Official Website Wikipedia IMDB Metacritic
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A Boeing 777 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac when it suddenly stops. All window shades are pulled down except one, the lights are out, and communication channels have gone silent. Ground crews are puzzled and an alert is sent to the CDC. Dr. Ephraim “Eph” Goodweather, head of the CDC Canary project, a rapid-response team that handles biological threats, is assigned and sent to investigate. He and Dr. Nora Martinez board the plane, finding everyone except four people are dead.
In a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem, a former history professor and Holocaust survivor named Abraham Setrakian knows something terrible has happened and that an unnatural war is brewing.
So begins a battle of mammoth proportions as the vampiric virus that has infected the passengers begins spilling out onto New York City’s streets. Dr. Goodweather, who is joined by Setrakian and a small band of fighters, desperately tries to stop the contagion to save the city, and also his wife and son.
Summary: In a not-so-distant future, human cops and androids partner up to protect and serve. Creator: J.H. Wyman Starring: Karl Urban, Michael Ealy, Minka Kelly, Mackenzie Crook, Michael Irby, Lili Taylor, Darren E. Scott, Garfield Wilson, Anthony Konechny Official Website Wikipedia IMDB Metacritic
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In 2048, the uncontrollable evolution of science and technology has caused crime rates to rise an astounding 400%. To combat this, the overwhelmed police force has implemented a new policy: every human police officer is paired with a lifelike combat-model android.
John Kennex (Karl Urban), a troubled detective, has a reason to hate these new robot partners. Almost two years previously, Kennex and his squad were raiding the hideout of a violent gang known as the Insyndicate, but ended up being ambushed and outgunned. Kennex tried to save his badly injured partner, but the accompanying logic-based android officer abandoned them both because the wounded man’s chances of survival were low and it wouldn’t have been “logical” to save him. An explosion then took off Kennex’s leg and killed his partner.
After waking up from a 17-month coma, Kennex has to deal with a cybernetic prosthetic leg and huge gaps in his memory, which he tries to recover through visits to a black market memory-recovery doctor called a Recollectionist, in the city slums. Besides trying to remember as much as he can about the raid and the Insyndicate, he is also coming to terms with being abandoned by his girlfriend Anna.
Kennex is then recalled to the force by Captain Sandra Maldonado (Lili Taylor), and partnered with a standard-issue MX-43 android, which he soon throws from a moving vehicle, when it threatens to report his unusual behavior. He is assigned a replacement android, an older DRN model originally decommissioned for police work and about to be transferred to the Space Station. Created to be as close to human as possible, the DRN androids have trouble dealing with some of their own emotional responses, which was the reason they were replaced by the logic-based MX units. Kennex’s unit, known as Dorian (Michael Ealy), immediately proves himself unique, with a clear dislike of being referred to as a “synthetic”, and a dry, friendly sarcasm-oriented wit. Key to the story arc is the growth and development of Kennex and Dorian’s relationship.