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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Jun 2018 3:36 p.m. PST

"Automata is a classic story of two hardened detectives solving crimes and scoring ladies in Prohibition-era New York City. Except this time, one of them's a robot, played by Doug Jones.

The first episode of Automata, Van Alan's free, five-part scifi series based on the Penny Arcade comic series of the same name, is now available online. Grimm's Basil Harris stars as Sam Regal, a toothpick-chewing private dick who's basically a male Veronica Mars—catching dames breaking laws and hearts to collect a check from their unwitting husbands. After all, this is Prohibition times we're talking about—vices are strictly forbidden. Only in this reality, it's not booze that's the societal problem. It's robots.

This is a world where automatons have become a regular part of everyday life, inspiring a moral panic that eventually led to a ban on all future production of these steel-faced androids. Remaining androids—like Sam's partner, Carl Swangee (Jones)—have become a lower servant caste, facing widespread discrimination as well as threats to their safety and well-being. But, as we see in the debut episode, they can also pose a threat themselves…."
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Katzbalger15 Jun 2018 4:04 p.m. PST

The concept sounds interesting, but for having pros working on it…it feels somewhat amateurish.


Cacique Caribe Inactive Member16 Jun 2018 3:39 a.m. PST

I thought Automata was some Antonio Banderas film about some cyborg or something.


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Jun 2018 11:34 a.m. PST



Cacique Caribe Inactive Member16 Jun 2018 2:51 p.m. PST

I knew it! And it was back in 2014.




Dentatus Fezian16 Jun 2018 7:39 p.m. PST

I liked that movie. Wasn't great but wasn't terrible either.

Cacique Caribe Inactive Member16 Jun 2018 9:16 p.m. PST


Glad to hear that. I've added it to my Netflix list of items to watch.


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