Posted 15 hours ago

almosthumanfans:

Almost Human trailer - Watch UK

Posted 3 days ago

shirozora-lives:

The Medjai were originally supposed to be tattooed from head to toe, but Stephen Sommers vetoed against it because he thought Oded Fehr was “too good-looking” to be covered up. [imdb]

Mr. Sommers had his priorities straight. I approve.

(Source: grantcary)

Posted 3 days ago
KPOP song theory! I am bothered beyond reason for failing to identify the song Dorian was singing. I have even tried looking it up on Naver (popular Korean search engine) but the best I came up with was Mighty Mouth's "Energy". It shares some similar lines with what Dorian is singing but Ealy's accent is very thick so I may have not understood precisely what he was singing. www youtube com/watch?v=loenggFdUDA (Mighty Mouth) www youtube com/watch?v=c1DaBmCmCpM (Dorian Korean clip)
bunnylove56 asked

almosthumanfans:

Ahh, thank you for the theory! Some of the words sound right, and almost a similar beat, but since the KPOP song is so much more upbeat and fast paced it’s hard to tell. 

It does make sense he’s singing about energy though, since he’s low on it, haha.

The clip listed above with a compilation of Dorian speaking/singing in Korean is here.

The song that Dorian could possibly be referencing as suggested by above can be listened to here.

Posted 3 days ago

decepticonkairi:

nikki4noo:

decepticonkairi:

Also wanted to post this before I pass out for the night.

I find it very interesting that Dorian (and to a lesser extent DRN-494) is the only android that John uses a constant gender pronoun for. The MXs, sexbots, and even Danica are all ‘it’s’ and ‘them’ but for Dorian it’s always ‘he.’

I personally like this little touch, because it speaks both to John’s view on androids as a whole, but more importantly, about how he views Dorian.

It’s little details like this that makes me watch the episodes over and over again. Every time I pick up on something new.

Not quite true, John refers to Danica as “she” a number of times in the episode, as well as by her name. He also within one section of dialogue calls her “her” and “it” in the space of two sentences.The majority of the time John refers to her by a gender, even when telling Dorian about the original encounter with her. It is only a small number of times does he use “it”.

Yes, he doesn’t really give a gender to the MX’s but they don’t really have one do they?

Having just re watched the episode, I feel confidant in saying that John uses “it” more often than he uses “she.” And there is a number of times where it is a very pointed “it.” Like the scene where he first meets Nigel.

John: So, what did it want from you?

Nigel: Danica.

John: Danica?

Nigel: My prototype. That’s what I called her.

John: Right. So, what did it want from you?

And later when he gets the call from Richard after Danica breaks into the lab. “Looks like your girl came in swinging. She painted the walls with the lab assistant and killed a bunch of other people to get into the clean room.” “What did it want in there?”

This theme is repeated throughout the episode.

I am working on the transcripts for all the episodes and the times he uses “it” needs to be taken into context.

John uses it as the start, yes, when he has just met Nigel. He doesn’t like him and distrusts him and John has good reason not to considering John was involved in bringing down the XRN the first time around and the large loss of life that happened. He refers to her by name and uses pronouns when they get to Rudy’s lab, once it seems that Nigel is going to help them. Depending on who he is talking to depends on how he refers to her. There is an exchange with Sandra where he calls her “Danica” but with Sandra questioning it, he says “That’s what Dr. Frankenstein called it”. Now Sandra is pretty consistent with the “it” so John is fitting in with how Sandra refers to Danica in the majority. John changes how he refers to Danica depending on who he is talking to about her, and the context.

More interestingly to me is what Sandra uses most of the time and also Dorian using bot or android only until the very end, when he finally uses pronouns or her name while comparing himself to her with John. Prior to that Dorian was the one to call her bot all the time. That is the more interesting thing to me.

John calls Dorian by his name. So do most of the others in the Precinct. From the top of my head I can’t remember him referring to Dorian as a ‘he’. He does use the pronoun for DRN-494 though.

Posted 3 days ago

Almost Human FanCon Panel: Captain Sandra Maldonado.

lineadecuatro:

champagneislife:

nikki4noo:

lineadecuatro:

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Captain Maldonado is the head commanding officer of the Detective and Investigations division, city region Delta. She’s been on duty for about 20 years and was awarded and decorated for her works inside the force. She graduated from the police Academy Class of 2029 (Section 32). It has been said in performance evaluation that during times of “increasing adversity” she embodies “superior intelligence and leadership”. Her management style has led to successful arrests and convictions during the Konvex and Drowners crises, and a reduction in O.C.M.I. weapons trafficking, and avatar trafficking.

AWARDS, COMMENDATIONS, CITATIONS.

Police Medal for Heroism
Police Life-Saving Medal
Purple Shield
Commendation - Integrity
Meritorious Police Duty
Certificate of Honours – “To protect and improve the quality of life in the district”

It’s quite difficult to talk about Sandra without talking about her officers, which I think proves she’s a wonderful boss. We can see her supporting each of them in the ways it’s needed: she knows how to talk to Kennex, how to separate professional from personal (her usual commands during office time versus her approach to his issue with the pills while they were out for a drink); when to push Valerie (sending her to talk with the chromes); how to use Paul’s best qualities (putting him in charge during the power issue and as her right hand in the field); when to trust Rudy (accepting him to work undercover and when he offered to make the fake fission igniter). And those are just the ones we get to see. 

Captain Maldonado has been compared to a mother to the team (tumblr post) and has been named a sister to John (both Karl and Lili said so). I think she’s both things, and more. We’re used to seeing bosses who are annoying, who are evil even, never mind how good they are at their work. More than one cop show has portrayed this higher authority who gets in the way of the work of our heroes and is portrayed like a bureaucrat who forgot what it means to be a detective (this also happens a lot in medical shows, but I’ll not stray that far away from the point). 

Sandra Maldonado is none of that. 

She’s still up for field duty when the occasion asks for it (“Pilot”, “Straw man”). She’s involved in the cases, not just sitting in her office waiting to be debriefed, but actually participating in debates about what to do next, listening to the opinions of her officers and helping to put together a strategy. If you look back in the episodes, the only times Captain Maldonado actually disagrees and “pulls rank” to counter what her team wants, it’s when they’re in actual danger (as it can be seen in “Are you receiving?” when she tells Kennex and Dorian to leave the building).

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I don’t think Captain Maldonado is fearless, I think she knows her fears very well but uses them as a motivator rather than letting them weigh her down. That’s why she doesn’t break easily, why she has been on the force so long and has achieved the position she has. Also, she trusts her instincts both as a person and as a cop: she wanted Kennex back, she wanted Dorian plugged in, she got both things and it worked out great. When she says to John “You saved the precinct the first week you were back.” (“Perception”) she’s praising him of course, but I see that line as a confirmation that she made the right decision. Kennex should return to service “never” (“Pilot”), but she saw past that and trusted herself and put him back to work. If you ask me, Captain Maldonado saved the precinct. But she’s too down to earth to see it like that. She’s also pretty damn good at compartmentalizing and delegating: she has the best of everything on her team, and she knows it, and she takes cares of them. As a mother, as a boss, as a person. 

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Scientifically speaking, woman use different their frontal lobe different from men – an easy example that made me understand: if two females were involved in a car crash, it is much more likely that, aside from some harsh words, they are able to reach a productive course of action and have a useful talk faster than two males; two males in the same situation are much more likely to try to beat each other. That’s what I see in Captain Maldonado. Her planning, her “badassery” comes from that way to see things; she’s not only smart, she’s creative, she thinks outside the box and adapts her ideas to the situation at hand (things very well shown on “Are you receiving?” and “Blood brothers”).

And Sandra does all that, while still being feminine. She’s not a female character that is described basically to be a guy but without a dick, she’s not a “manly chick”. She wears beautifully tailored black suits, that fit her like a glove, her hair is very neat up in a bun, her lips impeccable both with and without make up and her nails are always beautifully painted in bright colours (I want to confess that since watching the show I only paint my nails red or pink). Sandra balances her work with herself in a way that is refreshing to see.

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There is one thing in particular that I have to comment on. It’s not a critique to Sandra per se, it’s something that, having now watched the whole season, I actually find somewhat off character for her.

When Sandra is confronted with Ethan Avery (“Blood Brothers”) he tries to get under her skin by first naming “that ordeal at the wall,” then insulting her rank in view of her age, and then calling her out for being single.

First, I have to say that I actually love Sandra’s answer (in case you don’t remember), I liked the way it was delivered, how she looked and even how she moved her hand. But I didn’t like that it was a response to the attack, to that attack. Avery does get under her skin, not when he mentions what happened with the wall (“I came out of that all right.” is her reply) but when he points out she has “no ring”. She doesn’t reply to that, she does something worst, she hides her hand. The show is happening in 2048, that’s 34 years away from now, if by that time the idea of successful woman=lonely woman is still prevailing I’m setting the world on fire (that’s a real warning, take cover). 

But, let’s say it’s still somewhat all right (it’s not) that women let themselves be affected by comments such as that. We don’t know Sandra’s story, maybe that’s a touchy thing because she lost the love of her life or something. If I make a great effort, I can dislike the scene but I don’t hate it; because in a way it showed a real struggle, it showed how women are punished for being good at what they do and not having a family. That shit happens; happens in 2014 and yeah maybe it’ll happen in 2048. Sandra very much proved herself, not only with the reply but with how the whole episode played out. She was superb - inventive, creative, assertive; the way she walked Avery during that corridor was one of her greatest moments. 

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What I cannot accept, at all, is what happened at the end. When the lawyer complimented her on how PRETTY she looked. Excuse me, dude, Sandra Maldonado knows she looks pretty; you do not need to tell her that. I would have loved a reaction like that from Sandra, not that smile she gave (which I consider slightly OOC). She could have just nodded and left (she could also have said “I just won a case and put the bad guy away again and all you can tell me is that I’m pretty?!”).

As the show went one, I believe nothing like that happened again. Sandra kept being the Sandra I admire (honestly, I do), making smart decisions while knowing when to joke with her team and when to be serious.


When I picture Sandra’s end of the day routine I see her in her office, watching over the precinct, with a small smile on her face. Proud of her officers, of every single one of them, glad to know they’re alive and fine, pleased to have accomplished another day of work. Waiting for whatever comes next, ready to kick ass and take names, ready to ruin her nail polish if needed, ready to do whatever it takes for her team, for her position and, of course, for herself.

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Every link (less Sandra’s response to Avery) goes to a gifset, thank you fandom for being so, so resourceful for someone who can’t gif for life and needed the scenes. The caps come from Grandecaps – jjverse and were edited by me. The facts at the start are from the official page; the crazy, ramble of ideas is mine and was beta’d by the lovely and wonderful creator of this whole event: Sivi. Thanks to her and thank you guys for reading.

I want to point out that the Assistant DA did not tell her she looked pretty, he told her she looked nice that day. That is a bit of a difference.

As a feminist myself, I know when I look nice and I feel nice and if someone tells me I look nice, I say thank you, as it is the polite thing to do and it does give me a warm feeling that someone else thinks I looked nice too, be they male or female. That does not diminish me as a woman in anyway and it doesn’t diminish Sandra in this moment either. I loved that moment, as she just smiles and thanks him and then walks away. It was another way to show that Avery was such a narcissist that he couldn’t see her for her, but was stuck in outmoded ideals. It can’t be called OOC I don’t think when you have only a few moments so far to try and get a handle on her.

Exactly. There was NOTHING OOC in that smile. Someone complimented her, she liked the compliment. Simple like that. You can be a badass kick ass female captain and still like a compliment and still feel flattered. Sandra smiles ALL the time. I mean ALL the time. I think almost every single episode had a Sandra smile. That WAS Sandra right there smiling at the compliment. 

Could she have just nodded? Of course. But she didn’t. And that is a) canon, b) true to Sandra as she has been pictured since the pilot, c) who she is. End of the story.

I do understand both point and mostly I appreciate the different opinions. Maybe what rubbed my off wrong is that it just happened after everything Avery said. If during any other episode, any one would have compliment Sandra I wouldn’t have read so much into it (or reacted against it). But the smile (it’s true she does smile all the time and that’s another awesome characteristic of her, I dunno if it’s thanks to Lili or it was a Sandra thing) convened with her first reaction to what Avery said (the hiding her hand thing, not the reply, that was superb for me) was what made me tie it together and seen it in that light.

One of the things I most appreciate about Sandra it’s her ability to remain incredibly feminine and true to her work, showing that one thing doesn’t have to be related to the other.  

Thank you both for your input, in the end you’ve improved this post =D

See the thing with Avery confrontation is that we don’t know if he really was getting under her skin and that is something she herself has thought OR if she was reacting to get him to reveal things about himself? Avery’s downfall was his narcissism, and his (and his clones) outmoded thoughts that a woman can’t outsmart them. Yet it was fully Sandra’s plan that beat him in the end, with her knowledge she gained about how to outsmart him, and also Valerie wasn’t stupid in her own ability to get away when the chance was there.

I think the scene is very important at the end, especially that she says thank you, smiles and walks away. It shows that the audience can’t trust Avery’s ideals, but that Sandra has had to make sacrifices in this timeline to get to where she has. That the world is progressive in some ways, but there are still long steps to take for the path of equality. The feminist movement has been going on for decades and we are still very far behind in gaining full equality.

Forty years in the future will not have solved social issues, even if technology has advanced so much, that is what the show has shown us this season.

Posted 4 days ago

decepticonkairi:

Also wanted to post this before I pass out for the night.

I find it very interesting that Dorian (and to a lesser extent DRN-494) is the only android that John uses a constant gender pronoun for. The MXs, sexbots, and even Danica are all ‘it’s’ and ‘them’ but for Dorian it’s always ‘he.’

I personally like this little touch, because it speaks both to John’s view on androids as a whole, but more importantly, about how he views Dorian.

It’s little details like this that makes me watch the episodes over and over again. Every time I pick up on something new.

Not quite true, John refers to Danica as “she” a number of times in the episode, as well as by her name. He also within one section of dialogue calls her “her” and “it” in the space of two sentences.The majority of the time John refers to her by a gender, even when telling Dorian about the original encounter with her. It is only a small number of times does he use “it”.

Yes, he doesn’t really give a gender to the MX’s but they don’t really have one do they?

Posted 4 days ago

Just saying…

syntheticfail:

Not everyone likes the term Fanbots. Please use both Fanbots and Humaniacs since some of us aren’t bots (since there’s nothing wrong being human) and some of us have been calling ourselves Humaniacs way before Fanbots became a thing. 

Posted 4 days ago

Almost Human FanCon Panel: Captain Sandra Maldonado.

lineadecuatro:

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Captain Maldonado is the head commanding officer of the Detective and Investigations division, city region Delta. She’s been on duty for about 20 years and was awarded and decorated for her works inside the force. She graduated from the police Academy Class of 2029 (Section 32). It has been said in performance evaluation that during times of “increasing adversity” she embodies “superior intelligence and leadership”. Her management style has led to successful arrests and convictions during the Konvex and Drowners crises, and a reduction in O.C.M.I. weapons trafficking, and avatar trafficking.

AWARDS, COMMENDATIONS, CITATIONS.

Police Medal for Heroism
Police Life-Saving Medal
Purple Shield
Commendation - Integrity
Meritorious Police Duty
Certificate of Honours – “To protect and improve the quality of life in the district”

It’s quite difficult to talk about Sandra without talking about her officers, which I think proves she’s a wonderful boss. We can see her supporting each of them in the ways it’s needed: she knows how to talk to Kennex, how to separate professional from personal (her usual commands during office time versus her approach to his issue with the pills while they were out for a drink); when to push Valerie (sending her to talk with the chromes); how to use Paul’s best qualities (putting him in charge during the power issue and as her right hand in the field); when to trust Rudy (accepting him to work undercover and when he offered to make the fake fission igniter). And those are just the ones we get to see. 

Captain Maldonado has been compared to a mother to the team (tumblr post) and has been named a sister to John (both Karl and Lili said so). I think she’s both things, and more. We’re used to seeing bosses who are annoying, who are evil even, never mind how good they are at their work. More than one cop show has portrayed this higher authority who gets in the way of the work of our heroes and is portrayed like a bureaucrat who forgot what it means to be a detective (this also happens a lot in medical shows, but I’ll not stray that far away from the point). 

Sandra Maldonado is none of that. 

She’s still up for field duty when the occasion asks for it (“Pilot”, “Straw man”). She’s involved in the cases, not just sitting in her office waiting to be debriefed, but actually participating in debates about what to do next, listening to the opinions of her officers and helping to put together a strategy. If you look back in the episodes, the only times Captain Maldonado actually disagrees and “pulls rank” to counter what her team wants, it’s when they’re in actual danger (as it can be seen in “Are you receiving?” when she tells Kennex and Dorian to leave the building).

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I don’t think Captain Maldonado is fearless, I think she knows her fears very well but uses them as a motivator rather than letting them weigh her down. That’s why she doesn’t break easily, why she has been on the force so long and has achieved the position she has. Also, she trusts her instincts both as a person and as a cop: she wanted Kennex back, she wanted Dorian plugged in, she got both things and it worked out great. When she says to John “You saved the precinct the first week you were back.” (“Perception”) she’s praising him of course, but I see that line as a confirmation that she made the right decision. Kennex should return to service “never” (“Pilot”), but she saw past that and trusted herself and put him back to work. If you ask me, Captain Maldonado saved the precinct. But she’s too down to earth to see it like that. She’s also pretty damn good at compartmentalizing and delegating: she has the best of everything on her team, and she knows it, and she takes cares of them. As a mother, as a boss, as a person. 

image

Scientifically speaking, woman use different their frontal lobe different from men – an easy example that made me understand: if two females were involved in a car crash, it is much more likely that, aside from some harsh words, they are able to reach a productive course of action and have a useful talk faster than two males; two males in the same situation are much more likely to try to beat each other. That’s what I see in Captain Maldonado. Her planning, her “badassery” comes from that way to see things; she’s not only smart, she’s creative, she thinks outside the box and adapts her ideas to the situation at hand (things very well shown on “Are you receiving?” and “Blood brothers”).

And Sandra does all that, while still being feminine. She’s not a female character that is described basically to be a guy but without a dick, she’s not a “manly chick”. She wears beautifully tailored black suits, that fit her like a glove, her hair is very neat up in a bun, her lips impeccable both with and without make up and her nails are always beautifully painted in bright colours (I want to confess that since watching the show I only paint my nails red or pink). Sandra balances her work with herself in a way that is refreshing to see.

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There is one thing in particular that I have to comment on. It’s not a critique to Sandra per se, it’s something that, having now watched the whole season, I actually find somewhat off character for her.

When Sandra is confronted with Ethan Avery (“Blood Brothers”) he tries to get under her skin by first naming “that ordeal at the wall,” then insulting her rank in view of her age, and then calling her out for being single.

First, I have to say that I actually love Sandra’s answer (in case you don’t remember), I liked the way it was delivered, how she looked and even how she moved her hand. But I didn’t like that it was a response to the attack, to that attack. Avery does get under her skin, not when he mentions what happened with the wall (“I came out of that all right.” is her reply) but when he points out she has “no ring”. She doesn’t reply to that, she does something worst, she hides her hand. The show is happening in 2048, that’s 34 years away from now, if by that time the idea of successful woman=lonely woman is still prevailing I’m setting the world on fire (that’s a real warning, take cover). 

But, let’s say it’s still somewhat all right (it’s not) that women let themselves be affected by comments such as that. We don’t know Sandra’s story, maybe that’s a touchy thing because she lost the love of her life or something. If I make a great effort, I can dislike the scene but I don’t hate it; because in a way it showed a real struggle, it showed how women are punished for being good at what they do and not having a family. That shit happens; happens in 2014 and yeah maybe it’ll happen in 2048. Sandra very much proved herself, not only with the reply but with how the whole episode played out. She was superb - inventive, creative, assertive; the way she walked Avery during that corridor was one of her greatest moments. 

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What I cannot accept, at all, is what happened at the end. When the lawyer complimented her on how PRETTY she looked. Excuse me, dude, Sandra Maldonado knows she looks pretty; you do not need to tell her that. I would have loved a reaction like that from Sandra, not that smile she gave (which I consider slightly OOC). She could have just nodded and left (she could also have said “I just won a case and put the bad guy away again and all you can tell me is that I’m pretty?!”).

As the show went one, I believe nothing like that happened again. Sandra kept being the Sandra I admire (honestly, I do), making smart decisions while knowing when to joke with her team and when to be serious.


When I picture Sandra’s end of the day routine I see her in her office, watching over the precinct, with a small smile on her face. Proud of her officers, of every single one of them, glad to know they’re alive and fine, pleased to have accomplished another day of work. Waiting for whatever comes next, ready to kick ass and take names, ready to ruin her nail polish if needed, ready to do whatever it takes for her team, for her position and, of course, for herself.

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Every link (less Sandra’s response to Avery) goes to a gifset, thank you fandom for being so, so resourceful for someone who can’t gif for life and needed the scenes. The caps come from Grandecaps – jjverse and were edited by me. The facts at the start are from the official page; the crazy, ramble of ideas is mine and was beta’d by the lovely and wonderful creator of this whole event: Sivi. Thanks to her and thank you guys for reading.

I want to point out that the Assistant DA did not tell her she looked pretty, he told her she looked nice that day. That is a bit of a difference.

As a feminist myself, I know when I look nice and I feel nice and if someone tells me I look nice, I say thank you, as it is the polite thing to do and it does give me a warm feeling that someone else thinks I looked nice too, be they male or female. That does not diminish me as a woman in anyway and it doesn’t diminish Sandra in this moment either. I loved that moment, as she just smiles and thanks him and then walks away. It was another way to show that Avery was such a narcissist that he couldn’t see her for her, but was stuck in outmoded ideals. It can’t be called OOC I don’t think when you have only a few moments so far to try and get a handle on her.

Posted 5 days ago

champagneislife:

e-brit:

Chapel and McCoy: Medical Bay by JBadgr

Never forgiving Orci, Kurtzman, Lindelof, Burke and J.J. for what they did to Christine Chapel in the reboot movies.

Posted 1 week ago

flippingthevan:

allthatisbizarre:

lucyliuism:

allthatisbizarre:

nikki4noo:

allthatisbizarre:

also i was just thinking about this gifset with richard paul and the way he treats sex workers so respectfully

since in 1x04 john says that richard spent a lot of years working in vice, as a kind of throwaway line as to explain why richard was helping rudy with his undercover story

which makes me think that richard spent a lot time working undercover for vice, and he probably ended up hearing a lot of stories - of women (and probably some men too) being forced to sell themselves in desperation, to pay the rent or feed their children, and that having to bust them a lot of the times just really weighed on him because he knows it’s not really their fault, they were just trying to get by in a fucked up, crime ridden world, but he had to do his job, you know?

so i headcanon that this probably contributed to why he can be prickly and a bit offputting, that he started acting this way in vice as a way of ignoring the sadness from his arrests (especially the really bad days spent booking women who wouldn’t stop crying over who was going to take care of their timmys and their sarahs) or of brushing it off and acting like he was okay when he wasn’t. and it’s become sort of a part of who he is now, even though he’s out of vice and not really put into those situations before.

and also why he in particular is someone who treats sex workers respectfully when he encounters them now, as opposed to society and probably most of his fellow cops, because all of his time in vice has shown him just how human they are, which unfortunately so many people tend to forget.

I don’t think he would have had to arrest them so much working Vice.

My impression I got was that prostitution was legal in 2048. Why else are you able to buy or rent an intimate companion? Why else did the police woman in Disrupt react the way she did because she owned her own sexbot? 

I think that, yes, Richard would know more about why and how people ended up in those professions, but it would be more about protecting their rights in terms of his career in Vice than actually arresting them. He would know their stories from interviewing them as victims or witnesses.

Your headcanon about why he has that prickly appearance as a defensive mechanism does make a lot of sense.

Yes, that’s true. But I think there may be a difference between prostitution with androids versus with humans. In 1x02 they mention that the introduction of intimate robot companions decreased crime a lot (I forget the actual percentage they said right now) and I thought the implication was that the crime they were talking about was prostitution? I’m sure some of it would be sexual assault as well, but that now with the regulation of androids being used for sexual purposes, there was less of a reason for real humans to be prostituting themselves, so they aren’t around as much - mainly for the people who are too poor to afford to rent or own a sexbot, hence why there were a few human sex workers hanging around the homeless shelters.

If Vice was just about protecting the rights of sex workers at this point, then why was undercover work seemingly such a big part of Richard’s job? That was the implication made in 1x04, by saying “Oh Richard is going to train Rudy in undercover since he was in Vice for so long”. Like, if prostitution was legal and being regulated, then I just don’t see why the Vice unit would have to rely so heavily on undercover work then, if they aren’t sending them out as sex workers/potential clients?

But that also makes a lot of sense too. I guess it just depends on whether they end up expanding on that aspect of the universe, since all they’ve really done is kind of imply at certain things which leads to differences in interpretation. :’)

additional headcanon that richard comes from a relatively lower socioeconomic class which is also why he was so nice to that one kid and maybe why he resents john so much; richard’s probably had to work goddamn hard for everything he has and john and all the guys like him seem to get everything they want on a silver platter

you guys are killing me here absolutely yes

maybe also why he ends up sassing valerie a lot too? and why he was making digs at her father and the fact that she was a chrome that one time? (he did say “my parents didn’t have the money to make me pretty” or something to that effect…)

I agree with OP that there has to be a (legal) difference between human prostitutes and the ‘intimate robot companions’. The latter aren’t even considered a person. No matter how much we liked and sympathized with Vanessa and Charlene, they are considered inanimate objects. They don’t have legal rights. You could even say, if you rent a sexbot, it’s not ‘hiring a prostitute’ but ‘renting a very expensive and sophisticated sex toy’. I mean, you can even BUY a sexbot and own it. There are official shops for them. Of course it’s not legal to buy and own a human being. There aren’t shops full of human women & men that are being sold. That’s illegal, and I hope it’s still illegal in 2048! Also, the whole fuss they make about the bots not being allowed to have any human DNA in them and that’s why they have to deactivate and destroy Vanessa. So yeah, I think it really makes a huge difference.

Even Richard makes a difference between them on the show, I’d say. Or that’s my personal impression. Because I’m pretty sure he had his experiences with sexbots and he talks very nonchalantly about it. It’s no big deal and seems to be accepted within society in general. Even though Valerie mocks him, he just laughs about it. (The dialogue “You can call them bang bots, they actually like it.” - “And you know that from experience?” - “You say that as if it was a bad thing.” or something like that.) As I said, I’d compare it to somebody admitting he uses sex toys you can buy at a shop, and that’s not really a shocking confession nowadays, even though some people might grin about it, or even make jokes if it’s an ‘uncommon’ toy or whatever. I highly doubt that Richard would ever hire a ‘real’ (human) prostitute. He just wouldn’t do it, for legal and also ethical reasons. He’s too decent, and he also seems to have a lot of sympathy/empathy for people that are stuck in desperate situations and hit rock bottom (like being forced to sell their own bodies, or not having a home, etc.) It wouldn’t make sense for his character to exploit them.

Richard doesn’t like John purely because John is an arse and because he got good cops killed. It was John’s fault. I love both of them as characters, but John is not a perfect saint of goodness and light, he makes mistakes. I actually find that John and Richard are very close personality wise and they both want to be the top dog, the one that Sandra calls upon. While John was in the coma, Richard became that cop for her, but with John’s return he is pushed backwards and he quite rightly resents that. John would know that Richard used to be in “his” place and so like any petulant child, the pair of them are butting heads and tweaking each others noses, so to speak. You only have to watch Disrupt and see the regard the regular officers hold Richard in. They were very concerned about him not being there and then put together a collection. In fact the only person who wants Richard out of the Precinct is John pretty much. The rest of the officers, except for Valerie who he also has an antagonistic relationship with, like him quite a bit.

Richard working vice means he was spot on to help Rudy out, as Vice often deals with drugs too. Prostitution is only one aspect of vice work. Rudy was going undercover to do with a drugs bust. Who better to help him out that the one cop who did used to go undercover regarding drugs is the implication that in that episode I got. The two times we see Richard undercover, he is being a bum. Those are not the people who really would be paying a sex worker for something most of the time, but they are the ones who can spy on drug crimes unobtrusively. We did see the workers proposition him, but you would hope that the crimes in the sex trade were not the punishing the workers who are often victims the majority of the time.

Crimes were down 38% in the sex trade. The open discussion regarding sex workers gave me the impression that it had been decriminalised, hence the open discussion and I took that as a very positive message of the future in this respect. The female police officer with her own sex bot, the female customer at Shaw IRC, all positive views of sex in the future and not the stereotypes we have seen so often from the media. The crimes in the sex trade were against the workers etc that is what I took from the dialogue that was being spoken in the episode.

The interesting part to me was when the body of Charlene was discovered and John says this "If this is what they’re doing to their sexbots, imagine what they’re doing to the women they’ve abducted." The implication there is that the sexbots are worth a lot of money; they are very valuable. You don’t willingly destroy a possession with a high degree of worth like they did to Charlene without a very good reason. John, yes John who refers to other bots as bullet catchers etc, was effectively saying there that a sexbot is equal to or maybe even more so monetarily than an actual human woman.