OK, so I like this show overall. And I know some will fault me for ignoring the virtues of the plot and characters (and the genuinely touching pathos of some scenes) and using my comment to whine about the show’s one problem…but for a science fiction show it’s a major problem and it’s driving me crazy.
The premise of the show is that robotic technology has advanced to the level where androids are nearly indistinguishable from humans, yet the writers apparently never took five minutes to contemplate how that technology might have been integrated into the whole rest of society. So we have a world where the robots are from the 22nd century, but literally NONE of the other technology has advanced a day beyond what we have today.
So…they don’t even have self-driving cars. A humanoid robot can get behind the wheel and drive a regular car, but nobody ever thought to put a synthetic brain under the hood and eyes in the headlights?
The robots use cell phones. Why? They’re shown communicating wirelessly with each other. They ARE cell phones.
Oh, they use laptops too. Figure that one out.
In the latest episode (Season 2 ep.1), they show robot miners hammering away with pick axes. Pick axes? Really? You have 22nd-century robots and your best idea is to hand them a bronze-age tool and point them at the rock? Wouldn’t a 20-ft diameter automated tunneling machine increase output by, say, 10 million percent? Christ.
Like I said, I do like the show. The plot is interesting. So are most of the characters (I actually find the robot characters more interesting than the human family members, who are kind of annoying.) I’m eager to find out what happens next and I always look forward to the next episode…but sometimes the lack of imagination really disappoints. So what could have been a 5-star show gets knocked down a notch.