Like Detroit: Become Human? Watch these 5 works of science fiction next


If you can’t get enough of the sci-fi world of androids and humans in Detroit: Become Human, you should definitely check out these other sci-fi works next.

If you haven’t played through Detroit: Become Human, know that there are some spoilers ahead in the descriptions.

Have you finished Detroit: Become Human and can’t get enough of the sci-fi world of 2038 Detroit? Of course, you could go back and play as Kara, Markus, and Connor and make different choices. Or (even if you did all of that), you can explore the bigger world of science fiction out there that also tackles the tough relationship between androids and humans.

So if you’re a human wanting to know more about what it’d be like to live with androids, this list is for you. (Or if you’re a deviant curious about human television and film, you can check these out, too!)

1. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)

There’s something about a cute android kid that just gives you all the feels. If you loved the relationship between Kara and Alice, you’ll definitely get warm and fuzzy feelings from A.I. Artificial Intelligence. In the film set in the 22nd century, a couple is sent an android child, David, in place of their human child who falls seriously ill.

Along the way, the parents and other humans struggle with David because he’s just an android, while David’s love and admiration for his mother goes unreciprocated. It’s a really emotional tale, and Jude Law’s loveable character Joe is somewhat like Kara and Luthor combined… if they came from the Eden Club.

2. Star Trek: The Next Generation, “The Measure of a Man”  (1989)

The final frontier is an excellent setting for some sci-fi goodness. Star Trek: The Next Generation has tons of good episodes, but if you’re into Detroit, you might really enjoy the “The Measure of a Man.” The episode puts the android Lieutenant Commander Data on trial. He refuses to let a suspicious scientist study him, and Data’s rights as an android are put front and center with Captain Picard coming to his defense.

If Markus’ revolution and philosophical stance struck your interest, this episode is totally for you. By the way, Data would totally be a deviant.

3. Blade Runner (1982)

You can’t deny one of the greatest minds when it comes to sci-fi film is Ridley Scott, and his film Blade Runner is no exception. If you liked the beautiful, futuristic, rainy scenes from Detroit and Lieutenant Anderson and Connor’s detective scenes, Blade Runner is for you.

The movie follows Harrison Ford as cop Rick Deckard who he tracks down the deviant-like androids known as replicants. As Deckard goes to track down four illegal replicants, you begin to wonder, is Deckard a replicant as well? Blade Runner and the recent sequel, Blade Runner 2049, are adapted from the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? — so you might want to read the novel, too.

4. Black Mirror, “Be Right Back” (2013)

Nothing to put a little fear into you than exploring just how far the whole android-human relationship can go. In Black Mirror‘s “Be Right Back,” a woman’s husband dies, and she reluctantly replaces him with an android that takes on his exact being. What could go wrong?

If you paid attention to the magazine readings in Detroit, you’d be careful to notice that human-human relationships were on the decline, with an increasing number of human-android relationships. This episode not only challenges that theme but the idea of bringing loved ones “back to life” as well. Bonus points for it starring Haley Atwell and Domhall Gleeson.

5. Ex Machina (2014)

Okay, you have to admit Elijah Kamski is sort of a jerk. But he’s got an interesting life as the founder of CyberLife. Ex Machina is pretty much the Elijah Kamski movie, just with different characters. In the movie, Nathan Bateman is the founder of a search engine company called Blue Book. Nathan lives a weird, secluded life in a high-tech home. And he’s also building… androids!

When a programmer comes to visit the acclaimed Nathan, he comes in contact with an android who seems to know a lot more than she lets on. Plus, bonus points to this for more Domhall Gleeson and his Star Wars co-star Oscar Isaac.

Honorable mentions

  • Solo: A Star Wars Story (or any Star Wars movie)
  • I, Robot (2004)
  • Metropolis (1927)
  • Westworld (HBO series)
  • Westworld (1973) and Futureworld (1976)
  • Her (2013)
  • Terminator series (1984+)
  • The Twilight Zone, “The Lonely” (1959)

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Now that you’ve got your list, you should be set and ready to get back into the philosophy of humans and androids. If anything, this will last us until there’s a DLC of Detroit: Become Human. At least, we can only hope!