Bicentennial Man is like watching three episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation in a row.If that doesn’t turn you off, you may find something to enjoy here. Based on an Isaac Asimov short story (later expanded into his novel, The Positronic Man), these ideas were probably fresh when Asimov was writing. But thanks to Data in Star Trek, we’re familiar with the concept of an android that wants to be human (and we don’t want to wait 200 years to see it happen). Which means this film needed a bold approach, or at least something new, to hold our attention. Unfortunately, this is a made-for-TV movie (with that washed-out TV lighting), complete with bland, made-for-TV actors in the supporting roles. When Robin Williams cracks a joke, says a rude line, or spars with Oliver Platt’s otherwise dull scientist, there’s a spark of what the movie might have been. Instead, this conservative vision of the future - where everybody is nice and clean, and most importantly white - is more horrifying than any post-apocalyptic wasteland you could imagine.In its favour the film eschews a computer-generated android, and puts Robin Williams in an android costume, with some highly effective make-up. It’s the movie’s biggest concession to reality, and is duly commended.