Clive Owen in "The Knick" on Cinemax
Mary Cybulski/Cinemax Clive Owen in "The Knick"

If you've been paying attention at all to Comic-Con coverage this weekend, or in fact to the recent history of mainstream film, you know that the name of the game for studios is building expansive, sequel-ready worlds for total audience immersion. These films usually involve as much expensive, fantastical spectacle as possible. But as the latest promo for "The Knick" proves, turn of the century New York City can be every bit as absorbing as any far-fetched fantasia. 

With two weeks to go until Steven Soderbergh's medical drama arrives on Cinemax, this new spot below tells you everything you need to know about the setting: New York 1900. 3.4 million people. 1.3 million new immigrants. A city of innovation. And endless possibility. And it's this background against which Clive Owen's doctor will attempt to practice as science and medicine begin to collide.

"The Knick" arrives on August 8th at 10 PM.