Friday, December 6, 2013

What I’m Watching: Almost Human

Almost Human: Season 1, Episode 4 “The Bends” (B-)

This was a very disappointing episode, but I’m not ready to throw in the towel just yet. I understand the need to spotlight supporting characters, and while I’m sure that Minka Kelly will have her chance soon enough, it seems too soon to put Mackenzie Crook in the driver’s seat. His character, Rudy, is not meant for stardom, and he works much better as a quirky supporting player. His prominence also means less of Dorian, who continues to be the show’s most magnetic character, and that’s a shame considering we still don’t know him all that well. The prevalence of bots is quite interesting, however, and it’s fun to see Dorian square off against one and use his abilities to take down a far larger opponent. The notion of an extremely dangerous drug in the future makes a lot of sense, though I’m less taken with the concept of a police captain actually being the Bishop. It’s always great to see Benito Martinez if only as a reminder that he was once part of one of the greatest ensembles in TV history on FX’s “The Shield,” where he also played a police captain with considerably more integrity. It’s no surprise that Kennex is a loyal friend, defending the deceased cop and going to great lengths to prove his innocence. Though it’s relegated to jokes about embarrassing him in a bar in this episode, it’s clear that he feels just as close to both Rudy and Dorian, which is sure to put him in harm’s way in the future as he lays it all on the line anytime either of them is in trouble.

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