Friday, December 13, 2013

What I’m Watching: Almost Human

Almost Human: Season 1, Episode 5 “Blood Brothers” (C+)

I’m saddened to see where this show is headed, but I’m hopeful that it’s just a case of a few less than stellar plotlines and not a greater indication of the show going downhill. The first three episodes were full of cool technology and emphasized the differences and similarities between Kennex and Dorian. Now, there’s too much casual banter about Dorian having to live with all the MXs and unzipping his fly so that Kennex can see his unnecessary “appendage.” I understand that Stahl is attractive, but their flirtation is bordering on extremely childish. I’m much more interested in the idea of how technology plays a role in all of this future-set policework, like the fact that Stahl was located because of her MX and that they can now use holograms to have people appear in court where they won’t have to be put out in the open on their way to testifying. Maldonado using that same trick to fool Avery’s clones into thinking that she was delivering him to them was clever, though it didn’t hold up quite as long as it needed to. Getting a glimpse into Maldonado’s psyche after Avery, who didn’t even know her or anything about her, taunted her was somewhat intriguing, and she’s one of the characters I’d like to see more developed. I think that going forward it would be nice to see the Syndicate featured more and mediums less so, and to get back to the partnership at the core of this show that was barely noted in this episode at all.

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