Almost Human: Episode 7

A solar flare has knocked out power. There are generators but they are experiencing rolling blackouts. Everything is rationed including charging the androids. 

Detective Paul AKA Captain Energy is giving Kennex shit about his fake leg not getting top priority.

In fact, he gives the MXs charging priority. And the DRN freaks out. He punches Det. Paul (who was obviously left in charge solely because Lilli Taylor getting punched by Michael Ealy wouldn’t be funny.) Dorian didn’t even get half a charge. He calls it a social injustice. 

Elsewhere; A man gets gassed by a window washer with a can of spraypaint and then he wakes up with a robot collar -it’s a bomb… a bomb with a camera. A robotic voice asks him if he’s “ready to play” he is instructed to open a briefcase (there’s a gun inside) and he is instructed to go back to the bank where he works. A woman nervously greets him, “Ramon, you’re back” and asks him about the collar, he panics and holds her up. He makes the coworker hand over the cash.

Kennex and Dorian rush to the bank when they get the call that there is a robbery in progress.

A display counts viewers… the man is up to more than 3,400 when Dorian and Kennex tell him that they are too late and there is nothing they can do. They put a shield up around him to contain the blast. 

They find cameras all over the car. And a Bitcoin. 

What’s a Bitcoin?

Thanks newwavetraders.com !

Stahl reports that cybercrimes saw the video and that it streamed live. 

Kennex stops to visit Rudy who is recreating the bomb. He also takes that opportunity to ask Rudy if Dorian is about to have one of those meltdowns that got the DRNs commissioned. Rudy decides not… but says it depends on his activity level (not entirely reassuring that Dorian won’t get to the brink).

The … hacker? villainous social media mastermind? picks his next victim. And successfully baits Kennex into having to be the hero. The victim is a 20 something girl who works for her father at a flower shop. The criminal orders flowers, drugs her, slaps the collar on her and gives her instructions. Kennex and Dorian show up as viewers tune in. She says that the guy who did it: his name is Simon. They met online. The viewers say that he gave Jeannie too much time. 

The creep villain lunatic is your typical emo hacker nerd stalker. Tropes tropes. 

Dorian’s charge starts getting too low, he’s having a hard time diffusing the bomb. He tells Kennex to put up the shield. He doesn’t. He decides to help with the bomb. As the clock ticks lower and lower comments come pouring in, “Cops gonna die now!!!” and “YOLO” (no one will say ‘YOLO’ in 2038!)

They successfully save the girl.

Kennex always saves the girl. The men explode. 

Anyway. Now they’ve got a clue, an unstable Dorian, a snarky and cocky Kennex and they head off to find the emo loser murderer stalker fuckhead, Simon Lynch. 

An explosion goes off where they should have been apprehending the bad dude and the fumes knock Kennex out. (they knew this guy had the gas… why no gas masks?)

Kennex wakes up on a park bench… with a bomb collar… and he’s shackled to the bench. He enthusiastically answers Lynch’s call. Kennex is given tools, an opportunity to save himself. Disarm his own bomb. Maldonado, Stahl and co see the footage. The cops arrive. A sniper gets into position… But Lynch has a deadman switch (which, in case this is the first cop show you’ve ever watched: means that is Lynch lets go then the bomb detonates). Kennex break a tool and has to use a token. Meanwhile Lynch tells Kennex that he knows about Kennex’s psych eval and that they aren’t that different (yes you are. You strap bombs to people, asshole). Lynch failed a psych eval that got him kicked out of the police academy and then he tried to take out a loan to open up a bar but he couldn’t because the mark on his record followed him around. (Hence killing the loan officer)

Kennex is fumbling and trying to diffuse the bomb while Dorian scales the building to try to take down Lynch and take over the deadman switch. Which he does of course. And Kennex neutralized the bomb just as Dorian powers down.

Back at the station, Kennex fesses up to Maldonado. Lynch got to him about one thing. Kennex can sympathize, he sees that people at the station look at him differently now like he’s a ticking time bomb. He recognizes that if it wasn’t for Maldonado he wouldn’t be there.And she flatters him by telling him what an asset he is.

Issues with this episode: Stahl still sidelined. Why?!

Lack of real suspense: Really, like Kennex was going to die?

Using “evil side of social media” as a way to say that people are disconnected from humanity. It’s excessive. And the internet can bring people together.

Which is why I am also going to call out: of course! The girl met the twisted sociopath on an online dating site. PANIC! Is this Degrassi?

Or is this SAW 45? Because that’s where this plot came from.

And no one calls out anyone else for tiptoeing around Dorian because the other DRN’s went nuts? Really? Only Kennex gets sympathy for that one.

And mind you, episode one he was having flashbacks and this really hasn’t been revisited since.

Not the triumphant return that it could have been. We need to get back to Kennex trying to figure out what really happened to his partner. And Stahl needs to be involved.

Almost Human: Episode 5

John gets startled by an MX’s lack of genitalia. Dorian assures him he was made more realistically

An RN and a “petite psychic” are testifying against a suspected murderer: Ethan Avery… as is Captain Maldonado. Fearing for the girls’ safety, Maldonado is present in the court room but the other two are testifying by hollogram from a safe house. While testifying the RN, Hayley Jolene, is suddenly startled, Maldonado realizes that the safe house has been compromised. She’s right. Hitmen bust in and splatter poor Hayley, our “petite psychic” jumps out a window and makes a run for it. They find a clue leading to Ethan Avery as the culprit.

Maldonado confronts him. He tries to get in her head. 

The psychic, Maya, says that she’s in communication with Hayley’s spirit. “Real Cop” Kennex doesn’t buy in. Turns out she had the Cerrebellex procedure a procedure that makes people more intuitive and sensitive to spiritual anomalies. Or something. But anyway she says that Hayley is speaking to her and that she says that Ethan Avery killed her.

But Ethan Avery was in jail.

But wait! Rudy shows up with some gadgets and plays a recording of the murder. The machine interprets that the sounds are made by vocal chords… not a recording. And that those vocal chords belong to Ethan Avery.

But how can this be?!

It’s 16 minutes in and I know how this ends. Clones.

Stahl thinks it’s an identical twin.*facepalm*

Then Stahl puts 2 and 2 together and remembers that the Doctor Fuller that Avery was on trial for killing was a reproductive doctor. And cloning is reproductive.

Maya flies the coop from the station to speak with Hayley’s parents.

While transporting Maya, Kennex, Dorian and Maya get shot up by masked men in a van. Maya gets shot. John takes down one of the hitmen. Sure enough: It’s Ethan Avery. Only 10 years younger.

Maya winds up with a broken collar bone and possible internal bleeding. Without her there is no one to connect Avery to Fuller. Dorian goes with Maya to the hospital and they have a heart to heart. She had the Cerrebellex procedure to reconnect with her parents who died right before her 19th birthday. But while she was recovering from the procedure her house burnt to the ground. Without anything of theirs to touch she was never able to reach them. 

Meanwhile Stahl goes to look for files at Fuller’s home. Records that Avery was one of his subjects/patients/lab rats. (Because she doesn’t know that Kennex already proved Avery had clones) And John figures out how Avery tracked Maya, but doesn’t communicate with Stahl in time. So the clones show up at Fuller’s house and take down her MX.

And now she is a hostage.

Stahl tells them to call Kennex. She says that he won’t negotiate, even for her. Stahl tries to convince the clones that the real Avery has been holding them hostage. Clone Avery thinks Stahl is special to Kennex and that he will negotiate.

Maldonado agrees to fork over Avery. 

But through elaborate and cool technological trickery they con the clones. Stahl also gets to flex her muscles. Dorian flips the van and the last of the clones go up in flames. Maldonado givens Ethan Avery and epic smackdown speech and then a sexy male lawyer gives her a compliment. Dorian gives Maya a box from evidence, from the investigation into the fire at Maya’s home. She touches a door knob and both smiles and cries and greets her parents at long last.

Earlier in the episode Maya gave Kennex advice about his angry red aura that repells everyone except one person and bourbon. Stahl walks in with a bottle of Bourbon from her desk, pours drinks for both of them and keeps him company.

Stahl and Kennex get a little bit closer!

Did Stahl really have to get held hostage the first time we see her out in the field alone? Especially since she “found the connection” but John had it proved already because he shot one down. So the brute stuff appears more effective than the brain stuff. Awesome… right…

Maldonado continues to be a bad ass. I like that even though Avery got under her skin it didn’t lead to some whirlwind of self-doubt. Maldonado proved herself effective, smart and willing to go the extra mile for those she considers friends and those who work for her.

Dorian gets to show how human he is. Not because of …ahem… physical features, but because he is caring and intuitive.