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Almost Human Review: Multiplicity

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Almost Human continues to wow with its repeated forays into fancy and futuristic technologies.

On tonight's docket: holograms, clones and just what those machines look like underneath their uniforms.

While the narrative is still wildly uneven thanks to the out of order episodes, Almost Human Season 1 Episode 5 felt like a step in the right direction toward finding a storytelling groove.

Kennex Is Attacked

We discussed this in my review of Almost Human Season 1 Episode 4, but after tonight it bears repeating. Airing episodes out of order the way Almost Human showrunners have done throws everything out of whack.

Case in point: Kennex and Stahl seemed to get a little closer to an inner-office romance tonight and it felt like something out of left field. 

The last time we had any sort of allusion to a relationship between these two was during the first or second episode. It's sad that those were only three or so weeks ago and I can't remember because references to the fact that there's something between them and/or scenes featuring both characters have been so sporadic.

I feel like I'm supposed to care that they're a potential pairing, and I do, but not as much as I feel like I might care if these episodes had aired in the proper order. 

Using a psychic to push them together through that scene at the end was actually a really nice way to incorporate the science-fiction/fantasy and narrative elements of the series, but it could have happened before now. And what's bizarre about this is that "Blood Brothers" was originally supposed to be Season 1 Episode 8 (and next week's "Arrhythmia" was supposed to have been Episode 3).

It's all so confusing. I dislike it as much as I dislike the character of Sandra Maldonado. 

Whether it's the character and the way she's written or Lilli Taylor's portrayal of the character, something there isn't working. 

I listened intently as the defendant, Ethan Avery, poured salt into her open wounds in a disturbingly accurate and well-written soul-crusher of a monologue and...felt nothing for the character. Maybe the tiniest twinge of a spark of outrage? 

Finding out how Ethan Avery had been able to be in the courtroom while simultaneously killing witnesses and firing on police officers was infinitely more interesting than Maldonado's feelings. 

Maybe I'm just heartless. 

You know who isn't heartless? 

Dorian. That android has more heart than half the humans on television. I loved everything about him tonight from his van-flipping to his connection with the psychic to his desire for a place of his own. 

He's sweet and he's funny to boot.

John: Is all of that for one person? What do you do with it.
Dorian: Probably the same thing you do with yours. Nothing.

Seriously. Dorian gets some of the best and funniest lines and the silk-voiced but deadpan, semi-robotic delivery just makes them more funny somehow. 

Week after week, even through all the ups and downs and lopsided storytelling, Dorian and Kennex are the constants. I'm hopeful for what is yet to come once these episodes get straightened out.

What did you think of Almost Human Season 1 Episode 5? Was the out-of-order storytelling more or less obvious to you tonight? 

Review

Editor Rating: 3.75 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.4 / 5.0 (43 Votes)

Miranda Wicker is a Staff Writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter.

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Fortyseven

Poor. Maya in 1 episode is a more developed character than Maldonaldo or Stahl. I like Maya's storyline despite the ambiguity of her ability and the discordance with the series setting. The "ghosts are people in other dimensions" idea from Fringe works much better.

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Reminds me a lot of when Fringe started. But I have to say that the female character are not charismatic or interesting yet. If I remember correctly, there should be 8 out-of-order episodes that should introduce characters, so we can hope that this will be remedied in the next few eps.
Capt. Maldonado is light years away from being as cool and authoritative as Broyles. I'm currently rewatching ST:Voyager and I found myself comparing Maldonado with Janeway and wishing for another Janeway-like female leader/captain on TV.
As a last thought, if the current development of the show reminds us of Fringe, the way they decided to broadcast episodes out of order and the little interest non-scifi fans have in the show remind me of Firefly...

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I still think the writing of the episodes is going down with each episode, in this case the major flaw with the trial. Once it's established that there are clones, Avery's lawyer only has to raise the fact that one of the clones committed the murder. There's no cloning in this time, the laws wouldn't cover it, reasonable doubt prevails. (In addition to the sloppy writing that lets two witnesses in a trail interact and listen to each other's testimony). The internal logic of the plots is sooo bad and sloppy, it's almost as bad as Monk was in that way. Gotta admit the episode was better in terms of the characters interactions, and Maya, the psychic character was a good character, thanks to nice acting by Megan Ferguson.

Miranda-wicker
@ Carl

I can sort of handwave the clones as reasonable doubt thing, I think, with the fact that maybe there's some loophole futuristic law about it? But also, if Ethan Avery said "my clones did it!" or mentioned anything about the clones, he's admitting to having clones of himself in the first place, which is illegal. And while he's an egomaniac, the clones did see themselves as family, so their desire to protect themselves and one another doesn't seem *too* sloppy to me. I loved everything about Maya. I'd like to see her again.

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@ Carl

Totally with everything you wrote. The clones are reasonable doubt.
The doorknob sequence with Maya reaches her parents was exquisitely tender.

Snakethecritic

★★★✰✰ Better.

Miranda-wicker
@ SnakeTheCritic

I agree. Better.

Marissa

Loved the episode. The whole clones killing people for themself was a interesting story. I liked that at the end Dorian gave the psychic the evidence her house when it burnt down and by touching the door knob she finally got to speak with her parents. At first I sorta thought the psychic was a little crazy and maybe she is but I believe that she really can speak to te dead after some of the things she said. Stahl and Kennex at the end was cool but I also wish we saw their relationship built up more. Can't wait till the next episode it looks good.

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@ marissa

I did really love this episode. The psychic and Dorian's interactions with her were some of my favorite parts of the night. I think we're missing the build up of Stahl/Kennex because of the out of order airings, which is just one of my reasons for hating that we're not seeing the storyline progress in the order in which it was originally intended.

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Good grief! When is Kennex going to have that talk with Dorian about how "private parts" are supposed to be private? After the whole "scanning of the testicles" incident, surely Kennex would feel the need to explain nonexhibitionist behavior to his partner? (Although, secretly I'm hoping the birds, bees, and 'bots talk never happens because these have made for some gut-busting laughs!)

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@ Drin

I know! It's so awkward that Dorian knows so much but doesn't know not to flash his partner, but it was also so hilarious that I didn't mind. Those two together are fantastic in my eyes.

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i had no idea episodes were out of order..why are they??

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@ nate

We have no idea, nate! Some have speculated that it was done because the series has a short-run (13 episodes) and showrunners wanted to hook viewers by showing the later episodes, which are presumably when things like Dorian's malfunctions and Kennex/Stahl would happe, earlier. I still say it was a bad move.

Almost Human Season 1 Episode 5 Quotes

John: Is all of that for one person? What do you do with it.
Dorian: Probably the same thing you do with yours. Nothing.

Stahl: Did Dorian just flip that van?
John: Why hasn't he done that before?

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