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SEASON FINALE REVIEW: Almost Human 1×13 “Straw Man”

Written by Scott Swartz

So that was the end of season one of Almost Human, and I almost forgot this was supposed to be a season finale, almost. I mean the entire episode felt just as procedural and sitcom-esque as every other episode of this show, and for better or worst I think that is all we were ever going to get out of Almost Human. This show was never going to be Lost, Chuck, or even Eureka in how it told it’s stories and welcomed us into it’s world. Almost Human is a procedural week in and week out and somehow if this show manages to get a second season it just might be able to work. All of our hopes of this being the beginning of a bigger world shattering epic are not going to come to pass, but this can definitely be a serviceable show. So let’s dive in one last time.

First of all, not exactly what I was picturing when when I thought of a cyborg guy. Yes we finally saw man and machine merged as one and it was not the stupendous Kennex is Robocop moment we all wanted, but rather a Frankenstein’s monster scenario. Yes, Glen “The Straw Man” Cyborg was an interesting villain for our heroes to face off against not because of his condition, but rather his backstory with Kennex. Straw Man was apparently Kennex’s fathers big collar and partially the reason Kennex was so driven to become a cop, this helped to create some nice parallels between Kennex and his old man if only for a fleeting moment. Glen’s search for a cure was an interesting situation and the idea of the 3D printer was well implemented. However, both of the key story elements of cyborgs and 3D printing were not as fleshed out as they could have possibly been. We clearly were not pressed for time and if the elements of the cyborg were introduced at an earlier time we may have actually gotten more out of the story as a whole.

As for the Dorian side plot, I know the writers are trying to treat him like he is just another human being, which I understand is vital to his character, but it really wanted to see him struggle with begin out of place a little bit more. Everyone constantly handicaps Dorian by treating like he is just another cop, but how is he supposed to separate himself front the crowd if all he ever does is blend in. At the beginning of the season it felt as if there was so much more to Dorian than meets the eye, even as recently as the Dr. Vaughn episode. Now however he feels no more different than any other member of the precinct. The Dorian of early season one questioned why humans behave the way they do, but now he seems to accept things at face value and not dive into the deeper mysteries of humanity. Dorian as one of the two main characters should really stand out rather than blend in, he is a unique individual and the show should be making use of that.

As for the rest of the story it was pretty much a straight froward procedural with not hint that any of the so called bigger elements or mysteries will ever come back into play. It has been one of my major gripes this season about how the show introduces a seemingly big plot line and then immediately throws it aside. At this point I have come to accept the fact that we were never going to get the payoff we would receive on a more traditional show, and thats fine as long as those ideas are poured into creating more innovative and fun stories in the future.

So yeah, that is it for season one of Almost Human. It was good, not great. Interesting, but boring. Heartfelt and heartless. It was one big question mark and you know what, that is fine as long as you have fun watching it.

 

Final Grade B

Final Season Grade C+

 

+Kennex and Dorian are still an amazing pair

+Cyborg had a nasty design to him

+Dorian subplot was nice

 

-All the big mysteries meant nothing in the end

-Dorian never really felt like he did not fit in

 

Extra Thoughts

-If we get season two I vote for Kennex’s new leg to have rocket powered propulsion.

-Dorian using his signing voice was one of the major highlights, let’s all look back and remember that time he sang Benny and The Jets.

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Scott Swartz