[This is a review for Almost Human season 1, episode 10. It contains SPOILERS.]
In this week’s episode of Almost Human, “Perception,” written by executive producer Sarah Goldfinger (Hawaii Five-0, Grimm), Kennex and Dorian investigate the simultaneous death of two students who were taking a new, custom drug. As hackers, pill makers and unrequited love complicate the case at hand, a scornful mother slowly reveals her true nature. Meanwhile, Kennex visits a recollectionist to help him remember his girlfriend Anna, and it’s revealed that a certain special someone is still keeping a watchful on him.
“Perception” is a perfect example of Almost Human running at full power. The case of the week was interesting and somewhat complex; the facts of the case - even if they eventually turned towards the romantic – were compelling enough to keep you tuned in; and the long-overdue story of Kennex and his girlfriend is moving forward. Is it too late, though?
There are now 3 episodes of Almost Human left, as far as everyone – including those who make the show – is concerned, yet it still feels as if the show has just began. Whether it be the multiple breaks throughout its initial run, or the lack of actual through-story for the majority of the episodes, or both, there’s an inherent disconnect between the show, its story and its viewers. Though people seem to enjoy the show, it’s difficult to explain why – which translates equally as poorly when one attempts to explain why the show should come back next year. At this point, saying “to see what’s actually going on” feels uncomfortable and unfortunate, yet this is where the series currently stands.
There are many reasons why Almost Human is enjoyable; unfortunately, the overall story isn’t one of them. The world is fun, new and unique, and the episodic stories – especially this week’s - always make great use of its setting; the actors involved are too good for network television; and the amount of care taken with each episode can be seen everywhere except the overall story which, from time to time, will pop up. Until audiences are able to easily define what it is they love about Almost Human, and why they’re excited to tune in to more episodes, whenever t may be, the series will remain like Dorian: soulless, but with a lot of heart.
Even so, Almost Human’s episodic entrees are more than enjoyable, in their own right, and there aren’t many new TV shows which can say the same. While some new shows are struggling with intricacies, in order to make their week-to-week adventures work, Almost Human excels when it comes to minute details adding to its weekly installments. And this isn’t the first week that items which have just recently been talked about – like a pill maker – have appeared on the show, as if they always existed.
Kennex’s girlfriend Anna is back in the picture, however, and perhaps this inclusion will allow the series to grow as quickly as it needs to in the few episodes it has left. We now know that Anna is still monitoring her former beau, so it’s likely that this could be used as a way to quickly track her down. If not, at least fans know that her story is finally moving forward.
Almost Human returns next Monday @8pm with “Disrupt.” You can check out a preview of next week’s episode below: