Almost Human S1 Ep 3 – Are You Receiving?

So, that was awesome. My sister and I can’t have been alone in getting a Die Hard vibe from this episode, right? Because minus the German accent and profane catchphrase, and with the addition of an android partner, I found it quite reminiscent of that Christmas classic. I like that I wasn’t able to predict all that much of the plot. I mean, I guessed that the security guy was going to die at the beginning, and that the bad guys weren’t just going to release the hostages with ten minutes left of the episode, but that’s about it.

Used nail clippers *and* used gum. Delightful.

Used nail clippers *and* used gum. Delightful.

Also definitely continuing to enjoy the partners’ banter with each other. Dorian is definitely John’s equal or superior in the area of witty repartee, though I think John still tends to underestimate him there. Not too surprising, I guess, considering how much personality he’s used to from the non-DRN droids (read: none). And there’s more there than banter, as we saw so clearly here. Even as he made the crack about “50 shades of purple,” John was worried about his partner, and genuinely glad he made it. Plus, after being truly shaken by his near-death experience, Dorian feels willing to talk to his partner about it.

In the realm of stuff that had to be a Fringe reference, we have the little things like the gross-out factor of John chewing someone else’s discarded gum to use to fix Dorian. But much more blatantly, we have the story of how a young John fell through the ice once when fishing with his father, and then an Observer his father dragged him to safety. I guess J.H. Wyman has a fear of falling through ice (although who doesn’t, if you think about it?). I wonder if we’ll get to learn much more about John’s family.

On that note,  I’m glad Paige going out to be with her sister didn’t end horribly. Those weren’t very attentive bad guys to not notice the number of their hostages increasing, though. Still, it’s nice when the hostages on a cop show do something brave-ish without ruining everything. The hero of the show doesn’t always have to be the only one with any good useful ideas. That said, I’m also glad that Kennex was smart enough by himself to think of using the face-maker to get in and help Dorian. (Also, that’s a technology that I’m betting we’ll see again on the show.)

Not that I mind seeing this smile, you understand. But the man does have issues.

Not that I mind seeing this smile, you understand. But the man does have issues.

One small critique: apart from that moment in the pilot, we haven’t seen John struggling much with his PTSD or drug abuse. Since the show is smart enough to know those problems don’t vanish just because you found a good partner to work with, I trust we will see more. I just hope it’s soon, and not over-the-top.

What did you think? Did it have you singing Elton John, or rolling your eyes? Let us know in the comments.

 

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