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Almost Human's inconsistent but intriguing debut season

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Almost Human First Season


The season finale of Almost Human wasn’t quite its most exciting nor did it lend to any cliffhangers, but unanswered questions from the inaugural season leave me wondering and anticipating more from the all too human Kennex and his non-human, once decommissioned android partner, Dorian.
After surviving several nail biting cancellation scenarios for Fringe, also a JJ Abrams production, Almost Human may actually be ‘almost’ renewed because its season contains only half as many as Fringe did. I refer to Fringe because much of the character banter and strange crimes resemble its predecessor. I also love androids and will probably give any show with a lead droid leeway. Possibly a shorter season will keep the cancellation monsters at bay.
Maybe Almost Human will take Fringe’s nod and turn to story arcs instead of self-contained episodes. There is definitely room for expansion. A few episodes prior we learn Dorian is experiencing memories as a child. It’s strange because Dorian was never a kid. Also, his maker, cyberneticist Dr. Vaughn begs further development. The doctor is obviously cooking up some android drama when he jumps the city wall. Kennex is still troubled by the betrayal of a girlfriend which resulted in deaths and the loss of his leg.
I believe the two main characters will be the salvation for Almost Human. Karl Urban plays its hard-edged leaving plenty of room for ribbing from his over analytical partner, Michael Ealy. Ealy adds an original touch to his character, playing the android without the stiffness of Data on Star Trek: TNG but with every bit as much as the faux humanity Brent Spiner did. The brighter moments of season one are when Dorian suffered a charging malfunction and launched into spurts of anger, joy and love.
I pray Fox does not decommission Almost Human and allows its characters to grow despite their very dark and ominous time period.