This week we take on the ideas of murder, cloning and a medium psychic (though on a good day, she’s a petite psychic)…
Captain Maldonado (Lili Taylor) is in court monitoring the trial of a murderer named Avery (Graham Miller), and awaiting the testimony of two sequestered and protected witnesses. When one of the witness is killed in front of the court by holographic projection, things go from bad to worse.
Kennex (Karl Urban) and Dorian (Michael Ealy) recover the other witness, Maya who thanks to an operation from a company called Cellibex now has the gift of being able to touch an item and communicate with its deceased owner. Kennex, is rightly skeptical, especially when she says the man who murdered the other witness is the very same man who is currently in a court room standing trial.
As our duo start to dig with the help of Detective Stahl (Minka Kelly) and Rudy (Mackenzie Crook), we uncover a motive for murder, and the existence of some smart, an average IQ of 180, and very well-trained clones.
This one does a really nice number of balancing things we’ve come to expect from the show the byplay of Kennex and Dorian continues, the car discussions are getting to be classic (“all of that is for one person?!”), as was the visit to the MX charging and cleaning section – not to mention a little visually troubling. There’s a nice emotional moment with Maya at the episode’s close, and we get to see a little bit more of the development of the relationship between Stahl and Kennex.
We get to see a little more tech, and that apparently Dorian, much like the MX, can lift a metric ton, as he easily manhandles an escaping van, which elicits the question from Kennex that crossed my mind as well… Why hasn’t he done THAT before?
There are some fun moments, and some chilling moments, like when Avery is pulling his best Hannibal Lecter and trying to shake Maldonado. Though it troubles her, I think she’s a tougher character than that, although she’s given a bit of a hint of something by episode’s end… she didn’t need it. It doesn’t change that she’s a smart, successful woman.
I loved the show’s opening with a night shot transforming to day, anytime we see a night shot in this world, it puts me in mind of Tron, and hints at Blade Runner. Like I said in my first review, I still doesn’t look like the world is a too bad a place, it’s clean and organized – I still think it should be dirtier if crime is so rampant.
That, however, is the least of my concerns, as I am still greatly enjoying the show, and am loving the chemistry between Urban and Ealy. It’s fun, entertaining and some of the dialogue is just priceless.
Almost Human airs Mondays on CTV.
What did you think of it?