Almost Human Goes Darker with “Unbound’
Almost Human was back tonight with an awesome guest star and a decidedly darker feel. This was both a good and bad thing.
First, the good. In a scene worthy of The Terminator or Robocop, an XRN “comes back to life” when she gets an old android body to come to the evidence room where her head is stored. Yes, just her head. The old droid rips off his head and attaches the XRN head, a beautiful but deadly decommissioned model named Danica (guest star Gina Carano). This girl, or head, seems a little mad at being stored in a box and goes on a deadly rampage.
More good … Dr. Nigel Vaughn (guest star John Larroquette) is called in to help stop this crazy broad, I mean bot. Why this guy? Well, he’s the creator of the out of control android as well as all the DRNs, including our beloved Dorian. Turns out he’s the father bear of all the DRNs and when they malfunctioned, it was the ruin of his company and career. As a way to re-establish himself he makes the XRN model, a big, bad, fighting machine… more military than cop. At the unveiling, the one XRN he made goes crazy and kills 26 cops. They finally destroy it but decide to keep the head (an obvious homage to Seven and Gwyneth Paltrow).
The scenes between Dorian (Michael Ealy) and robo-father Dr. Vaughn are excellent with the two curious about the other and wanting to bond in some weird android/maker way.
John Kennex (Karl Urban) is tasked with the job of jabbing Danica in the neck with a huge needle in the hopes of disabling her. Wouldn’t Dorian be a better candidate for this? After all, he’s the building climbing, car throwing, more than human one of the duo. Plus, Kennex is a little too gorgeous to risk life and limb (and synthetic leg) battling some crazy droid. He accomplishes the task and it doesn’t work. Danica throws him around a little knocking him out, so Dorian tries to stop her. She throws him on a rebar, impaling him and right before she finishes him off, Kennex saves the day and his cute droid partner. He pulls the pin on a grenade she had on her vest and kicks her down an elevator shaft.
Now for the not so good … the “revelation” that Dr. Vaughn was the one responsible for Danica’s rampage was about as surprising as Lady Gaga taking off her clothes. Again. Yawn. Who didn’t see that one coming from a mile away? He wants a new lab, access to 500 test tubes of synthetic souls, and the entire team says, “Sure!” This after he laments that he had his robotics license taken away. I’d be out for blood too if someone took my nerd card away forever.
Another downside of this eppy was the lack of humorous moments. There were a few, particularly one from our resident Dr. Gadget, Rudy Lom (Mackenzie Crook), who almost has an aneurism in pure teen beat passion when he meets his idol, Dr. Vaughn. Other than that, there weren’t the ones we’ve grown to love from our two leads. There were also few robromoments between Kennex and Dorian. And speaking of romance, there wasn’t much to move along the Detective Stahl/Kennex pairing we’ve been waiting so patiently for.
The darker tone of this episode left the ending undone, a first for Almost Human. This was definitely a plus for the series that likes to wrap everything up in a neat little bow. We want to see John Larroquette back again wreaking havoc for getting his robot-making wrist slapped. It also gave us some tense moments where we were a little worried for our heroes. Overall, this wasn’t a life changing return, but it was a great episode to lure us back in after a few weeks’ hiatus. It left us hanging in a good way achieving what every show wants – an audience looking forward to next week’s episode.