Almost Human - Is That It?
So is that it? Our two heroes ride off into the sunset, the best of friends and ready to tackle the next big adventure?
Almost Human hasn't been renewed yet so we may have seen the last of Kennex and Dorian. It was a nice safe ending and it reminded me of the ending of season four of Fringe when everyone got back together and shared a nice smile. I'm glad we dodged that bullet back then and I hope we do the same this time.
There are so things left on the table for Almost Human.
First and foremost is the journey of Dorian. It's no secret that Dorian was my favorite character from this series. Will his humanity continue to evolve? What of the pressure of being almost human? Can he deal with the things he sees or will it lead to a deep depression that affected the other DRN's and led to their suicides? Can he be happy in his own skin or will prevail upon Rudy to transfer his essence to a clone and live like a real human? Will humanity continue to shun his ilk and treat them as second class citizens or worse yet, property?
Will Dorian request a mate ala the legend of the Frankenstein story? With his synthetic soul can he find love there? What would love like between to "artificials"?
Why did Captain Maldonado bring John and Dorian together? How did she know they needed each other? Why is Dorian good for Kennex? Did she know of Dorian's history with Rudy Lom? What was Dorian then and why was he preserved? Did she have a hand in it?
What are the secrets beyond the wall? Heck, why is there a wall? I have a feeling we would have learned many of those secrets when Nigel Vaughn made his return. What would he bring with him, an army of Dorians with a new version of his synthetic soul? What is a synthetic soul? Is it molecular in nature or is it paired with an algorithm made compatible with the essence of intelligence? How the heck was that done? There was alot of threads left dangling there.
What of the Almost Human premise in general? We got a glimpse of how the future world warehoused people in the last episode especially the downtrodden and disaffected? Is future government so distant from it's people that they make them stand in line for their pill formed sustenance?
Why is everyone so unhappy in the future? People have turned to "Chroming" themselves and still they are not happy. Valerie Stahl sought to hide her identity despite her perfection so she could mingle with regular people.
Why all the memory wipes? Can't people deal with their pasts anymore?
Are we so unhappy that we sought to make artificial humans and when that didn't work out we sought cloning instead. What led to the banning of clones? Was it so horrible that it led to a war? Is that why the wall is there?
Yes, Almost Human lost it's focus as the season wore on. Too may story lines started and left unfinished. Thirteen episodes wasn't enough. Will that lack of focus prove to be it's death knell or will it be the heavy cost of each episode to produce?
I know I didn't do a very good job of answering them. There was still a long way to go. But it's not the destination in finding the answers, it's the journey. Let's hope Almost Human gets too finish it's travels.