Almost Human – Arrhythmia

by Alan Rapp on December 18, 2013

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Almost Human – Arrhythmia
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Almost Human - Arrhythmia

After a gunman with a stolen mechanical heart dies of a cardiac arrest that he correctly predicted down to the exact minute, Kennex (Karl Urban) and Dorian (Michael Ealy) investigate the world of black market refurbished organs. Their investigation isn’t helped by Dorian deciding to save another DRN android whose unpredictability creates unforeseen circumstances when Dorian insists he be allowed to tag along.

The detectives discover a complicated extortion plan where the organs were taken out of corpses and sold on the black market to be surgically implanted into new hosts. However there is a catch. To keep the various organs running the hidden head of the group who begins extorting the survivors in larger and larger amounts over time. After Detective Stahl (Minka Kelly) makes a connection between all the patients and the police begin to close in, the head of the scam (Laura Adkin) decides to let all her clients die rather than risk any road leading back to her.

“Arrhythmia” is an example of the B-story (Dorian’s interest in another android like him and how the other android’s “malfunction” ended his career as a police officer) is actually more interesting than the main story. The subplot provides nearly all of the best character moments and the hamfisted (but still humorous) big joke of the episode when the other android’s attempt to catch a thief causes thousands in property damage.

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CoosCoos December 18, 2013 at 5:20 pm

Yes, the B story was much more entertaining. The arrest scene was fantastic. I wish they had gone into more detail about the “Luger test” used to determine if a DRN was faulty. I suppose they’re holding that for later, but I think if I was on a boring stakeout and my android partner told me about a test used to determine if an android is psychotic or not I’d say “so what’s that all about?”

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Alan Rapp December 18, 2013 at 5:50 pm

Agreed. I was surprised Kennex let the matter of the test drop so quickly.

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