Have a look at the robot in the background there. A clue was right there for Edward Kennex about the Straw Man!
It is a Tin Man!
Baum was the first to write about machine men in English-language literature. The Tin Man was a cyborg as he had a spell cast on him that meant that every time an axe was used a body part of his would drop off. A tinsmith then replaced each of these parts with a new metal part, making the Tin Man, not a robot but a cyborg, a biomedical creature! What did Dorian called Glen Dunbar? A cyborg!
So this episode was the World of the Wizard of Oz by the writers it seems!
The victims are the Scarecrow with the loss of their organs to be replaced by straw. The main thing the scarecrow wants is to have a brain. What organ did Maldonado single out that was removed from each of the victims? She said they had all their organs removed, including the brain!
So who is the cowardly lion? Who is the one who is fearful but does brave acts? Rudy seems to likely be the obvious choice but he doesn’t really do anything ‘brave’ so much in this episode.
Who is Dorothy? Is it John or Dorian? Who is the one who is trying to find their way home? Or are they both?
Who is the wizard? Are these characters in the episode? Is society / the City the powerful figure they all believe in but in reality is just a smokescreen for something quite ordinary?
So I watched the Almost Human season finale, and you know what? I really liked it. It was a good finish to one of my favorite tv shows of this year. Considering all of the facts though, I feel like Fox basically cheated us out of a lot.
First off, they completely fucked up the episode’s order. The 13 episodes they produced were shown in completely incorrect order, which screwed up the pacing and the characters. even the acting and writing couldn’t hide some clearly weird moments that were supposed to have happened way later/sooner in the show.
Second, this season WAS NOT SUPPOSED TO HAVE 13 EPISODES. IT WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE 22. This is really the thing that gets me here. There were 9 whole episodes on backorder that they never made, but it seems to me like they were advertising this as a 13-episode affair, as Sleepy Hollow was originally intended. That is what I thought, until I saw the season finale and realized that something was wrong.
You don’t simply create MULTIPLE STORYLINES- the inSyndicate, the army of DRNs and stolen Synthetic Souls, the corruption within the department linked to Edward Kennex, the mysterious, secret reason that is hinted at for Muldanado pairing up John and Dorian together- and then leave all hanging, without any type of cliffhanger at all. That is because there were supposed to be 22 episodes. these could all have been plot threads that would would have tied together to create a kick-ass season, but instead Fox nixs the deal and leaves us with a lukewarm ending that completely ignores everything they had been trying to build up to in a desperate attempt to gives something the fans could call a ending to their show, because at this point I really don’t see season 2, as much as I would love it to happen.
Thank you very much, Fox. This is what you have done with every sci-fi show since firefly. You put it out for 1 or 2 seasons like bait, to see if it will make any more money down the road, then you nix it at start again. I cannot wait to see what new show you order a single season of next year.
It was always announced as a 13 episode season from the very start. There was likely a hope that they might get an extra 9 episodes as a back order from the writers pov etc. But that never happened. Fox only wanted a 13 episode series. That is what we got. The writers etc might have hoped for an extra, but production was always going to wind up on December 18/19 with episode 13 and it did.
JH Wyman said he was going to do a real slow burn on the characters and reveal things very slowly. He might have planned 22 eps in his head for season one, but they were only greenlit for 13 episodes. Yes, I agree that the season finale feels like a mid-season one and not a final season episode, but once it became obvious they were only getting 13, they should have fixed some stuff up. They didn’t and that is the showrunners fault and not Fox. Also a lot of ep 13 has ADR voice over happening, so they changed quite a bit of dialogue later it seems.
Also, Maldonado is the correct spelling. ;)
I’m kinda bummed they cut this scene from the ending of “Are You Receiving.” Paul swallowing his pride and actually complimenting Kennex on the job well done, and Kennex being the one to start the snark again. It’s really not always just Richard who’s ‘the problematic one’ - John enjoys dishing out too, and often he’s actually the one who casts the first stone in their smackdowns and makes Richard go along with it (e.g. opening scene “Simon Says.”) Well it takes two to tango, right?
This little scene was in the official character bio videoclip for Richard Paul btw. You can see exactly where they cut it from the episode. When John & Dorian arrive at the precinct and everyone is applauding, you can see John and Richard walking towards each other and looking at each other (obviously preparing for a little exchange):
But then it’s a cut and the next frame shows John already heading to Valerie and Richard passing Dorian to walk over to his desk:
I hope there will be lots of cut scenes (and other nice goodies) on the DVD box in general!
Awesome catch! And yes, it is often John that starts it. They are both so alike, more than either of them care to admit I bet!
So how long has this season been in the world of Almost Human?
We know that Pilot takes place in Mid-April 2048.
John has been in a coma for 17 months and would have had PT and other things to do before being cleared for duty, as he was placed on indefinite medical leave. The Raid information from Case File 34P-C91244 is that the report was done shortly after John woke up in the hospital and refers to the Raid taking place 18.4 months prior. So when exactly did the Raid take place? It was definitely in 2046 and taking into consideration the other things, it was likely to have been around mid-year sometime.
When did John and Anna meet? Sometime in 2044 / early 2045 is the best I can figure out from what Karl said about them being together around the two year mark and the IA interviewer said their relationship happened very quickly after their first ‘accidental crash’ meeting.
We have been given another date as well in the show. Are You Receiving? actually takes place on 4th August 2048. The date is there on John’s alarm clock. So it means John and Dorian have been working together 4 months before John decides to test the olive oil theory.
Each case is not a week after each other; there are considerable time periods between each case. Even considering the original episode order of Are You Receiving? being episode 6. That means they are almost a month apart for each episode.
This then ties in with the final episode being a little under a year working together. The Reviewers are there for the yearly review. John and Dorian can’t have been working together for over a year, because the review would have already happened early on for the pair of them. Working in administration, I know that even if someone hasn’t been there a year, if you have a yearly review scheduled for everyone, that includes those people who have been there under a year. This is a regularly scheduled thing it appears, (and that Sandra Maldonado isn’t that appreciative of her time being used for this).
So John and Dorian have been working together for over 6 months, but under a year.
Also John’s father was murdered in March/April 2038 (more likely early April 2038). So John coming back to work in April 2048 would have been around the ten year anniversary of his father’s death. No wonder John was very closed off at that time!
Dorian was decommissioned in January 2044, as the Pilot confirmed he had been decommissioned for 4 years and 3 months.
Okay thinking back to the Pilot and Anna talking about how John’s dad would love the place she apparently is in. With Edward being murdered in 2038, ten years ago, that means that Anna had never met Edward (likely) because I don’t think John and her were in a relationship for over 10 years! Karl did mention in an early interview that John and Anna had been together for around a year and half to two years.
So this tells us a little more about John, pre-raid. He was obviously very open in talking about his father with her. His likes and dislikes, what he was really like and how John saw him. John totally idolises his father, even still, and Anna knew enough to make that statement as fact about his father loving that apparent European spot.
So we know about Edward that he was morally very upright and stuck to his beliefs, even with his life being threatened and that he liked to travel.
So Dorian has had a luger test, as confirmed by Rudy.
Did he pass or fail?
If he failed, it would have been in his records and the reviewers would have known and would have very likely NOT allowed him back on the force.
But, Rudy seemed very nervous/guilty about it and was doing all that he could to not have Dorian take the test again. So Rudy thinks/knows that he might have failed it before? Or Rudy, like Dorian, doesn’t like the test.