Almost Human, Ep. 1.10, “Perception”: crafts a story that fails to connect

Almost Human‘s first season run has been an inconsistent series of fun and exciting episodes and moderately satisfying episodes, with the occasional installment of a wholly disappointing episode. “Perception” teeters between the extreme degrees when the spotlight shines on its greatest flaw: the sluggish advancement of its supporting characters and their backstories.

The investigation following the cold-open deaths of two students sets up a perfect opportunity to learn more about Minka Kelly’s character, Detective Stahl, but opts out in favor of exploring Detective Kennex’s past and uncovering more information about the Insyndicate ambush. The case and the events unfolding around it carry themes of revenge and inadequacy throughout the episode, drawing parallels between the murderer and Kennex and the victims and Stahl. Kennex’s search for answers by taking pills for his memory and visiting a shady “recollectionist” and the killer’s arduous efforts to salvage memories
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