Almost Human (2013–2014)
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A gang of criminals try to get their demands by taking some hostages. But as it turns out, this was just a diversion to take away police attention from the real crime scene - palladium ... See full summary »


Larry Teng


J.H. Wyman (creator), Justin Doble

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Karl Urban ... Detective John Kennex
Michael Ealy ... Dorian
Minka Kelly ... Detective Valerie Stahl
Mackenzie Crook ... Rudy Lom
Michael Irby ... Detective Richard Paul
Lili Taylor ... Captain Sandra Maldonado
Damon Herriman ... Lucas Vincent impersonator
Emily Rios ... Paige
Joe Smith ... MX (voice)
Anthony Konechny ... MX-43 '1'
Darren E. Scott ... MX-43 '2'
Garfield Wilson ... MX-43 '3'
Richard Stroh ... Boone
Kam Kozak Kam Kozak ... Danny
Max Boateng ... Gregor


A gang of criminals try to get their demands by taking some hostages. But as it turns out, this was just a diversion to take away police attention from the real crime scene - palladium robbery. Written by Raj

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Action | Crime | Drama | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

25 November 2013 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Detective John Kennex: "Yeah. Boring conversation anyway." As Han Solo said in the detention block while rescuing Princess Leia. This line has been used in many shows and movies. See more »


When the Chinese lady is speaking to the female police officer, and she says, "And we couldn't get insurance. We just waited, day after day..." the auto translator finishes translating her sentence into English before she finishes speaking in Chinese. See more »


Rudy Lom: Chewing gum? Really? Would you fix a race car with chewing gum?
Detective John Kennex: Uh, yeah, if it was busted and I needed to win a race.
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References Die Hard (1988) See more »

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Nobody Messes with my Coffee Warmer!
25 November 2013 | by XweAponXSee all my reviews

I was wondering how long it would take Kennex to use the Olive Oil on his leg. Of course, he'd rather tell Dorian that he was eating a Greek salad. But then Dorian can keep Coffee at exactly 165 degrees F, just by holding two electric leads in his fingers.

This episode has the Alfred Hitchcock quality of making you think it is about one thing, but really being about something else.

But still, hostages are being tossed off a 25th story window like Rag Dolls and Kennex and Dorian are the only ones who can even get close.

They have an ally in the building, a receptionist (Yoshie Bancroft) whose Sister is visiting when the crooks invade. To get her to calm down, Kennex tells her basically the story of Walter and Peter Bishop falling into the Ice of Reiden Lake and The Observer Saving them. It's that story, but the names are different.

The Invaders get Maldonado (Lili Taylor) to blank out all communications in the area, because that's what the cops are expected to do. But this is what the crooks wanted to happen.

Because this whole episode is a Macguffin. The crooks really don't want what they asked Maldonado for, they want something else.

The pieces start falling into place halfway through, when Dorian gets shot in the head and Kennex has to fix him with Chewing Gum, they find a little plastic lens with the word "Start" on it, and a device that makes one crook look like another more dangerous crook.

The funny thing here is what the goal of the crooks actually is - It's an substance - something that you would find in Iron Man's Chest.

No Rating system yet, 10/10- as usual. This show has got some good writers, and producers from both Fringe and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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