Almost Human Season 1 Review “The Bends”

Almost Human returned tonight with “The Bends”, as lovable scientist Rudy gets the spotlight. Not only did we get to see him pull a Breaking Bad and show off his drug-cooking prowess, but we also got a deeper look at the seedy underbelly of the Los Angeles drug trafficking world and the police corruption that goes along with it.

Before we get to all that, though, we open with a flash-forward scene. This is one of my pet peeves on TV shows. The practice of opening an episode with an exciting flash-forward scene, and then pulling a “24 hours earlier”, has become commonplace on TV nowadays. Just about everybody is doing it, and it was never effective for me at all. If you’re showing us that Rudy ends up having to run from the guys that he was trying to impress, then we know the whole time that it’s going to go wrong and that he’s going to end up running away. It really takes away from the suspense of it all if we know what’s going to happen from the very beginning. I mean, I was never going to be scared for Rudy’s life or anything, but I just don’t understand the point. Do they just need to open with an exciting scene or something? I thought the scene of Cooper getting killed was an effective opening, so I don’t know why it needs to be ruined by that stupid flash-forward.



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