Violet recaps Season 1 Episode 5 of Almost Human, titled Blood Brothers, where Maldonado is trying to get a murderer convicted, but something goes wrong, and John and Dorian end up having to protect the surviving witness! Following the recap, both Violet and Josh share their thoughts on the episode.
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Almost Human, Season 1 Episode 5: Blood Brothers Recap Overview
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- Dorian wants his own place. Haley, a witness in a murder case, is killed at a safe house, while the other witness, Maya, escapes. Dorian finds Maya hiding in the woods.
- Maya, a psychic/medium, reports that Haley says that Ethan Avery killed her. Rudy analyzes the voice print of the killer at the safe house, and determines that the voice belongs to Avery. The detectives try to determine how that could be.
- When Maya goes missing, John and Dorian drive out and find her. After they pick her up, they are attacked by a van full of Ethan Avery’s clones, and Maya is shot. Dorian visits Maya in the hospital, and she tells him that she had the cerebellux procedure done to communicate with her dead parents, but is unable to due to her house burning down.
- John and Rudy figure out that the clones have been monitoring the police com signals. Stahl investigates Fuller‘s research and finds out that Fuller cloned Avery, then threatened to publish his research and expose the clones, so Avery killed him. Avery’s clones capture Stahl and propose a trade for Avery.
- John and Dorian go to the site for the trade, while Rudy projects a holographic image of Maldonado escorting Avery. The image glitches, and gunfire breaks out. Stahl safely runs away, and Dorian flips the van full of clones. Maya testifies against Avery. Dorian helps Maya communicate with her dead parents. John and Stahl watch the game together.
Almost Human Episode Recap: Blood Brothers, the Details
The Safe House is Not So Safe
Season 1 Episode 5 of Almost Human, titled Blood Brothers, begins with Kennex looking for Dorian in the android locker room. Another robot greets him naked, and looks like a Ken doll. Kennex finds Dorian, who was late because his chest plate is being replaced. In the car, Dorian complains about not having privacy, and asks John to talk to Maldonado about getting him his own place. John asks if Dorian is like a Ken doll “down there” and Dorian shows him that he’s made to be more human. Dorian then teases John about Detective Stahl and speaks in her voice.
In court, Captain Maldonado is testifying against Ethan Avery, who is accused of murdering Doctor Liam Fuller. Two eyewitnesses saw Avery murder Fuller. The witnesses, two women, are in a waiting room. One is a psychic and a medium. The other woman, Haley Meyers, is sworn in, then sits in a chair, and her image is broadcast to the courtroom. As she begins to testify, she looks to the side and says that something is happening. Maldonado realizes that the safe house has been compromised. The person intruding at the safe house shoots the MX guarding the door, then shoots and kills Haley and the bailiff, while the other woman escapes through the bathroom window and runs away.
Later, Dorian finds the surviving witness, Maya, hiding in the woods. John investigates at the crime scene with Detectives Paul and Stahl. No DNA or prints are found, but a tracker was found on the bailiff. John talks to Stahl as she collects the pieces of the shattered MX for Rudy. Meanwhile, to John’s annoyance, a robot gives her updates on a sports game that John is recording.
Could Avery Be the Safe House Killer?
Maldonado visits Avery in jail. He insists there’s no way he could have been behind the murders at the safe house. He then taunts Maldonado, presuming to know things about her, saying she’ll end up alone. His comments seem to get under her skin.
John and Dorian question the other witness, Maya, who never saw the shooter. However, Maya says that Haley told her she saw the killer, and explains that she is a psychic. She tells them that she had the cerebellux procedure, which increases percentage of brain usage. Whenever Maya touches items, dead people can communicate with her from the beyond. Maya says that Haley is telling her that Ethan Avery murdered her.
John and Dorian report to Maldonado what Maya said, but Maldonado says that Avery was with her in court, so it couldn’t be him. Rudy comes in and explains that the human vocal chords cannot be faked. He has analyzed the audio print of the killer’s voice at the safe house, and the voice belongs to Avery. Stahl suggests an identical twin, but Avery’s an only child. John wonders if Avery cloned himself, but Rudy doesn’t think Avery had the skills. Stahl points out that Doctor Fuller was a fertility specialist, and maybe there’s a connection between that and cloning that they’re missing. Meanwhile, Maya is showing off her psychic skills in the precinct.
Paul reports to John that Maya is missing. Dorian checks the surveillance cameras and sees her walking down 8th street. John and Dorian drive up to her to pick her up. She was on her way to Haley’s parents house to deliver a message from Haley that she’s okay. John has her get in the car with them. Maya tells John his aura of anger and frustration pushes people away from him. She gets a vision of him involving a bright light, people running, and the smell of bourbon. Suddenly, a van pulls in front of them and several masked men jump out and start shooting at them. They duck down, and John tells Dorian not to go out there because he doesn’t have a chest plate. Maya gets hit. John starts shooting at them, and they get back in the van and drive away. John pulls the mask off of one of the shooters that he hit, and it’s Ethan Avery.
John calls this in to Maldonado, and guesses that the other guys that attacked were Avery’s clones as well. They wonder how the clones knew where to find them. Meanwhile, Dorian visits Maya in the hospital. She tells him that her parents died in a car accident, and that she got the cerebellux procedure because she heard it helped people connect to the other side. When she woke up from the procedure, she was able to hear voices. However, while she was recovering, her house burned down, along with all of her parents’ belongings. Therefore, she had no items of theirs to touch, and could not connect with her parents.
Fuller Cloned Avery
An MX examines John’s car and finds no trackers. John then has the MX take his phone into a secure com, completely off police channels. John calls Rudy, and asks him to check the pieces of the MX Stahl brought him. They figure out that the clones stole the MX’s com and have been monitoring police signals.
Stahl arrives at Fuller’s mother’s house and has her MX unlock the door for her when no one answers. She goes upstairs and looks at Fuller’s computer and belongings. She finds a letter, and has her MX send it and all the computer files to Maldonado. She hears sounds, and several of Avery’s clones apprehend her.
Back at the precinct, Maldonado receives the files, and realizes that Stahl found the connection: Fuller cloned Avery. Fuller sent Avery a letter threatening to publish his research and expose the clones, and that’s why Avery killed him. John realizes that Stahl sent this on the compromised police signal. Just then, he gets a call from Stahl, and tries to warn her. However, it’s one of the clones on the other end. The clone gives him 2 hours to bring Avery to a set of coordinates in exchange for Stahl.
Avery Will Soon Be Forgotten
Maldonado goes to visit Avery and tells him he’s being released, then reports the same to the clones. John and Dorian meet up with the clones at the location. Rudy, sitting inside the police truck, initializes a holographic projection of Maldonado and Avery walking toward the clones, as they are actually walking down the hallway of the jail. Rudy warns Maldonado that they are running out of hallway to project. Suddenly, the image glitches, and the clones realize Avery isn’t really there. Gunfire breaks out, and Stahl runs away, managing not to get hit. The clones drive away in the van, but Dorian chases them down and flips the van, which then explodes. John calls Maldonado to say that they got Stahl, and Maldonado breaks the news to Avery that he’s not going anywhere.
Later, in court, Maya testifies against Ethan Avery. When court adjourns, Maya tells reminds John about his energy and her vision of him, and tells him that the universe has a way of working things out for us. Maldonado tells Avery that he’s going to jail forever, and that he will soon be forgotten.
Dorian brings a box to Maya containing evidence of the arson investigation of her house. Inside the box, Maya finds an item which allows her to talk to her parents.
Late that night, as John is sitting alone watching the game at the precinct, Stahl joins him and brings some booze. John realizes that it’s bourbon, and that the soccer game involves people running, just as Maya predicted.
Violet’s Thoughts on Season 1 Episode 5 of Almost Human: Blood Brothers
For once, an episode of Almost Human did not remind me of another TV show or movie! (That is not to say it is unlike anything else, because there may have been something I haven’t seen before, or have forgotten about.) Although the climax was quite predictable (it was pretty obvious that the holographic image of Maldonado and Avery was going to glitch out based on how Haley’s image kept glitching out when she was testifying), it was overall an enjoyable episode to watch. In the beginning, I must admit it did keep me guessing as to how Avery could be responsible for the safe house murders when he was visibly in court. At first I thought that he wasn’t really in court, and it was only his image that was there, but then that didn’t make sense because he had to be led in and out of the courtroom. Of course, it turned out to be something as simple as clones! Why didn’t I think of that?
I liked the idea that communicating with spirits from the beyond can be achieved by a simple procedure (well, simple for their point in time anyway) of increasing brain usage. It’s an interesting concept of combining science with what we would currently consider the supernatural. I wonder if other “supernatural” concepts will be introduced into the show and given a scientific explanation. Through his personal interactions with Maya, once again we have heartfelt, emotional moments from Dorian, who sometimes seems more “human” than John. Something else I found interesting was how Maya was able to sense an aura from Dorian, even though he’s not human. This further blurs the lines between human and robot, which seems to be an issue the show is trying to tackle.
Finally, I know I say this every week, but this was yet another episode without any mention of Syndicate. When is that going to pop up again? Seems like it would have by now. In any case, despite the ongoing lack of Syndicate focus, and the predictability of this episode, Almost Human still has my attention, and I continue to enjoy the relationship between Kennex and Dorian. Therefore, I will keep watching.
Josh’s Thoughts: Almost Human, Season 1 Episode 5: Blood Brothers
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