and then i screamed because why would you wrap a character up so nicely it's just not okay

12x12 Episode Review - Still Screeching...this time about the colour “Peach”.

I gave my 12x10 episode review the title “Pterodactyl Screeching into the Void” because I was so happy about it I couldn’t help but scream with glee at practically every moment. I also said this: “I feel like there is so much to talk about in this episode that fandom will be chewing on it for months if not years to come.” I still believe this, I just didn’t expect that two episodes later I would be reliving this exact same thoughts and feelings. I considered 12x10 to be a one off, a glorious gift to fandom wrapped in a big destielicious bow. Clearly, we celebrate our fandom birthday only two weeks before fandom Christmas because we just got ANOTHER gift wrapped in an even BIGGER destielicious bow and I can hardly contain my glee. (baring in mind fandom Christmas falls on the tenth anniversary of tumblr and close to valentines day I can’t help but feel this was planned - PRESENTS ALL AROUND)

But anyway. Lets talk meta. Once again I am very late to the party as I doubt I will be posting this any earlier than Saturday evening when you have probably all been talking this to death for the past two days. But eh, I’m gonna do my thing and hope you all agree, or aren’t bored by now if everything I talk about is stuff already gone over by my fellow very talented meta writers.

Starting with the obvious, Director Dick Speight Jr and Writer Davy Perez made this episode an homage to Tarantino movies. Specifically Reservoir Dogs which has so many ties to this episode both visually and subtextually that it is kind of difficult to keep track of my thoughts on it. I have to confess, I hadn’t ever watched Reservoir Dogs all the way through prior to watching the episode because it never really interested me. However, after watching the episode for the first time Friday lunch time I decided that it was in my best interests as a meta writer to give it a go. I watched it and tried to take in everything Tarantino was saying and doing with this movie… 

Being a meta writing, destiel shipper with heteronormative goggles permanently removed since watching this show guess what the first thing I picked up on was? That’s right Mr White and Mr Orange… what WAS going on there anyway? Because these guys didn’t know each other very long but they became VERY close by the time of the heist. Poor Freddie and Larry. Such doomed tragic lovers… do we have a ship name for them yet? Frarry? Leddie? Or maybe just “peach” (hence my title)

I believe that when Perez was writing this episode he had a SPN character in mind for each character in RD (mostly anyway). Cas is obviously Mr Orange (the bleeding out from the stomach thing gives it away as does Davy’s tweet here. Here is who I think the rest of the characters are supposed to be:

Dean – Mr White (duh)

Mary – Mr Pink

Wally – Mr Brown

Sam – Nice Guy Eddie maybe? I struggled here

Crowley – I wanna say Joe. (though I also kinda think Ketch would be Joe here… its not too obvious)

Remiel – Mr Blonde (“yellow” hair)

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A/N: This was by far, the hardest for me to write. And not for having difficulty writing, but because of how stunned it left ME. This is not suitable for all kinds of readers. So, if you say you’re uncomfortable, please keep away. Please drop by the ask box to let me know how you felt about it. Also, if necessary, reblog with your opinion. This is something I worked somewhat hard to write, so I really want opinions :))))
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Characters: Yuta, OC, Jaehyun.
Genre: Romance, Angst, Slight Smut, Cussing.
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Why I Want to Save Almost Human

I’ve been thinking about this for a while now. What makes this show so special that I want to do everything that I can to get it uncancelled? There are lots of others shows I could watch instead and there are lots of other things going on in the world that also need attention and support, what makes this show so important?

I think it’s because in my mind Almost Human is kind of like a little brother of Star Trek. Sure it isn’t as optimistic as Star Trek is and doesn’t put itself as far in the future, but at its core Star Trek is a show with a message and Almost Human is too.

The first clear case of this is in the world-building, showing how pervasive technology has become in 2048. Dorian can take bio-scans of John without his permission, the internet is constantly monitored, we have personalized advertising, palm phones, and drones with facial recognition. Privacy is basically non-existent. There are still large class divisions especially with chromes and the fact that only the rich or the very resourceful can obtain such technology to push their children to be the best and brightest and thus widening the class gap further. And I’m not even going to get into the gap created by the wall since we know people do live on the other side of it. Most episodes also have messages or themes they are exploring. ‘Arrhythmia’ makes mention of what happens to people who can’t avoid proper healthcare and has a nod towards organ donation. ‘Skin’ takes a look at grief and the nature of existence.

This desire to be more than just an action/drama buddy cop show extends to our main cast as well. The grumpy cop dealing with a new partner has been done before, but not quite like this. For one thing Dorian isn’t a rookie and in the pilot certainly is shown to be a better cop than John is. For another John is a man with a disability and is never singled out for this. Nobody treats John as less than for only having one leg. No one tells him his depression and mental traumas are things that need to be fixed, only when his behaviour is dangerous to himself and others such as his use of Membliss do the others intervene; and over time John is shown to be working towards improvement in his behaviour. The guy who comforts Dorian after the events of ‘Unbound’ sure isn’t the same guy who was pushing MXs out of moving cars and shooting them in the face earlier in the season.

This push to have well-rounded and human characters, pun completely intentional, is seen in other characters like Rudy who is socially awkward and yet still a valued and important member of the team. Even if John does forget his birthday. Richard is introduced in the pilot as the precinct’s resident asshole, but instead of just having him be some generic thorn in the side of John he too is shown to be a likable guy. We don’t get an episode where Richard has to eat humble pie about John and Dorian instead over the course of the season we see him warm up to Dorian, even giving him a glowing review, and that John gives just as many jabs to Richard as Richard does to him. Also Richard is shown to be a good guy in ‘Strawman’ when he helps out the homeless kid with the sunglasses and he is shown to be a good cop when he trains Rudy about undercover work in ‘The Bends’. Valerie isn’t just a pretty face, but has backstory for her looks in that she resents being who she is and is prejudice against other chromes.

I think the reason Captain Maldonado is my favourite character on the show is that she is such a great example of the production team pushing themselves in their own show too. Originally the character of Maldonado was a man. Now I’ve seen a question posed here on Tumblr when looking at gender-equality in entertainment and how we might make it better and it asks, does anything necessitate this character being male? Could your villain or main character or whoever be a woman instead of a man without drastically changing some aspect of who the character is? And to the credit of the show-runners the answer here was no so they changed the gender.

They then went even further though with the kind of person Maldonado is. Often this kind of character, woman in charge, authority figure, is cold and stand-offish, but not Maldonado. As Lili Taylor herself describes her “she is still in touch with her femininity and her compassion. So she is able to run her force with empathy.” Indeed we see that Maldonado goes out of her way to help John and makes sure he is okay. She does the same thing with Valerie when she goes to the chrome club in ‘Beholder’. Maldonado wears jewellery and paints her fingernails bright colours and in ‘Blood Brothers’ when Avery gives the women in power are all lonely and seeking validation speech we don’t get a scene where she has to prove Avery wrong and show that a guy likes her. She just gets a nice compliment at the end that she thanks the lawyer for and that’s it. Also it’s her plan that saves the day for Valerie and in ‘Strawman’ it’s her plan that does indeed flush Glen out of hiding. She is smart and respected by those under her instead of being the chief who has forgotten what it means to be a cop. To quote the speaker from the San Diego Comic-con “she’s not the angry screaming lieutenant whatever.” And I love that so much I can barely find words to express it.

In the end these are all fundamentally good people trying to do their jobs to the best of their abilities and I find that so refreshing in a culture that seems to lift up the bad-boy, rule-breaking anti-hero, as the pinnacle of human achievement. John has a bit of this in him, but at least Maldonado yells at him over it or gives sarcastic remarks in response. And Dorian is no slouch about telling John what he needs to hear either whether John likes it or not.

Even the background characters prove that Almost Human is more than just another well-made TV show. Again just like Star Trek stands as a platform for diversity, especially the original show, Almost Human has this in spades. In ‘Disrupt’ for example the Bennett’s are young successful people of colour, the person running the security company is a woman, and the villain of that episode is too. The person obsessed with their looks in ‘Beholder’ is a man. The scuzzy lawyer defending Ethan Avery in ‘Blood Brothers’ is a woman and she isn’t some blond thin twenty-something model either. The Recollectionist and Officer Patel are Asian. We have three ethnicities for the MXs and in our main cast. Police officers are shown to be women and people of colour, as is Anna, Vanessa, and I’m sure there are other examples I missed.

There is just so much good in this show from absolutely every angle. Main characters, secondary characters, and guest characters all provide a wide range of audience representation in a positive light. The mystery it builds up about its own world with the wall and InSyndicate, and the amount of corruption within the police department is gripping and I’m fully invested in the story they want to tell. I won’t say the show is perfect. Even watching the episodes in production order I think InSyndicate plot ended rather abruptly at the end of ‘Perception’ and not being brought up again until ‘Unbound’ with nothing in-between, even just a conversation between John and Maldonado about how they’d double check John’s recent cases to make sure no vital information has been compromised by the doll, makes the pacing a bit uneven. I felt the connection between case of the week stories and the overarching plot of the ambush could have gelled a bit more and one thread of it probably should have been wrapped up before the season finished, but hey it’s a first season there are always kinks to work out and the fact that the actors found such good chemistry so quickly and that everyone got chances to shine in just thirteen episodes speaks to the high quality of this show. To pack such a punch in just thirteen hours of screen time is amazing, everyone both in front and behind the camera brought their A game to Almost Human and it shows. This show is brilliant. It’s brilliant in its world-building, in its diverse characters, and in its desire to be more than just escapist entertainment.

So this is the long and rambling essay on why I want to save the show. If anyone would like to use any of this in future tweetouts or in the mail campaign to Warner Brothers please feel free to do so and don’t forget to support all the other efforts that you can to get Almost Human further development whether it be a second season, film, comic books, or any form it which it can continue because it matters.