‘Almost Human’ Episodes Air Out of Order – Is This A Sign Of Cancellation?

Posted Friday, December 13th, 2013 02:00 pm GMT -5 by

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Over ten years ago, in a incident that has famously gone done in Geek History as one of the greatest travesties to the science fiction genre, Fox aired ‘Firefly‘ out of order and then cancelled the show. While a lot of factors went into that cancellation, it’s widely agreed that the jumbling of the order was a large part in its demise.

Well, it seems they are at it again, but this time the science fiction show that is getting shuffled (at least for the first seven episodes) is ‘Almost Human’, which stars Karl Urban (‘Lord of the Rings’, ‘Star Trek’).

For those of you have been tuning in dutifully every week, you may have noticed some continuity issues, namely with how the relationships are progressing. One episode, Dorian and Kennex are cold and distant, and the next they are almost BFFs. Well if you’re wondering why that is the case, it’s because the second episode is actually the fifth.

  • 1.01 Pilot (Actual episode: #1.01)
  • 1.02 “Skin”- (Actual episode: #1.05)
  • 1.03 “Are You Receiving” – (Actual episode: #1.06)
  • 1.04 “The Bends” – (Actual episode: #1.07)
  • 1.05 “Blood Brothers” – (Actual episode: #1.08)
  • 1.06 “Arrhythmia” – (Actual episode: #1.03)

Where are the fourth and the second episode? Who knows.

On Twitter, showrunner, JH Wyman addressed this by saying: “It’s okay that they are out of order for the first 7 or so– then, they really should be in order”.

While ‘Almost Human’ is largely serialized, and the switched episodes are essentially standalones (a great deal of procedural cop shows actually do have their episode orders rearranged), there still exists an overarching episode plot line that seems not to matter. What seems especially strange about the episode rearrangement is that the entire story of the show in the trailers was hinged on the uneasy relationship between Kennex and the android, Dorian.

One wonders if Fox is at it again, and is making sure that ‘Almost Human’ goes off the air before its time, much like the beloved, ‘Firefly’ all those years ago.

Source: Almost Human News
  • Guest

    I hope not. I like this show a lot.

  • Miles

    It’s dead Jim.

    • http://www.lovingthealien.net Alison “Boom” Baumgartner

      I don’t want to be true, but god… such a brilliant comment.

  • SFSeries&Movies

    Not really a surprise when you look at the ratings! Strange, because I really like it, but yeah, it’s sci-fi on a network, 1+1 is cancel!

    • http://www.lovingthealien.net Alison “Boom” Baumgartner

      Yeah, but even “Touch” got a second series… Fox is… really unaware of how to market things, it feels like.

  • dhinged

    The one complaint I have with this show is that there’s hardly an over-arching plot, which seems to have been left at the pilot. Regardless of whether they’re out of order, there’s been hardly a whiff of the over-arching plot between his wife and the company he lost his leg over, which seems like a bigger story than a cop using an outdated “psycho” robot.

  • track100

    Yes, they are out of order, but what’s your source for the correct order? The third episode “Are You Receiving” opens with with him putting olive oil on his leg which he was told to do at the end of the pilot.

    Is “Are You Receiving” the 2nd episode or have they been recutting and switching around the cold opens too?

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