Welcome back, Almost Human-ers! (Feel free to suggest another name for us loyal fans.)
After a few weeks off, the show comes back blazing with the long-awaited introduction of John Larroquette as Dorian's creator and Gina "should've been Wonder Woman" Carano as a sexy killer robot!
This week's outing kicks off with Dorian and Kennex giving some kids a tour of the precinct. (Naturally, Kennex offers to show them the guns.) Unfortunately, Kennex's efforts to expose some impressionable youths to the horrors of crimefighting in the year 2048 ends in one kid losing his lunch. "Bedwetters," Kennex grumbles.
Elsewhere, a woman is accosted by a masked gunman who shoots her and takes off with her bag. The MXs eventually corner the gunman and pump him full of lead. Upon removing his mask, it's revealed that the mugger is actually a service robot reprogrammed for evil!
Later at the precinct, the evil bot is entered into evidence. Suddenly, it comes alive! (I love the robot's creepy design.) The bot locates an evidence box which contains the head of a female robot. And she's no Rosie from The Jetsons -- it's robot Gina Carano! The killer bot attaches the Gina Carano head to its body, grabs some guns, takes out the guard, and beats metal feet out of there.
As it turns out, the head is a XRN, a model of robot even more unpredictable and insane than the DRX. Two years ago, the cops destroyed the XRN's body but kept the head in the evidence locker. (Hello! The first rule of killing evil robots is "always destroy the head.") As Stahl brilliantly deduces, someone programmed the service bot to commit a crime, get taken out and then retrieve the head.
Kennex thinks that Insyndicate is behind the theft. They made a run on their evidence locker back in episode one, so that must be what they were after. Perhaps the XRN is going to be used to take out The Wall, Kennex surmises. ("The Wall" has been mentioned a couple times before, but this is the first time it's really factored into the main storyline.) Stahl worries that the XRN could create a breach between them and what's on the other side. (White Walkers, no doubt.) Maldonado tells Dorian, who has no record of the XRN, that a lot of people are probably going to die. Like, for instance, a poor cab driver whom the XRN kills in order to commandeer his vehicle.
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