24 11 / 2013
Anonymous asked: how is almost human spones-ish?
Hi anon! I’ll try to explain to you a thing. You’re welcome to disagree, but here is my perspective. :3
Enter John Kennex.
In my opinion Karl Urban plays Kennex much like he plays Leonard McCoy: A kind of bitter, gruff guy who’s lost everything and it shows…and who actually is a total softie when it comes down to it.
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Now enter DRN/Dorian.
An android, and a mistake of one, because he has an emotion chip that allows him to feel arguably as much as humans do, despite the fact that he’s a machine. He’s referred to by other characters as one of the “crazy” ones because, unlike his newer model counterparts, he can feel and it affects his decision-making. It can be said that Dorian is a parallel to Spock—being half-human, Spock considers his overtly emotional side to be a disadvantage and an insult to his Vulcan culture which emphasizes the constant control of emotion, opting for logic over feeling. There are a plethora of differences between Dorian and Spock (one of which, the most obvious, being that Dorian openly and willingly expresses emotion both in his expressions and in his words), but bear with me here—it is in the context of their backgrounds and “cultures”, and the fact that their differences isolate them, that they are similar.
Now let’s look at how these two interact. John hates Dorian at first, hates all androids, treats them as non-feeling robots to be ordered about. John considers Dorian to be his opposite—an unfeeling nonhuman, just as it might appear that Bones views Spock as his opposite (which he often is, and which is why their dynamic is so effective; for more on this see my Spones manifesto). This is not to say Bones hates non-Humans like John hates androids—Bones is a doctor, he treats all life forms for their ailments, he’s a graduate of Starfleet. Spock, in particular though, grinds his gears because he refuses to feel. This is where the two relationships differ greatly—Dorian does feel and that’s what pisses John off because he can’t grapple with an android defying his expectations, with an android being like him. Spock works through his feelings logically which drives a man like McCoy, who thinks with his heart, completely crazy.
But it is in how I see Dorian and John’s relationship developing so far, that I see parallels with the Spock/McCoy dynamic. They’re so different, and seeing them try to figure each other out is what is “Spones” for me:
JOHN: You said ‘around’ 80 percent.
DORIAN: I’m running my colloquialism routine so I express most data conversationally, man.
The dialogue here and throughout the first two episodes we’ve seen so far, to me, is heavily coated with Spones parallels. John’s sarcasm towards Dorian, the fact that Dorian sasses back (“I’m allergic to cats.” “Maybe the cats are allergic to you. You ever think of that?”)…I dunno. I think there’s a lot of room for growth in their relationship and I’m excited to see where Almost Human takes it. Star Trek took the Spock/Bones dynamic to great new levels, allowing the two characters to grow and understand each other to a point where they could trust each other implicitly. Long story short, I see parallels in their dynamics in the individual characters as well as in how they grapple with coming from different backgrounds. :)
24 11 / 2013
Hello, I’m Officer Eyebrows, I have lots of issues and I don’t talk about my feelings. This is my partner Android Puppy Dog Eyes, I don’t like androids but he’s alright. He can call me John but you can’t call me John. *eyebrows intensify*
24 11 / 2013
Started to write, thought: Hm, I think I’ll see what Tumblr is doing. It won’t take that long…
24 11 / 2013