Dr. Rudy Lom is not your normal police procedural doctor. No, he’s in charge of keeping the mandatory android partners in working order on Fox’s Almost Human. Much is made of destroying as many MX models as possible in each episode so we can get some Rudy action on the murder scene. In such an advanced society though there is more tech than the police can handle and Rudy dabbles in it all. He has a great way of dumbing down the complex for Kennex, the human detective in this unlikely partnership.
His lab is in an old church and he spends most of his time there tinkering with the androids. His passion for the robots is evident and he’s always elbow deep in some gadget, even making little mechanical butterflies. He’s most comfortable talking tech and as a result is a rather lonely soul who craves human contact. Later in the season he gains a roommate: Dorian, a DRN model who has a synthetic soul (making him almost more human than his human partner.)
The talented Brit, MacKenzie Crook, portrays Rudy as a bit of a nervous Nellie at turns confident in his work yet uncomfortably trying too hard. His compassion for exploited androids and his concern for issues Dorian is experiencing complicates his duty to the police force. Anyone who’s a little uncomfortable with social situations can easily relate to such a complex soul. You’ve just gotta love anyone with a face like Rudy!
Rudy himself says it best from an episode (The Bends) where he excitedly goes undercover to help out Dorian and Kennex’s case:
“It’s about passion. Passion in your work. It’s science, yes, but it’s also an art. Ingredients are ingredients, but if you go quiet and you just listen, they start to talk back to you and they tell you what they need and the whole becomes greater than the sum of the parts… if you approach your work with reverence and pour your very soul into it, it starts to get a life of its own, and dare I say, you can grow very fond of that creation.”
We agree Rudy, we agree.
This month I’m participating in a writing challenge to post everyday in April (except Sundays) called the A to Z Challenge. I’m exploring my love of characters, find the full list here. Read some of my other writing posts here. What characters do you love?