Sunday, 2 August 2015

Humans — Episode 8: 2-8-2015

Ooooh … 

So that’s what the Humans finale looked like … 

I don’t know if you’ve been following me for a while.

But if you have … ?

You’ll realise I write the Daily Teasers.

You know I like Dr Who.

And you’ll probably have realised I like the odd movie or two.

You’ll ALSO realise something else.

That, over the past few weeks?   I’ve been watching the Channel 4 science fiction series, Humans.

Hmmm … 

Humans … … … … 


Episode 8 shows us follows on from episode 7: showing us how Leo Elster, and the rest of his synth family — Mia, Niska, Max and Fred — have been captured by Dr Hobb.

Hobb, it seems, worked with David Elster — Leo’s father — on the original Synth project: and knows perfect;y well that this batch of synths are conscious, self aware, machines.

Alive, if you will.

And wants the relevant source code hidden in all five brains so that he, personally, can generate his own batch of similar synths.

There’s more … 

Karen — who’d lead the police squads that tried capturing the synths — is vaguely disgruntled by Hobb’s behaviour: ultimately helping them, after the group escapes and hides in the crypt of a nearby church.

And Leo himself?

Has realised the source code they collectively have access to?

Could totally change the world.

It’s only when we reach the climax of tonight’s episode that we find out exactly who Leo And the group believe to be the only person they can trust with the information.

You can possibly guess who that is, can’t you … ?

It’s ALSO at The climax the group decides they must go into hiding: abandoning Fred in the process.

Leaving the Hawkins family to its own devices.   AND letting Niska go her own way.

We get to find out more … in Series 2 … 


Now … 

Good … ?

I think I can safely give Humans a general thumbs up.   Although I’ve seen better — Penny Dreadful has a fantastic opening season — Humans tells us an interesting story: one that makes us have a look at our relationship with technology, without necessarily taking a pro- or anti-technology stance.

It’s also given us a likeable group of characters: although I feel for me, the standouts are going to be Danny Webb as sympathetic villain, Edwin Hobb, Emily Barrington as the icy Niska, and Gemma Chan.

Gemma Chan, not in her character’s Mia mode: the conscious Synth built to care for a young Leo Elster.

No, but in Anita mode.   I have to say, I, personally found that aspect of the first Seaon to be the interesting one.

After all, would would we interact with our pieces of technology … if they looked exactly like us.

I think a little more of that, please, Channel Four, would be just the thing … 

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