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Humans Season 3 Episode 3 Review

There’s a real sense of convergence in Humans season three. This show’s always been good at keeping everyone busy, but not necessarily at keeping everyone busy in the same direction. George and Odi, Toby and Reenie, Laura and the secret of her brother’s death (remember that?)… the previous series were scattered with discrete plots that ran alongside the main intrigue. Series three’s various offshoots spur from one central stem: can Synths ever gain acceptance from humans? Almost everything the characters did this episode was in service of answering that question. Mia tried to hasten the acceptance process by bravely living among people that hate her and peaceably facing their abuse. Agnes plotted rebellion in the belief that acceptance would never come. At Laura’s behest, Max invited the Dryden Commission into the rail yard in the hope that it would. Niska continued her hunt for the bombers whose actions have made acceptance almost impossible. And by risking his own life to save Sam’s, Joe proved that, even to a Waltringham resident, Synth lives matter. READ MORE...

Humans Season 3 Episode 2 Review

Max hasn’t rejected Leo because of a lack of feeling—he says he’s experiencing more emotions daily—but because of too much of it. Leo having been purged of his robotic components puts him and Max on opposite sides of the fissure between human and Synth. In the climate of Synth unrest at the rail yard, Max fears for Leo’s wellbeing, so makes the painful choice because it’s the only safe choice. Ivanno Jeremiah conveys Max’s complex feelings—desperation, ambivalence, fear, grief—without once betraying the Synth mode of expression. Staying within such a narrow physical and vocal range must be an serious handicap to an actor tasked with telling an emotional story. It’s like having to play King Lear while wearing a balaclava. Jeremiah though, hits the exact balance and gives the stand-out performance of the episode. READ MORE...

Humans Season 3 Episode 1 Review

A bomb explodes in a central London pub. Two Synths are lynched by an angry mob. Armed police carry out a raid that ends in a stand-off at gunpoint… Humans has covered a lot of ground since the day Joe Hawkins decided he could do with a bit of help with the hoovering. It covers a lot of ground in this opening episode too. What began as a domestic story about a handful of Synths trying to hide and the humans that helped or hindered them, is now two-thirds political allegory. Faced with tumultuous current events, writers Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley have done the only conscionable thing and used their storytelling opportunity to talk about what’s been going on. Pulsing under Humans’ skin now is the blood of Brexit and immigration debates, intolerance, terrorism and radicalisation. Inevitably, the personal has become political. READ MORE...

Humans Season-Finale Recap: The Cost of Consciousness

Will the synths find freedom or a new kind of subjugation? ...Read More... //

Humans Season 2 Finale Review: Awakening

After an entire season of robot/human drama, we end up at the same place we started. That's progress? On the season finale, Humans Season 2 Episode 7 and Humans Season 2 Episode 8 , there were lots of deep philosophical discussions about what it is to be human, and it turns out the self-aware synths are just as screwed up as we are, except they have super strength. ...Read More...

Humans Recap: Do the Right Thing

The synths may dream of revolution, but Humans is headed for a violent reckoning. ...Read More... //

Humans Recap: Freedom Denied

Has any great change been accomplished, any unjust oppression ever overturned without violence? ...Read More... //

Humans Season 2 Episode 5 Review: Self Preservation

Synths are made to mimic human beings, so why should we be surprised when they have the same instincts we do? On Humans Season 2 Episode 5 , the most hard-wired of all instincts, self preservation, is on full display, both in the synths and the humans. As I predicted in Humans Season 2 Episode 4 , that louse Ed powered down poor Mia, kidnapping her for the purpose of selling her to the highest bidder. ...Read More...

Humans Season 2 Episode 6 Review: Secrets Revealed

So that's Milo's endgame? Robot children for childless couples? How lame is that? This was a huge letdown at the beginning of Humans Season 2 Episode 6 . I was really expecting something MUCH more sinister than that. Granted, it's really creepy to see robot kids, but the whole deal makes ZERO sense. This is just a way for Milo to string consumers along, taking advantage of their grief to sign them up for a constantly upgraded robo kid every year. ...Read More...

Humans Recap: Cheating Death

Athenas endgame is revealed. ...Read More... //