After viewing the first 3 eps of the series, it's not hyperbole to say that Humans is probably the best terrestrial science fiction serial currently on the small screen. While not a new idea, the way it's presented here leaves you wondering why television producers haven't given us androids in precisely this manner previously. Adapted from the Swedish program Real Humans (which lasted 2 seasons and is difficult to find English-subtitled), Humans is an English version for the UK's Channel 4 (and AMC in the States).
PLOT Synths are androids that have become commonplace in the fabric of society. They are put to work doing exactly what you would imagine: numerous types of labor in the public and private sectors, and performing domestic roles like housekeeping, childcare, and eldercare. And of course, what would humanity be...
A well done story on artificial intelligence with its multi-thread approach. Stories have been done before about "artificial humans" in such classics as "Blade Runner" and The Next Generation Star Trek episode "Measure of a Man", but this telling is fascinating because it is in a time parallel to our own and told from different views.
One story involves a husband who, tired of dealing with a chaotic home and a wife that is too busy for the family, decides to purchase a "synth" to sort out the domestic chores. The family name their new purchase Anita.
Another story involves an elderly retired academic who is told that he must give up his older and obsolete synth for a newer model that can take care of him better. But he has formed an emotional, almost fatherly, attachment to that older model which he tries to keep from being scrapped.
A still other story deals with a renegade band of synths and their mysterious human...
Unless the feeling this masterful pilot achieves takes a detour, this is a must-watch: dramatic, haunting and fascinating. Far superior to past series with similar themes, its intriguing premise is beautifully realized through wonderful acting by both skilled newcomers and familiar favorites. Notice the many impressive and careful choices, like the interesting wardrobe and the appropriately mechanical, yet affecting music. I found myself so focused that I didn't move or look away from this unusually magnetic show...ironically, as if put "in the charging position" :)
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