Humans, Season 1, Episode 4: Sex, Lies, and Mysterious Synths

Rachel Tsoumbakos

Episode 4.Niska (Emily Berrington)

We’re at the half-way point of Humans, and things are finally starting to gel together in a way that’s bringing the separate threads together. But in order to get to that point where things feel like they’re gelling, we gotta suffer through some extremely awkward interactions—as well as answering the old questions, “What does man really want?”

Before we get to the Hawkins Family—who are still adjusting to Anita in their own ways—we get to the other threads:

First, there’s Pete, Mrs. Pete, and Simon. Pete is checking up with Karen, and he wants to look at the case files on the synth murder, which Karen is letting him know is verboten. This puts him in a bad mood, which means he’s gonna have words with his wife, Jill, and splits for a while. When he comes back Jill is giving him the bum rush out the door, and Pete…

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Humans, Season 1, Episode 2: Deep in the Motherboard

Rachel Tsoumbakos

Welcome once more to the recap of the show Humans. Notice I didn’t say “review”, because it seems the Stannis Baratheons of the Internet will correct your grammar when they’re not preoccupied by the act of burning their daughters at the stake and make you get it right. So recap it is! Shall we?

Let’s start with Hobb, who still has Fred and is doing what he can to get into his “brain”. They find a memory: Anita swimming underwater. It’s not a great leap that this go back to her flashback, which means to deal with saving a small child from a submerged car—there you go, Will Smith. These are the robots you’re looking for.

Sergeant Pete has a moment where he’s helping his not-able-to-walk wife to the loo, and he’s not that great at being a caregiver: he’s getting old and he’s not as strong as ‘ol…

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Humans, Season 1, Episode 1: The Souls of the New Machines

Here’s my first episode recap of Humans. Enjoy.

Rachel Tsoumbakos

AMC's Humans Season 1 promo pic

Before one can talk about a show dealing with concepts of human-like androids living, working, and interacting with humans, there are so laws that need covering. Three of them to be precise:

First Law of Robotics: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

Second Law of Robotics: A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

Third Law of Robotics: A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

Those are the Three Laws of Robotics, developed by science fiction writer Issac Asimov, and laid out for the first time in his 1942 short story Runaround. He developed them because, as he explained much later, he’d grown tired of the old science fiction…

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Humans: Intro to the Parallel Present of Synths.

Here’s my first guess post over on Author Rachel Tsoumbakos’ blog.  I’ll be over there for the next sixteen weeks doing reviews of two televisions shows.  Don’t worry:  I’m not going anywhere from here.  You don’t get rid of me that easy.

Here’s my intro to the AMC shows Humans.