Humans Series Premiere Review: We Welcome Our New Robo-Overlords

Humans S01E01: "Episode 1"


One day you'll be able to own a robot in your house that will do all the dirty chores, like clean the litter box, pay attention to your kids, and nod your head when your wife is talking at you. But what if this technological inevitability was science fact, and you could go to your local Apple Store and come away with a fully functioning android slave RIGHT NOW? How would society change? How much do you tip a robot? Can robots be the new TV and raise your kids? That's what AMC's new series Humans, a co-production with U.K. network Channel 4, asks.

Set in an alternative (and let's face it, better) contemporary time where pretty much everything we know and love is the same except for the existence of purchasable customizable robots that serve a multitude of purposes, the premiere of Humans was intellectual science-fiction poking around all our deepest concerns about integrating lifelike androids into our homes. Namely, when is it acceptable to have sex with your robo-slave, judging by the amount of ogling some characters did at the behind of very sexy robot Anita who was at the center of Humans. You may laugh, but these are serious questions that my, uhhh, friend really wants to know the answers to.

The issue with Humans was that these were questions that have been explored by man ever since the first tinker toy was invented. Sci-fi authors Isaac Asimov (who wrote I, Robot) and Philip K. Dick (whose story Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? was adapted into Blade Runner) have definitely wondered about the bangability of sexy robots (as well as other robo-related queries), the viability of androids as human replacements have been tackled recently by the excellent Black Mirror and Ex Machina (which I have not seen yet), and in between, there have been countless books, films, and shows about human-robot co-existence. 

Luckily, about 10 minutes into Humans, the series showed that it had a dramatic backbone among all these previously tread themes. By now you all know Humans was marketed as a story of a family who gets an android to help out around the house, but what shocked me (in a good way) was the storyline that popped up less than 10 minutes into the pilot. A flashback showed us a quartet of robots was on the run with their... hmmm, let's call him a handler, Leo (played with intensity by Merlin's Colin Morgan). These four bots were all super-robots, with the bonus ability to think and feel like humans, and their pasts were clouded in mystery thanks to ignoring any painful exposition. Fast forward to present storytelling time, and one was still with Leo, one was working as the most advanced Fleshlight in a robo-brothel, one had been captured by the "bad" guys, and one was the previously mentioned Anita, who was purchased as a maid for the central Hawkins family. This whole story worked really well, and dammit, I really want to know what's going on with these guys. 

That's what separates Humans from a show with a singular idea of, "Gee, what's the deal with robots and humans in the future?" to the much more sustainable and interesting idea of, "How did these four robots get to be so advanced and what's going to become of them?" Working in tandem, you have a fascinating series that instantly appealed to our sense of wonder about the sci-fi of it all, and also delivered straight action-adventure plot to keep us interested in what was happening. Having one or the other wouldn't be nearly as impressive, but both? Sure! 

Let's take a look at the Hawkins family since that will likely be the bulk of the series. Overworked Joe made a ballsy decision by not consulting his wife and moving forward with the purchase of a synth, because he felt overworked as the parent who stayed home while his wife Laura was constantly on extended work trips and because his kids were lazy as hell. Seriously, Matilda and Toby were worthless teens that did nothing, and Matilda might take the trophy of WORST TEEN EVER from Homeland's Dana Brody. But Joe's decision was doubly gutsy because Anita (model/actress/model/model/hot model Gemma Chan) was hot like fire and a threat to everyone's robo-virginity. I mean, it's one thing to buy a robot while your wife is out of town on business, it's another to come back with one that looks like a Pleasurebot from the planet Sexotron. And both Joe and Toby should look for a good chiropractor given how many times their necks swiveled to look at Anita's robo-rump. Just sayin', fellas, be smarter about your android purchases. Yes, I have thought this out plenty. 

From there we saw the typical problems inherent with a sexy robot assistant. Laura flashed some jealousy, and rightfully so, Laura also felt threatened to lose her mothering duties, and rightfully so, and Laura wondered aloud whether or not they even needed Anita, and rightfully so. Matilda hated everything, but Sophie loved her new play pal. And Toby watched TV and probably spent some alone time in his room thinking about Anita. Joe, on the other hand, was totally down. Guys with their gadgets, amirite? It set up plenty of family drama, especially since Joe pocketed the "adult options 18+" portion of the instruction manual. It's all inherently creepy because the idea of androids helping out around the house was creepy, and Humans played that icky feeling well while also acting as a proponent for domesticated androids. 

But the most interesting bit of Anita and the Hawkins was Anita herself. We know she's a runaway robot who can think and feel thanks to a breakthrough in artificial intelligence. But did this version of Anita know that? If she did, she played it off very well, replying to Laura's insults of being a dumb machine with a simple, "Yep," and mustering up a broken-record laugh at Joe's incredibly lame "microchips" dad joke. But Anita also went outside to look at the moon and had an accident with a hot pan, two things that weren't supposed to happen. It would seem that she's in hiding until Leo finds her, forcing her to suppress the gift of emotions and thought while she cleaned up after the kids, made extravagant breakfasts, and ignored Joe and Toby's wandering eyes. But there's also just enough doubt there to make the viewer wonder if Anita had her memory wiped at the android warehouse or if she's playing robo-possum. Well, at least until the very end, when Anita grabbed Sophie and booked it. That's going to cause some problems!

On a more emotional level, George (William Hurt) and Odi's (Game of Thrones' Will Tudor) story is primed to wring out your eyeballs. George, an American former scientist, just didn't want to part with the outdated Odi, who has turned from help around the house to surrogate son after the death of George's wife. Odi knew George better than anyone else, and even served as a backup for George's own fading memory. But the government robot services wanted George to upgrade to a new synth model, one with the personality of a lunch lady. It's a hell of a predicament for George, and I felt for him. I used to love my old flip phone and never wanted to upgrade to a smartphone, too. Poor George. Poor Odi. 

It was a good start for Humans, which spiced up familiar territory by adding a dramatic edge. And it's already asking the right questions, like, "Is it okay to have sex with a robot?," features plenty of good performances, and has a clean fresh-out-of-the-box look at technology. 



TERMS & CONDITIONS

– Man, William Hurt was great in this, wasn't he? He really sold his character's plight. That scene when he was trying to get Odi to remember his wife was (sad crying face). 

– Also fantastic: Will Tudor doing the robot really well. In fact, all the robot actors were great. 

– Sophie asked if the Hawkins could exchange their synth if it wasn't pretty. Phew, Joe has an out when Laura asks, why her? "It was Sophie's pick, not mine!" 

– The music in Humans is grrrrrrreat! 

– New pickup line at a bar: "Hello, I'm now securely bonded to you as my primary user." 

– Are these robots the beginning of the "singularity" or are they just misunderstood computer boxes?

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Aug 04, 2015
Engaging in sexual activity with a robot is essentially just masturbation, which is both legally and ethically OK last I checked.
If said robot was a sentient being, however...things get a little trickier.
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Jul 06, 2015
I did not find this episode pointless or dragging at all, it all seems progressing at pretty natural speed instead of rushing to cover plot points
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Jul 06, 2015
I wonder why they would make such attractive robots tho.. I mean I would not want a "Anita" at home haha - and why do they give them the special parts downstairs ? =)
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Jul 05, 2015
I liked it well enough (I spent the first few minutes of Leo on screen going, who is he and then, oh, well maybe he is unavailable to play Merlin again on OUAT) and it might actually pull my attention away from True Detective which has tonight to win my attention.

I am figuring someone figured out the Turing Test and imbedded the programming in a few of the androids. I'm not really sure what the whole deal with Leo and the rebellion. I sort of feel like In the Flesh has spoiled me for potential rebellion groups to root for.
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Jul 05, 2015
So, this obsession with robot sex in the review, that troubles noone? I mean, that scene in the pilot was highly rapey. Or has too much game of thrones basically broken our brains?
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Jul 03, 2015
I've just finished ep 3 and it continues to impress. It's an amazing series with complex layers of creepiness and heartfelt emotion. The first episode did an amazing job at setting up its characters and each episode just kept adding character developments which was nice. Anita is way too pretty like seriously she's pefect and it's annoying.
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Uma
Jul 03, 2015
People should also watch the Swedish original, this British version is picking up at the point where society these robots have already been integrated as workers for some time. The Swedish version is more the transition to this typed of society and the resistance, it is a little bit more philosophical.



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Jul 01, 2015
Wow you guys are behind....i watched yesterday episode 3...and i like it very much to be honest....it has some creepiness i can't explain....but love Anita the character and ofcourse Colin Morgan from Merlin....
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Jul 01, 2015
COLIN MORGAN!!! enough said, I am watching this.
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Jul 01, 2015
Yes. Robosex is okay.
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Jun 30, 2015
How are people already on episode 3? I set to record the series and only have the premiere.

Not knowing (or really caring) that it's a remake, I was really impressed. I liked the fact that I had to pay close attention to realize one of the renegades was human. I liked the range of emotions projected to the synths, from the casual annoyance displayed by Laura on the street to the callous slaver approach of the sex-shop patron.

The parallels to how people, today, may treat the "actual" people doing those same jobs can serve as a mirror to our society. The synths not only are serving for the menial labor, but also giving us the freedom to marginalize them without the guilt or even empathy we are "burdened" with today.

I liked the casual mention of the "Asimov Chip" which prevents harm to humans.

The fear I have is that the base material is pulled from many other sources and the "original" concept space is relatively small.

We have Planet of the Apes in the "helper-class turns exploited servant class, becomes self-aware" arc. We have "Hand that Rocks the Cradle" and others in the "seemingly perfect nanny threatens insecure Mom while family is oblivioius" class. We have "Her" and any number of other "AI designed to please becomes romantically irresistable" plots. We have "I, Robot" with the singular self-aware android hiding in plain sight amongst its less evolved brethren.

So the writers have to be careful to avoid too many "that's just like" moments. But the casting, acting and directing in this debut have me excited for more.



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Jun 30, 2015
3 episodes have already been broadcast in the UK.
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Jun 30, 2015
Ah, thanjk you. Those signals must be taking the scenic route across the pond.
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Jun 30, 2015
There is also a very creepy and controversial topic about synthetic sex workers (how would someone do whatever he (she) pleases with it and than erase all painful memories). Also there is even more controversial issue about small synthetic dolls that look like human kids that can be used by pedophiles and is it ethical to let them use it if it's an opportunity to do so.
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Jul 01, 2015
Well, more ethical than using a real child. I think they are trying to make the sex dolls basically an interactive blow-up doll. It is a machine, so why are ethics even a question against them? It is like saying, is it okay to test your laptop case by leaving it in the rain with your laptop in it? No one care's, it's your laptop, you can do what you want with it. Now, the ethics of the humans, well, live and let live seems to be the attitude of the day. It's illegal to have child porn on your computer...but is owning a doll illegal? No. The reason it is illegal is because the children in the porn are real children, if they were just dolls, I doubt anyone would care.
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Jul 13, 2015
I mean not dolls but like Humans-synths. It's a hypothesis. If there are human-like synths and humans would use them as sex slaves (abuse them not just having sex which is ok) or else then would it be ethical. coz in some way it is horrific abusive actions that matter as well not only object of that abuse. Coz people let go of their sexual frustrations and physical tensions by watching imaginary fictional sex acts therefore they don't act on it. Let's say in future people can abuse and torture human-like robots (A.I.) to let steam off on a premise that it's not humans. Would it be ethical?
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Jun 30, 2015
seen 3 eps and really like this show!
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Jun 30, 2015
I figure all robots want to kill us or become our masters so I am in it for the full season at least and with the added bonus of this actually being good I am in robot overlord heaven.
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Jun 29, 2015
I think the show would be more thought provoking and open a bit more space in an over-explored thematic area (for me and other science fiction aficionados) if a married or divorced (or even single parent) woman brought the (male or female) helper into the family rather than the other way around. Then, the show could scrutinize the changing role and social position of the father/husband in modern families, whether they be single-parent or nuclear. I look around and see many of my female friends going it alone in raising their kids (after taking on the role of being primary bread-winner as well as primary caregiver) and hear a lot of anxiety from my married male friends about their changing roles in their marriages. We've seen quite a bit of aging/tired wife replaced by newer model. We haven't seen much exploration of what wives might reprogram their husbands into being if they could. Missed opportunity, IMO.
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Jun 30, 2015
actually, in episode 2 there will be a couple wih male robot helper who was purchased by husband-cop to help his disabled wife to recover. and there will be hidden jealousy and regret of that husband who gonna watch how young hunk synth is massaging his attractive wife.
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Jun 30, 2015
There are no children in that relationship, though. It is very much orchestrated as can't-meet-my-wife's-(very-basic-physical)-needs drama. I mean, she has an actual mobility issue. He has physical limitations as well. This is very different from "I'm tired of being the primary one who looks after our brats. We're getting a hot maid/nanny."
The only attitude shown wrt fatherhood seems to be "I won't get stuck with the domestic labor". Fathers having their domestic work replaced does not threaten what it actually means to be the father in his family. Ostensibly, wasn't it his work/responsibilities that Anita was actually brought home to perform? It's not explored. We can ask, why does the wife feel like she's the one who is being replaced when the husband doesn't--it's a profound statement about the roles we assign. But we've seen it before. Again, I just think it's a missed opportunity.
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Jun 29, 2015
Maybe not completely, it seems the show is going to bring more different examples of role replacement. But I totally see what you mean (specially after reading so much in this page about the merits of a sexy female robot house keeper)
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Jun 29, 2015
I saw the original Swedish series and it was fine and here again they are just translating it, with no changes whatsoever. There are smart philosophical issues that are asked and partially answered; and should be watched, absolutely.
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Jun 30, 2015
They are making changes, unfortunately so far for the worse. The original begins with a somewhat more shocking occurrence I won't spoil. It appears they have dropped some characters in this remake, perhaps due to shorter running time per episode (I don't recall if there are also fewer episodes in a season or not). It just seems to not quite click in certain ways that the original did (even watching the original with subtitles since I don't know any Swedish).
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Jun 29, 2015
The end, where Anita does the kidnapping? I didn't see that coming.

The actors playing the robots are spectacular. Especially the fury in the sexbot's eyes and the abandonment in the eyes of the gardener when he was caught.

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Jun 30, 2015
no, she didn't kidnap after all. see in 2 episode.
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Jun 30, 2015
Or you shouldn't spoil, as I'm about to watch ep 2 tonight.
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Jun 29, 2015
Gemma Chan and Will Tudor are both excellent in their respective roles. Great show so far.
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Jun 29, 2015
Tim raises an interesting point. Really, if you buy a robot that looks so much better than your spouse and then you get in trouble, you're just asking for it!

The pilot was similar enough to the Swedish version that I thought that any moment the actors were going to start speaking Swedish.

I'm still suffering from the comparisons with the original syndrome. I refer to the Swedish version Äkta Människor. I still think of the scientist as Eisher, not Elster. Also, now it's George, not Lennart. Vera is no longer fat. And WTF, no more Roger? Also, I'm still trying to figure out if Niska is Niska, Bea or Flash or an amalgamate of the three. Well, at least Anita is still Asian and pretty.

It's inevitable they'll shift characters around, extinguish some, create new ones and change the story here and there. So, in the end I guess we might end with a completely different show.

Anyway, whatever they do, I'll still follow the show. It's so much better than anything else in science fiction that is being broadcast these days. But I doubt they'll make the British version of this season better than the first season of Real Humans.
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Jun 29, 2015
Oh, and I definitely prefer "Hubots" not "Synths."
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Jun 29, 2015
British people and servants. Is this Downton Abbey ?
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Jun 29, 2015
I enjoyed the show, as a warm-up. Now we'll have to see if they actually try to go where Sci-Fi should go - deciding whether a robot can have a 'soul'. Sure, they can look pretty and can act like they feel pain or think, but do they really? Not sure they will try to answer that one. Few shows and movies try.
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Jun 29, 2015
What can I say, I still have my old flip phone...
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Jun 29, 2015
Mine I forgot in the washing machine...
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Jun 29, 2015
Doing a sacrament revivification of an old post I made.

On topic. Androids on TV

I just read that Kudos Film and Television is working on an adaptation of Swedish sci-fi series.
Real Humans (Äkta Människor) created by SVT/Matador Film AB (2012).
The series got prize as best TV-series at Prix Italia 2013.
It will be awesome! That is if they decide to actually make it. They just bought it, right? Link to Shine: promo

Anyway, season two is just airing over here.



Trailer from the original:


From this you can see that the remake is quite alike the original.


Quote from SVT:
"The series also became an international hit when Kudos Film & Television and Shine International bought the remake rights and the rights to distribute the series internationally. As of this date the series has been sold for distribution in almost 50 countries including Great Britain, Australia and Latin America."

TV.com page
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Jun 29, 2015
Darn, I had noted on my "to watch" list that this show was not debuting until the fall season, so I've missed viewing the first three episodes. Guess I have some catching up to do, but then I've already viewed the original Swedish Äkta Människor series (or Real Humans). Heck, Tim, you should have mentioned this as others have already. Perhaps it's not an exact remake but what I've read here there are a lot of recycled names from the original: Anita, Leo, Odi, Toby, Matilda, and Sophie. Some things I hope the show maintains with the original: the concepts of self of a sentient being and does such a being have the right of a free existence unfettered from humans employing them in dangerous and monotonous jobs?
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Jun 29, 2015
I wouldn't be too hard on Tim. I read three different reviews of the pilot and none of them mentioned this was a remake. I don't think anyone knew. As for this version I am enjoying in. It is interesting and I am a sucker for this kind of story anyway. And for the original...never heard of it. Might try it if it omits on Netflux otherwise no.
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Jun 29, 2015
I know it is a remake and I actually don't give a damn. I apologize if I'm rude, not my intention to insult anyone. But I truly don't give a damn. I can even watch the original in Swedish if I want to, cause I would understand a lot of it, but this one arrived to me and the Swedish one didn't. And it's ok.
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Jun 29, 2015
I enjoyed it. I like the balance between the idea of robots being normal in society in conjunction with the more thriller-esque aspect of Leo and his 'aware' robots, I just wonder how well they can sustain it.

The Hawkins', as Tim mentioned, will presumably be our main gateway into this world and unfortunately both Laura (why is she so threatened by an intimate object?), and Matilda (who has potential, but has an angst overload at the moment) are really annoying. And the rest are just there not going much, so let's just hope they improve.

I, like many others, really enjoyed George and Odi's plot but at this early stage it's hard to see how this will become incorporated with the rest of the plot (if it will at all). That's not necessarily a bad thing (it wasn't here), but I can easily see this becoming problematic.
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Jun 29, 2015
With the risk of sounding like a sleazy, sexist, disgusting, nasty, slimy, man-pig of a weirdo, I have to say that I kind of look forward to a future in which androids look like Anita.
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Jun 29, 2015
Tim beat you to it anyways, didn't he?
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Jun 29, 2015
They already explored that idea in the 1985 movie Weird Science....
Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words:



That is just too #distractinglysexy. Especially if she looks like she comes straight out of the
gym . Only the android has a strange hairdo? Can you say to an android: have you been working out? it wouldn't make much sense

As these are "Hollywood" androids they are naturally extremely attractive. Does the appearance of androids change over the years or they look always the same? We humans got a "problem" called aging. Yeah i want to deny it too. It sucks.


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Jun 29, 2015
another :"sexist" association:

Baby you can drive my car
And maybe I love you
Beep beep'm beep beep yeah :)
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Jun 29, 2015
Looking like Anita, or also like that physiotherapy Synth. That lady seemed quite happy to be whisked away by her strong, svelte man-shaped Synth with a giggle indicating more than a little emotional connection. Or in other words, what's good for the gander is also good for the goose. :-)
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Jun 29, 2015
For those that are interested to have a small pick at the original Swedish TV show, Real Humans, here. Unfortunately no English translation, but you get the idea after watching ep 1 of Humans.



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Jun 29, 2015
sure you cannot find the subtitles... somewhere?
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Uma
Jul 03, 2015
Here you go with English subtitles: https://vimeo.com/album/2747482


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Jun 29, 2015
It's unlikely that someone has bothered to make English subtitles for a Dutch promo for a Swedish TV show. But I'm bored at the moment, so here's a translation of the spoken words. I don't know Dutch, so I will not try to translate the text.

(In English) Graceful...elegant...efficient.
Woman 1: They are computers, machines.
Woman 2: The synths have no emotions, for anything.
Man 1: It's been rumored for some time, about wild synths.
Man 2: Wild machines, with an intelligence far above anyone else's.
Female synth: No one owns us. We are our own.
Female synth: It's a society, an organism, and it hates us.
Man 3: The dolls need to go, every single one of them.
Female synth: It will destroy us.
Man 3: Wake up! Soon it will be us, working for them.
Female synth: When there are sufficiently many of us, they will fear us.
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Jun 30, 2015
actually I was speaking of the full series, not the promo
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Jun 30, 2015
I found it easily. I used bsplayer and it found for me automatically.
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Jun 29, 2015
In the Swedish version they are hubots, not synths.
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Jun 30, 2015
Yes, "hubot" is definitely meant to be interpreted as a combination of "human" and "robot".

Hubbar would be the plural form of hubb (or hub), which isn't actually a word, but can be used as a nickname/abbreviation for hubot. I haven't seen the show, so I don't know if they use that word a lot, but "woman 2" uses the word "hubbarna" in this clip, which is the definite form of "hubbar". It's like saying "the hubs" or "the hubbies" in English. (We don't have a word like "the". We alter the ending of the word instead).

"Man 1" says "hubotar", which means "hubots".
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Jun 30, 2015
And I've always thought hubots was an amalgamate of human robots. I've seen the show but I don't remember any "hubbars."
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Jun 30, 2015
I avoided that term because I would have had to invent and explain an English-sounding word that corresponds to the informal "hubbar" (used by "woman 2"). I thought about using "hubs".
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Jun 29, 2015
is just a promo. And very much like the first episode review here. Not difficult to understand.
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Jun 29, 2015
Somebody put a video in English above :)
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Jun 29, 2015
Why is it that, when professionellt reviewing a new series, there is no mentioning of it being a remake, or how/if it will be different from the source material?
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Jun 29, 2015
For the record I read two other reviews and neither mentioned this was a remake either so in this case I give Tim a pass.
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Jun 29, 2015
What did you except? Tim S did the review, that says it all! I'm surprised he didn't find it dumb or slow so that's a plus.
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Jun 29, 2015
A comparison might go a bit too far, but a mentioning would have been nice. Not only as info for the readers but also out of respect for the creators of the original.
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Jun 29, 2015
wait for the second episode, the daughter is no longer the worse
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Jun 29, 2015
Already on episode three and still loving it.
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Jun 29, 2015
"Is it okay to have sex with a robot?" Funny because in the original Swedish TV show this was not a question. People had sex with robots and no big deal. Of course, that is Scandinavia, not dobbelt moral USA. The sex issue was not any big part of the story, not at all.
By the way, I would not call Leo a handler. He is so much more.
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Jun 29, 2015
I don't understand how it's even a question. But then I'm Swedish, so...
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Jun 29, 2015
Your Leo comment was so vague as to be potentially misleading. He is what he is, and the show seems poised to reveal that, with a quick hint at some odd injury(?) already, in due time.
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Jun 29, 2015
My vague comment was trying to avoid to give up some spoilers. That´s all.
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Jun 29, 2015
Wow, that was well done.

As for robots doing the boring chores, while that may sound appealing, it is charcter building particularly for youth. However I can't say that I don't have a person that comes to my home and do my laundry, dusting and sweeping. So. Would a robot be better. Maybe.

But this show is crafted well. It is building well and setting things in motion. I enjoyed every aspect of it.

As as far as sex with robots. Eh. I prefer real women
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Jun 30, 2015
"As as far as sex with robots. Eh. I prefer real women"

Don't knock it till you try it.

You should watch a little movie called Ex Machina. Great movie.
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Jun 30, 2015
I don't think I would need to try it. In the vast amount of ways that the variety of people in this world prefer sex, it just wouldn't coincide with mine.

I really want to watch Ex Machina, I might have to just outright purchase it on iTunes.
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Jun 29, 2015
That person who does your cleaning might lose her job for a robot and then hate robots, and get poorer.
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Jun 29, 2015
Great show , i love it ! ,i love all the actors but Gemma Chan surprised me , very good
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Jun 29, 2015
Hopefully this takes a few of the great ideas of Almost Human, but skips so many of the terrible ones that sent it to an early grave. Still, if all else fails, we have Gemma Chan, and how friggen gorgeous is she with her sweet little robot parts?
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Jun 29, 2015
What do you mean terrible ones? I have seen the original Swedish TV show and it was great. In Sweden everybody is waiting for season 3.
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Jun 29, 2015
The show's creator says that it's not happening. Apparently SVT dropped out, and they couldn't get enough support from the French. He says that he'd like to make a movie, but that probably won't happen either.

Source (in Swedish): http://www.aftonbladet.se/nojesbladet/tv/article21032212.ab
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Jun 29, 2015
Ok, thanks for the info. Swedish productions are good, so we´ll see what happens. Some shows were buried dead, and years later were back on screen. I liked better the original Swedish than this remake. I liked the photography of the original, lighter, modern. And the dialogues seem more natural. I liked that the original did not have this kind of sentimentality of the remake. But the most important is that the robots were so much better in the original. Excellent actors and actresses. The Swedish ones I mean.
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Jun 29, 2015
He's comparing with Almost Human the american show that was cancelled by Fox, not the original show.
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Jun 29, 2015
Well it has not being on Fox going for it. So I think the grave won't be coming any time soon.
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Jun 29, 2015
I say this show was really well done on all accounts. I hope they can keep it up.
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Jun 29, 2015
After I watched this, I was struck by how little focus was on the sex issue as compared to much android fiction. Tim clearly had a different experience.

For my part, I do not think I would be troubled by the loss of my useful function doing chores or any other sort of work. Maybe if the androids starting replacing humans in creative jobs like writing fiction or music would I be troubled. But maybe no more troubled than I am by the fact that Hollywood already puts out formulaic crap and Michael Bay continues to find work.
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Jun 29, 2015
I thought it was common knowledge that, in fact, Michael Bay is a robot?
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Jun 29, 2015
So the Transformers films is a series of autobiographical dramas about the lives of Bay and his family members?
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Jun 29, 2015
Love the show so far, especially William Hurt's storyline.

About the sex aspect. Should that also be another aspect of a spouse that a Sythn replaces? Laura is gone for days at a time, so besides helping with the house and the kids, let Anita "take care" of Joe as well?

And it would make sense that the owners of a Synth could be having sex with it. I mean why bother going to a brothel if one's already in your house? But the brothel also makes sense as they mentioned that the price of a Synth is about the price of a car. So not everyone could afford one and instead can afford just to rent one for an hour. And if your only able to rent for an hour, of course it would be for a little tickle of the pickle. (In my best Groucho voice as I hold my imaginary cigar).

And if they are that "real", couldn't a person also fall for one similar to the movie "Her"?

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Jun 29, 2015
People are stupid and could fall for anything, but so far only 4 of them are really non-human persons, so I'd say one shouldn't. As for the rest of them, they lack sentience, so they are sex toys, and all sex toy use is at the discretion of the couple involved. But it's an over-explored trope, and I was glad this series had so much more they were exploring than the sexbot aspect.
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Jun 29, 2015
Good Sci-Fi is rare.

This is good Sci-Fi
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Jun 29, 2015
Not "Sophie's pick", TIm. "Sophie's choice." Duh.
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Jun 29, 2015
Duh Tim.
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Jun 29, 2015
HUMANS: SERIOUS QUESTION, IS IT OKAY TO HAVE SEX WITH A ROBOT?

As long as you are mindful of any burrs on the exoskeleton.
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Jun 29, 2015
If an erection lasts more than four hours, call technical support.
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Jun 29, 2015
fabulously entertaining. yet another UK made show that gets the suspense , action , drama , and comedy mix all perfect!
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Jun 29, 2015
This premise reminds me of the movie AI. It has pleasure bots and everything.
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Jun 29, 2015
Anyone else get the feeling that Tim really seems into the idea of getting a synth, not for help cleaning more for the use as his personal sex slave. Tired of getting Rimmer's old puncture repair kit out?
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Jun 29, 2015
I always hated Data from Star Trek, he sucks.
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Jun 29, 2015
Data rocks!
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Jun 29, 2015
Blasphemy!!
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Jun 29, 2015
This reminds me somehow to the anime Time of Eve. I haven't watch it yet, just some glimpses, so I don't have a complete opinion yet. An about the question, if an android looks like Anita, well ;-)
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Jun 29, 2015
I really liked it. Looking forward to seeing more.
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