Have you watched the premiere episode of Humans? AMC has once again brought us an out of the ordinary creepy show. We start by meeting a very busy family. The mother is a workaholic, the kids are lazy and the husband is overwhelmed. He decides to buy a domestic model Synth. And of course, when mother gets home, she is not too happy.
HUMANS, which premiered Sunday, June 28 at 9:00 P.M. ET/PT, is an eight-part drama from the makers of Utopia and Broadchurch. The series takes place in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a Synth – a highly developed, artificially intelligent servant eerily similar to its living counterpart. Featuring a talented cast including William Hurt (A History of Violence, Damages), Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, The Honourable Woman), Colin Morgan (Merlin, The Fall), and Gemma Chan (Sherlock, Secret Diary of a Call Girl), HUMANS takes a riveting look at the advancements in AI and the theories that become a little less hypothetical every day.
What impact will this advanced technology have on the human population? Will this new way of navigating life be detrimental or beneficial to us as a human race? And who will we become when this technology arrives?
Gemma Chan, Anita is a beautiful Synthetic, purchased by the Hawkins family to help around the house. Most of the time, Anita is the pliant, servile automaton that all Synths are supposed to be – but every so often she does something inexplicable. Is there something more to Anita than the android she appears to be?
- Tom Goodman-Hill, Joe Hawkins is a family man who loves his wife and is a good father. He’s funny, relaxed, loving, and treats his kids as equals. He’s less adept, however, at dealing with the deeper emotional issues his family faces. In a misguided and hapless attempt to “fix” the family’s problems he buys Anita, not realizing that she is about to worsen the situation she was designed to alleviate. He is all for the help, and I think he might be thinking something else to use her for. His wife seems less than happy to be a wife to him.
Katherine Parkinson, Laura Hawkins is a woman who seems to have it all – smart, funny, with a great career as a lawyer, a loving husband and children. But inside she is struggling with a secret not even her family is aware of. Will the arrival of Anita in her house force her to come clean – or tear her family apart forever? I have to say, that these characters are likeable. I see where the mom is coming from. She feels as though she has been replaced. She shows no love for Anita. She is very aware and suspicious of her. Wouldn’t you be to?
Colin Morgan, Leo is a desperate man with a singular goal: To be reunited with his beloved family. On the run and hunted by mysterious forces, Leo has little to lose – and it shows. His tough exterior masks a dry intellect and humour, and a deep soft spot for his Synth companion Max.
Ivanno Jeremiah, Wide-eyed, curious, and above all, loyal, Max is a Synth that behaves a little differently to all his millions of unthinking brothers and sisters in operation around the world. Who made him this way, and why? Max wants to know things – or at least, it appears he does. He also seems devoted to Leo, fulfilling multiple roles for him – sidekick, confidant, little brother, protector and conscience. He sees no bad in anyone or anything, approaching everyone and everything with the trusting optimism of a child. Who would program a Synthetic to display these characteristics? Spend some time with Max and you’d start to get the feeling he was good – maybe even a better person than most people. Except, he’s not a person at all.
William Hurt, Dr. George Millican was once a brilliant scientist – a mechanical engineer on the original Synth project. Since his wife Mary died, George has retreated from the world, save for his out of date Synth companion Odi. George treats this particular Synth more like a son than a piece of machinery, due to Odi’s recall of George’s happiest memories. Unfortunately, however, the aging Odi’s body and mind have been failing, not unlike George’s…
Will Tudor, State-issued care model Synths are customarily upgraded on two-year cycles. At six years old, Odi is obsolete, decrepit and on the verge of total system failure. He needs to be scrapped. But his owner, Dr. George Millican, can’t let him go. He and his late wife got Odi when they were both recovering from illness – George recovered, his wife didn’t. Now Odi – whose multiple faults make him a safety risk, but also give him an eccentric charm – is all George has left of his wife. Odi can’t return George’s feelings – he can barely make a slice of toast – but the lonely widower can’t let this repository of valuable memories go. No matter how leaky.
You have met some of our prime players for this series. I feel bad for Laura, (and her children), who is working way too much to be able to take care of and bond with her children. I feel bad for Joe, who just wants a normal family and the love of his wife returned. I even feel bad for Anita, who is probably not what she seems to be. Obviously Leo is connected to her somehow and what is with Anita’s weird flashbacks of drowning? But who I really felt the most for was George. He is obviously failing in health and mind. He misses his wife badly and considers Odi his son. If he is to lose Odi, with all the happy memories attached, what will become of him. I certainly don’t like the new Synth, Vera, the one the health people want to replace Odi with! She is just plain creepy. I think this is a good show. Usually I can tell if something is worthy to watch. I like the characters. The story line is interesting. Although I would never get a Synth, they are just too strange, I think this will tell us alot about what could happen if things go wrong. And of course, this is AMC, so you know that something bad will happen at some point. Keep watching and give it a chance, you might just find it interesting! Let me know what you think!