Yeah, if you watched the Humans Season 3 premiere, you know I so went for the obvious headline. If you didn’t… You. Must. Watch.
Director Jill Robertson, writers Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent, and the perfectly cast actors gave us an exciting season premiere that ranks in my Top 5 TV premieres of all time. There was a satisfying mix of story elements – intriguing plot with just the right amount of conflict and action, compelling characters both old and new, and an ending that has me sufficiently primed for next week’s episode.
From the Start
The opening sequence was skillfully crafted. It picked up right where the Season 2 Finale ended. Then Robertson, Brackley and Vincent cleverly used worldwide news reports to fill us in on the chaotic twelve months since the Day Zero Synth “malfunction,” i.e., Mattie becoming an accidental mass murderer by uploading the consciousness code.
No surprise that chaos ensued. Humans worldwide weren’t ready for the Green-Eyed Synths to come alive and, for the most part, abandon them. But, wasn’t it bound to happen at some point?
Also inevitable? Humans couldn’t leave well enough alone.
Amidst the chaos, a high priority was rapid development of a new, “guaranteed safe” Synth model – the Orange Eyes – seen to date by us mainly in the previews. Deployed in only three months, nothing could go wrong there, nope.
A Rocky Road
Also no surprise, the human response was pretty much lacking in humanity. Yes, they mourned all their fellow humans who died but completely ignored the fact that a large number of newly-conscious Synths perished as well.
An ugly, prejudicial environment emerged, reminiscent of that during the US civil rights struggle in the 1950’s. The conscious Synths were segregated from the mainstream. Children were warned to “steer clear” of Green Eyes, causing considerable angst for young Sophie.
A few banded together and elected optimistic Max as their leader in Leo’s absence. Using contacts and sunglasses to avoid detection, they masqueraded as humans which was, you probably guessed, a crime.
Agony and Ecstasy
Laura, ever the Synth champion, was approached about joining the Dryden Commission formed to find a peaceful “solution” for conscious Synths. That’s another sitch where nothing could go wrong, right?
Seemingly unwilling to wait for a “solution,” an anonymous bomber killed humans and Synths who were gathered together in a bar where all were welcome. Niska and Astrid narrowly escaped the bombing.
Throughout the premiere, as IRL, relationships ebbed and flowed, lives were saved and lost. Synth couple Max and Flash, Synth family Karen and Sam, Synth Niska and human Astrid, humans Laura and Joe, all had their poignant moments – a dance, a catastrophe avoided, a kiss, a plea denied.
Again reminiscent of the fear- and hate-fueled violence in 1950’s USA, Max is devastated by a horrendous act at a tree. Can he hold on to his hope for a peaceful solution? Maybe, but the tide is turning for other Synths.
When the authorities track down our Green-Eyed group in search of the bomber, Agnes literally takes a stand. How many others will follow her lead in Episode 2?
Loosely quoting Hester from the Season 2 Finale, violence is the hard edge of change. I’m afraid the human-Synth battle is on.
Side note: My only teeny, tiny disappointment was new character Stanley seen in previews didn’t come knocking on Laura’s door as I expected. Maybe next week? He reminds me of someone, hmm…
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