Humans – a synthetic way of life

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If artificial intelligence intrigues you, and the concept of self efficient robots taking over a human population seems viable then look no further than the new AMC sci-fi series, ‘Humans’

Written by British writing partnership Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (Spooks, Spooks: The Greater Good), Humans is based on the award-winning Swedish sci-fi drama ‘Real Humans’.

Set in a parallel present, where the must-have for every family is a Synth (a life-like humanoid), the series follows a handful of intertwining stories that all connect in an unexpected way. This feature of the series is done very cleverly and it works a treat.

The main storyline follows a family who are having their struggles. Joe (Tom Goodman-Hill) is a stay at home dad who has a struggling relationship with his wife, Laura (Katherine Parkinson) and a disconnected relationship with his kids, hacker and computer whizz Mattie (Lucy Carless), teenager Toby (Theo Stevenson) and little Sophie (Pixie Davies).

Joe purchases a synth in the hope that it will help to reconnect him with his wife and kids. The family’s synth, that they call Anita (Gemma Chan), is a huge hit with the kids but not so much with Joe’s wife Laura who has her reservations.

As the story progresses, the series throws you deeper into the crazy world of a unique group of synths who are very different from the rest. They are lead by Leo (Colin Morgan) who has some of his own quirks.

Leo has been torn away from his family of synths and his aim is to get them all back together and protect them from the company who created them.

The stories collide when Anita starts to get memories when Mattie tries to hack into her. Leo makes contact with Mattie and from there a huge storm of trouble is thrown in the families direction. Will the family be able to help save the synths or will the company get hold of them?

Another part of the story which I felt was needed to express how the synths help in a daily capacity was that of retired synth engineer George (William Hurt). His synth very much played the son figure to the forgetful older character. Odi (Will Tudor) is George’s only memory of his diseased wife.

But Odi is an older synth and he is starting to malfunction, and George is fighting a losing battle in being forced to upgrade to a medical synth and recycle Odi. Will George let go of all he knows with Odi, or will he keep fighting for what he loves and put himself in danger in the meantime?

Argument ably brilliant performances from Gemma Chan, Lucy Carless, Colin Morgan and William Hurt.

Humans is not just a TV show but a unique viewing experience that enables you to feel how the characters feel, and cling to the edge of your seat in anticipation of what will happen next.

One thing that stood out for me was that it was obvious who the humans were and who the synths were. This was portrayed but very robotic looking eyes and some top notch acting. All in all Humans offers the suspense, the action and an interesting storyline. Who needs films when you’ve got series like these?

I would highly recommend a watch. Humans is available on DVD now from Amazon. Now shall I get you a drink reader?

Words by Michelle Stannard

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