Does a world with robots being sold off as humans really signal the rise of the machines?
Humans Season 1 Episode 1 threw us straight into the deep end and introduced us to some of the most vivid character development in recent memory.
Let's speak about the Hawkins family first. They just seem like a typical family who have their own flaws. Joe seems more like the stay at home dad, while Laura seems to be the worker of the clan.
Joe getting the family their first synth was a turning point for them and it showed that he needed some help looking after the home and kids.
I think Laura's reaction was perfect. It must feel like she is being replaced in a sense and that's where her resentment towards Anita probably comes from. There's also the fact that she is a bit uneasy about a robot in her household. Some people seem to have embraced these robots without thinking of what could happen down the line.
Two of the kids seem okay, but Mattie has some issues. She is the character that comes across as a bitch, but it is evident that she is going through some stuff that will be addressed down the line. At this stage she's rather annoying and is the weak link of the family, but let's hope she gets it together before I write her off completely.
George clearly never thought it through when he got Odi. George's storyline was one of the more emotional ones in the premiere. It's evident that if he never got Odi, he would be lonely. It's only natural that you'd become attached to someone you spend every day with, so the thought of Odi being taken away is horrific.
He thought he could make it work with his malfunctioning synth, but things just reached a breaking point when Odi accidentally struck the shop assistant. You'd think that considering all of this was recorded by store security, that they would let it slide.
This shows us just how much different a synth is treated from a human. They will never have the same rights, but with the ever-improving features, it only seems natural that we should expect the synths to grow a set and fight for rights.
One of the most interesting aspects of the pilot was Leo's quest to find the stolen synths. Being such high value, it comes as no surprise that they would be stolen and sold for large amounts of cash. His interaction with Niska in the brothel was interesting.
As far as everyone is aware, these robots can have their slate wiped clean, but it doesn't seem to be working. Niska remembers and is whoring herself out in order to keep herself safe.
I didn't think it was possible to have sex with a robot, but she's got a new client every ten minutes, so the clients must not be able to tell the difference.
All things considered, this was a solid opener and these are some of the best written characters on TV at the moment, so I'm happy to give this show my seal of approval. It should be interesting to see where Anita takes Sophie and what she has planned for her.
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Note: Humans Season 1 Episode 2 airs Sunday 5 July at 9/8c on AMC.
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