humanss2.0

Months after saying goodbye to sentient synth Mia (Gemma Chan, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) and her family, the Hawkinses search for some semblance of normalcy. Laura (Katherine Parkinson, The IT Crowd) and Joe (Tom Goodman-Hill, Mr. Selfridge) attend marriage counseling, even as they grow concerned over their daughter’s (Pixie Davies, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children) strange behavior. But when Niska (Emily Berrington, 24: Live Another Day) arrives at their home unannounced, the family is pulled back into the dangerous lives of the synths.

humans2.0blu

Studio: Acorn Media
Year: 2017
Release Date: October 31, 2017
Run time: 378 minutes
Rating: NR

Audio: Dolby Digital mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Disc Spec: 2 BD
Region: 1

This show is similar to “Bladerunner”. It focuses on the same issues but here they have made is simpler and since its a long running TV show all the story lines are dealt with clearly (maybe a little too much).

Its recommended to first watch the Swedish version and then come back to this. This is a 3 season show, but the Swedish one was cut after 2, so we need to follow this one too to get the ending. Here in this English version (just like what they did with Star Wars in 2015), they have tweaked and packaged it for ratings. They replaced the normal looking house maid robot (the heroine) with a tall super model and of course the obligatory sex scandal. Since the original did not make much money, I think I understand.

There are several story lines happening simultaneously: The family who has just bought their first android (this is the setting that the English version concentrates on the most to make it look more like a normal soap so as to attract all demographics), and how each person sees it in a different way.

Then there is the androids who have been ‘liberated’. These are the androids who have free will. Just like with humans, even among these androids there are the androids that are selfish and those that have morality. And when androids become selfish, they can be quite deadly (these issues are dealt with more in the Swedish version). There are also differences in the way that even a free android thinks. They are like how we will be be if we were to have a full computer inside our brain, so they have our regular intelligence and they can do things like learn a language in a few seconds (like the helicopter flying lesson in Matrix), have super human strength, super fast repair of damages, upgradability of ‘talents’ with just addons and software changes, they don’t age, etc.

Movie Quality: 9/10

Special Features

  • Making Humans 2.0
  • A Look at the Series
  • New Characters
  • Niska’s Escape
  • Greetings from Set
  • B-Roll (Behind the Scenes)

Special Features: 7/10

Final Thoughts

Overall, I very much enjoyed watching this show. Despite a glut of shows currently airing that feature technology all over the place, there is surprisingly very little of what I would call “true science fiction”.
Overall Rating: 8/10