Remember a few weeks back when Rachel said someone by the name of Cassidy was going to come over and review a couple of shows for her?
I’m Cassidy Frazee. I’m a computer programmer, a writer, and a bit of a geek. Sometimes I’m all three, but today I’m taking up a new mantle: reviewer. And I thought I’d ease into the position by giving you a bit of a sneak at me, and follow that with a sneak at the new show Humans.
I’ve known Rachel for a while. We’re both bloggers who share similar interests, and even though we’re on opposite sides of the world, we maintain a good relationship. I approached her about reviewing Humans because I like the concept, it’s science fiction, an I’m going to watch it anyway, so why not give my opinions on it and see if my views help it garner new viewers?
There is something you should know: I like to write from the heart, and that means I sometimes get snarky and drop a deleted expletive now and then. In one of the Facebook groups to which I belong, I throw out the acronym YEMM: Your Eyes May Melt. It’s even listed on the Urban Dictionary, though the rumors that I put it there are unsubstantiated.
You’ll know I’m getting YEMMy because I’ll call upon my good buddy Ned Stark to help out, and since that bastard has nothing better to do, he obliges me by looking, you know, Stark-like:
With all that out of the way, lets get to the show, shall we?
Humans an eight episode British/American production based upon the Swedish show Äkta människor, or Real Humans. The concept is simple: in a “parallel present” the newest “in” gadget isn’t an iPad or smart phone, it’s an android—known in the show as a Synth—and because they’re easy to produce, the government is using them instead of humans in many places, and you can even bring one into your home to become your “domestic help”—or robot slave if you prefer.
The show plays with the concepts of what happens to society when some of your jobs no longer require humans; how families adjust to having a non-human entity taking care of your home; and most importantly, can something that was made ever, in its own way, learn to become human?
Laura Hawkins — Katherine Parkinson
Joe Hawkins — Tom Goodman-Hill
Mattie Hawkins — Lucy Carless
Toby Hawkins — Theo Stevenson
Sophie Hawkins — Pixie Davies
Synth Anita Hawkins — Gemma Chan
The show will spend a great deal of time with the Hawkins family and their Synth Anita. Of course Laura Hawkins doesn’t trust this thing around her kids; of course Joe says there’s nothing to worry about; of course Toby is gonna feel those teenage hormones surge ‘cause of course Anita is a total babe. The teasers and trailers point to a number of conflicts arising within the Hawkins Family due to Anita’s presence.
Dr. George Millican — William Hurt
Synth Odi — Will Tudor
Synth Vera — Rebecca Front
Doctor Millican was one of the original developers of the Synths, and because he’s played by William Hurt, you gotta believe he’s playing a version of the same character from AI: Artificial Intelligence. He’s old, he’s not doing well, and he needs assistance. This first came in the guise of Odi—who Doctor Millican can’t bear to lose because Odi has all these memories of the good doctor’s deceased wife—but that poor Synth lad is well off his warranty, and he’s been replaced by Vera, who is supposed to be a great caregiver Synth, but appears programmed with all the love and warmth of Nurse Ratched.
Special Technologies Task Force:
Detective Sergeant Pete Drummond — Neil Maskell
Detective Inspector Karen Voss — Ruth Bradley
The Blade Ru—sorry, wrong movie. The Special Technologies Task Force is tasked with investigating those instances of Synth crime. But since Synths seem to have Asmovian laws built into their programming, there’s almost no crime—or is there? Sergeant Drummond doesn’t like Synths, and it doesn’t help that there’s one taking care of his wife, who is showcased in the trailer being carried off by her attentive and incredibly handsome Synth while Sergeant Drummond looks on with a, “They’re gonna have to take this shit out of my paycheck,” look on his face.
Leo — Colin Morgan
Synth Max — Ivanno Jeremiah
Leo is on the run from something: at the moment all we know is he’s looking for his family. And Max is the Synth accompanying him on his journey. Don’t know yet if Max has stopped believing—or if he believes anything.
Synth Niska — Emily Berrington
Can’t have a show about androids without having at least one being a sex worker, and that’s Niska’s role. Though designed to be submissive, we are told she may not be as submissive as she seems, and it appears she is beginning to develop reactions to physical and emotional pain.
Professor Edwin Hobb — Danny Webb
Professor Hobb worked with Doctor Millican on the Synth program in the beginning, but there was a professional falling out, and Hobb has become a major player when it comes to Synths, having cultivated some powerful friends. I’m waiting to see if this guy is gonna be the one to uncover the “Synth Conspiracy,” because, you know, there has to be a conspiracy.
Humans airs in the US this Sunday, 28 June, at 9 PM EDT, on AMC, and will continue airing for the follow seven weeks. I’ll see you here.
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