We’ve explored the benefits and dangers that machines present in such Hollywood films as Bicentennial Man and The Terminator Franchise, but after watching the series premiere of Humans Tuesday night, I feel that this series will do so much more – it will bridge the benefit/danger element and delve into the debate of not only what it means to be human, but the giving of rights to things we do not necessarily deem human. Deep, I know.
Based on the Swedish series Real Humans, Humans is framed around the five-strong Hawkins family and their varying relationships with synth, Anita. Of course, it’s not as simple as this, with the shady government (and its equally shady characters) hunting down four sentient or conscious ‘synths’ deemed to be a threat to the future of humankind, of which Anita is one.
In a society where you can buy a synth with a 30 day return policy, programme it to act (or should I say serve?) in any way you see fit as a primary or secondary user, it is nice to see that there are conscious synths who are human in almost every way – they can think and feel – and were built by a Dr. David Elster (Stephen Boxer).
It is also nice to see that synths have developed relationships with humans. William Hurt’s character Dr. George Millican comes to mind with his caregiver synth Odi. Outdated junk that needs to be recycled according to the health service lady, Millican is not prepared to give Odi up and has embraced him glitches and all. But I wonder how he’ll get on when the NHS rocks up with his new six-years-overdue “D series model”.
The same goes for The Adventures of Merlin‘s Colin Morgan, who plays Leo Elster, the son of Dr David Elster, who built the conscious synths. He’s looking out for the conscious synths and by the looks of it seemed to have a bit of a thing going with Anita.
I’m looking forward to seeing how the conscious synths will fair throughout the series, so stay tuned, I’ll be back with a final review in seven weeks!