Wednesday, August 19, 2015

What I’m Watching: Humans (Season Finale)

Humans: Season 1, Episode 8 (B+)

I’m glad that this show will be back for a second season since there is obviously a much bigger story to tell here, and I think that these initial eight episodes really developed it from something which wasn’t fully accessible to a cool show with immensely dynamic characters. Niska giving the code to Laura to hold on to was the ultimate symbol of victory for the human-synth relationship, except for the fact that Niska actually took it with her as she begins her life as a human away from her synth siblings. Hobb implanting Fred with an innate loyalty to him that made him unwillingly transmit his location back to home base was an unfortunate turn of events, but luckily everyone decided that getting away would be in Fred’s best interest even if he couldn’t actually go with them. Karen also managed to find some semblance of happiness with Pete after deciding to betray her brothers and sisters, though I’m not sure how long that will last given their very precarious professional situations. I like the way this show has portrayed its intrapersonal relationships, and that, in its final two hours, it condensed a few plotlines into just one main stream of events, permitting all of its characters to appear on screen together. This show was much better than I expected it to be, and I’m glad that AMC opted to pick it up in partnership with another network and bring it back for next year. I look forward to watching it again in season two to see where it goes!

Season grade: B+
Season MVP: Emily Berrington as Niska

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