Humans: Season 2, Episode 4 (B+)
Thus far, this season has been one of exploration for all of our characters, and now there are things happening that threaten all their livelihoods. Laura bringing in Astrid to show Niska’s humanity was a brilliant move, and it was interesting to see just how committed Astrid was to the idea of Niska being human, even if she didn’t respond in terribly warm terms. The summary from Patel that it doesn’t really matter whether she has feelings or emotions was an unfortunate reflection of what’s likely to transpire, suggesting that a jailbreak by Laura is probably necessary. There were three synths in the Hawkins home by the end of the episode, which was quite the turn of events, and I like that Odi sprang into action to defend Mattie’s family when the synth was busy threatening Laura and demanding verbal confirmation that she was going to drop the case. I’m not sure what comes next, but things are definitely heating up. It’s no surprise that Pete and Karen are getting themselves into trouble, and hopefully they’ll soon find allies with similar interests to help protect the newly-awakened synths. Things seemed to be going so well between Ed and Anita, and then he shut her off at the end of the episode with his friend watching, which suggests nefarious intentions. Milo is onto Dr. Morrow, but I think he’s most interested in remaining at the forefront of technology and using her to advance his research, regardless of why it is that’s she really trying to do the work.