Tuesday, July 24, 2018

What I’m Watching: Humans

Humans: Season 3, Episode 7 (B+)

I had been wondering if the Synth who sleeps was going to be another version of someone we knew, and it seems I was sort of right, with someone who looked a whole lot like Odi showing up to rescue Niska and responding to that name with a clever reply. What was on display here more than in any other episode is an exploration of what it means to have achieved consciousness and to believe in something. Anatole was driven so much by the fact that he believed he had come into being for a purpose, something that Max immediately moved to dispel, describing his awakening as nothing more than a side effect. Watching Max kill Anatole after their blow-for-blow combat was difficult since he’s always been such an advocate for peace, but clearly Anatole had gone too far, nearly beating Leo to death before the calm, still-likeable Stanley stepped in to keep him away from the violence. I’d like to think that both Stanley and Sam are capable of following Max and Mia and making sure that the Synths aren’t all subject to the brutal solution expressed by Neil about “product recall.” Lord Dryden letting Mia go was an interesting development, especially considering the commission’s next steps. Audrey identifying herself as a journalist to Mattie suggests that she might soon break the story, something that could be extremely impactful yet is unlikely to achieve any positive effect aside from making the Hawkins family a target of rage from the fear-mongering public.

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