Saturday, August 11, 2018

What I’m Watching: Humans (Season Finale)

Humans: Season 3, Episode 8 (B+)

This show has gotten darker since it started, and this episode really brought everything together in a way that does suggest that it could continue for a while, at the same time providing an emphatic ending that could serve as the series finale if for some reason if it wasn’t renewed for a fourth season. Mia becoming the face of the synth movement, reaching out and repeating the word “peace” as she was beaten to death, was extremely significant, and now the far more powerful Niska must take her place to become the true leader of her people. Odi being a god-like synth named V presents a more fantastical, supernatural side to this whole thing that isn’t just based on code, or maybe it’s so advanced that he’s able to appear to be controlling events around him and the future by instantly analyzing probabilities and all that. It was reassuring to see Neil ultimately decide to switch sides, first giving Laura the important information she needed to blow the whistle on the commission’s spreading of fake reports of synth violence and then allowing himself to be identified as the one who gave it to her. It may not have worked, and she may be headed to jail, unless Mattie really can manage to get her mother released, though Niska’s appearance could complicate that. The notion that Mattie is going to create a new species of sorts by giving birth to a human-synth hybrid is immensely interesting, and I for one would love to see this show keep going since I think it remains great.

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

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