I was a bit disappointed to realise this was a remake, but I have thoroughly enjoyed the eight episodes of season one of Humans.
The idea of people having and using artificial humans isn’t a really unique one, but I thought the way it was handled in this show worked particularly well. Although Anita was quite creepy for a couple of episodes to start with, as the series went on, I found myself growing more and more fond of her. It was interesting to see how the different characters viewed the Synths.
There were certain times I felt sorry for the Synths. Even if they couldn’t feel pain, the way people were treating them was awful. It was good to have the opportunity to see the two different types of family, in the Synths and in Laura and her family. I thought Sophia was sweet… and it was good to see the way she accepted Anita and grew so quickly attached to her.
Although Niska did do some pretty awful things, there were many ways I felt sorry for her. There was perhaps one scene where I thought she was going to turn… but apart from that, even though I didn’t think she was reacting in the right way, I could understand why she did those things.
I’m not sure I liked Leo as a character as much as I should have done, but I could understand his kind of antisocial behaviour, too. And it was interesting to have the opportunity to see him interacting with people outside of his comfort zone.
I really liked seeing how much George cared about Obie in this, despite Obie not being like the few other Synths. There were some very sad, bittersweet moments between the two of them.
It was interesting to see the actress playing Laura in this series, since this is probably one of the only serious things I’ve actually seen her in. It took a few episodes to stop seeing her as Jane from The IT Crowd.
It was really good to see Mia and Laura interacting. In many ways, they were quite similar to each other. Mia’s relationship with Leo did come as a bit of a surprise… but I thought how she interacted with everyone was really sweet. And there was an absolutely adorable scene between Niska and Sophie.
Although this season didn’t end on a cliffhanger exactly, there are a lot of things left unresolved. But I definitely plan to watch season two; and I will probably end up buying this on DVD. It’s entertaining and if you like science fiction that’s more about robots than aliens, I would recommend giving this series a try.