There is a lot of criticism about how much we use technology. It’s every day and it sweeps, ironically, the internet in waves of criticism - as a generation, are we spending too much time with computers and the like? Humans pictures a world where menial tasks are replaced by Synths, including sex, and it brings up these themes again - are we becoming lazy in our advancement, or is this just progression?
This somewhat sleepy episode dealt more with the infiltration of family than the other storylines though they are teeming with promise. There’s the creator verses his machines as they have developed outside his vision, who hides an original synth for purposes unknown, machines verses degradation as some are used for sex or treated like caddies despite being über intelligent and people trying to escape the normality of using Synths. They are all middling with intrigue but no weight at this moment in time to be completely enthralling. The atmosphere is set but they need to look into the drama or action in a better pace, otherwise the set up will dull the execution.
Humans continues to be intriguing, but the atmosphere is somewhat plodding as they try to establish the drama and exposition of the world before, predictably, kicking off more action. As of yet, despite her being dead eyed and creepy, Anita hasn’t posed a great threat despite absconding with a child and Leo’s identity hasn’t entirely been revealed, we’re flipping between Synth or human. Despite this, the acting is strong particularly from Gemma Chan, Katherine Parkinson and Neil Maskell who all dabble in the age of robotic paranoia. And hopefully, the next episode, they’ll thread the wires together.