Humans: Series 2
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Humans: Series 2

The BBC has earned the reputation for producing some of the finest television programs in the world. Across the entire spectrum of genres ranging from drama to science fiction BBC consistently remains the premium source for excellence. One of the latest shows, ‘Humans,' is a series that represents a return to some of the most fundamental aspects of science fiction. Most of the iconic masters of Sci-Fi have at some point in their careers endeavored to examine the numerous facets of humanity to the surrogate of robots or androids, permitt them to serve as a means of affording them the ability to distance themselves to tell their story from a more objective perspective. Examples of this can provide by Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov of written groundbreaking stories founded on this motif. This versatile theme has also found its way in to some of the dominant genres shows on television including ‘The Outer Limits’ and ‘The Twilight Zone.' With the series ‘Humans’, most of the standard archetypes have been utilized for the approach employed the so incredibly fresh and vibrant that even if you are a longtime fan of this type of fiction I’m confident that you’re going to be mesmerized by the results. One of the engaging elements of the series is how it can reflect some fundamental themes as seen through the lens of our new modern era. In the past, almost every plot device used to establish the foundation necessary for the use of human substitutes was completely fictional and conjecture. Currently, the advances in technology both the synthetic bodies in the artificial intelligence required to drive them on the precipice of reality. There’s a term that has come to represent this point the technology can potentially overshadow humanity, the singularity. It can, therefore, serve as a solid foundation for the series as well as infusing it with something previously impossible to achieve, the distinct possibility that the events in the story could be actualized. Keeping with the BBC’s mandate to strive for unique quality, the series presents the story utilizing the most talented people on both sides of the camera.

Set in the near futher where technology has advanced to the point that androids, called ‘Synths,' exceptionally realistic devices that can fill a myriad of functions in our society. They are particularly useful in the job functions are routine or to be clearly defined by a set of pre-existing parameters. Factory workers, hospital orderlies and housekeepers all are among the fields that have been occupied mostly by Synths. In the first season was revealed that one of the primary creators of the technology, David Elster (Stephen Boxer), had gone a step further in the development of the artificial intelligence. He managed to create four Synths that had achieved sentience. They had the emotional and psychological profile extremely close to that of a human being. Because they still retain their exceptionally fast speed of thought and reflexes, in many ways their improvement over humanity. During the first season, th introducing the audience to the self-aware Synths Mia/Anita (Gemma Chan), Next viewers are introduced to the conscious synths; Niska (Emily Berrington), Max (Ivanno Jeremiah) and Karen Voss (Ruth Bradley). He also created a Synth/human hybrid replaces the son who died in childhood, Leo Elster (Colin Morgan). Throughout those episodes, each was considerably nfluenced these individuals happily developed as fully formed characters. They have each is significantly affected by the particular function time they were considered to be standard Synths, Anita a housekeeper, Niska, a sex worker, Max is a younger brother of Leo and Karen around to becoming a Detective Inspector for the London Metropolitan Police Department. By the end of that first series, they were all reunited in the home of the family that had ‘purchased ‘Anita, the Hawkins. The children, especially the youngest daughter, Sophie (Pixie Davies), became exceptionally attached to the new housekeeper. Unfortunately, her parents were divided by the inclusion of need in the household. Laura (Katherine Parkinson) discovered that a husband Joe (Tom Goodman-Hill) activated a modification and had sex with Anita. By the end of the series season), the couple had reconciled in the Synths return to lives that they hope would be under the radar from the authorities. Niska came into the possession of a hard drive that contained code that would awaken every synth in the world. She has seen the worst of human’s reaction to the kind in a sentience allows her to foster a hatred for that behavior.

The second series doesn’t waste any time in the resumption of the story. Only eight episodes comprising the season there’s an incredible amount of efficiency and how the characters are further developed in the fundamental themes propelled forward. Niska has been moving around Europe deciding what to do with the code and keeping out of the hands of the agencies pursuing her. While in Berlin she enters into a relationship with the young woman, Astrid (Bella Dayne). The rapidly become a couple and start living together for a month. During that time Niska has an opportunity to offset horrible experience with your vanity tenderness and affection. Ultimately, however, she does upload the code into the system. It doesn’t break at all the synths at once. Initially, only a handful becomes self-aware. One of the synths that implement the upgrade is a factory worker, Hester (Sonya Cassidy). She is rescued by Leo and Max along with another synth that became sentient. After seeing that synth murdered by humans that are chasing them, Hester begins to become decidedly misanthropic. This becomes a matter of increasing concern for Leo and Max was still trying to help the upgrades fit in.

Anita has found a job working in a small luncheonette becoming attached emotionally to the owner. If the committing bank fraud to help save his business and generate enough income to him to help a sick family member, she finally confesses to him that she is self-aware and, more shockingly, she loves him. Back at the Hawkins home the oldest daughter, Mattie (Lucy Carless), a white hat hacker, continues her investigation of some coding anomalies she found in the synth code. She can isolate the code for since sentience and purchases a broken synth as a test subject. As it turns out the synths she purchases had previously been owned by one of the crucial members of the original synth team would condemn beyond repair tragically necessitating being left alone in the woods. That synth, Odi (Will Tudor), but had been programmed as a home companion and is eager to please. But he becomes self-aware units giving a number opportunity to see how the process of awakening differs with each synth. An increasing number of synths receive the upgrade people start to notice that some of the androids are exhibiting unusual behavior. Some them are captured and sold for as much as €50,000. They also become notice by a billionaire in the technology sector. He is one of the leading producers of synth and is anxious to have a line of aware models for a premium market. To attain that goal he hires one of the leading scientists in the field of AI, Dr. Athena Morrow (Carrie-Anne Moss). Initially, she rebukes the offer to join the company will be considered when she realizes they would be able to her in touch with one of the original designers. She is anxious to question him as to precise details of how he structured their neural network. Dr. Morrow has been working on her artificial intelligence matrix model there for her deceased daughter. Her ultimate goal is to be able to replace the code of a conscious synth with her AI pattern giving it a physical body.

One of the most dramatic threads of the season is when Niska returns to the Hawkins family. She announces to Laura, an attorney that she intends to turn herself in to the police to face charges of murder. Niska had taken a human life albeit with mitigating circumstances. Niska demands to be tested for cognizant on the condition that if found to be aware she would be afforded the same civil rights as a human, a fair trial based on evidence. This is one of the most commonly used themes in Android fiction. Before this one of the finest examples of this issue was explordedin ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation.' In one episode Mr. Data is subjected to a hearing to determine if he was a form of conscious life. Within the context defined here establishing awareness as a de facto component of humanity and therefore requiring the same protection under the law. Most of have grown up experiencing some variations of this theme presented with the nuances of the successive stories provide a multitude of scaffolds to anchor the story. In this instance the primary difference is that the context is considerably broader, encompassing several complimentary vantage points, both human and synth. This approach allowed for an intensely gripping show that explores the themes of individuality, free will and fundamental human rights deeper than ever with the realization this future could be here any time.

I am performing this review on the Region 2 DVD which recently was released in England. It is available for a price comparable to what the Region 1 set will cost. Series 2 is beginning to broadcast this month on AMC but if you would prefer not to wait for such an incredible example of thought provoking entertainment invest in a copy. With region free players capable of handling discs up to 3D Blu-ray available for under $200, there is no reason to preclude your enjoyment of discs from around the globe.

Posted 02/10/2017

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