Humans is the most successful drama to premier on Channel 4 UK in two decades, and soon it is going to be back for its second season. The new series has eight new episodes that will further explore the growing divide between the Synths and the humans that created them (and bought them).
The real strength of this series compared to other similar movies and TV shows is that it gets down to the real social elements of what it may be like when robots live in our homes.
For example would a child come to love its robot nanny as much or more than its somewhat absent mother? If you have sex with a robot is that ‘cheating’ in the traditional sense? What social problems will spring up when what is basically a new ‘species’ lives in our own homes.
For those who don’t remember last season, a quick wrap up should do the trick. During the finale Elster’s children are finally able to unlock the consciousness of a Synth, but Niska deletes the code and pops it onto a flash drive. When the episode closed it was unclear who had the real copy of the code and what was going to happen.
This season almost every character is back for the 2016 series. There are a few surprises such as the appearance of Will Tudor who appears to be dead, but things will take a twist in the second season. While Neil Maskell is coming back as DS Peter Drummond, it is not confirmed yet whether Jill Halfpenny who plays his wife on screen and Danny Webb who played Edwin Hobb has come back yet.
William Hurt will not be back this season given his character died at the end of the first series and unlike In Real Humans, the writers from Humans have stated viewers should not expect to see their show take the same path. There is no reason to fear however, as several new members will be joining the cast including Marshall Allman from Prison Break and Carrie-Anne Moss from Jessica Jones
While viewers are going to have to tune in to see exactly what happens, there are a few spoilers floating around about season three. It is known that Niska is at large and has the flash drive which contains the code.
New ‘Stealth’ Trailer
Her synth family are each attempting to find a place to exist within the world and have no idea where she is. Meanwhile, Laura and Joe are working on repairing their marriage
However, soon unconfirmed reports start to surface about synths behaving in odd ways and the ripple effect leads to the past ending up on the doorstep of the Hawkins house. The Hawkins family, primarily including Joe and Laura will be forced to make a decision that will place them under the spotlight. While all of this is happening, the synths and humans are starting to reevaluate what it means to really be considered intelligent life and the narrative questions who really gets to decide what constitutes being alive.
|Series cast summary:|
Anita / … (8 episodes, 2015)
Laura Hawkins (8 episodes, 2015)
Mattie Hawkins (8 episodes, 2015)
Joe Hawkins (8 episodes, 2015)
Synth Max (8 episodes, 2015)
Fred (8 episodes, 2015)
Toby Hawkins (8 episodes, 2015)
Season 2 begins Oct 2016
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SEASON 1 Trailer