Throughout this article, I have explored how synths and robots can help to define human nature, but has Humans cleverly explained the complexity of human nature in full, in its first series? Whilst I feel as though humanity can never be completely defined – nor can there be one definition which everyone agrees upon – I think the show does outline the main aspects which explain what it means to be human: free will, suffering, feelings and memories.
Finally, I thought I’d conclude by sharing my thoughts on Humans as a whole, as well as predictions for the second series.
Overall, Humans is one of the most unique and thought-provoking dramas I have ever watched. It’s similar in style to one of my favourite shows, Utopia, with deep topical discussions hidden underneath the drama. The show contains great acting all round, but Neil Maskell (Pete), Colin Morgan (Leo), Katherine Parkinson (Laura) and Gemma Chan (Anita/Mia) deserve praise for their roles in particular.
As for what I think will happen in series two, the finale of the first series definitely raises a few questions. First of all, with Niska having a strong dislike towards humans, it’s likely that she will put her copy of the ‘consciousness simulation’ online. With the We Are People protests happening in the series one finale, I really hope we see the clash between protestors and conscious synthetics in the second series.
Then we also have the character of Hobb, which I think still poses a threat for the conscious synths. For instance, in the last episode, we hear one of the scientists saying that Hobb has a ‘failsafe’ after the synths escape for the first time. I don’t know whether this ‘failsafe’ actually took place in the final episode, but if it didn’t, it’s likely that it will present a big threat in the second series.
Additionally, with Detective Pete Strummond wanting answers, it’s likely that he will want to track Hobb down to confront him about everything. However, I can’t help but feel as though he won’t give Pete the answers he’s looking for. Instead, I think Hobb’s confusing relationship with Karen/Beatrice will get in the way and maybe lead to him blackmailing Strummond in some way. Nevertheless, I look forward to seeing how the show develops.
What did you think of the series and where do you think they will go with the show next? What do you think about artificial intelligence – do they pose a threat? Comment below!