For a show about robots, Humans has a lot of heart – Channel 4, series 2 episode 1 – review

For a show about robots, Humans had perceptive things to say about humanity – as its title suggests. Feelings were described as “contradictory data – an excess of sensory feedback that makes no sense and serves no useful function.” “Emotions have functions, you’ll see,” said sage synth Max (Ivanno Jeremiah). Unusually for a dystopian drama, the script was stealthily funny. “I haven’t decided on my name yet,” deadpanned one newly liberated synth. “I’m oddly attracted to the word ‘radiator’, although I understand this is not considered a name.” As with the debut series, it was the women who shone brightest, especially Emily Berrington and Gemma Chan as fugitive synths Niska and Mia. The willowy pair blended blank-faced impassivity with flickers of burgeoning humanity. Mia relished feeling the wind in her…


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