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Real Humans: Episode 4 – Television Series Review

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by Simone Lee (subscribe)
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Published December 23rd 2012
Half of my heart
Headed for Skεne, Lennart and Odi run off the road into a ditch after being chased by the police. Before they catch up to them, Lennart tells Odi to hide in the forest and he will come back.

This could prove fatal for Odi. He wanders away from the scene, quickly losing charge, making it difficult to be found. A young girl finds Odi and the two van guys are contacted to take him away.




When Lennart is escorted back home Vera is waiting. He does not want his daughter Inger to find out about his drinking road trip and attempts to convince Vera to keep it secret.

Vera promises not to call her, well at least not directly; she immediately sends a text message instead.

Lennart is in no way discriminating to hubots. He is clearly trying to be friendly to Vera, but she is too stern to make it permissible.


Inger has an interesting case on hubot discrimination brought to her attention by her friends Therese and Pilar. Out the night before, their hubot partners Rick and Bo were refused entry to a nightclub in their quest to go dancing and called 'Pac-Man' by the bouncer.

The potential lawsuit could change the way hubots are to be treated and possibly give them certain equal rights. Not everyone is keen or ready to go for this idea.

At first, Inger must state her own case at the Practice to be given preference to work on the claim. Her boss Henning automatically gives it to her co-worker Magnus by default. Inger assertively stands up for the right to 'sink her teeth' into this battle.


There is still debate that hubots have feelings. Henning tries to disprove the theory, paying his assistant Pamela a compliment, then slapping her in the face. Inger is not entirely convinced by his example.

On the home front, regular family antics take place as the Engman family sit down for dinner. Anita seems to be learning more from humans in the right context. Tobias comments about dinner and Anita copies "Bloody delicious" when asked a similar question.


Gradually intensifying recollections of earlier times are regenerated for Leo and Anita.

Leo continues on with his work changing hubots. In the process, he discovers one of his clients knew the men who took Mimi. He rewards him accordingly.


Pilar knows of Leo's existence and encourages Therese to take Rick to him for positive improvements to help their life. Stemming from a fight where Roger punches Therese in the face, Leo's input of computer code makes Rick a protector against men and a better lover in bed.

With computer access complete Rick is turned on. He sits bolt upright, lovingly acknowledges Therese and asks of Leo, "Who's this clown?"

The results are further promising. When Roger returns to their apartment, previously given the address by Malte's 'mail delivery' friend, Rick answers the door arms swinging.


Rick decks Roger with his flowers to the ground and he retreats, scrambling quickly into the lift. Therese appears once it's over. Rick picks up the flowers, handing them to her he says, "I think these are for you."


Roger joins Malte in his plans to destroy the Hubot Market. Middle-aged Malte lives with his Mum, who brings him coffee, but says she needs someone to take care of her. He hides an arsenal of weapons in his bedroom for the attack.


There are interesting revelations near the church when Beatrice or Bea meets up with Niska. She knows the hubots are holed up at the parish office from the last episode.


Flashbacks reveal Bea is Leo's mother or carer from the suspected drowning incident and is a hubot of sorts; different like the rogues. What is it that she seeks to do with the Akta manniskor tearaway group she deceives?


Whether unconditionally pre-programmed or whole-heartedly adjusted by source code, do all hubots blame humans for being here on this earth? Bo seems to think so; hubots came from our imaginations.

The rogues' group goal is for more than 'semi-human rights'. They know they are already liked by humans, but they want to get rid of the minority that hate them and stand in the way of a meaningful existence.

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Why? Revealing more Episode 4: Semi-Human Rights
When: Saturday weekly at 9.30pm
Where: SBS Television
Cost: Free
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