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Real Humans: Episode 5 - Television Series Review

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Published January 2nd 2013
Plans fall into place and realisations are made
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Power at Heart, episode 5 of Real Humans, delves further into the cracks that are now opening up wide in the humans and hubots lives.

After desiring a more protective and "manly" persona in her hubot partner Rick (Johannes Kuhnke), Therese (Camilla Larsson) is now experiencing a whole new relationship with him. With his behaviour altered and becoming somewhat demanding and independent, she is occasionally feeling a little uncomfortable about the changes in him. While she is enjoying his new-found commanding masculinity, it's clear that it may take a little getting used to.

Our other hubot friends are also experiencing changes. Anita (Lisette Pagler) begins opening up to Matilda (Natalie Minnevik) when she becomes curious about Anita and her past. She feels that even though Anita is clearly not human, she still has a history and a story to tell but with Anita not being able to access a percentage of her memory due to her reconfiguration, Matilda decides to investigate further to try and uncover who Anita really is.

Odi (Alexander Stocks) is in a tight spot after becoming abandoned in the woods and being retrieved by the hubot hunter Silas (Peter Viitanen). After being taken back to the hubot hell-hole that is Silas' workshop, it is unclear just what sort of fate Odi is facing. Dealing with the consequences of barreling into Silas' workshop and demanding answers of Mimi's whereabouts, Leo (Andreas Wilson) gets left in a terrible state. He awakes to find himself in a horrifying scene but manages to get Silas to divulge some information that will put him in good stead to locate Mimi, at the same time putting himself and Max (Christopher Wagelin) in another slightly dangerous position.

The wild hubots, still occupying the attic of the vicarage, begin to have a few differences of opinion. Niska (Eva Röse) has always been the leader, taking charge of the group while they bide their time waiting for Leo to return, but it seems as though Fred (David Lenneman) may be questioning the grand plan. Niska is certainly not one to be messed with however and I doubt will be standing for any sort of mutiny.

Roger (Leif Andrée), Bea (Marie Robertson) and Malte (Jimmy Lindström) continue to pledge their commitment to the Real Humans Liberation Front, with some of their plans to rid the world of hubots coming into fruition.

Real Humans keeps leaving you on just the right amount of cliffhanger at the end of each episode. It really does keep you wondering and wanting to come back for more. The pace of the story is just right and each character is getting enough time to develop believably.
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Why? This Swedish Sci-fi drama is just kicking into gear.
When: Saturdays 9.30pm on SBS or watch online at SBS On Demand
Where: On SBS or online
Cost: Free
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