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Real Humans: Episode 2 – Television Series Review

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Published December 10th 2012
Second installment in the quirky Swedish Sci-fi TV series
Image Courtesy of Hopscotch Films


Trust No One, the second episode of the Swedish sci-fi/drama Real Humans (Äkta Människor), begins with the police discovering the carnage left by the wild hubots after their dramatic invasion to source electrical recharge facilities. The slain, old couples bodies were found in the house, as well as a few unfortunate hubots that were now scrap metal, buried around the grounds. A unique tattoo found on the inner arm of one of the out-of-action hubots provided the detectives with a small lead to follow.

The rogue hubots are still making their way through the woods, trying to reach their final destination of the church. As they walk and have time to think, Fred (David Lenneman) expresses his thoughts to Niska (Eva Röse) that maybe the humans could learn to accept them and their differences. Niska, however, not being deterred from her thinking, believes Fred is naive and that the only way they will be able to live alongside the real humans, is when the humans are intimidated and afraid of them. While trudging through the dank grounds, they hear the distinct sounds of a helicopters blades chopping through the air above them. The police are on the search for them, enlisting the dog squad to pick up the scent.

Meanwhile, Roger (Leif Andrée) is still feeling less than warm and cosy about the hubot race infiltrating his home and work life. Taking some time off work after a minor incident with one of the incessantly irritating hubots, he begins trying to make contact with his family after their abrupt exit from his life. Therese (Camilla Larsson), Rick (Johannes Bah Kuhnke) and Kevin (Fredrik Silbersky) have moved into their own place and are trying to adjust to their new dynamic.

Across the road from Roger, the Engmans are acclimatising to their new house-guest Anita/Mimi (Lisette Pagler). Sofia (Aline Palmstierna), the youngest daughter, has taken quite a liking to Anita and feels the need to confide in her, revealing an unusual penchant for thieving things. Inger (Pia Halvorsen) spends some time with Therese and Rick, her former neighbours, trying to come to terms with someone having a more personal relationship with a hubot. The notion is odd, but puts her in good stead for a small misunderstanding that comes up between her and Anita, potentially shifting her ideas of Anita and hubots in general. Inger's father Lennart (Sten Elfström) is still hiding away from the domineering Vera in his basement. He has managed to revitalise his hubot Odi (Alexander Stocks) and is enjoying having his friend back, while having a refuge away from his new hubot task-master.

Anita/Mimi is also weighing on the mind of Leo (Andreas Wilson). Still on the search for who he knew as Mimi, he investigates the possibility of her being sold into the hubot sex-trade. He winds up at Hubot Heaven, a strip-joint/brothel filled with female hubots for human males pleasure. With no sign of her, the trail turns into a dead end. While there, he encounters a little bit of trouble himself.

The story is progressing nicely and the characters personalities are unfolding. We get a little taste of the past, discovering a bit more about the backgrounds of the characters and their motivations begin to become clearer. I'm really enjoying where this series is going, it has a good flow, letting you in on just enough and still keeping it's mystery. A touch of love story, family relationships, crime and of course the sci-fi element, so it's hitting a lot of marks. I'm keen to follow the characters and where the story will take them.
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Why? To check out a unique and interesting Swedish Sci-fi series
When: Saturdays 9.30pm on SBS or watch online at SBS On Demand
Where: On SBS or online
Cost: Free
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