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Real Humans: Episode 2 – Television Series Review

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by Simone Lee (subscribe)
I enjoy freelance creative writing and being a Mum to my two awesome boys.
Published December 10th 2012
Trust is an issue on this one
All the anticipation of the series starter in its delivery packed action, with the second chapter more emotionally charged.

The plot is divided into three main groups: Leo & rogue hubots, Engman family and Roger's family; a lot of small events extend on as a consequence.



Following on from the runaway hubots in the first episode, Gösta & Siri are found murdered and an investigation from the 'Hubot Unit' ensues.

The fugitive hubots have a recharge port at the back of their neck, while older models have one at lower backside.

This led me to believe they were not the first invented and hypothetically part of scientific research by their owner David; marked 'DB.'


In episode two - 'Trust No One,' feelings run high as we delve deeper into the lives of each character. It starts off with a young Leo, his father David, animus Niska and the hubots, who have since become unconventional compared to their in-service counterparts.

A flashback to an incident around this time discloses the possible drowning of Leo's mother and his conscience choice to save her. Has this marred his future existence?

Leo's current search for kidnapped Mimi takes him to the 24 hour Hubot Heaven, when it's revealed the normal human traits he previously exhibited contain a 'blip.'


Little does he know that Mimi has already been reworked as Anita and resides in the Engman family home, where trust issues develop surrounding Sofia's stealing and the suggestion from Inger that Mimi is the one with kleptomania.


Odi is rebooted and staying in the basement of Lennart's home. Too fond of his human machine to let go, they both dislike the stern new housekeeper Vera, who constantly questions and answers back.


Roger is getting increasingly angry by the hubots' presence. Upset that his wife Therese and her hubot Rick have left with his stepson Kevin to pursue a life away from his intensity, he turns 'Äkta människor' supporter.

His frustration of being kept away by his family makes for a comical moment when he says to his neighbour Inger, "I can't just buy a Kevin!"


Whereas, other humans are finding the 'Hubot Market' a popular place to go, in order to fill the growing desire to meet every need in relationships; hubots follow exact orders and never tire.

As the story develops, it seems to plateau, filling in added detail of how it all began, what type of people the characters are and what they are capable of. Who can YOU trust?
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When: Saturday weekly at 9.30pm
Where: SBS Television
Cost: Free
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nice work pea
by justi (score: 1|14) 2109 days ago
Hi, Simone,
I actually thought from the first episode that Leo was human because of his memories of Mimi as a young child. And even in the second episode, a flashback about himself as a young boy calling out for his Mom as she was drowning made me believe he was human. It was a surprise to realize as he lost his energy and had to reboot that he was hubot, after all. What a twist of event! How can a hubot grow up?
by jumei (score: 1|18) 2108 days ago
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