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Real Humans: Episode 3 - Television Series Review

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Published December 19th 2012
Swedish sci-fi series plot is plodding along nicely
Hopscotch Films


The Lord Shall Be Our Companion, episode 3 of Real Humans, entitled thus (I imagine), due to the rogue hubots led by Niska (Eva Röse) eventually finding refuge in the generosity of a vicar. The vicar of the church they had so desperately been searching for. We get slightly more insight into the groups motivations in this instalment and you can't help but feel for them, even though you know they are robots and are being led by quite a cut-throat robot at that.

The police are still continuing to follow leads and investigate tips in the hunt for the culprits of the double murder, who the media and police believe to be hubots. Bea (Marie Robertson), the female officer, is revealed to have a little more to her than meets the eye and it is clear she will become a far more substantial character on the scene. She may be an officer in the Hubot Crime Unit but she gets up to a few other interesting things on and off duty.

The Engmans are adapting well to Anita (Lisette Pagler) being a part of their household, with Inger (Pia Halvorsen) softening to the idea of having a helping hand around the place. The family deciding on a few house rules as to how the new guest should be treated. It looks as though a cohesive relationship between human and hubot may be flourishing. Anita continues to have flashbacks when encountering certain situations that jog her memory. We discover more about her bond with Leo (Andreas Wilson), with whom she clearly has a long-standing connection.

That connection fuelling Leo's fire to find her, going to all sorts of lengths to reach the hubot he loved and knew as Mimi. Leo coming up with a sneaky and creepy plan to get closer to the hubot he's pursuing.

Lennart (Sten Elfström) on the other hand, is the target of his overbearing, housecleaning hubot Vera (Anki Larsson). Constantly being bothered and fussed over by the busy-body. The poor old man just wanting to live his own life in his twilight years, but unfortunately he can't catch a break, her persistence to invade his privacy unrelenting. All Lennart craves is to have the freedom and friendship he felt with his dear hubot Odi (Alexander Stocks).

Personalities are showing through more and more and character connections are becoming clearer, some even beginning to intertwine. The slow trickle of new characters being introduced and the original ones stories going deeper keeps you coming back to see what these unusual individuals will be getting themselves into next time.
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Why? To keep up with this unusual Swedish Sci-fi drama
When: Saturdays 9.30pm on SBS or watch online at SBS On Demand
Where: On SBS or online
Cost: Free
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