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Real Humans: Episode 4 - Television Series Review

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Published December 23rd 2012
The humans and hubots are getting even more bizarre

Simply put, this weeks episode Semi-Human Rights, packs a lot of punch. Literal punches and some figurative ones. While we've slowly been getting insight into our hubot and humans lives, this weeks episode is a very revealing one. Progress is made, surprising details uncovered and some disturbing encounters take place.

The issue of hubot rights is explored in the fourth installment. Discrimination against hubots and the humans who have relationships with said hubots is faced when Therese (Camilla Larsson) and Rick (Johannes Kuhnke) have a less than successful double date with their friends Pilar (Anne Sise Andersson) and Bo (Rennie Mirro). It raises the question of whether these androids are human enough to receive equal rights, or whether that is simply taking it too far. Inger (Pia Halvorsen), Therese's confidant, is brought into the mix to have her legal brain picked and the question creates all sorts of quandaries in her mind about what makes one deserving of these rights.

Others with many questions on their minds are Leo (Andreas Wilson) and Anita/Mimi (Lisette Pagler). Flashbacks are flowing hard and fast, exposing their pasts and how their lives are intertwined. The reasons behind the strength of their bond is slowly being unveiled, bringing answers as well as more questions.

Roger's (Leif Andrée) life is seemingly spinning further and further out of control, with a few unwise decisions being made in questionable situations. He meets with his new acquaintances Bea (Marie Robertson) and Malte (Jimmy Lindström), who begin to plot violence against the hubots. Roger is seeming unsure of whether this is the road he wants to go down, but at the same time feeling as though he's lost so much that this is his only option left. Bea is proving to be an intriguing character, with a far more complicated life to lead than just being a simple police officer.

Semi-Human Rights is a rather dark episode, with the shadier sides of people front and centre. I continue to feel for the hubots as well as the humans that are being tormented by their existence. I'm looking forward to seeing what is revealed in the next episode, as I sense we're going to be getting into a little bit more of the nitty-gritty.
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Why? Well, we're up to episode 4, you have to keep watching now
When: Saturdays 9.30pm on SBS or watch online at SBS On Demand
Where: On SBS or online
Cost: Free
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