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Published December 27th 2012
Real Humans not really having real humans
I love Odi but grandfather was way out of control in the opening scene.
Real Humans Episode 4 kicks off with my favourite character, Odi, madly driving grandfather Lennart (played by the lovable Sten Elfstrom), in a Thelma & Louise style ride to potential ruin. This is the point where I realised my attachment to HUBOT Odi is about to be challenged as his health and wellbeing takes a turn for the worse thanks to some erratic decision making from Lennart.
Inger, played by Pia Halvorsen, finally takes centrestage as a lawyer, as well as a mother, finding her long awaited, elusive challenging case. This was uncomfortable watching as she initially allows herself to be sidelined, which may have been happening for decades.
Inger learns to stand up for herself in this episode and finds her golden case.
Not the face you make when your client discusses their discrimination case.
The line between entertainment and philosophy blends here as you start to discuss in your own mind how Inger will proceed, given the trickiness of her dear friend coming to her with a discrimination case. The complainants are not human after all, yet two humans are deeply affected and upset by the club's behaviour towards their HUBOTS and their subsequent inability to enter and have a fun night out.
Politics features in this episode with the HUBOTS discussing the 'divide and conquer' method of total world domination
The dark side gets a tad darker this week and I found myself stating the obvious 'oh can they really show this on TV, ah yes it is SBS' again. This episode is decidedly political and that was actually refreshing after all the moral tangling.
Rick gets taken for the ultimate upgrade.
Rick gets taken for the 'make him great in bed' upgrade in Leo's shaky underworld existence as the various characters continue to cross paths. Leo has been looking for Inger's house maid, Anita, whom features in this episode as we delve into Leo's past memories.
Another great episode I can highly recommend as a real hook to the rest of the series. Well done to all actors in this episode, human or ... not.