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Real Humans: Episode 5 – Television Series Review

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by Simone Lee (subscribe)
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Published January 1st 2013
Humans must remain in control
Suspicion, questioning and calculation fill the 5th episode, "Power at Heart." All these ingredients could soon lead to the perfect betrayal.


A meeting takes place at the hubot market between Jonas the salesman and an unknown man representing 'Intelligence.'

There's suspicion surrounding David Eischer's involvement in the freeing of hubots and the recent farm murders.

Is it coincidence that David's property was located nearby and Jonas's father was found dead there?

Rogue hubots who bear the tattoo mark 'DE' are David Eischer's children. He is their liberator; and Leo's father. Originally I thought the initials read 'DB.'

It's now feared DE's 'code' modifications have given rise to renegade machines who are autonomous and don't require human instructions. The potential threat means no hubots are to be taken without full papers and 'van guy' Silas is paid a visit to ensure integrity and security is maintained.

Silas is now short his 'hubot hunter' companion 'van guy' Jim, after he is shot dead by Leo.

Leo had made his way to the hubot hunter's hideout following an unexpected tip-off on Mimi's kidnapper's whereabouts. Max was left elsewhere, instructed to 'stay put this time, no matter what.' To my amusement he actually obeyed; not moving for anyone.

Luther, Silas's 'strong-man' hubot, reforms newly captured Odi to respond to Silas as his master, wiping out the memory of Lennart. Odi is then ordered to chop up and dispose of Jim, as well as Leo, who got strangled by Luther for killing Jim.

Amidst all the chaos, Leo lays on the floor in another room tied up in a miserable state, having flashbacks to his life-saving operation as a boy. It's then they realise Leo is still alive, has a socket and is half human, half hubot. He can grow, but is part 'maquiné.'

Leo is saved by the bell. When Jonas arrives at the door to enforce only legitimate hubots being retrieved, Silas halts the killing temporarily. As both parties are trying to allay suspicions, Leo escapes back to Max.

Niska sneaks onto the parish computer. Logged on as fake man 'kenboy', she corresponds with Bea who is on the same website called "2avoss - to find your future," at a dead old lady's home.

Eva remains suspicious of the fugitive hubots intentions, checking up on any strange noises or movement. Niska is still outsmarting everyone and evades being caught.


Together, Leo and Max go to the hubot market out of hours to question where Mimi has wound up. Led by information extracted from Silas when Jim was shot, Jonas the salesman is interrogated for Mimi's address.

As this is taking place, Roger is outside setting up Malte's bomb, programmed to blow up the 'hub' market.

Max is left again, momentarily, to detain Jonas while Leo leaves first. Still fresh with unattended injuries, Leo is caught on video coming out of the building and is thrown forward from the explosion.

After Rick's code change there are slight tensions beginning to surface above the sheets. A powerhouse in bed, Rick wants to have sex with Therese too often for her liking.

He's more alert, has increased knowledge and appears to query situations, although nicely.

Questioning arises in coded hubots. A funny resemblance to human traits, hubots are no longer easy going, or completely do what they're told to do when modified.

Following on from episode 4, Rick insists on being interviewed by the media about the nightclub incident and pending lawsuit. They are offered 300,000 kronor each by the nightclub to settle out of court.

Pilar is not falling for their offer, instead opting for the lawyer's (Inger's office) to hopefully win and set a precedent.

Fred, one of the less assuming rogue hubots, is questioning Niska's orders for them to all stay on at the parish office. He believes they should keep moving for their safety.

Niska exerts her authority to make them all wait for Leo. She thinks it's imperative to their mission and survival.


Niska and Bea meet by the roadside again at night to carry on with their conspiracy.

I wonder what it is they talk about after Bea spends her days either with Ove on ERHUB investigation or 'Real Humans Liberation Front.' The latter group consisting of her, Malte and now Roger have calculated their strike for a hubot free world.

Roger finds it difficult to steal chemicals from his workplace for the NYE bomb attack undetected, after he is bombarded with a surprise party at work for 15 years employment. That's longer than the boss.

He pulls it off though and Malte spends 7 hours making the bomb before they discharge it successfully at the hub market.

Humans are letting go of more and more humans in Roger's line of work and the retail sector. Sounds crazy doesn't it? Properly programmed hubots are almost error free, saving companies time and money.

Matilde tries to get to the bottom of Anita's memory loss, after a discussion between them that hubots do not have thoughts or feelings, but instead calculate.

Who Anita was before they purchased her from the hubot market is accessed through her old memory system. Mimi comes to life.

Matilde makes a heartfelt decision to help Mimi find out who she is, but at a time when the family is not around, converting her back to Anita.

The narration flows well, is entertaining and sometimes humorous. The plot is networked like a machine, clearly and concisely. Even though it's becoming more intricate, the story remains full of suspense with unravelling mysteries.
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Why? Amidst the suspense, mysteries are unfolding
When: Saturday weekly at 9.30pm
Where: SBS Television
Cost: Free
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