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Published January 5th 2013
Geek loving sci-fi murder mystery drama on SBS
Meet Niska-played by Eva Rose
Real Humans at SBS On Demand starts off in its usual dramatic scene opener with the Real Humans Liberation Front getting up to serious mischief at the Hubmarket. They continue within the strict code of their manifesto.
At this point I would like to warn viewers that there is an emotionally disturbing scene between a young Leo and his father which involves the choice of death over life. Scenes like this will ensure Lars Lundstrom's work will become a classic case study in psych classes worldwide. Please keep the rating in mind if the young ones are around.
In the previous episode, Leo escapes the maniacal Luther and his badly chosen sidekick of evil deeds, Odi (yes, sadly Lennart's Odi), with the help of his loyal HUBOT who never moved from the spot he was placed. I love Leo's escape vehicle: a hot red convertible. If you need to make an escape from chain-saw wielding murderous HUBOTs, make it a cool car.
Tobbe gets caught in an awkward moment as he discovers his father holds an intimate secret about the family HUBOT Anita. Grandfather Lennart meanwhile, has some emerging health issues which is not surprising given all his recent stress and his constant pining for Odi.
HUBOT spirituality is touched on in this episode as Pastor Asa invites one of the wild HUBOTs, Gordon, to her service after he managed to read the Bible no less than three times. Their welcome will be soon over if Flash continues to use nasty phrases when discussing the nature of the relationship between the pastor and her wife. Her homophobia is outrageous and reveals much about her 'liberator'.
Allowing homophobic HUBOTs into the home caused the pastor's wife much grief.
Niska has unique way of fighting homophobia.
Lennart put in an effort to extend his social life in the absence of Odi which certainly paid dividends quite quickly. Lucky Lennart will surely be the catch phrase of 2013.
The cult following possibility was raised again this week as some new HUBOT language was included. Inger struggles with her new case and was hoping to fall on her feet, rather than her knees.
Will it be pine trees or transhumanism Inger?
Another awesome episode of Real Humans. Thanks SBS for bringing this to Australia as I have seen a number of forums world wide wishing it was shown in their country.
Wow, what a series. So many issues, and who knows where the storyline is going to go. Thanks for your reviews - I came late to the series, and was missing some of the plotline. I can't understand why there is not more discussion on the web!