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Real Humans: Episode 6 – Television Series Review

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by Simone Lee (subscribe)
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Published January 9th 2013
It seems there's sly behaviour on both sides
There's a deepened awareness and concern of 'coded' hubots and their potential to wreak havoc amongst the human race in episode 6 - Sly Leo.

If anyone such as 'Intelligence,' is certain of the rogue groups' intentions, the plan is yet to be disclosed to the rest of us.

Leaving off from episode 5, Max appears destroyed in the bomb blast while Jonas is retrieved charred, still zip-tied and screaming. Maybe he is sadly in the right state to be transformed into one of his sales objects?

Leo escaped injured once more and crashes literally down the road from the Engman's in Jonas's car before he staggers and passes out on the bitumen. Unable to move, he's collected by an ambulance in the morning and winds up in the hands of 'Intelligence.'

Still in a serious condition Leo murmurs for a lawyer when briefly pressed for information. Elsewhere he quickly becomes the focus as a paired suspect in the bombing of the 'hub' market.

Roger is caught on camera face undetectable when ERHUB scans the footage of him placing the home-made bombs outside. Although Roger displays a tough exterior, his inner conscience shows through as Malte remains unaffected.

Malte calls the Media demanding action on banning hubots throughout the world and uses the 'hub' market as the first warning. Later on, when Roger brings Bea back to his house from work, he finds Malte there 'making himself at home.'

Malte ends up freaking out, waves his gun around and suggests they are conspiring against him. Roger hyperventilates as Bea remains stony-faced. Bea commands they are breaking away from his rule.

Beatrice Novak detected and now on the run like the other liberated hubots, snuck into a retail store to steal clothes and apply a fake black eye using make-up. She showed up at Roger's workplace for orchestrated sympathy and a place to stay.

She uses the guise that Ove Holm is the spiteful de facto who gave her the shiner, to infiltrate her way into Roger's home for protection and I imagine to manipulate him should Ove come knocking. This plays to Roger's current vulnerability with women.

Niska met Bea at Roger's thereafter and they unknowingly drove around Leo on the way out, "… Mind the drunk," she says. Lucky for Leo they weren't aware.

They discuss their anguish for locating Leo. Paramount to the operation, he stores important information locked away in his audio memory to be retrieved at any cost.

If already transferred to his digital memory, Niska in her unstable manner will "… just remove it from his skull." Hopefully with the rest of the disturbing images he retains.

After being stabilised, the charge port is discovered and struggling to recuperate, Leo relives the memory of his father's life-saving operation. When young Leo awoke to the reality of his mother (Bea) gone, he wanted to be dead.

David, not responding well to human conflict or interaction, dragged Leo back down to the water and shoved him under. The outcome, Leo pleaded for his life and was spared. What a traumatic lesson to learn and a psychotic way to teach appreciation.

The intertwining relevance of Leo, Bea and the other rogues to each other is slowly coming to the fore.

Meanwhile, Åsa persists in opening her heart to hubots and fulfils Gordon's wish to be welcome in church to the disgust of fellow worshippers. His loud, passionate singing voice is quickly stifled.

Thrown out of church, he catches up with the tiny ute load of rogue hubots calling him as they flee the parish. Chased away by Eva's wary stance, it all turned ugly after Flash called her "disgusting homo."

Flash separated from the group as a result of her staunch beliefs on sexuality. She told Gordon, "I'm going back. I'm going to a real family with children. Like it used to be."

Was this a memory taken from someone's previous life and implanted into hers?

The real threat came when Niska held Eva at knife point, foiling her attempt to call the police. Niska debated Eva's suggestion 'they have no feelings.' She proved her point winning the battle once again and let Eva run free.

With Niska's actions, it can go either way.

Lennart is excited by Solveig's unannounced visit at home after he recovers from a heart attack, saved by Vera. The doctor tells him insurance benefits allow for a clone of ourselves before we die.

In the Engman house, Tobbe feels abnormal in his struggle to curb the urge to be sexually active, possibly with Anita and wants help to control the behaviour of puberty.

Is having feelings for human robots (HUBOTS) taking its toll on our otherwise normal conscience?

His father Hans didn't originally think so and says he never considered it. Yeah right, he would have done his son a favour to be more honest and tell him about the case he concealed.

Inger has the job of telling Henning that the lawsuit has fallen through. The meeting with 'Evening Event' and the plaintiffs Pilar & Therese saw the offer of settlement 'taken off the table.'

The nightclub's representative Göran has found a loophole inhibiting the trial. The use of an 'Asimov block,' erasing or modifying a hubot's identification such as Rick had done, is illegal.

Henning is otherwise pleased and Inger is offered to take on a criminal case. "… Military intelligence wants you to defend a man in custody." Is it Leo?

Real Humans was created by Lars Lundström. Rated M, it contains intense violence and strong coarse language; not suitable for children. The DVD set is due for release 6th February, 2013 or can be downloaded now.
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Why? For the action & mystery; intriguing plot
When: Saturday weekly at 9.30pm
Where: SBS Television
Cost: Free
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