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Real Humans: Episode 8 – Television Series Review

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by Simone Lee (subscribe)
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Published January 23rd 2013
Hasty decisions need to be made now
I was a little worried about how this episode 'Make Haste' would start for Roger and Malte. Roger in particular, has just begun to show us he can be caring and considerate.

Since Bea has declared her feelings for him, does he still maintain a connection to his ruthless side?

Malte looked set to ruin it all.

He entered the basement, broke down on the steps and placed a gun in his mouth, pulling the trigger. The 'rogues' stayed in hiding as Niska whipped in, confiscated the gun, handed it to Bea and faded back into the darkness.

Taken back upstairs, Malte is consoled by Roger. Malte's confessions reveal he abhors himself for a sexual encounter with a hubot at Hubot Heaven and an argument he had with his mother.

He's lonely and insecure, adding 'gone crazy' to the pot. I guess he's upset about Roger and Bea's sudden attraction to each other and their living arrangements.

Now he has nowhere to go and Roger is concerned for his fragile state. Bea agrees to Malte staying for a while when Roger says he would never abandon her friends in need.

I'm sure Bea would like to thank him in advance; still oblivious, that's exactly what Roger will do, if he wants to stay alive.

Niska runs the show to her watch, but Bea convinces her for more time to turn Roger into a hubot lover. Bea, cloned after Leo's real mother died, believes she loves Roger and is not programmed to.

Building his love and trust is otherwise forced along quickly. When Roger goes out, she cunningly provides Malte with more alcohol to keep him comatose.

She litters rose petals from the front door to the room where she waits provocatively in lingerie, plugged into a wall socket, ready to trick Roger into full infatuation.

He arrives home with flowers and Bea's proposal of love almost goes unnoticed when she exposes her secret. Somehow his shock wears off fast and he's accepting of her. Will her plan backfire?

When Malte awakes the next morning and sees her calmly charging he throws up. The rogues emerge from the basement. He freaks out again and makes a run for it. I suspect we won't be seeing Malte anymore, unless it's for a second warning.

I also wonder what the future holds now Roger is stuck alone with them all.

Matilda is instructed to take a 'sickie' from work and go on a hunt for info on David Eischer and the rogue hubots. She discovers David died three months earlier from a suicide.

Finally, Inger gets to converse with Leo alone. The mystery is heating up here. In record time Leo gets straight to the crux of his mission … to save Mimi. She needs more than just protection from back alley hooligans.

Leo hands her a coded message for Mimi to 'memorise and destroy.' Is Mimi the original source code? Do they want to take from Leo the memory of who contains the original source code?

Inger tapes the vital discussion on her phone, leaves pronto to catch a taxi in the pouring rain and is bumped into by a man that steals it and her wallet. Unbeknown to her; information and address retrieved.

Time is rapidly running out to get Anita out of the house and safe.

Tobbe is distracted by his new friend Monika; is she a girl from school? He quickly forgets her name, calling her Monkey. Hans helps to correct him and slides some 'protection' across the table for after the movies.

Maybe he thinks this will get Tobbe's mind off Anita and liking normal girls. This is temporary. Deed done, Tobbe swiftly pushes Monika away crying and declares his love to Anita.

Jonas has made a quick recovery. How does his face appear healed with scar tissue, when you'd expect to see bandages or part flesh?

While Eva has departed from Åsa, helping Carl with his enquiries, Jonas is eager to facilitate his own assistance in exchange for a worthy return.

Jonas says he's the only person who can decipher the 'code' and that David "… wrote the sequences in letters to my father."

If Mimi stores the original source code, I wonder how he missed this when he remade her to Anita.

Whichever way Carl can find out what he wants to know he'll take it. At this juncture, "… It's the computer in his (Leo's) head. It may contain the information to help us prevent a human disaster."

Do liberated hubots want to ensure a world without humans, or have us survive for enslavement at least?

Rick is completely liberated from his 'buy in the box' equivalent, testing his individuality at every turn. His original traits of being polite and helpful are hastily diminishing.

Therese and Pilar both feel that Rick and Bo are getting stranger by the minute. They decide to go on a girl's night out, without the guys of course and this angers Rick.

Met with resistance from the two hubots, they are switched off. This has its repercussions. At work the next day Rick is still sulking. He and Bo take off. Bo heads home, but Rick follows through on pursuing two girls.

Therese is distraught and ends up collecting Rick from Re-Hub.

Unfortunately, being a hubot in a hurry or not, running out of charge in the middle of nowhere is still a problem.
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Why? Make haste, it's nearly the end of the 1st series.
When: Saturday weekly at 9.30pm
Where: SBS Television
Cost: Free
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