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Published June 11th 2013
An Ikea life meets creepy HUBOT Niska
Anita: played brilliantly by Lisette Pagler
Real Humans episode 9 is the penultimate in the first season with more seasons tipped to follow. As the suspense is building to this season's finale, I will issue a spoiler alert but at all times, I attempt to give you a good teaser without revealing too many facts.
Malte is the opening star of this episode, with his poor mother truly in the hot seat as he dodges HUBOT hell. Although he did follow the political dissident's code of 'never tell your mum anything', she is clearly not too old to start getting a little worried as she pieces together a few random facts. She seems pretty calm under the circumstances so perhaps Malte didn't fall too far from the political tree.
No Malte I wouldn't lie! Why would I lie at gunpoint with a full magazine at the ready dear?
Niska is her dark best and my favourite cinematographic aspect is Niska's grungy creepiness contrasted with the Engman's white and crispy Ikea family home.
Niska hones her skills as Malte makes his final moves.
Bea reveals her plans to Roger, well, not really all the plans as Roger is not as daft as one would think as he has just been caught at a vulnerable point in his life post divorce. If we manifest what we think about, then Roger is the perfect example of a guy who was really angry at being left for a younger HUBOT version of himself, then ending up with a younger HUBOT version of his ex wife.
If Roger's previous wife couldn't get him to shape up, Bea will certainly give him no other option. Full points goes to the sound effects technician when Roger plunges his head into the hard plastic surface of Bea's bosom.
Not slaves, not machines, just free transhumans free to dream and run free on the planet.
Rick and Therese hit a downturn in their HUBOT relationship which was previously impenetrable by reality. I would say that this scene may set the state of mental being for Therese's son who is having to endure more than his fair share of pubescent woes.
Sadly Therese has made Rick her priority as her son feels the real pain.
Anita's previous character of Mimi returns to life with the help of Inger's tech savvy daughter, Matilda. The code received from Leo is given to Mimi who insists on challenging Inger to her understanding of her very existence as a human being. I won't add any more spoilers as this episode is packed full of Real Humans history along with pulling all the missing pieces together in one creepy David Eischer flashback.
Join the Official Facebook Group for Real Humans and look for a few for specific characters as well. I have chatted to Lisette Pagler who, I can assure you, is so greatly appreciative of such outstanding Australian audience support for a second season of Real Humans to be shown here on SBS. Some great news as posted on the Facebook page: 'According to Lars Lundström, the third season is being written! The second season will begin in October in Sweden!' In the mean time, you can purchase the DVD set of season 1 now at the SBS online shop.