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Real Humans: Pilot Episode - Television Series Review

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by Miyan (subscribe)
I'm a a part-time vocal coach and a mom of three lovely kids. I have a passion in writing besides music and languages.
Published December 4th 2012
Real Humans
The Casts of Real Humans

The eerie music and the sound of the wind chime that signals when something freaky is about to appear has kept me absorbed and anxious of what was about to happen next. The tensed opening setting of the Real Humans or Äkta människor in Swedish, has sustained my interest. And although I did not even understand the language spoken in the dialogue and was only reading the subtitles in English, this Swedish TV Series has urged me to keep on reading the subtitles from the beginning to the end. The acting, the dialogue sounds, and the emotion coming out from the actors gave meaning to the written words. Thus, the subtitles would never become a hindrance to enjoying Real Humans TV series.

This science fiction/drama series in Swedish is about hubots (human robots) and their human proprietors. The first episode gives an overview of the different characters in the film who, obviously, will be the ones viewers will follow as the episodes continue. The emotional conflicts between hubots and humans have already been set immediately in this first episode. Hubots have been shown as servants and labourers, as well as being a companion, friend and tutor to their owners. Humans, on the other hand, have been presented as confused, angry, unsure, caring and dependent on hubots. Back story and narration are used to give viewers the link prior to where the characters are seen in the plot.

Although robots and human drama is not new to film industry ('Terminator' comes easily to mind), this Swedish TV series seem to have something different to offer. Basing my opinion from this first episode, it does not look like the full series is going to be the usual 'save the world against other superhuman powered creatures' scheme. Instead, it could be dealing more with human values. We will have to find out in the coming episodes

Created by Lars Lundström and directed by Harald Hamrell och Levan Akin, the pilot episode, titled Break In, Break Loose left us pondering what will happen to the Engman family who got a reprogrammed hubot called Anita, the warehouse foreman Roger who has been left by his wife and son with hubot Rick, Leo and Niska who are leading some group of hubots, and the old, sickly Lennart who was given a new hubot Vera that replaced his broken hubot Odi.
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When: Saturdays 9.30pm on SBS or watch online at SBS On Demand
Where: On SBS or online
Your Comment
I really enjoy this tv series too, it is very emotional and very interesting theme.
Good article!!
by adria (score: 0|4) 2553 days ago
Thank you, Adria. I will be writing a short review of the full episode (one episode per week). Have you seen the second episode yet?
by Miyan (score: 2|169) 2552 days ago
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