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Real Humans: Pilot Episode - Television Series Review

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by Michelle Coates (subscribe)
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Published December 4th 2012
The day your smart device makes you obsolete
A handy sticker for the front door
More concerning than sales people at your door.


Real Humans starts with an apocalyptic zombie like teaser, so don't start the SBS on Demand and head off to put the kettle on. Knowing this was about very human like robots called HUBOTS, I was a tad confused as to which character was a full human at times and therein lies the genius of the show: the melding of humans, robots, and the lives we share in such a disturbingly realistic manner.

Well he doesn't quite make it home incident free
Great to see clear and precise subtitles.


If this series was set some time into the distant future, it would be much more comfortable viewing but it is hauntingly reflective of today, along with some added help for all the mundane tasks. Who wouldn't want a robot to do all the housework and correct the kid's maths with guaranteed perfection? The main issue in this scenario are the humans who quickly tire of life in general as they all too easily disconnect from their once important, yet slightly imperfect relationships.

I enjoyed this first episode so much that I won't add any spoilers. I highly recommend it to anyone who can admit to an awkwardly close relationship with their email device, fellow geeks, sci-fi lovers and students thinking they are actually taking a break from documentaries.

Real Humans has the following rating - (From Sweden, in Swedish) (Drama Series) M (S,N,V,L) and I would advise watching it long after the kiddies are asleep.
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Why? Because it comes from Sweden
When: Saturdays 9.30pm on SBS or watch online at SBS On Demand
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