HUMANS is so darn intriguing. As mentioned before, it is like HBO’s “Westworld” except in the real world. Synths Anita, now called Mia, Max, and Hester are getting used to this whole consciousness thing. They are learning to trust each other more and are finding out that emotions do have a purpose.
In Mia’s case, that purpose is love. She returns to her master and discloses that she is conscious. Not only that, she says that she is in love with him. Or she thinks she is. Every emotion that one would relate being in love, she feels. And of course, he feels the same way. But as things get a little hot and heavy between them, I couldn’t help but wonder: can humans really fall in love with an android? And even if we could, should we?
Although it looks like a human, it’s still made up of parts. When it gets sick, you go to Lowe’s, not the hospital. Also, they would never age, so what use could an android have in a romantic relationship? This got me thinking – human androids would be a great birth control option (put 2-and-2 together, please). They would also be good companions in your 20s. I am a strong proponent of singlehood during that decade, but being a human still means you need companionship. So, why not have an android for that reason? There would be no commitment.
There is one human/synthetic relationship that seems to be working: Karen Voss and Pete Drummond.(And they’re both in their 40s, mind you). There is one caveat. No one knows that Karen is a robot. I am not sure how she became conscious; how no one in the world knows about it; and how Pete got her. (I haven’t seen season 1). But they seem to really love each other. How is this possible? How can an android love a human and vice versa? Although they are making it work, times when Karen malfunctions in a bar is kind of problematic if they’re trying to keep their ish on the low.
Since romantic relationships are a big theme in this episode, Dr. Athena’s intentions with conscious robots is finally revealed. Her female partner is in a coma, and she is using V to replicate her partner’s consciousness. Uh-oh. We’ve seen this play out before. Dr. Athena is a heartbroken scientist who will inevitably create frankenstein. Nothing good ever comes from building something from hurt. It always ends in disaster as irrationality is its basis. She ends up at Qualia UK, the place that houses the Silo, the infamous home for conscious bots. She will use their intel to build her faux-wife. Oh boy! The god complex is real…
Now that my hope for Dr. Athena being a good guy has been shattered, my feelings have shifted to Niska, who is such a badass. Her character is teaching me that not showing emotion doesn’t mean you’re emotionless. It just means you don’t express emotion in a traditionally human way. Let me explain.
Niska says that she felt scared because her master wanted to rape her. After so many times of him wanting her to act like a child so that he could take advantage of her, her fear escalated and manifested into her killing him. She may not have shown traditional signs of anger, but she was traumatized. And that trauma kept building in her psyche until she had to finally get rid of it by getting rid of him.
Two things here.
First – 1. You can’t have emotions toward something if you’ve never had an experience with those things. From the womb to present age, humans experience innumerable things, and because of these experiences, we have emotions attached to them. Niska hasn’t experienced the love of a baby, so when she sees one, she doesn’t gush as so many people do. Niska hasn’t experienced a severe cut, so when she sees one, she doesn’t writhe in pain. But I’m sure that if she saw an image of her old master, she would respond accordingly. Laura, her lawyer, gets her to prove that she does indeed experience emotion. It’s just not in a traditional human sense. Because of this, she’s on the road to getting a fair trial. Brava!
And – 2. How crazy is it that she was designed so that man could act out perverted, criminal pedophilic acts? Some may argue that a bot is a bot. But no, the act needs to be eradicated, not impressed on to something “un-human”.
This show, this show, this show. So good, so good, so good.
Season 2, Episode 3 (S02E03)
Humans airs Monday at 10PM on AMC
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