Top 10 moments from the first season of ‘Humans’

The first season of Channel 4’s new sci-fi drama Humans is over.

From now on, if you want techno-drama on a screen, you’ll have to settle for updating to Windows 10, or – for a truly edge-of-the-seat viewing experience – trying to fully uninstall Adobe Flash Player.

The good news is that, as there’s a second season of Synth shenanigans on the way next year, we can look back fondly on the show without it feeling like a eulogy.

> Order Season 1 on DVD on Amazon.

So without further ado, commence the installation of this list into your brain with our Top 10 moments (in no particular order) from Season 1…

 

Niska and the Dinosaur

Humans 6 Niska (Emily Berrington)

Niska – the Nietzsche-quoting android death-machine – and little Sophie Hawkins – the kiddiewink cuter than a bunch of kittens taped to a puppy – play together with her toys, including some Barbies riding astride a T-Rex.

The cognitive-dissonance on Niska’s part is adorable, and it’s also the best scene involving a dinosaur this year (that didn’t include Chris Pratt).

 

Max ‘dies’

Humans 1 1 Max (Ivanno Jeremiah)

Loosely foreshadowed earlier on in Episode 6, when he gets down on his knees and prays to God – a lovely scene in itself – Max’s sacrifice is an act of innocence, but not naivety.

‘If I die, it means I’ve lived,’ the Synth says, and it’s hard to argue with that poetic logic.

Yes, he’s back in the next episode, and fully back to health by the finale, but that’s not the point. At the time, Max’s leap from the bridge is an act of humanity, and our reaction a sign of just how much we’ve come to care for our plug-in pals.

 

Sex with Anita

Humans 7 Joe Hawkins (Tom Goodman Hill)

Humans wasn’t afraid to approach the inevitable idea of Human/Synth sex; Jill and Simon’s clumsy dalliance nearly made the list.

But even in a show where we saw robot prostitutes, Joe Hawkins drunkenly activating Anita/Mia’s 18+ algorithms, and then having sex with her, felt very queasy. It was an uncomfortable blurring of lines between man and machine, not to mention of marital fidelity. It’s a top moment only in the sense of impact it had on our moral stance.

 

Fight club

Humans 4 Niska (Emily Berrington)

Entirely without mercy, but entirely with style, Niska takes down an entire Synth smash club. Then, with just a nail gun in hand, she evades the armed response unit.

It’s brutal and brilliantly choreographed/edited. I hope she plundered the Hawkins family shed for deadly DIY implements before she nabbed that flash drive from Mattie, else she won’t get past Carlisle.

 

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  • LINA

    Thanks for this review! My favourite moment in “Humans” was Leo revealed as a cyborg and when he discovered the Hawkin’s familial life. Colin Morgan was amazing in the whole series!

  • allyonthego

    Probably my top moments were
    Leo’s recharge (for um. reasons)
    Niska learning how to play
    The gorgeous follow-up where she’s got Sophie on her lap when the family realizes she’s a murderer, and is completely at their mercy, allowing Sophie safely back from her mother without scaring the little one REALLY shows how far she’s come.
    Max’s prayer. (Also previously, “I want a picture of all of us for when you die again.” *sniff*)
    Fred’s big brother moment, reassuring Leo that they WOULD find Max, and they WOULD fix him. You literally watch YEARS roll off Leo the more time he spends with his family, Colin Morgan is BRILLIANT.
    Leo face to face with Karen, in visible pain at seeing the face of his mother, smiling through his tears.
    Odi and George. Literally every minute with them was golden. I am so sad we lost George. I adored him, and would love to see more of how he became the recluse he became, and his relationship and attitude toward the synths.
    That last line of Sophie’s, pretending to be Anita/Mia so that they don’t miss her too much. SO CUTE!