“Humans” Season 1 Episode 1 “Episode One” premiered on Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. on Channel 4. “Episode One” will also premiere on AMC on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. In this episode, Joseph “Joe” Hawkins (Tom Goodman-Hill) bought a Synth or a robot named Anita (Gemma Chan), who, much to Laura Hawkins’ (Katherine Parkinson) disturbance, displayed some instances of “human-like” behavior. However, it turned out that she was somehow linked to Leo (Colin Morgan), a human with a human-like Synth who is trying to track down his stolen synths. The audience is also introduced to Dr. George Millican (William Hurt), who has formed a father-like bond with his old model synth. Read on to learn more about this episode.
The episode began in the synth factory, where one of the units, a woman, looked up at the moon.
The next day, Joseph “Joe” Hawkins (Tom Goodman-Hill) decided to buy a beautiful synth (Gemma Chan), in order to help around the house. It was especially as his wife’s work usually doesn’t allow her to come home for days. When Laura Hawkins (Katherine Parkinson) finally came home, she allowed her youngest daughter, Sophie (Pixie Davies) to name the synth Anita. However, Laura found Anita’s presence disturbing. She saw her as a rival for Sophie’s affections, as it seemed as if Sophie preferred Anita over her real mother. Laura also found it disturbing that Anita often checked up on Sophie every night.
A little bit later, before Joe and Laura confronted their eldest estranged daughter, Mattie (Lucy Carless) about her low grades, Anita displayed some human behavior as she asked Mattie why Mattie wanted to harm her.
The episode then flashed back to five weeks ago, at a campsite. Leo (Colin Morgan), and his synths, Niska (Emily Berrington), Max (Ivanno Jeremiah), Fred (Sope Dirisu), and a synth named Mia who looked like Anita, and who had a special bond with Leo, made camp. However, Fred, Mia and Niska were stolen from him, leading him and Max to try and track them down to get them back, as they are quite different from most synths, especially as Max displayed more human emotions and intelligence.
Meanwhile, Dr. George Millican (William Hurt) was visited by a caseworker who wanted him to upgrade to a newer model that could help him out more. His synth, Odie (Will Tudor), with whom he had already formed a father and son-like relationship with, was an old model, and was defective already. This was most especially seen in the supermarket, as he ended up attacking one of the supermarket’s employees. It led to the authorities telling him to discard of Odie. He was about to smash his head in as it seemed like Odie’s memory was defective, but stopped after Odie began to remember things about George’s late wife.
Meanwhile, at the Hawkins house, while Anita did the laundry, she ended up staring at a picture of Laura holding Sophie as a baby. When she did so, she began to have flash backs to a memory in which she was holding someone underwater in a river. Later, while Laura and Anita were cooking dinner, Anita caused Laura to get burned with the pain she just removed from the oven so that Sophie, who had just run towards them, wouldn’t get hurt.
Meanwhile, Leo realized that something was wrong after Fred didn’t meet them at the rendezvous point. It turned out that Hobb (Danny Webb), who was intent on finding and dissecting synths who displayed human-like emotions and intelligence, had discovered that Fred had reached out to Leo and had had him shut down. This caused Leo to visit Niska at the brothel where she was at, and told her that she couldn’t escape that night.
Back at the Hawkins house, Laura became even more disturbed after she instructed Anita to go back inside the house as Anita had asked her about the moon that night. After Joe and Laura had gone to bed, Anita went into Sophie’s room and remembered that she had been in a car accident before. Because of this, she took Sophie in her arms, kissed her, and walked with Sophie out the door and into the street.
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Catch “Humans” on Channel 4 every Sunday night at 9:00 p.m.; and on AMC every Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. starting on June 28, 2015.
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