Humans ‘Episode 6’ recap and review


By Josh Kaye

So far in Humans, we’ve seen the human/synth relationship being tested to the limits. How dependent has civilization been on synth’s? Do people find themselves connecting with synth’s as if they’re the child they could never have? The lover they may have always needed? Someone that can support them? Or just the nanny to have around the house? At what point is a synth no longer just a machine, but a part of the society that’s been created in this universe we’re seeing? And most importantly…who is Tom? Will we find out this episode? We’ll see.

…Fred is in a bed… alive… not burnt to a crisp like we previously assumed…and Hobbs appears to have saved Fred from being destroyed. Which makes sense really…why would Hobbs go on and destroy what he’s worked so hard to retrieve? “The lines are blurring.” There’s never been a truer statement spoken by Hobbs since as I’ve stated in my introduction paragraph…synth’s and humans are slowly becoming the same thing.

Switching to the Hawkins family, Mattie asks the important question that, at least I’ve, been wondering about: Who’s Tom? Laura’s having none of it and scolds her child for asking and I’m beginning to fear we may never know. Toby, walking to school, finds his father waiting to talk to him and with everything that’s happened…he clearly still only cares about Anita. Teenagers…interesting creatures.

Fred and Hobbs are back in Hobbs’ home, talking about what Hobbs wants. Hobbs claims to be a friend, Fred feels differently, feeling like a prisoner. Fred tells a tale of Elster underestimating Fred’s abilities with a fox cub…how he was able to fix the leg of the fox and was able to walk again. Elster, Fred’s father, didn’t believe him…underestimating him. Fred then punches through the door, knocking out Hobbs’ bodyguard and escapes the house. It’s human nature to underestimate a person’s creation…and Fred is right.

The Niska-George dynamic is, by far, one of the most interesting, complex dynamics in the show. Odi somehow managed to make his way back to George’s house and he looks after him while Niska watches on and just doesn’t understand. Odi will never love George so why does George care so much for Odi? As George states…he doesn’t see a synthetic, he sees someone who carried the memories of him and his wife when he couldn’t. It begins to seem like Niska may be understanding a bit of human nature, beginning to help with Odi. Niska begins to open a bit to George, and George vows to Niska he will do everything he can to help.

Laura, with Anita, goes out looking for Mattie who appears to have run away briefly. Anita appears to know Mattie’s at Harun’s and the two travel to his house. Laura convinces Mattie to come home by agreeing to be open with her, so the two go to a field and sit on a bench with Anita in the background. Laura shows Mattie a picture of two children, one being Tom. Tom is Laura’s brother…he was hit by a car when he was 5, her 11, on her watch. Laura confesses that her mother never forgave her and as she grew up there was a falling out. Once Laura’s father died, her and her mother split apart completely. It appears Laura suffers from some form of survivor’s guilt, forever guilty about being the reason he younger brother died. Laura reveals on her last trip that she was out visiting her mother, hoping to figure out how to save her relationship with Mattie. While the two are driving back home, the discussion appears to trigger something in Anita and…surprise, Mia wakes up. But her coding is unable to fend of Anita’s for long and Anita regains control but now Laura and Mattie have seen it…Mia is real. She does exist.

Mattie goes to Leo right away to let him know about Mia and what happened previously. Leo goes on to show Mattie exactly what he is and why Mia is so important to him. Mia was the conscious synthetic created by David Elster to basically raise Leo. Fred and Niska and Max were then created to be, what appears to be, siblings to Leo. Leo was 13 when he had died by his mother’s reckless driving and his father, David, revived him and brought him back to life as a partial synth. And when David killed himself…Leo was given the responsibility to take care of the synth’s. This explains why Anita was so motherly to Sophie…her instincts as Mia were to raise Leo. It also makes sense why Max wants to, so badly, bring the family back together. He’s the youngest of the creations.

Mattie brings Leo and Max to the house to try and get Mia back for good. Mattie, working with Leo, are able to retrieve Mia and bring her back to the surface. Once Mia patches up Leo, there’s a group discussion in what should happen next and Laura offers up her assistance to get the whole family back together. Fred contacts Leo, letting him know of his freedom and to find a place for him and Leo to meet up. Max and Leo head on out, leaving Mia behind. Joe, watching outside for anything suspicious, decides to possibly ruin everything by calling the police on Leo and Max. Leo gets pulled over by the police, as he begins to comply though, Hobbs pulls up and now the two are on the run again. Max, only at 4%, sacrifices himself for Leo’s safety…and jumps off a bridge into the water.

In a sort of unrelated side story, D.I. Voss and D.S. Drummond hook up a bit, and Voss lets Drummond know what she is — a synth. Which causes Drummond to run out on her.

There’s a reason Humans was renewed for a second season…it just keeps on getting better and better with every passing week. The stakes keep on increasing, the tension is at an all time high, and the human/synth dynamic between characters is written so wonderfully. It only makes sense that it would be Laura talking about Tom that would wake up Mia. And then there’s Karen Voss who, with the reveal that she’s a synth last week, never quite occurred to me that she has similar features to that of the five we’ve been rooting for. She appears to have the same capacity of feeling and consciousness as Niska, Fred, Leo, Max, and Mia. So who created her? Hopefully, we get to figure that out soon.

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