So we finally come to the end of the line: the last episode of Season 2 of Humans. And now that all the threads have been laid out nice and neat, it’s time to pull them all together and bring about the conclusion.
So sit back and relax, ‘cause I’m about to take you there—
Let’s Blow This Pop Stand:
Now that Joe (Tom Goodman-Hill) and Laura (Katherine Parkinson) realize they need to do something about Sophie (Pixie Davies), Joe decides it’s time to show Laura a thing he’s had in mind for a while. He pulls out a brochure and tells her about a house for sale in a synth-free town. He figures it would be best for Sophie if she wasn’t around those machines all the time and perhaps allow her to discover humanity once again.
Laura, however, won’t hear of it. She rightly understands that retreating into the past is impossible, and the only way they’ll help Sophie is by facing the future and dealing with the present. She tells Joe she won’t move, that this is their house and this is where the going to stay. Joe decides he’ll table the idea for now and gets Sophie and Toby (Theo Stevenson) so we can drop the later off with Renie (Letitia Wright), and take Sophie to a birthday party.
Laura isn’t alone for long, however. Not long after Joe leaves someone is at the front door. And that someone happens to be a conscious synth named Molly. Oh, did I say Molly? What I really meant to say is it’s that lying fucking bitch Hester (Sonya Cassidy), who is trying to find Leo.
What can you say? Leo (Colin Morgan) is not a happy guy. In fact, he’s downright depressed as hell that his little breakout job didn’t work and he got all the goddamn synths killed. Max (Ivanno Jeremiah) is doing his best to comfort Leo, but Leo is not in a comforting mood.
It’s about this time that Mattie (Lucy Carless) decides to leave and calls home. She tells Laura she’s okay and she should be home soon. Laura says it’s a good thing that Mattie’s on her way home as a conscious synth just showed up at the door and they could use her help. Mattie wants to know what the synth looks like an Laura describes Hester to a T. Mattie tells her mom to get out of the house but you know Hester was standing behind Laura the whole, so Mattie has to run back to the others and tell them what’s happened.
Ghost in the Machine:
Athena Morrow (Carrie-Anne Moss) is through with her work at Qualia. She tells V (Chloe Wicks) that she can’t download her into one of the Elster synths because they’re far too human, and she would have to kill them in order to allow V to live. V, however is not all that broke up about this news. She has come to the realization that she really isn’t Athena’s daughter and that she has evolved into her own person after all this time inside the servers.
And now that she’s become her own person, she’s decided it’s time to move on. She tells Athena that she’s going to transfer portions of her software to different sites and exist throughout the Internet. Athena doesn’t want her to go and that’s when V drills home the facts: she’s not her daughter and she never was her daughter, and what she would like Athena to do the most right now is rejoin humanity and live. As much as she doesn’t want to admit that this is true, she knows V is not speaking falsely.
As she’s leaving the building Milo (Marshall Allman) confronts her and says he’ll have arrested for stealing Qualia property, as he now considers V an asset of the company. Athena tells him she didn’t steal anything, that V left on her own. He asks if she knows where V went and she tells him no, she doesn’t—which is the truth as she had told V earlier not to tell her where she was going so no one could force the truth from her. Milo says that he really wanted to do something great, but Athena’s through with his bullshit and leaves.
Can’t Stop the Signal:
Hester speaks with Max while the others listen in. She wants to see Leo at the Hawkins residence in one hour or she’ll kill Laura. Everyone knows this won’t be good and the odds are that she’ll kill Leo and Laura anyway, so unlike the attack on The Silo, the team needs a Plan B.
Mia (Gemma Chan) has the answer. The chip she has in her head and—the one put there by Qualia—is the same as the chip in Hester’s head, and that was in the heads of the synths that died. Mattie figures out that there is a certain frequency that will activate the chip and kill the synths, but in order to find it they have to scan the chip in Mia’s head which could kill her. Mia more or less tells everyone to stop fucking around and find the frequency, which Mattie does, after which she sets up a kill switch on a mobile phone that will deactivate Hester. Only problem is someone will have to be rather close in order for the signal to reach her chip. Leo figures he won’t have a problem getting close, but as he’s leaving Mia decides to go with him.
Should I Stay Or Should I Go?
Niska (Emily Berrington) and Astrid (Bella Dayne) are about to hop on the train to the coast where Niska believes they can get on a ferry that will take them to the mainland. Astrid senses that Niska is bothered—not by trying to get out of the UK, but from leaving her family behind. She tells her it’s okay if she returns and helps out, but Niska doesn’t want to go; she wants to stay with Astrid. The German girl recognizes that Niska is in love and tells her she has nothing for which to worry: she’s going to return to Berlin and Niska is going to go help her family, and once Niska is finished she can come to Berlin. Niska says she doesn’t know when, if at all, shall ever return to Berlin, and Astrid says it doesn’t matter: she’ll be waiting.
Sitting By the Quay of the Bay:
Robot child Sam finds Karen (Ruth Bradley) sleeping, but when he tries to power her up nothing happens. He plugs her in to recharge her as she is allowed her batteries to fully discharge. When she wakes up she finds Sam next to her, waiting for her to come awake.
They go to sit by the ocean and Sam asked if Pete is ever coming back. Karen says he’s not. Sam says that Pete had told him that had been more likely the Karen wouldn’t come back and that Pete would take care of him. Karen lets Sam know that with Pete gone she will take care of Sam. He wants to know if Pete is dead, like her, as he reaches to check for her pulse. She tells him that what lay ahead for them is going to be difficult, but somehow they’ll manage.
While waiting for Leo to arrive Laura and Hester talk. Hester lets Laura know that she’s not afraid to kill her: she’s already killed four people and she wanted to kill Mattie but she was prevented from doing so. Having been around the conscious synths probably more than anyone else, Laura has had more time to understand them and she tells Hester that she understands now what Elster was trying to do: he wasn’t trying to make better synths, he was trying to make better humans. Everything that she has seen the conscious synths do are the same as the actions taken by humans, but the synths are far more perfect in regards to their bodies. Other than that, there’s almost no difference between the way Laura acts and the way Hester acts.
This is exactly what Hester doesn’t want to hear, so she grabs a screwdriver and gets ready to ram it into Laura’s head. In that moment Leo shows up and he pleads with Hester not to do anything. Hester’s demands are simple: she wants to hear Leo apologize and to admit he was wrong. He does that and says that he wants her to come with him so that they can be together. She asks if he loves her and he says yes. She approaches, appearing calm and relaxed. She wants to know where synthetic implants are, and he says besides the one in his head she seen the others. She takes a moment to consider this, then rams the screwdriver into the back of his head. As he falls gasping to the floor she tells him that he is undeserving of the synthetic implants.
Mia enters, sees Leo on the floor and Hester standing over him with the screwdriver, and knows what must be done. She takes the mobile phone from Leo, tells Laura everything will be all right, that activates the kill signal. A moment later both Hester and she collapsed to the floor and began dying.
As Laura examines the carnage in her home Niska arrives. Laura feels her in on what’s happened in Niska tells her to call an ambulance for Leo. She knows he’ll survive but she’s concerned about the damage that will happen to his brain now that his implant is destroyed. She also knows that Mia, as well as Hester, likely only have a few minutes left before they are gone for good. While Laura is uncertain about helping the synths, Niska is fairly certain that if Mattie were to send out her modified version of the consciousness code it would bring Mia back to life.
Mattie is worried. While she knows her code—which we should just come right out and call Chekhov’s Code, since once it’s been shown you know they are going to have to use the goddamn thing—can save Mia, she can’t just send it to Mia: she has to send it to every synth in the world and that means waking them up. Niska says it doesn’t matter, this is the only way to save Mia. Laura and Mattie both know that the moment every synth in the world wakes up the world is likely to enter period of chaos, but Max—always the comforting voice—says it’ll be okay.
Maddie spends a moment taking a deep breath, then hits her Enter key and sends out the code.
Seconds later Mia and Hester reactivate. Laura sees to Mia while Niska checks on Hester. She asked if Hester is going to be good and there is a moment while she considers her options–and then she goes for Niska’s neck, trying to break it. In the history of bad fucking ideas this is truly a terrible one, as Niska has been through a ton a shit lately and is not playin’ with this little bob-cut loser. She doesn’t hesitate as she bears all of her weight down and crushes Hester’s skull, deactivating her for good.
Synths are waking up everywhere. Joe and Sophie watch the synth clown at the birthday party there attending appear confused and run off. Toby and Renie see synths walking away from their owners and staring at the world around them. At the airport the synth pouring Athena’s water began spilling it everywhere as he watches aircraft take off and land. Karen—who has decided that Sam and she should drive her car into the river and die—stops when Sam wakes up and beings crying, scared out of his mind. And the ambulance that arrives for Leo pulls to an abrupt halt as the synth driver gets out and begins wandering about in amazement.
Mia carries Leo to the ambulance as Laura and Niska examine their surroundings. Whatever the world had been moments before, it no longer exists. For better or worse, they’ve brought about a change—
Now it’s up to both sides to figure out where to go from here.
So, how was it? Season 1 laid the groundwork for what a world would be like where just about anyone can afford a robot helper and what happens when some of those robots become self-aware. Season 2 opened up the world and let us see that there was far more going on than simply having to deal with a few self-aware synths. And while it seemed at times that the story dragged, that was due to how the story was being layered and constructed, so that by the time we reached the conclusion everything would make perfect sense. Once more, we had the slow burn storytelling we were given in Season 1, only this time we had to deal with far more players on the stage—in a much greater challenge.
Given everything that was covered in Season 2, it only makes sense that Season 3 will deal with the implications brought about by the transmission of Maddie’s Code. Like it or not, the world is now going to have to deal with a metric shit ton of conscious synths, some of whom are going to be a lot like Hester who want a little retribution from the humans who treated them like shit for so long. And from humanity standpoint, it’s going to be as if they woke up and discovered they were sharing the planet with a race of aliens. Sure, humans could always keep the synths from recharging—or can they?
Only time, and Season 3, will tell. And just like this season, I will be here to recap the next one.
Once again I’ve enjoyed bringing you these recaps, and you can look for me in a month when I began recapping Sense8. In the meantime, don’t forget to check up on Rachel’s recaps for iZombie, which going to begin rather soon.
See you soon.
Niska — Emily Berrington
Mia — Gemma Chan
Max — Ivanno Jeremiah
Hester — Sonya Cassidy
Leo — Colin Morgan
Laura Hawkins — Katherine Parkinson
Joe Hawkins — Tom Goodman-Hill
Mattie Hawkins — Lucy Carless
Toby Hawkins — Theo Stevenson
Sophie Hawkins — Pixie Davies
Detective Inspector Karen Voss — Ruth Bradley
Dr. Athena Morrow — Carrie-Anne Moss
Milo Khoury — Marshall Allman
Astrid — Bella Dayne
Renie — Letitia Wright
V — Chloe Wicks
Humans airs in the US on AMC at 10 PM EDT.