“Humans”, Season 3, Episode 1, “Green Eyes”

Photo by Colin Hutton/ Kudos/CH4/AMC

 

Once more I’m back where I started, recaping a new season of Humans. And if this episode is any indication, things are not as great as they were when we left our humans and synths at the end of last season.

 

Day Zero:
The episode picks up right where we left at the end of Season 2, with the conciseness code reaching all synths—and all hell breaking loose because of this. Because of some of the things synths were doing at the time they awoke, humans died. A lot of humans; tens of thousands in the first few days. But never fear, because after three months new synths are put on the market: ones with orange eyes than cannot be affect by the code—

 

A Year Later:
The first anniversary of Day Zero sees Laura (Katherine Parkinson) and Mattie Hawkins (Lucy Carless) sitting before the telly, hearing the bells toll for the 110,000 people who died in the aftermath of the Awakening. Toby (Theo Stevenson) and Sophie (Pixie Davies) are at Joe’s (Tom Goodman-Hill) small grocery story, hanging out while he sets up produce. It’s here, when Laura arrives, that we learn that Joe and Laura divorced and Joe moved to the town where there are no synths, while Laura gave up her law practice to help the “Green Eyes” synths gain the same rights given to humans.

 

The Outcast and Hidden:
A large number of Green Eyes live at what appears to be an old military base, with Max (Ivanno Jeremiah) assuming the role of leader while Mia (Gemma Chan) remains in contact with the outside world, apparently acting as a spokesperson. Niska (Emily Berrington) is still hiding among the human—something we learn will get her deactivate if she’s caught—and she’s living in London with Astrid (Bella Dayne), who works in a club where humans and Green Eyes can mingle. Of course we know this isn’t gonna last and as Astrid comes out of the pub a bomb goes off, killing everyone inside, injuring Astrid greatly, and blowing off one of Niska’s contacts, which means she’s gotta split before the heat arrive.

Niska isn’t the only one hiding as human. Karen (Ruth Bradley) is teaching her “son” Sam (Billy Jenkins) how to be more imperfect so he can blend in as a human kids. There’s a good reason for this: Sam’s going to school with other kids. The sort of school like Sophie attends where scientists come in and teach kids how to be “synth safe” by avoiding the Green Eyes. Of course Sophie says there are nice Green Eyes, ‘cause hell yeah she knows, and at one point she get into a fight over the matter…

 

Blowback:
While Laura’s attending a TV panel on synth rights a video is released by a group claiming responsibility for the bombing. Only problem: the bombing was carried out by Green Eye synths, so any sympathy Laura was hoping for just went right out the fucking window. Max says they must show the humans that they are not dangerous and extend a welcoming hand even when they’re being attacked—something Flash (Ritu Arya)—a synth for whom Max shows affection—does when she an another synth go outside the compound to buy supplies and are attacked and destroyed and left to hang for their kind to find. This doesn’t set well with Mia, who meets with Laura. They discuss what’s happening and Laura feels the only chance Mia’s people have is for Laura to join a commission she previously ridiculed as being nothing more than window dressing for humans to press their agenda of oppression. Needless to say, they don’t part smiling hugging.

 

Wrong Place, Wrong Time:
After getting a quick glimpse of Astrid in the hospital, Niska arrives at the compound and tells Max she’s gonna find the synths responsible for the bombing—and we know what Niska does when she encounters synths with whom she’s not happy.

Maddie is there as well, visiting not only Max but Leo (Colin Morgan), who is still in a coma a year after having his implants torn out. Maddie can talk to Leo, expressing her feelings about how she feels guilty, how she can’t ever tell anyone what she did because, as she says, she considers herself one of the biggest mass murderers ever.

During one of the frequent power outages they Green Eyes experience it’s decided that in order to save the life of another synth the batteries used to keep Leo on life support are taken, and Maddie is told how to maybe revive Leo. While this happens police raid the compound looking for the bombers. Maddie’s trying to get Leo on his feet: Niska is protecting her life…
And down on the main floor when Max has ordered everyone to kneel and obey the police Agnes (Holly Earl) has had enough and stands. Then another synth stands—and it looks like shit is about to get real—

 

Easter Eggs: At the time of the police raid on the Green Eye compound the gate guard is reading a Harlan Ellison anthology, and I’d like to believe he’s reading I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream, the Hugo Award winning story about an AI that destroyed the world and is now keeping the last five members of humanity alive so they can torture them.

 

As always, leave us a comment and tell us what you think!

The Cast:

Max — Ivanno Jeremiah
Mia — Gemma Chan
Niska — Emily Berrington
Leo — Colin Morgan

Laura Hawkins — Katherine Parkinson
Joe Hawkins — Tom Goodman-Hill
Mattie Hawkins — Lucy Carless
Toby Hawkins — Theo Stevenson
Sophie Hawkins — Pixie Davies

Karen Voss — Ruth Bradley
Sam — Billy Jenkins
Flash — Ritu Arya
Agnes — Holly Earl
Astrid — Bella Dayne

Humans airs in the US on AMC at 10 PM EDT.

 

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