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Old 06-29-2015, 01:38 PM   #1
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Humans: "Pilot" OAD 06/28/2015

Just started watching my recording, but my goodness that synthetic is beautiful.

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Having seen the first three, all I'll say is the remake may be even better than the original...and that's saying something.

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Old 06-29-2015, 02:23 PM   #3
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Remake? I didn't realize the AMC show was a remake.

I liked it. I also didn't realize it was featuring a mostly British cast before going in...


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Old 06-29-2015, 02:26 PM   #4
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How have you seen the first three?

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Old 06-29-2015, 02:47 PM   #5
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Remake? I didn't realize the AMC show was a remake.
It was originally a Swedish show that ran for two seasons.
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How have you seen the first three?
It's been airing in England a couple of weeks ahead of the US.

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Old 06-29-2015, 02:52 PM   #6
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I really enjoyed the first episode. I had created the OnePass because TiVo was promoting it, and I'm glad that I did.

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Yes, really liked this episode.

I just cannot look at Katherine Parkinson without smiling (IT Crowd). Happy to see her in something new.

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It's been airing in England a couple of weeks ahead of the US.
No wonder my info showed the air date as 06/14, but my recording date was 06/28.


IMDB shows the actors appearing in only 8 episodes - is this a miniseries or are those just the 8 show titles that were released? I really liked the show and the setup; a little bit of I, Robot mixed with Being Human.

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Huh. I gave up half way through.

I like how very British it is. I enjoyed that.
I didn't like much else. I found a family who considers it a crisis that mom was away for 5 whole days, and spends much of their time whining about that, to be so pathetic as to be unsympathetic.

Perhaps because I'm a military brat, and detachments are usually minimum 2 weeks, and deployments are 6 months or longer. 5 days? That's a cake walk.

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Old 06-29-2015, 04:32 PM   #10
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The first season is 8 episodes.

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I like how very British it is. I enjoyed that.
I didn't like much else. I found a family who considers it a crisis that mom was away for 5 whole days, and spends much of their time whining about that, to be so pathetic as to be unsympathetic.
It's more that she's gone a lot, and more often longer than she promised she'd be gone.

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Having seen the first three, all I'll say is the remake may be even better than the original...and that's saying something.
I sampled the original (per your recommendation) and it was good, but definitely prefer the British version... it's excellent, and more Gemma Chang please!

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It's more that she's gone a lot, and more often longer than she promised she'd be gone.
Right, it's about having a generally absent mother.

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I just watched the first episode, and loved it. They really nailed the uncanny valley. The only thing that was a bit jarring was the prominent use of current gen Apple products.

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The family got screwed up 2 years prior it seems, Maybe they lost a family member? but something bad happened back then and the wife and the children are showing some effects from it. That is what It seemed to me.

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It's been airing in England a couple of weeks ahead of the US.
Figured so because of the OADs shown in Explore This Show.. (But there's a big gap between ep 4 and 5...)

Though that brings up another question I had. I admit I'm not going to bother watching the "original" versions again, but anybody know if/how many minutes were cut out to make it fit a normal hour timeslot? At least a few other of these shared British/U.S. shows have routinely been cut down.. (Even though the cable networks would be more likely to just show them in longer timeslots.. and yes, they do sometimes, but usually not for every week's episode.)

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I just cannot look at Katherine Parkinson without smiling (IT Crowd). Happy to see her in something new.
Yet another example of "I know who she is but have to look her up".

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I just watched the first episode, and loved it. They really nailed the uncanny valley. The only thing that was a bit jarring was the prominent use of current gen Apple products.
They also prominently displayed Windows Surface stuff, too.

It's supposed to be a "parallel reality" where android tech obviously advanced faster than ours.

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They also prominently displayed Windows Surface stuff, too. It's supposed to be a "parallel reality" where android tech obviously advanced faster than ours.

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One review I saw called it an "alternate present" where nearly everything else is as we know it today, other than the tech required to create these synthetic life forms.

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Huh. I gave up half way through.

I like how very British it is. I enjoyed that. I didn't like much else. I found a family who considers it a crisis that mom was away for 5 whole days, and spends much of their time whining about that, to be so pathetic as to be unsympathetic.

Perhaps because I'm a military brat, and detachments are usually minimum 2 weeks, and deployments are 6 months or longer. 5 days? That's a cake walk.
Did you make it far enough into the episode to see the conversation between the husband and the wife where he tells her he feels like she's been avoiding him and the family, and he got the synth as a way to hopefully reduce the stress in their lives so they'll be able to spend more time together and repair their relationship?

In other words, it was a deeper issue than simply that he couldn't cope with his wife being gone a few days longer than originally planned.

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So are we supposed to believe that Anita is conscious and aware of all the stuff the family is saying about her? Or has she been reprogrammed so she's not sentient? And why was she walking down the street carrying the little girl when previously in the episode she said that she was programmed not to initiate contact unless it was an emergency?

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So are we supposed to believe that Anita is conscious and aware of all the stuff the family is saying about her? Or has she been reprogrammed so she's not sentient? And why was she walking down the street carrying the little girl when previously in the episode she said that she was programmed not to initiate contact unless it was an emergency?
Yes. No. She lied.

Apparently being conscious and having emotions negates the Asmovian laws.

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It is likely that the absence is simply a reminder of what happened years ago; perhaps the wife had an affair and was using work as an excuse. She said at one point "the case ran long, you can check with the office." People usually say things like that when there are trust issues.

Being a father of two young children and having a wife that has a long commute, I can relate to his frustration. Dealing with the two I have now is already hard, I can't imagine having my wife away for several days at a time. And with three kids. I think his reasons for wanting the synth are very valid.

Although if I got a synth and she looked like that I would probably never get anything done because I would just stare at her all day.

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Although if I got a synth and she looked like that I would probably never get anything done because I would just stare at her all day.
And your wife might be justified in doubting your motives...

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And your wife might be justified in doubting your motives...
Maybe, but the impeccably clean house would quell any suspicion.

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I liked it enough to keep the pass but I was pretty damn bored overall. I don't feel like they're breaking any new ground here.

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Maybe, but the impeccably clean house would quell any suspicion.
Yeah, you just keep telling yourself that...

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Maybe, but the impeccably clean house would quell any suspicion.
I'm sorry, did you not see the 18+ option instruction card?

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I'm sorry, did you not see the 18+ option instruction card?
Is that what the guy ran after him and gave him afterwards?

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Did you make it far enough into the episode to see the conversation between the husband and the wife where he tells her he feels like she's been avoiding him and the family, and he got the synth as a way to hopefully reduce the stress in their lives so they'll be able to spend more time together and repair their relationship?

In other words, it was a deeper issue than simply that he couldn't cope with his wife being gone a few days longer than originally planned.
Yeah, I got that far.

I was particularly bothered by the eldest daughter. I reacted that way when I was 10 and my dad was going TDY all the time. By the time I was a teenager, it was no big deal and my sister and I both knew our parts to make sure everything went smoothly while dad was gone. It's his job. Sometimes he was gone for a few days. Sometimes a few weeks. Sometimes a few months. And, yes, sometimes he'd be gone a bit more than he was home. You adapt.

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Yeah, I got that far.

I was particularly bothered by the eldest daughter. I reacted that way when I was 10 and my dad was going TDY all the time. By the time I was a teenager, it was no big deal and my sister and I both knew our parts to make sure everything went smoothly while dad was gone. It's his job. Sometimes he was gone for a few days. Sometimes a few weeks. Sometimes a few months. And, yes, sometimes he'd be gone a bit more than he was home. You adapt.
The teenage daughter is definitely a brat. But in addition to her mom being gone a lot, she's also dealing with the reality that synths are taking over the world and it may not make sense for people to waste time getting educated anymore, if a synth can be programmed to do all the jobs at a fraction of the time and cost.

Pat, you seem like a very practical and pragmatic person. If all TV characters were like that, there would be no drama and most TV shows would suck. You've got to accept that there will always be irrational characters on TV doing stuff that is totally stupid, so that there will be drama for the plot to revolve around.

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