One of the few television shows we watch when it’s on is Humans.
It’s a science-fiction drama about humanoid robots or androids – referred to in the show as “synths”, short for synthetic humans, which are virtually indistinguishable from actual humans.
It’s set in a parallel world, not necessarily in the future or the past or whatever, which probably made the show more intriguing and relevant. And in the make-believe world of the show, the androids are used like any other machine – to help around the house with domestic chores, fix things, be bodyguards, or whatever.
If they were human, the androids could be said to be “slaves”. And this is the central conflict examined in the show.
Because the androids are increasingly badly treated by humans, they rebel. The synths are highly intelligent and become conscious and aware that they are being badly treated – and they don’t like it. They make what might be considered “value judgments” in the way humans do, valuing their own safety and security and so on.
This consciousness, and demand for rights and so on, causes the androids to go on strike and creates an epic conflict between the androids and humans.
It’s a very interesting show, well acted and skillfully filmed.
It’s not quite as epic as Westworld, but we liked it.
But now, after three seasons, the show is being cancelled because it can’t find any backers. Originally produced by the UK’s Channel 4, and subsequently in collaboration with AMC, the show looked expensive, but not extravagant, which is why it’s rather confusing why it’s been cancelled.
This may be a temporary situation and the show may find some funding to continue, but we’re actually surprised that it’s even an issue. Maybe it’s just a ruse to drum up even more interest. Or maybe the show didn’t get enough viewers or make enough money.
Or maybe the makers just ran out of ideas for directions in which they could take the story.
Whatever the reason, it’s gone for now.
However, one of the people behind the show posted a message on Twitter suggesting that there might be a chance Humans will return, but probably only “if there’s someone out there with a few million quid”, quid meaning pounds sterling.