Humans season three premiere sets up a divided future


Humans welcomes back viewers to a world divided by fear.

AMC’s Humans is constantly compared to Westworld but the season three premiere proves just how different the two are. The former is much more grounded, and it explores a lot of themes which directly impact reality. In the premiere, the series chooses to focus on how discrimination forms from different perspectives.

It’s been a year since Mattie unlocked the consciousness code and Humans has set up a bleak future. A majority of the human race as rejected the green-eyed synthetics and are teaching their children to hate them as well. It’s actually a disheartening scene to watch a school shuffle in false propaganda in order to keep kids ignorant to the truth.

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People who do sympathize with the synths have also been shunned by society. Laura has lost her job and her husband, leaving her in a tiny office working on synth rights. Meanwhile, Mattie is plagued with guilt over the lives lost due to her decision. Toby seems to enjoy his dad’s new life in the synth-free zone while Sophie is angry at the lies being spread.

No one has it worse on Humans than the synths though. Max, Mia, and the rest of the train gang now live in a dirty warehouse with over five hundred others. While the former two maintain their optimism throughout the premiere, it’s clear discontent is growing. New synth, Agnes, has taken the place of Hester as the angry one who hopes to turn to violence.

Subjected to “random” blackouts, the synth population is dying slowly due to battery failures. Luckily, not all of the newbies are hoping for a revolution in the compound. Anatole is a sage advisor to Max and he genuinely seems to have everyone’s best interest at heart.

Things go off the rails when someone plants a bomb in a synth-friendly bar. Five humans die, and people are out for blood when a synth terrorist takes responsibility. This confession ultimately destroys Laura’s case for synthetic rights and leaves the Railroad group even more desolate.

To make matters worse, Niska and Astrid barely make it out of the bombing alive. The latter worked in that bar, and Niska is out for blood looking for the culprit. At this point, every intelligent being should be wary of standing in her way. When she shows up at the Railroad, she makes it clear to Max that she’s out for justice.

Meanwhile, poor Max can’t seem to be happy on Humans. Just after he manages to convince his group to remain on the moral high ground, his girlfriend is murdered and strung up. Mia is equally annoyed at Laura for “abandoning them” which ends in the women parting ways. All of a sudden, a synth revolution is beginning to look more likely.

The first sign of this is when Max chooses to unplug a comatose Leo from life support in order to save another synth. His logic is that this will definitely save the synthetic’s life and it will only maybe kill his brother. The Max from the first season would never have taken this chance, and their family might wind up even more fractured.

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Humans has certainly set up a compelling premise for season three. People’s fear of synths has bred hatred, and in turn, it has started the same cycle for synthetics. Unless the cycle is broken, there will probably be a lot more violence to come in the latest episodes.