Robots Take Better Care of Your Children Than You in New Trailers for AMC's Humans

Friday, 05 June 2015 - 1:33PM
Friday, 05 June 2015 - 1:33PM
Robots Take Better Care of Your Children Than You in New Trailers for AMC's Humans
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AMC's Humans, adapted from the acclaimed Swedish television series Real Humans, explores a futuristic society in which robot servants called "synths" are becoming ubiquitous and begin to blur the lines between the humans themselves and the androids they made "in our image":

This new trailer from the UK's Channel 4 highlights one of these synths, a babysitter named Anita, who claims that she can take care of children better than their human mother:

"I am programmed to take better care of your children than you. I am stronger. I am faster. I do not feel fear. However, I cannot love your children." The matriarch, Laura, answers, "Do you wish you could?" and Anita smiles a creepy smile.

Both of these trailers play up the thriller aspect of the show, which seems to be pitting humans against "out of control" robots. The section of the lengthy plot synopsis from AMC that discusses Anita also emphasizes the horror movie-like set-up:

At the center of the four concurrent storylines explored throughout "Humans" is the flawed but loving Hawkins family. Joe Hawkins (Tom Goodman-Hill) makes the decision to invest in the latest must-have gadget for any busy family – a Synth. His relationship with his wife Laura (Katherine Parkinson) is becoming increasingly strained and he believes that the addition of a robotic servant to the household will give them back the time they so desperately need and help them re-connect both as a couple and as a family. The Hawkins' new Synth, Anita (Gemma Chan), is an immediate hit, and their chaotic house is suddenly transformed into an oasis of tidy, organized, well-fed contentment. With hesitation, Laura gives in to the family demand, but soon senses there's something different about Anita. There's something not right.

If I thought this was going to be a straightforward thriller about evil robots, I wouldn't be nearly as interested. But it seems that the robots will begin to possess some self-awareness, which will problematize our treatment of them as slavery. Another teaser, in which one of the androids on an assembly line takes the time to look at the moon, makes it clear that the show will deal with some thorny ethical issues:

Humans premieres on June 28 at 9pm ET on AMC.
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