Real Humans: "The Lord Shall Be Our Companion"
August 24, 2014 1:51 PM - Season 1, Episode 3 - Subscribe

Where Vera discovers Odi, the Engmans decide to keep Anita and treat her like a member of the family, the group of free hubots moves in with the local priestess and her wife, and Roger meets fellow anti hubot activists Bea and Malte at a"Real Humans Party" meeting.
posted by travelwithcats (13 comments total)
Did Vera put sleeping pills into the lasagne? And why?
Was it Leo or Anita who remembered the day when Leo almost drowned? That flashback was cut in a way that it could have been either one, or possibly both at the same time.
posted by travelwithcats at 2:00 PM on August 24, 2014

I think it was Anita remembering. It makes sense since she was afraid of going into the water. Yeah, Vera drugged Lennart. As she didn't appear to do anything that night, it doesn't make sense. Odi is dangerous and needs to be decommissioned.

I completely missed that Anita was Leo's hubot. It just didn't seem like Leo's hubot could get repaired and sold to a reputable store that quickly. Just to help profit? Cause that's like Sears buying a vacuum from junk sellers and refurbishing it for their store. It just isn't the way the system works. For someone selling out of the back of their van, yes, but not for a big box retailer.

Initially, I thought Leo was a good guy (but clueless) because he didn't know that couple would be killed. However, his hitting the construction worker is making me re-think that characterization. That was shitty. Just grab your hubot and run.

Is the cop undercover or is she really a Humans First believer? And why did she let the hubots go?

I'm still on team HF. Leo himself said he could reprogram their code to make them more interesting. Still computers then, not sentient.
posted by Ik ben afgesneden at 7:05 PM on August 25, 2014

Ik ben afgesneden, you're in for a surprise regarding Bea (the cop)! And also Odi!

The only reason for Vera to drug Lennart can be revenge then, I guess. He was kinda nasty to her that day, saying it would make some real money to sell her in parts. Seems like it made her upset and she wanted to have the last word. Classic.

The guy with the hubot market, Jonas, is sleazy. I can totally see him buying black market hubots and flogging them to innocent people just to make a buck. IIRC he even mentioned to Silas that it was not the first time they made a deal. But maybe he buys the children of David Eischer (with that arm tattoo) on purpose? But then I guess he'd recognized Anita when they went to the hubot market to show her where she came from.
posted by travelwithcats at 8:01 PM on August 25, 2014

Oh, I meant to add that it seemed rushed that Jonas gave Mimi/Anita away for free. It coincided with the murder of that elderly couple and all the news outlets reported it was a gang of hubots. Jonas knew Silas had picked Mimi/Anita up that night at that very house and just wanted to get rid of her ASAP, I suspect.
posted by travelwithcats at 8:11 PM on August 25, 2014

I think we're the only ones here, so feel free to spill the beans. I'm the person who has bookmarked.

What's with the knowledge gaps in the bots? It would be trivial to load their memory with encyclopedias. That they wouldn't understand a gay couple or how to find their way back home (it's called GPS, Odi, even stupid pigeons have it) is worse than lazy programming. It defies belief.
posted by Ik ben afgesneden at 8:11 PM on August 25, 2014

Ok, the need for a quick turnaround would explain the two-for-one deal. I can buy that.
posted by Ik ben afgesneden at 8:12 PM on August 25, 2014

No, no, you better watch and get surprised :-)
posted by travelwithcats at 8:14 PM on August 25, 2014

There are different levels of intelligence for the hubots - see Max, the builder with a low IQ on one end and the companion hubot with an inner life, who had a traumatic experience when she was 19 on the other. The free hubots are different, they have free will and sometimes do foolish stuff.
I guess it would be easy to load encyclopedic knowledge onto their hard drives but it seems like the regular hubots were made somewhat activity-specific (builder, fitness trainer, geriatric nurse etc.). The free hubots would voluntarily have to want to load that knowledge into their system.
posted by travelwithcats at 8:23 PM on August 25, 2014

I'm on ep 4 so I just saw the reveal for the cop. Does everything lead back to Leo's drowning?
posted by Ik ben afgesneden at 8:35 PM on August 25, 2014

Not sure, I haven't watched too far ahead.
But wow, Bea looked way more human at the beginning, don't you think? She acts much more robot-like in the later eps.
posted by travelwithcats at 8:39 PM on August 25, 2014

I just realized I'm wanting to compare all androids to Data, travelwithcats. But I suppose that's where the show wants to end up somewhere down the line and this is several stages prior. Ok, fair enough.
posted by Ik ben afgesneden at 8:40 PM on August 25, 2014

Exactly right about Bea! The stiffness and all that wasn't there prior to the reveal in the bathroom.
posted by Ik ben afgesneden at 8:41 PM on August 25, 2014

Yeah, I'm trying not to compare to any other show. So far it seems like the show is trying to give each hubot her/his own personality - some stronger than others. So they are not alike anyway.
posted by travelwithcats at 8:49 PM on August 25, 2014

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