Blu-ray Review: HUMANS 3.0 (Uncut UK Edition)

HUMANS is based on the Swedish award-winning drama “Real Humans.” The futuristic sci-fi drama was created and written by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley. Humans stars Gemma Chan, Tom Goodman-Hill, Katherine Parkinson, Lucy Carless, Pixie Davies, Colin Morgan, Ivanno Jeremiah, Ruth Bradley, Emily Berrington, Mark BonnarUkweli Roach, Dino Fetscherand Sam Palladio.

In the near future, humanoid servants called Synthetics have been created to help busy families simplify their lives. One year after synths around the globe gained consciousness, human distrust of synths is at an all-time high, and both populations struggle to cope with the fallout. Human lawyer Laura (Katherine Parkinson) fights for synth rights at a high-profile government commission, while Mia (Gemma Chan) and Max (Ivanno Jeremiah) run a settlement for sentient synths. But Max is torn between his new role as leader and helping his friend, human-synth hybrid Leo (Colin Morgan). When a bomb blast at a synth-friendly bar inflames already high tensions, Niska (Emily Berrington) searches for the perpetrator, and what she finds will have monumental consequences for humans and synths alike.

The third season picks up one year after the consciousness code was released to save one special synth (Mia) but it also awakened many others. The green-eyed synths are now conscious and feared by the humans but Laura is fighting for their rights. She and Joe have separated and trying to move on with their lives but the synths and their children continue to stay at the center of it. Joe actually falls for a synth but it’s short-lived because she’s attacked by a mob of angry humans. There’s also the orange-eyed synths that are introduced but there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to a few of them – especially Stanley (Dino Fetscher).

Max has become the synth leader and they’ve found a place to call home while Mia decides to take achance and show the humans that there’s no reason to fear them. Max’s leadership is threatened by Anatole (Ukweli Roach) who believes in fighting back against the humans and not handling things peacefully. A terrorist synth group is also introduced and a truce isn’t going to come easy. It didn’t look good for Leo at the end of the second season but the human-synth hybrid survived and is able to get back in the fight to help some. Niska goes on her own mission when she’s summoned by a mysterious force where she makes a shocking discovery who the figure actually is behind the call. While Niska takes the journey to the next level of evolution, Mia shows her leadership in the fight with the humans and sacrifices herself in hopes that it will ultimately bring peace.

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes season three details, some images and list of special features. The two Blu-ray discs also feature matching artwork. Inserting each disc, the menu screens were simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Humans 3.0 took everything to the next level as this thought-provoking sci-fi drama took everything to the next level. The writing for this character driven series continues to be the strong point with the amazing cast delivering some impressive and powerful performances. It’s all about these relationships (human and synth) and what it takes to survive in this bold new world. Watching the evolution of these synths has been amazing as they get even closer to becoming human. In many ways, they’ve now passed the humans with their intellegence, patience and compassion but there’s still an eeriness to them which is what makes the synths so interesting. All they want is to have their place in this dangerous world that’s claimed by the human race that doesn’t want to give an inch to their synthetic cousins because they feel threatened by them. This season saw the synths take another step forward in evolution and an uneasy truce was finally formed with the humans but it didn’t come without sacrifice. Humans 3.0 is now available on a 2-disc Blu-ray set.

Distributor: Acorn

Run Time: 2 Discs / 8 Episodes / 391 Minutes

Rated: Unrated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (1.78:1) Region A

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: Behind-the-scenes featurettes (24 min.)

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