Season two of the Swedish science fiction TV series Real Humans starts on December 1st, which is twice the treat; not only is it a rarity that Scandinavian TV networks offer sci-fi drama, but a second season is previously unheard of.
The first season of Real Humans (original title: Äkta Människor) premiered in January 2012 on SVT, Sweden’s public broadcaster. Developing and airing the series was an experiment, as homegrown science fiction for the masses is not something audiences demand in Sweden. Unlike USA where your problem is to choose which series to follow, in Sweden (and the rest of Scandinavia) your problem is to find TV science fiction, period. Certain bosses must therefore have breathed more calmly when the series proved to be a success, not only in Sweden but also abroad, having been sold to over 50 countries so far, including the UK, Australia, France, Germany, and South Korea.
Season one was reviewed positively in foreign media. Charlie Jane Anders of Io9 called the series “startlingly beautfiful, disturbing and creepy as hell”. The Australian judged it “the best science fiction to hit the small screen in a long time”, and Joe Hubris said it was “the best android story – and some of the best science fiction, period – to grace any screen, small, silver or other, since Blade Runner.”
Real Humans season two is a miniseries set in an alternate present day where consumer level hubots – human robots – are common. The series deals with the emotional effects on two families, and the activities of a group of robots which have developed free will and demand freedom from human ownership. The new season starts more or less where the first season finished, and is supposedly darker and more dangerous than the first season; some time has passed and the distinction between humans and machines are greying out. A computer virus is spreading, making the hubots uncontrollable and dangerous for their surroundings. The public is encouraged to test their hubots, and not download updates from dubious sources on the internet. The virus is a threat that will have severe consequences for the characters.
Real Humans season 2 teaser:
-It is quite complicated to play a hubot. Ther are many nuances to think about all the time. You can’t make it [too robotic] and not [too human either], but a mix of those things. So you have to peel off layers quite a lot, says Lisette Pagler to SVT, who plays the hubot Mimi. Marie Robertson, Bea in the movie, adds: -While acting often is about being natural and relaxed, in this role you have to do the opposite and be concious about every move. And you do everything separately [in a specific order].
Many of the actors from the first season return on December 1, but some new faces will also be seen.The cast includes Johan Paulsen, Anki Larsson, Louise Peterhoff, Peter Viitanen, Happy Jankell, Nanna Blondell, Shebly Niavaraní, Kjell Wilhelmsen, Sten Elfström, Natalie Minnevik, Thomas W. Gabrielsson, André Sjöberg, Ellen Mattsson Jelinek and Måns Nathanaelson. Real Humans is created by writer Lars Lundström. Alex Haridi has co-written season two with Lundström. Harald Hamrell directs episodes 1 – 4, Kristina Humle episodes 5 – 7 and Christian Eklöw episodes 8 – 10.
Real Humans season 2 trailer:
The 10 x 60 minute Real Humans season two premieres on SVT on December 1st.