Humans … Season 2 Interview

Leo.Mia.Sophie  AMC’s Humans finale, which aired Sunday, found both its human and android characters in vastly different places from where they started in the premiere — and executive producers Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley say that watching you watch their show was nearly as entertaining as the drama itself.

Here are a couple of excerpts from TVLine interview.

Will you delve deeper into the anti-synth movement next season?
VINCENT | One of the ways we’re going to approach it is to move the world on a little bit — and I’m not talking jumping ahead years or anything. Just a few months. But what I mean is the synths in society: We’re going to the next level… They’ve gone a bit deeper. They’ve moved into new areas of employment. They’ve moved into new areas of our personal lives… You’re not coming back to a status-quo society. Things are developing fast, as technology does in all areas. There’s lots of new, society-wide effects which we’re going to tell stories in.


Will the Hawkins family have a similar role in Season 2 as they did this season? Or is the plan to diminish that?  “Well, it’s kind of easier to write the high-stakes thriller story of these incredibly advanced and curious machines that people want to get their hands on and people are fighting over and lives are risked.” It’s quite easy to see where the drama comes from there.

Lucy Carless as Mattie Hawkins, Katherine Parkinson as Laura Hawkins, Tom Goodman Hill as Joe Hawkins and Theo Stevenson as Toby Hawkins - Humans _ Season 1, Episode 8- Photo Credit: Colin Hutton/Kudos/AMC/C4

Lucy Carless as Mattie Hawkins, Katherine Parkinson as Laura Hawkins, Tom Goodman Hill as Joe Hawkins and Theo Stevenson as Toby Hawkins – Humans _ Season 1, Episode 8- Photo Credit: Colin Hutton/Kudos/AMC/C4

The big challenge for us is to create stories for [Season] 2 that bring the Hawkins family back into it. We can tell those ground-level, domestic, really emotional stories that we did in [Season] 1 but we can also tie them into the bigger story and the jeopardy-filled aspects of the plot… If we can do that, that’s very satisfying: to see these very ordinary human beings with these very extraordinary machines. We think we’ve cracked a couple of good ways to really tie them back into the big story

A comment from this writer regarding:   “Well, it’s kind of easier to write the high-stakes thriller story of these incredibly advanced and curious machines that people want to get their hands on and people are fighting over and lives are risked.”

“It’s kind of easier to write the thriller story.”  There’s a formula those kind of scripts seem to follow, completely predictable, which rely on “action” scenes to keep the audience interest.  This series has proven that there is a LARGE audience out here for the more intelligent approach to story-telling, the subtle tension that engages our interest without resorting to mayhem. We look forward to more of the same by Mr. Vincent and Mr. Brackley.


Shepzoy House

What adventures lurk here for our young couple?  Does it look foreboding?  Will it challenge them?  Will it change their lives?


We love a mystery … and a young couple starting their life together in a strange house with an unknown past promises to be very mysterious and very scary indeed.

Frankie Shea & Frances

Frankie and Frances Shea.1Given that there is usually some kind of backstory to Colin’s characters, we have been wondering about Frankie Shea.  There seems to be little available about him.  It may be that the biography written by John Pearson contains more, but we are not inclined to read it at this point.

So, we will do what we dislike doing, which is to find scattered facts and opinions to see if they lead to any ideas. However, the statements being made are often contradictory and have more to do with Frances’ relationship with Reggie than her relationship with her brother.  We can assume he was protective of her being his little sister, and yet it was he who introduced her to Reggie, when she was just 16.  They were wed six years later when she was 22.  After two years of struggling with the marriage, Frances moved in with her brother Frankie.

“She was staying with her brother Frankie Shea because her nerves were bad. They were told to keep an eye on her and don’t let any tablets near her. “But Frankie was out with his family when Frances found tablets in her sister-in-law’s bag and took them. Ronnie and Reggie were nowhere near.”

Read more at: (x)


That morning of June 7, he took his sister a cup of tea, as he usually did, carefully placing it on the bedside table. She seemed to be still sleeping peacefully, so he went out to work. Yet something, he couldn’t quite explain what, sent him back to check on his sister around lunchtime. She was just as he’d left her earlier. The tea was stone cold.

Maybe it was an accident, and she took one pill too many? She couldn’t have planned it, many argued. They were looking forward to going away, weren’t they? These were false hopes. Frances had been merely biding her time, pretending to Reg about the holding, knowing full well she’d never be going anywhere with him again.

Read more: (x)
Our Thoughts:  Did Frankie feel in any way responsible for the aftermath of that introduction?  If there is mention of how her death affected him, there is no mention in these articles.  If her death had any impact on his relationship with the twins, we don’t know it.  There is no mention of the depth of his involvement with The Firm’s illegal activities. There is also no mention of his own death.  These are the aspects in which Colin’s ability to portray emotion would enter the story.

We have said we think this part of the story is peripheral, given that the promotions focus on the twins’ story. But Frances was courted by Reggie and married to him, though briefly. The six years of their courtship is a significant amount of time, so perhaps we will see more of this part of the story than we originally thought. And her brother, Frankie, was a very big part of her life throughout her troubles with Reggie, right until her death in Frankie’s home. I think no matter how much screen time, Colin’s contribution will be a very important one.

Tender & Evocative description of Bathroom Scene

Rarely I read a description of one of Colin’s scenes that is truly moving.  This one will always be numbered among my favorites.  The author has a sensitivity to Leo’s pain and has transmitted that emotion to us in her writing.  It took some time to locate the author and get permission to repost this marvelous entry. So, thank you to her for sharing these words.


 ” This image of Leo captivates me. Look how he’s staring at his port wound with such sadness. It’s as though he wonders why he has to be like this: a hybrid, unwelcome in the human world because of his unique blend of Synth-human essence; loved by his Synth family but only “practically” one of them; virtually unnoticed by his father until he became a synthetic creation. A foot in each world but not really belonging in either.
“It’s a truly existential crisis for this character; a moment of immense vulnerability, confronting who (and what) he really is. Coming to grips as he stands in that bathroom, staring at the glaring reminder of his abnormal/impossible existence, surrounded by the trappings of mundane family/childhood/human everyday life – with what he’s lost and possibly never really had but wants with all his heart. And he can’t control himself any longer – the tears and the sobs escape him.
It’s a slap in the face, in a way. We can all deny what we’re feeling and what we’re struggling with for a time; but when we find ourselves suddenly surrounded by exactly what we don’t want to think about, we are momentarily lost in a sea of emotion that demands to be experienced — just as Leo is here.

“Who knows how long he wept in that bathroom, how much time he allowed himself to grieve for the life that he knew would never be his no matter how much he wished it could be, how much effort it took him to bottle his grief again and don his mask to go back out to the living room.

“People talk about Leo as a child a lot of the time (and he does exhibit childlike & childish qualities sometimes, as do we all), but I think he’s also a strong man who puts aside his own struggles in order to keep his family safe and whole. He’s looking out for his crew the best way he knows how, being their rock & their leader & their protector — a tall order when he’s living perpetually on the edge of emotional breakdown within himself.

“Basically, Leo is my hero. And this scene affirms that for me.

   Link to original: