The Mail on Sunday - Event - - THE TV PAGES -

At the open­ing of the third se­ries of the sci-fi saga set in a world where hu­mans and an­droids – known as ‘synths’ – live side by side, ev­ery­thing is over­shad­owed by the events that closed the last run. It was then that full con­scious­ness came to all synths glob­ally, shat­ter­ing their docile obe­di­ence and pre­cip­i­tat­ing a break­down in order that led to many thou­sands of hu­man deaths.

Now, a year on, the re­bel­lious blue-eyed mod­els have al­most all been de­stroyed or ban­ished to prison-like pens, while an up­dated or­ange-eyed ver­sion is be­ing mar­keted as sup­pos­edly safe. The dan­ger­ous Niska (Emily Ber­ring­ton, above far right) has man­aged to es­cape, while Laura (Kather­ine Parkin­son, top right) is among the few hu­mans cam­paign­ing for synth rights. You just know this un­easy peace will not last long, in a se­ries that ad­dresses the same is­sues as West­world, on a far smaller bud­get yet in an en­dear­ingly en­ter­tain­ing fash­ion.

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