About this time two years ago, I described 2011 as feeling like “an end-of-season finale”, thanks to all the spectacular news events it contained. The Arab spring! Fukushima! The August riots! Dead Bin Laden! Dead Gaddafi! Remember? Course you don’t.
Like all season finales, it was a tough act to follow, and consequently 2012 was a sort commercial break – and comparative lull – whereas 2013 has been the opening episode of Humankind: Season Two. And this time around the producers are going for a pared-down, considerably darker feel, with less emphasis on spectacle and more on shock after stomach-churning shock.