Thursday, December 14, 2017

"I'm Not a Robot" Episodes 7-8 recap

Ri-el (played by Hwang Seung-eon) is Min-gyoo's childhood friend and presumed alternate love interest. She has very little screentime. Her only new scene is suspiciously cut short right before she's about to say something important. So Ri-el's main contribution to the story so far is that she provokes one of Min-gyoo's attacks, which leads him into flashback mode detailing his generally horrible backstory that explains, among other things, where Min-gyoo's psychomatic skin condition comes from.
The literal events of the flashback are implausible, to say the least. But then legal issues of inheritance and guardianship as relates to child survivors are very much besides the point here. After all, Min-gyoo is the protagonist of a modern fairy tale, playing the role of the ill-fated prince. It's just that instead of witches, magic spells, and curses, the culprits are men in suits, legal mumbo jumbo, and psychological conditions. These parallel each other quite nicely.
Unfortunately the flashback is so compelling that the remainder of these episodes is a bit of a let down by comparison. Now that we know people are out to get Min-gyoo, and that Min-gyoo has spent most of his life trying to force enough distance between himself and his persecutors to prevent from being overtaken, I really want to see how he does it. So far we've only ever seen Min-gyoo be a jerk to people who don't actually deserve it. High-ranked company man Do-won (played by Son Byung-ho) would be another story entirely.
Another character of considerably more interest now is Yoo-cheol (played by Kang Ki-young), a man who used to be Min-gyoo's friend. Yoo-cheol appears to be genuinely concerned for Min-gyoo's welfare. But as Do-won's son, Yoo-cheol was unwittingly caught up in the fairy tale nightmare and now...we still don't know that much about him because "I'm Not a Robot" is still not fleshing out central characters.
Again, most of what we see here is just Min-gyoo talking to Ji-ah under the very silly assumption that he can tell his robot anything. Is Min-gyoo aware of the fact that Baek-gyoon's team is privy to all their conversations? All the same, it's funny. Even the crab jokes were funny, even if inevitably very silly. But I'm still impatient for the story to really get moving. Even if it obviously fits Min-gyoo's ethos to talk about problems rather than directly addressing them, there's no excuse for everyone else to be so passive.
Review by William Schwartz
"I'm Not a Robot" is directed by Jeong Dae-yoon, written by Kim Seon-mi-I and Lee Suk-joon-I, and features Yoo Seung-ho, Chae Soo-bin, Uhm Ki-joon, and Park Se-wan.
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

"Nothing to Lose" episodes 13 - 14 recap

On the 13th, SBS drama "Nothing to Lose" aired a romantic moment.
Lee Jeong-joo (Park Eun-bin) ran to Sa Eui-hyeon (Yeon Woo-jin) thinking she was late. He noticed her shoes were on backwards and prevented her from falling over while she switched them.
Later, Do Han-joon (Dong Ha) asked Eui-hyeon to keep an eye on Jeong-joo, but she refused a ride from him. Instead, Eui-hyeon followed her as it began to snow, turning the moment into a romantic one.
Jeong-joo and Eui-hyeon now work in the same office. She tried to copy how he wore his robe, but it messed up her hair.
Jeong-joo said, "I guess not anyone can do this" and ran out while Eui-hyeon smiled warmly at her behind her back.
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"Black Knight" episode 3 recap

On the latest episode of the KBS 2TV drama, Moon Soo-ho (Kim Rae-won) told Jeong Hae-ra (Shin Se-kyung) that he liked her. Hae-ra told him not to be nice to her.
Soo-ho was persistent and upset that she didn't remember him. Hae-ra wavered slightly at his straightforward confession.
However, Hae-ra had been hurt by her ex-boyfriend Choi Ji-hoon (Kim Hyun-jun) who was a con. Hae-ra told Soo-ho, "I am not innocent enough to like a man because he's rich". Then she got drunk once and said, "I don't want to be hurt or embarrassed again". Soo-ho realized that she was pushing him away because of someone else and got mad saying, "Who is this guy?"
Soo-ho didn't give up, but she wasn't quite ready yet.
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"Prison Playbook" episode 7 recap

On the latest episode of the tvN drama "Prison Playbook", there was a potential break in Yoo Dae-wi's (Jung Hae-in) case.
Mr. Paeng (Jung Woong-in), who had been keeping an eye on Dae-wi, began to look into his case. He found a few things that seemed fishy and that no one had previously thought to question.
The other prison guards saw Dae-wi as evil, but Mr. Paeng was different.
Meanwhile, Mr. Paeng provides comedic relief as playfully bickers with the prisoners.
"Prison Playbook" can be seen every Wednesday and Thursday at 22:00 KST.
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"I'm Not a Robot" Episodes 5-6 recap

We still have so few characters that most of the jokes are just a variation on how Min-gyoo is too dumb to realize that Ji-ah is not a robot. Honestly, I'm surprised that I haven't gotten completely sick of that yet. Maybe it's just the way Yoo Seung-ho plays Min-gyoo so sincerely, his stupidity is actually mostly pretty believable. The things Min-gyoo believes a robot can do are just so ridiculously inconsistent, yet we can see in his warped mind that there is a consistent logic to his assumptions.
The best part is how Yoo Seung-ho transitions from lonely person deserving pity to callous jerk, without even so much as a change in his tone of voice. Disproportionate handsomeness notwithstanding, Min-gyoo is a pretty convincing shut-in nerd. Look at how Min-gyoo consistently shows more empathy toward robots than he does to actual people. Is it because he has more personal contact with robots, or because the robots are better at following his orders than people are?
So the jokes are funny, if low-brow, and Min-gyoo is pretty intriguing. Everywhere else progress is limited. We do get one pretty good flashback that's immediately noteworthy because it shows Ji-ah being disproportionately happy and it also explains the origin of AZ3's ridiculous uniform. But in long perspective even this scene is relevant mainly because of how it relates to Min-gyoo. He literally throws away happiness, and the crew of scientists must desperately recover it in secret under the fairly reasonable assumption that Min-gyoo wouldn't just give it to them.
While "I'm Not a Robot" has the trappings of a magical romance, the more realistic aspects of the drama's production are troubling. At one point we see straight-up labor protests happening in the background that are even briefly commented on. These are dark moments I'm not quite sure what to make of. Is the implication that Min-gyoo allows this to happen because he doesn't care enough about people in order to find a halfway resolution?
Because really, in this economic environment, it's very hard to feel sympathy for a guy who can literally buy anything, even a fully functional android, yet stiffs less economically disadvantaged people on technicalities. Can a mere robot teach Min-gyoo how to love? Phrased that way, the premise actually sounds fairly insulting, so I suppose it's for the better that it's Ji-ah, rather than AZ3, who is teaching Min-gyoo how to tolerate the failures of others.
Review by William Schwartz
"I'm Not a Robot" is directed by Jeong Dae-yoon, written by Kim Seon-mi-I and Lee Suk-joon-I, and features Yoo Seung-ho, Chae Soo-bin, Uhm Ki-joon, and Park Se-wan.
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

"Two Cops" episodes 11 - 12 recap

Cha Dong-tak (Jo Jeong-seok) saved Song Ji-an (Hyeri) from Park (Min Sung-wook) on the latest episode of the MBC drama "Two Cops".
Jo Jeong-seok deftly performed as both Dong-tak and Soo-chang. As Soo-chang, he slyly tried to make a deal with Park and asked detectives for help. When he failed, Soo-chang attempted Dong-tak's body by banging his head on the wall and asking for outside help.
Finally, Soo-chang managed to exit Dong-tak's body through a car accident. The moment he was alone, Jo Jeong-seok infused Dong-tak with charisma that showed his artistry.
In the end, Dong-tak and Soo-chang managed to save Song Ji-an who was confused Dong-tak's behavior.
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"Rude Miss Young-ae Season 16" episode 4 recap

On the latest episode of "Rude Miss Young-ae Season 16", Ra Mi-ran found a hidden gold necklace that belonged to Jo Deok-je (Park Chul-min).
When he was arrested for bribery, created a new establishement and and Jo's beloved dog, Michael, was brought home by Ra Mi-ran who worked there.
Jo sent a letter to Yoon Seo-hyeon and Jeong Ji-soon asking them to take care of the dog, but they didn't read the letter properly. There was a hidden message in it that showed the location of the necklace, and they missed it.
Later, Mi-ran was looking for Michael's ball when she found a golden necklace in the dog house. When she found out it was worth a lot of money, she sold it. She'd been treated poorly by Jo and spent the money on her sons.
Ra Mi-ran who had been mistreated by Jo, used the money with her sons. Meanwhile, there was a hidden message in the letter Jo sent to Yoon Seo-hyeon and Jeong Ji-soon.
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