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Are You Human Too: Episodes 3-4

The simple fact of Nam Shin-III’s existence becomes convenient when disaster strikes, and he’s forced to enter a world he knows nothing about. Luckily he has a good guide, because he’s up against some very dangerous adversaries. But a complication that Shin left behind is poised to throw an unexpected wrench into everyone’s plans, and Nam Shin-III will find himself facing a situation nobody planned for.

 
EPISODE 3 RECAP

Shin and Nam Shin-III spot each other across the road, and realize that they look exactly alike. Nam Shin-III reviews his memory and recalls running across Shin earlier by the flower stand. He thinks, “A human that looks exactly like me. I first saw him forty-six minutes, forty-three seconds ago.”

The flower vendor had asked if they were twins, but when Nam Shin-III had turned around, Shin was walking away. He’d been able to ID Shin and noted that they have the same name, then had seen the man with the snake tattoo following Shin with a gun in his pocket.

There had been no data in Nam Shin-III’s memory for Snake, and he’d realized that Shin was in trouble. One of his rules is to save lives, so he’d followed Shin and Snake, and had deliberately picked up the same hat and hoodie Shin put on to hide from Snake.

He’d joined the crowd watching the dancers in order to draw Snake’s attention, then led him in the opposite direction from Shin. Then Nam Shin-III and Shin had seen each other, and been mesmerized. Nam Shin-III had wondered why they wore the same face, but before the two could reach each other, Shin had been hit by the truck.

Shin’s mother, Ro-ra, is nearby and sees her son crumpled unconscious on the pavement. She runs to him, crying and begging him to wake up, as Nam Shin-III watches. He thinks to himself, “I understand now. The human Nam Shin. He is Mom’s son.”

Mom’s friend David stops Nam Shin-III from going to hug Ro-ra as his program tells him to do when someone cries. He pulls Nam Shin-III away, suspecting something is wrong, and on the drive home, Nam Shin-III tells David that someone was following Shin with a gun. He projects a video of Snake onto the car’s TV screen, and although David doesn’t say anything, his face grows hard and he steps on the gas.

A flashback shows us that the driver of the truck did deliberately run down Shin in the street. He’d seen Nam Shin-III in his side mirror, so when he meets up with Snake, he starts to tell him that there was another Shin. But Snake cuts him off with a bullet, then recieves instructions from his grandfather’s right-hand man, Jong-gil, to return to Korea immediately.

Shin’s secretary, Young-hoon is in the Czech Republic as well, having followed Shin after he changed flights. He goes to Ro-ra’s home, and when Nam Shin-III answers the door, Young-hoon yanks him outside. He talks to Nam Shin-III as if he’s Shin, angry that he’s abandoned his family duties.

Nam Shin-III casually informs Young-hoon that he’s not Shin, and that he’s not human. Before he can explain further, an ambulance arrives at the house, and Young-hoon watches in disbelief as Ro-ra and Nam Shin-III guide the gurney carrying an unconscious Shin inside the house.

Once Shin is settled inside, Ro-ra tells Young-hoon that his bleeding has stopped, but that it’s unknown when he’ll wake up. She also says they found the driver of the truck dead of a gunshot wound to the head. She says determinedly that she hasn’t seen her son in twenty years, and that he was hit by a car in front of her eyes, so she’ll look after him now.

Young-hoon warns that if Jong-gil learns where Shin is, he’ll have him taken off life support and claim the company for himself. But the only way to stop Jong-gil is for Shin to go back and take over himself, and Shin is severely injured.

David and Nam Shin-III decide, for now, not to tell Ro-ra about Snake and the fact that they can’t find him. When Ro-ra finally comes out of Shin’s room, she tells Nam Shin-III that she needs to ask him a favor. Young-hoon looks unsettled as Ro-ra asks Nam Shin-III to go with him to Seoul to protect Shin’s place at the company.

Nam Shin-III thinks for a minute, then says he’ll go. Ro-ra thanks him and says she’s sorry, and when he sees her face he steps in to hug her, asking her not to be sad.

Soon, dressed and styled as Shin, Nam Shin-III leaves with Young-hoon, who still seems unsure about this plan but is determined to do whatever he has to do. The only clue that Nam Shin-III isn’t who he appears to be is the high-tech device he wears, which plugs into a port on his wrist.

Chairman Nam and Shin’s aunt, Ho-yeon, along with the entire house staff, are waiting when Young-hoon arrives home with Nam Shin-III. Nam Shin-III takes in the deep bows from the staff, and after a pause, he returns the bow.

Young-hoon rolls his eyes and snaps his fingers, and the entire house and all the people disappear. WHEW, they’re in a simulation room! He tells Nam Shin-III that Shin doesn’t greet the workers, and when Nam Shin-III asks why, Young-hoon quips dryly, “He’s rude.” HA.

They go through multiple scenarios of Shin’s normal life, all of which Nam Shin-III fails. Having been programmed to be nice, Nam Shin-III tries to sit near the chairman when Shin usually avoids him, he ignores Jong-gil and is reminded that he’s Shin’s future father-in-law, and he nearly kisses Ye-na, Shin’s fiancee (Young-hoon: “Ye-na is like a sister to you. No skinship.”). But eventually, Nam Shin-III grasps Shin’s personality enough to emulate him to Young-hoon’s satisfaction.

In Seoul, Chairman Nam sees a doctor about his memory issues, and the doctor confirms that he’s in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Chairman Nam still insists on giving the presentation to the shareholders, bis daughter is scared that he’ll have an episode in front of everyone. Unfortunately, the alternative is to let Jong-gil do it and get all the glory.

At the moment, Jong-gil is practicing the presentation, which involves the unveiling of the company’s new driverless M-car. He beams at Ye-na, asking if Daddy looks good on stage, but she pouts that she was hoping Shin would be here to do it. She says that she found out where Young-hoon went, so she’s going to join him and help convince Shin to come home. Jong-gil, having thought that Shin is dead, splutters for a moment before telling Ye-na to go ahead.

While all this is happening, So-bong arrives at a new bodyguard assignment only to be told that everyone knows she took pictures of Shin to sell, and that her services are no longer needed. She goes home to her father’s boxing gym and amuses herself by drinking soju straight from the bottle and encouraging the athletes to cheat.

Dad confiscates her soju and asks what trouble she got into this time. She tells him she’s been blacklisted, but he’s not very sympathetic considering that she got herself into this mess. She swears she’s never going to do anything like that again, but Dad barks, “you’re encouraging my athletes to cheat, how can I believe you?!” He’s got a point.

He growls, “Once trash, always trash,” and So-bong loses her temper. She decides to press charges against Shin for hitting her in the airport, and get tons of money. But Dad whaps her upside the head and sighs that she should report him too, and he’ll go to jail for raising a child like her.

So-bong escapes to a picnic table to get her drink on. She drunk-dials her friend, Reporter Jo, to complain that there are PK Motors billboards everywhere she looks. Reporter Jo apologizes and says she’s currently kneeling in the middle of Hongdae to confess that the hidden camera-watch was Shin’s plan.

She tells So-bong that it was Shin’s idea to talk So-bong into taking secret pictures, so that he could put on a scumbag act in public, and that the money she paid her even came from him. She says that even Shin hitting So-bong was part of the act, and So-bong flips out.

She shrieks that she’s breaking off their friendship and going over to PK Motors right now. She calls her dad’s two sweet, but not-so-bright athletes and says she needs to borrow their muscles.

When the big presentation begins, Jong-gil is onstage, and he tells the audience that Shin (who is chief director at PK Motors) planned and ran the driverless M-car project, but that he can’t be there today. The screen behind him parts and an M-car enters in a dramatic cloud of smoke and light.

It stops on a rotating platform and the door opens to show that there’s nobody inside, but the crowd murmurs when they realize that there is, in fact, someone in the backseat. It’s Nam Shin-III, playing his role of Shin, and he steps out and approaches Jong-gil.

He scans the audience, quickly identifying the PK executives, Chairman Nam, and Shin’s aunt Ho-yeon (marked “hostile”). He politely but firmly invites Jong-gil to take a seat, and with everyone watching, Jong-gil has no choice. Nam Shin-III smoothly continues the presentation after an encouraging nod from Young-hoon.

Outside the presentation hall, So-bong and her sidekicks stand holding signs demanding that PK Motors and stop attacking her character and repent. One sidekick, whom So-bong calls Joint (his name is Jo In-tae, hee) complains that his arms are tired, but the other (who calls himself Robocop) bellows that he’s tireless. So-bong learns from her former fellow bodyguards that Shin is inside, and gets an idea.

Nam Shin-III describes the M-car as feeling no rage, fatigue, or impulses, nor does it drive recklessly or drunk. He says that people could spend their time in the car watching a movie, shopping, or even “enjoying a little skinship.”

Jong-gil calls out to ask what happens if the car is in an accident, and gives Nam Shin-III a scenario: the M-car is driving on a road, and two motorcyclists are approaching, one wearing a helmet and one not. He asks which one the car would hit if it couldn’t avoid a collision, and the executives mutter that the helmeted motorcyclist should live because he’s following the law.

Nam Shin-III thinks about it, then rephrases the question. He asks them to imagine that the person in the helmet is one hundred years old, and the one without a helmet is a teenager. The crowd is silent when he asks if the teenager should die just because he’s breaking a law.

He says that the decision of whom to kill and whom to save is for humans to make, and that only gods can tell humans what to do. He adds that through the M-car, PK Motors will become a competent deity which benefits humans through decisions made by humans. The crowd erupts in applause, not seeming to realize that he didn’t actually answer the question.

But the applause is interrupted by a cry from the balcony: “You dog, Nam Shin!!” Nam Shin-III looks up to see So-bong glaring down at him, and Ho-yeon recognizes her as the girl from the airport. Young-hoon moves intercept her, but Chairman Nam growls to let Shin take care of this.

So-bong stomps onto the stage and accuses Nam Shin-III of setting her up to take secret pictures of him, then assaulting her. Confused, Nam Shin-III searches his memory banks and finds the video of Shin hitting her at the airport.

So-bong continues that she was going to let it go since she was wrong, and that she’s been blacklisted and treated like scum, but now she’s found out that he used her. She accuses him of treating her like a toy robot, and mocking her for her stupidity.

She grows so upset that she gets tearful, and Nam Shin-III does what he’s supposed to do when someone cries — he hugs So-bong. The reporters gasp and snap photos as Nam Shin-III whispers that the rule is to hug someone who cries.

 
EPISODE 4 RECAP

So-bong is escorted out of the building by security, still in a daze from Nam Shin-III’s hug. She tells Joint and Robocop to go home, and when Robocop reminds her that she promised to buy them beef, she snaps back to reality and screams at them to leave before she grills their hands.

Thinking about the hug, So-bong assumes that it was a stunt by Shin to make him look good to the media again. She sees that Reporter Jo is standing nearby, and she runs and gives her a flying kick to the head.

Inside, the reporters also ask Nam Shin-III if the hug was a stunt to clean up his image. Young-hoon steps in to say that Shin has done a lot of repenting, and Jong-gil wonders if he matured while he was away, but Chairman Nam sighs that people don’t change so easily.

When Nam Shin-III approaches the chairman, he remembers Young-hoon saying that Shin rarely speaks to him, so he ignores his grandfather’s rant about his disappearance. He was also told that Shin mocks Ho-yeon, so when she tells him to stop pretending to be nice, Nam Shin-III sneers that she pretends to be nice in front of the chairman. LOL, he even gives her an epic eyeroll for good measure.

Jong-gil says it’s nice to have him back and takes Nam Shin-III’s hand, which allows Nam Shin-III to read his pulse and conclude that he’s lying. He yanks his hand away and snaps, “Liar. You didn’t want Nam Shin to return. I know, I have a lie detector.” Lucky for Nam Shin-III, Jong-gil laughs off the insult as Young-hoon gives Nam Shin-III a meaningful squint.

Ro-ra travels to Seoul to check on Nam Shin-III. She calls David, who’s back home with Shin, and he tells her to focus on how Nam Shin-III is adjusting to the foreign. He apologizes to Shin, saying that this is a foreign environment for him, too, and pleads with him to wake up before this gets harder on everyone.

Alone at home, Jong-gil vents his fury at Shin’s apparent return by smashing bottles of wine against the wall. He attacks Toady, kicking him in the stomach and ordering him to find out whether Snake betrayed them.

Toady mentions “the thing that Chairman Nam can never discover,” and wonders if Shin learned the truth about it. Jong-gil says that where Shin went has nothing to do with that, and when Toady asks if it concerns Shin’s father, Jong-gil tells him to mind his own business and find Snake.

When Young-hoon gets a chance to talk to Nam Shin-III alone, he tells him that hugging So-bong and mentioning his lie detector were dangerous moves. He reminds Nam Shin-III why he’s here — to become the real Shin. He says that Nam Shin-III can’t be found out, for his mother’s sake, and Nam Shin-III nods dejectedly.

Seeing Nam Shin-III’s pout, Young-hoon relents and tells him he did well today. He even gives Nam Shin-III a tiny smile, and when Nam Shin-III remarks on it, Young-hoon nods ruefully and admits that he even feels relaxed.

He offers to call Nam Shin-III a car to visit Ro-ra, but before Nam Shin-III escapes, Ye-na shows up to glue herself to “oppa’s” arm and insist on going wherever he’s going. Snapping back into Shin’s personality, Nam Shin-III pulls away from her coldly.

Reporter Jo trails after So-bong, begging her to talk. She offers to use her press pass to get them into the reception so that So-bong can ask Shin to stop blacklisting her. So-bong has concerns but she goes along anyway, hiding her face, and they enter the reception.

Ye-na joins Nam Shin-III, who’s hanging on a railing over the party looking bored. When he pulls away from her again, she complains that he cherishes her too much, and he grumbles that she’s like a sister. She says she’s ready to get married, and Nam Shin-III tells her no, but his gaze is locked on something across the room.

He’s locked in on some sparklers stuffed into wine bottles, and he cross-references them against a news article about sparklers causing a fire in a Brazilian club. Ye-na says she’ll go stop them, but before she gets there, So-bong snatches the lighter from the partygoer’s hand.

The girl calls her an ajumma and storms off, knocking So-bong’s “Nam Shin must repent” sign to the floor. Ye-na picks it up and tears it in half, introducing herself as Shin’s fiancee, and So-bong recalls “the stone statue that doesn’t budge when her boyfriend cheats.”

Ye-na orders So-bong to leave, but So-bong says she’s just Shin’s fiancee, and engagements can be broken. She yells that Shin staged everything and used her, and when Ye-na accuses her of framing Shin, So-bong says to bring him here so they can ask him.

Nam Shin-III walks up just then, with Young-hoon at his side. He doesn’t recognize Reporter Jo, proving to Ye-na that So-bong is lying, and Young-hoon pulls Reporter Jo aside to talk privately. Nam Shin-III stares at So-bong and Ye-na, who watch him expectantly, then he follows Young-hoon.

In another part of the club, the girls light the sparklers and dance around crazily. Someone sets a wine bottle with a still-blazing sparkler on a table, and it falls to the floor, setting a banner on fire.

Nam Shin-III affects his bored-Shin demeanor as Young-hoon asks why he’s never met Reporter Jo if what she says is true. Reporter Jo says it’s good that Nam Shin-III pretended not to know her so they won’t get caught for setting up the fake hidden camera incident. But she argues that So-bong shouldn’t be punished for their plan, so Young-hoon offers to lift her blacklisting.

So-bong and Ye-na run into each other again in the ladies’ room. Ye-na passive-aggressively shakes water off her hands in So-bong’s direction, and So-bong retaliates. They go nose-to-nose, but before it gets ugly, the lights go out and they hear screaming from the hall. Someone yells, “Fire!” and Ye-na panics and runs out of the restroom. So-bong stays calm and pulls a handful of paper towels from the dispenser, and wets them.

In the kitchen, the cooks evacuate, but one forgets to turn off the heat under a pan. The liquid in the pan boils over into the gas line, causing a fireball to billow into the main reception room. Soon there are flames and exploding glass everywhere, and partygoers struggling to find a safe escape route.

So-bong uses her wet paper towels to block smoke from her nose and mouth as she heads to the hallway. People are crowding against a locked door, but So-bong finds it impossible to open, so she leads everyone in a different direction.

She stops Ye-na from going back to the restroom for her phone, but a minute later, she realizes that her necklace is missing. She sees it where it fell on the stairs and runs up to grab it. As she’s tucking it into her pocket, another fireball explodes right where she was standing just moments ago, blocking her exit.

Young-hoon and Nam Shin-III watch incredulously as Reporter Jo drinks an entire bottle of liquor by herself. Someone runs in yelling about the fire across the street, just as sirens fill the air. The street is full of people, coughing from smoke inhalation, and Nam Shin-III scans the crowd.

When he doesn’t see what he’s looking for, he walks calmly into the inferno. Young-hoon tries to stop him, but Nam Shin-III easily flings him to the floor. Young-hoon calls Ro-ra for advice, and she tells him that Nam Shin-III is in Disaster Mode — he’s focusing all of his energy on saving lives, so his other functions have shut down and he doesn’t recognize anyone he knows.

Nam Shin-III certainly looks all business as he dispassionately evaluates each person he passes in the burning building. He finds a locked door and pushes on it, and eventually the concrete walls around the door begin to crumble. He shoves until the door falls, then starts carrying people out.

Nam Shin-III walks through the room looking for more people, and when he finds three more women, he makes his way towards the one in the worst condition. Another girl begs him to save her first since the others are going to die anyway, but he just tears her high heels from her feet and tells her to save herself. He carries the other two women out, one slung over each shoulder, while the third girl follows.

Inside, So-bong narrowly escapes being hit by falling scaffolding, but she’s trapped under the wreckage. Her phone, which fell not far away, starts ringing with a call from Dad, and So-bong strains to reach it. She hears a noise and realizes that the balcony is about to collapse on her, and she braces herself for her death.

But the balcony stops falling, seeming to hang in midair. Nam Shin-III has caught it on his back, and he slowly but surely pushes it up and away from So-bong. He easily lifts the scaffolding off of So-bong and picks her up in his arms, and as they lock eyes, So-bong feels her heart pounding.

She tells Nam Shin-III not to misunderstand, that it’s his heart beating that way, but he says, “I have no heart.” The camera pans around to his back, where his shirt has partially burned from catching the falling balcony. Some of his synthetic skin was also ripped away, exposing the machinery inside.

 
COMMENTS

Oof, what a heartrending reminder that as sweet and lovable as Nam Shin-III is, he’s not human. The fire did a good job of allowing us to see a good side to So-bong’s personality — the side that was willing to delay her own escape to help save others. Of course, it put her in mortal danger so that our hero could, well, be the hero. But I feel like Nam Shin-III’s “Disaster Mode” was something we needed to see as well, especially the way everything else shuts down and he becomes focused on rescue to the point that he doesn’t even recognize people. Probably later, he’ll go into Disaster Mode again, but that time he’ll override his programming for some emotional reason, showing how he’s evolving.

I still love this drama as much as I did after the first episode, and even though it has some pretty obvious flaws, I’m willing to overlook them since the emotional draw is so darn good. The drama seems to be sacrificing some logic and continuity (well, aside from the main character being a robot capable of human emotion) in order to focus on issues like the human condition, and as long as I’m prepared for those sorts of trade-offs early on, I’m generally willing to go along with them and just enjoy the ride. So we’ll just ignore things like the fact that a truck going that fast would do more than put Shin in a coma… it would quite literally flatten a man, and even if he did survive, he certainly wouldn’t be stable enough to be moved to someone’s home the next day. He definitely would not still have his pretty face intact.

I didn’t really comment on So-bong as a character before, because I wanted to get a more comprehensive sense of her personality besides her being an opportunistic liar. She’s portrayed as cute and somehow likable despite her willingness to sell out a celebrity for money, but I appreciate that the show doesn’t let her immoral behavior slide just because she’s adorable. She’s definitely shown to have deserved what she got, and even her Dad, who previously doted on her and defended her, now openly shows how disappointed he is in her and even calls her trash. But So-bong is scrappy and tough, and she’s not afraid of confrontation, which is an admirable quality. Still, I like that So-bong is flawed and irrational and angry, because it gives her character a direction to grow in, and I’m looking forward to Nam Shin-III teaching So-bong to be more, well, human.

One thing I wasn’t expecting from this show was bromance, but I really love the energy between Young-hoon and Nam Shin-III. Young-hoon knows Shin very well, but he definitely doesn’t like him, and you can already tell that he’s starting to like Nam Shin-III. That little moment when Young-hoon smiled, and Nam Shin-III smiled back at him, was absolutely perfect. It wasn’t too much for this stage of their friendship, and it showed that there’s respect growing between them, and the potential for a wonderful friendship. Nam Shin-III has never had a male friend of roughly his own age, and I think I’m going to like seeing him making a friend as much as I’m going to enjoy watching him discovering romance.

I’m still just as impressed with Seo Kang-joon’s acting here, which is such a pleasant surprise. I thought he did a great job in the first episode distinguishing Shin from Nam Shin-III through his expressions and body language, but he stepped up his game in this episode by perfectly portraying Nam Shin-III-as-Shin. He had Shin’s smirk and swagger down to a tee, but whenever he dropped the facade to just be Nam Shin-III, it was a subtle but startling transformation. And more than once in this hour I found myself thinking, “Wow, Nam Shin-III does such a good impression of Shin!” before remembering that it’s the same actor, and not really someone else pretending to be Shin.

I expect that part of Nam Shin-III’s story will involve his discovery that he’s not Ro-ra’s son the same way Shin is, and that he will struggle with the knowledge that she doesn’t love him the way she loves the son she gave birth to. But Ro-ra created Nam Shin-III and lived with him for twenty years, more than twice as long as she knew and lived with Shin, and she must have developed a mother’s love for him, as well. I hope the show addresses the fact that Nam Shin-III is also Ro-ra’s son — he’s every bit her creation, in some ways even more so than Shin, and loving Shin doesn’t mean that she doesn’t also love Nam Shin-III as a son.

 
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i wasn't certain i was going to like this drama -- but as you stated, Seo Kang Joon's acting has been spot on...
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maybe i'm just mesmorized by both of the OTP's light brown/hazel eyes... so pretty, both of their eyes!

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I'm also blown away! It's so subtle and its never hard to tell who is who and when he's in which "mode". Honestly, I didn't expect it buty SKJ is really carrying the show so far :)

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Seo Kang Joon does really good job. The storyline isnt anything special.

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Wow definitely a nice drama, not be be missed.... as for SKJ's eyes😍
Why do i like the part when he said "I HAVE NOT HEART" soo much😆😄

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I'm curious about the Human Nam Shin because all we know for now that he's the typical rich jerk. But knowing how he was separated from his parents and the personality of his grandfather, I can understand that to be a rebel was the only thing that makes his grandfather angry. He tried to find his mother too. Is he only rude and mean ?

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He also never hurted or gave any hope to Ye-Na even though he probably knew how "nice" her dad is. Plus, if he got a loyal friend like Young Hoon then there definitely should be something good about him.

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A small but indicative moment to me was that when he found out he had been followed to the Czech Republic, his immediate decision was to clear out and return to South Korea (even after all his efforts) rather than risk leading an assasin to his mother.
I think (and hope) that this shows that even though he’s acquired a harsh, even jerky outer shell (and that’s not surprising, given the environment he’s been essentially imprisoned in for most of his life), at his core he’s still the little boy who longs to be with but protect his mother.
Also, the way he acts around his grandfather shows that he hasn’t been brainwashed by his kidnapper - he still fully remembers what he did to them.

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and even though it has some pretty obvious flaws, I’m willing to overlook them since the emotional draw is so darn good

I think this is the nub of it: whether you can overlook the show's issues in plotting and pace due to some other, less tangible, quality. I personally can't so far. I found this episode pedestrian and that did not begin and end with the Truck of Osud. I'm willing to give it a shot through, mostly because I'm only watching Greasy Melo so I do have space in my viewing schedule.

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@lollypip how u manage recapping 3 dramas is amazes me. anyway, thanks for the recap

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hats off to @lollypip for being a hero

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This episode is still doesn't impress me. This writers might has a tendency of a pedestrian start. Because the next episode onwards has been satisfied me. I'm in for a roller coaster ride writer nim.

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I am glad that the truck of doom was planned and not coincidental. It somehow makes it a lot more acceptable. When there was a killer in Shin's trail him getting hit by a truck because he ran into the robot his mom made because she missed him so much did not sit well with me.

I like the characters so far. Shin is so far a cold, unlikable character which contrasts nicely with the adorable Nam Shin III. But his coldness is understandable, he was torn away from his mother at a very young age and grew up around some ruthless, horrible people. Even then, he sent his mother away for her own good and used the first opportunity he could to run to his mom. So I suppose we will end up liking him in the end but I wonder if we will still prefer Nam Shin III.

So Bong whose behavior was very unethical in the first episode found some justification once she learned she had been set up and used by Shin. I love her father, such a character, the way he just barged into the company he thought mistreated his daughter was priceless. It is easy to see where So Bong got her guts from.

What I fear in this show is that the adorable Nam Shin III will be sacrificed in the end because they can't figure out how to keep both of them and he is the "nonhuman". What was that thing they made in My Ahjusshi to drive away bad thoughts again?

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Loving this so far. There are some plot holes here and there, but as Lollypip said, the show has other qualities that for now are outweighing the problems. I find it very enjoyable, mostly because of Kang Joon's robot portrayal (and let's not forget the beauty he brings to the screen). But also the story has so much potential to be emotionally engaging: the growth of Namsin III as a being equal to humans (at least in some aspects), and how humans are going to accept him or not. And his attachment to his mother and how he is going to take it in case Mom favors the other Shin more. He is able to learn so that makes him very similar to us, but which is his purpose in life, what is his software saying about that, what does Mom have to say in this respect? And how will he manage new affections apart from his mother, will he develop some attachment to So Bong? So many questions! I can't wait for next episode 😃

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I have decided in order for me to finish this show, I have to take it as a comedy. Otherwise, I constantly roll my eyes and can't take it seriously. That being said I am genuinely surprised at how well Seo Kang Joon is doing, I usually find him incredibly bland, but he is doing a bang up job distinguishing the two Nam Sins. Who knew I would home for the female lead and stay for both leads.

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Seo Kang Joon portraying robot will go down in the modern kdrama history for being perfect and unique. I have decided already to binge watch it while only looking at him. I should say, the story and other characters are like a distraction when it comes to becoming awed at his face and for the first time his acting.

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I have a true fear on the ending of this drama. My fear it will be sort of the Jekyll or Hyde k drama or maybe even absolute boyfriend. My true fear is that Nam shin III will be sacrificed. I will hate what this will do to do So Bong. Unless by some miracle because Shin is in a coma state maybe Nam Shin III consciousness will be transplanted there? But seeing the way Shin was ripped from his mom and decided to be a jerk to the people who did this to him plus trying to find his mom. I mean I think he is not a bad guy. He just wants control of his life which is being dictated by his jerky grandfather plus being in the cross hair of an opportunistic thug.I can't fathom him being sacrificed since his poor mother have not seen him in 20 years. I also think the thug Jong-gil (?) having something to do with Shin's dad's demise ( the thing chairman must not know?). Anyways I'm rambling here. I'm in danger of being sucked in to this and I will be heartbroken like the ending of Goblin. Don't even get me started on that.

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I also agree with your theory about Shin's dad's death. So far all clues point to the fact that it was Jong-gil who was the reason he died, not the chairman...(though that still doesn't make the chairman that much better , but still...)

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I agree with you. But if both Shins are good, I wonder if we really have to choose ONE. I mean, can they be like...brothers? Besides, it is established that Human Shin likes robot. I dont think their relationship should be hostile (fight for ownership of mommy? All brothers have that at some point in life, right?)

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Ohhh, I didn't think about that. Nam Shin had his room full of robot toys. Maybe they can be brothers after all? 🤩 I'd love that, but there will be some angst for sure regarding Mom and who is her fave.
Mom also has a lot to say here, and although I understand that the focus for now is NSIII and So Bong, I'd like Mom to be more present. She is not only a mother but also a God figure for NamsinIII, she can program him, and make him evolve, so maybe she can further help him to become more "human".

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While this drama is not perfect, it is accomplishing a very difficult story-line with a moderate amount of sense. Really, I think this drama is mostly about asking questions about what defines humanity, and if humanity is better than a manufactured humanity such as Nam-shin-3. Already, the show has done very well of setting our robot up as a hero, and in some ways, we are cheering for him more than the humans. Just consider how many "villains" he is confronting. The grandfather, aunt, father-in-law, and snake are obvious contenders. But his fiancee has her own agenda, as does his assistant Young-hoon, and his body-guard even has a complicated moral compass. The one person he would like to rely on most of all, his mother, is using him for her own reasons. In a way, this show is portraying humans as incredibly self-centered, while the robot hero observes everything around him to care for others.

With a hero such as this, who runs into a fire to save others who he literally doesn't recognize, so he can focus on saving them, it will be interesting to watch his decisions evolve. Back to the question raised at the presentation, if Shin-3 was driving and had to decide what collision was the best, how would he decide? Somehow, I think that this very question is written into the core of the show. So with a question this difficult behind the mechanics of the show, I can forgive plot-holes to explore this idea more. As long as the show stays on this track, I will find it enjoyable.

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Yes, the story sets him up to be the hero, he even says so, but I disagree show is really questioning anything. It's more like pretending he is a better person. Why does he have emotions? Does he have any moral code? He's pretending to be someone else on his mom orders, can she order him to do anything?

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and thats what the Climax element is of this drama,which i am so excited to look forward to. how the Human -Robo tussle will be handled.

AI is one of the most hot technology in market for giving us Robot as perfect as Robo Shin... but will we able to digest the fact that they are more capable than us.And if not the emotions and cognitive decision power that humans have... Robots dont stand around us. So thats the biggest conflict of this drama how Humans in there handle when he gets better and better (by handling more n more variables around if it gets self developed cognitive power).

Regarding emotions... no he does not have emotions. Thats how AI beings improves with time. We humans learns with experience and remembers it as muscle power (like our passwords) or memory (in brain) but AI is about how they see and perceive things the first instance as per their code and improve their future interaction with similar instances (by improving the code)
example.. he fell the stairs the first time but second time mom improved the code and he was able to get down it.
so what he is showing is already in the code...and its not emotions just his Mimicing Human Congnitive function as per the code.

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Interesting, I wish they had explained he doesn't have real emotions otherwise why does he seem to have them? Why does he wish the creator attention? I can only imagine he was programmed that way.

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Yes initially he was programmed but they deviate from the program when their cognitive power is self developed, which is rare but possible.
As when his mom said he did something unusual to decide on his own what to be done (in next episode)...yes i agree the things are rushed and having self development in such short time spam is bit unbelievable.
But i am still hoping drama will sort things and tie ends by then end.

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Yeah, I also felt that the question about the car in the presentation is at the core of the show's message. Can be a decision made by a machine considered acceptable or equivalent to the one that a human would make? Well, if the machine is working under the same criteria and priorities than humans, plus the same information, wouldn't be the result equivalent? I guess the show will extend this question to love affairs later. A robot so complex that is able to care for you, show you love, take action to make you happy, and gets some kind of satisfaction about it... How would we take it? Isn't it worth to reciprocicate, at least with respect?
I find fascinating all the questions that the show is posing, we don't have that sort of machines yet among us, but I guess the time will come that we can create something as advanced as Namsin III :)

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On Mondays/Tuesdays I am watching Wok of love Miss H. and this show and I have to admit This is the first one I am watching out of the three. Really enjoyable. Thanks for the recap.

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The house and the music reminded me of Cinderella and The Four Knights ---only this one is 100 times better, especially in terms of storytelling and weigh. I love Seo Kang Joon's acting. The script seems very demanding, and he nailed it. I mean, how do you act as a robot (who was created to replace a human) acting as the human he replaced?

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Why does this robot have so many feelings? I've watched 5-6 and they have yet to explain this. He's happy to go to the market, he wants to explore, he's clingy to his creator, I'm guessing these traits have been programmed by the mom so he could resemble her son. Which is disturbing, and show doesn't want us to think about that because we are maybe supposed to feel like the robot is like a real person. Yes, he is adorable and it's fun making him outsmart the villains and confuse the leading girl but, he IS a robot.

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Yes, but what if humans and robots learn the same way? What is the difference? Humans have to contend with 1 billion years of instinct (survival of fittest = selfishness). Easy to imagine a robot with a better moral compass and thus as a better person. This drama may very well address this issue. The "rock paper scissors" answer was the morally correct one.

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I completely agree. I felt like I was the only one who thought it was creepy that Nam Sin's mother made a robot that looked and acted like she wanted him to be. The entire premise is creepy. I let it go because I'm treating this drama like a comedy, so I don't take it too seriously.

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Very nice screencap you have there @lollypip. :) Thanks for the recap! I can now binge these 4 episodes and join you next week. :D

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Our shin robot is ADORABLE as always, but although i know shes supposed to be that way, i still find a hard time understanding the female leads actions. I mean i get them, but i can't identify with them, no matter how bad a situation im in, i would never sell my integrity like she did. (Her justification was how much life treated her unfairly but i still dont think it justifies her actions... looking forward to some character development!)

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I can see this drama going two ways, the absolute boyfriend (manga) way, where he dies at the end. Or maybe less plausible but still could happen, the chobits (manga) way, where we have a conversation about sharing your heart with a non-living being and they stay together in the end. I don't think they'll go the chobits way really but, wouldn't it be interesting if they did? I wonder. It seems clear that she will be the only one to see the person within Shin III when everyone else sees him as merely a compound of metal and computer programing, I mean even Ro-ra sees him that way. One way or another this drama is sure to make me cry by the end, but I love it so much I'm willing to forgive it for breaking my heart.

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I'd like it to be this way. That would be unexpected and original. And I like the idea of accepting love no matter where it's coming from, a guy made of flesh or metal, if he makes you happy and you love each other...I hope that So Bong just does whatever she desires, and if NamsinIII makes her happy and she wants to stay with him, I hope they are given an opportunity. I would also be quite happy if NamsinIII ends up being friends with her and in a good relationship with his "brother" and with Mom. As long as he doesn't die in the end I'll be fine with it.

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I'm slowly catching up, and what struck me is the relationship between Young-hoon and Nam-Shin III. I think he already sees Shin as more than a compound of metal and computer programming. The way he rolls his eyes and says "Don't smile" is more like a hyung would react to a donsaeng.

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I love Nam Shin III and a lot of it is due to Seo Kang Joon's portrayal of him. I've read that he came up with most of the interpretations of Nam Shin III's character without much guidance from the director and I'm impressed.

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I think the producing is almost too fancily done to the point where it feels unnatural. You know how in really good dramas you feel like you are right there with them? Signal, My Ahjussi, Circle and others make you feel that way. This one you feel like you’re watching a drama. And as ridiculous as it sounds I think a sign of a good drama is when it doesn’t feel like you’re watching a drama. Instead you feel like you are experiencing life with the characters and are so absorbed in the plot and their world that you forget about reality. So far this drama has made me think “this is a pretty looking show/character” more than anything else. I want to be sucked into their world but I’m feeling a disconnect. C’mon AYHT, you can do this!

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Agree!

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I'm not a fan of the directing either. It's at times feel too trendy for my liking. But I think it's work with this kind of setup.

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I cringed when So bong confronted Nam Shin III in the presentation hall! I had to turn it off! So much cringe...Also cringed when a young Nam Shin interrupted his mother in the lecture hall...2 cringes are enough for me..

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I cringed from the moment she yelled his name. It sounded weird, like a flat howl. Maybe I'm used to more high pitched Korean actress voices LOL

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Lol! Too campy for my tastes really! I know this is not real life but who shuts down a company presentation and then gets a hug in return! Gah!!

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I always get nervous when they put someone in coma so early in the show. In Big, they put the adult Gong Yoo trapped in the young guy's body in a coma and never woke him up. It was so weird just waiting forever for the young guy to return to his young body but never did, and the whole drama was just bad in the end. This is pre-produced so I'm hoping that they did make Shin wake up and not be entirely replaced by Robot Shin forever.

Anyway after reading the recaps, I've decided to watch this! I've been so disappointed with recent hyped-up dramas (except for Suits) so hopefully this will not disappoint!

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I like how the drama leans more on action than full blown romance (for now). Seo kang joon is handsome but his is too perfect >^< I feel more attracted to young hoon. And it's amazing how his char is the complete opposite of his char in secret forest, the weasel. hehe Here he is loyal and nice.

I'll keep watching.

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I am going to catch up on the rest of the show this weekend, so here are my brief thoughts on eps. 3-4. First, let me let out THE BAD, or rather, what had me chuckling at how ridiculous it was:
1) Snake (what an apt nickname) shooting the Truck of Doom driver without letting him finish speaking about the Nam Shin look-alike. Snake jumped the gun and it's going to come back and bite him later.
2) Oh yes, Nam Shin should have been flattened by Truck of Doom. I was. I can't believe I fell for it, but I did.
3) People in a coma don't get taken home as far as I know. If most of their body functions have shut down, they would need hospital facilities.
4) Locked emergency doors. Really.
5) So much wine gone to waste.

Now, the GOOD:
1) Young-hoon: I am delighted to see Lee Joon Hyuk portraying this smart, rather mysterious, character with a dry humour. I love his growing bromance with Nam-Shin III and already think he appreciates him as more than a robot.
2) Everything is BEAUTIFUL to look at, the Czech scenery and of course, Nam Shin the original and the III.
3) There is a mystery about Dad's death. It would seem Jong-Gil is behind it, but why would Chairman keep Jong-Gil around if he suspected he killed his son? Why did he kidnap Nam Shin? There is something fishy going on...
4) Mom is the geeeeeenius here.
5) Nam Shin is a new superhero. He must have been programmed with superhuman strength to lift those metal structures. Beat that Iron Man. I was swooning along with everyone else even though it was life or death. How he told that ridiculous girl in high heels that she could save her own life was both incredulous and satisfying to watch (seriously girl, you'd wait for someone to carry you out instead of running? wow, just wow).
6) Jong-Gil is the villain from FAITH! I kept thinking that I recognised the contorted eyes and forehead, so I had to look it up. No wonder he throws wine bottles around.

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#5 of Bad... i was laughing out loud on that. I thought this Production house must hav lots of spare money to waste (as i think wine is expensive to buy)..

and #1 of Good....Agree completely.

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#1 of Good: I'm so glad we are seeing a range of expressions from LJH at this early stage. That epic eye roll! I liked Dr. Ye, but it took several episodes to crack his emotionless facade.

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very correct... this role is surely telling us that he can act variety of emotions.
His expressions be it anger, disappointed, or Happy and signature tiny smiles all are there and much visible.

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