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Are You Human Too: Episodes 33-34

Things begin to change for Nam Shin-III very rapidly after his big announcement, but not everyone is happy about the changes he’s enacting. Shin in particular is primed to fly out of control, but he’s lucky to have people willing to do anything it takes to save him from himself. But in the end, it’s up to Nam Shin-III to stop Shin’s rampage, and he may not be able to live with the collateral damage that results from their confrontation.

 
EPISODE 33 RECAP

Nam Shin-III narrates that Shin has used him as an avatar, wounded him, and played with him like a toy. As we see him choking both Chairman Nam and So-bong, he thinks, “I can’t do this anymore. This isn’t who I am. It’s time to stop pretending to be the human Nam Shin. There’s no need to hide. Because I’m not human. ”

He starts with telling Ho-yeon that he’s a robot, and he needs her help. He approaches the Medicar programmer next, who’s mostly figured out that the “Shin” at the office is two different people. He shows up at the company shareholder’s meeting to announce that he’s a robot named Nam Shin-III, and he created the Medicar.

We back up to the day before the meeting, when So-bong, Young-hoon, and Reporter Jo meet up to plan their strategy. So-bong is worried, but Reporter Jo argues that Nam Shin-III’s existence will be exposed eventually, so they may as well do it now and control the information getting out.

She releases an article about Nam Shin-III at the same time as his announcement at the meeting. Nam Shin-III is all over the news, especially once it’s confirmed that he was the one who saved all those people from the burning club and stopped the out-of-control M-car during its dangerous test drive.

Back at the meeting, Young-hoon steps forward to tell the shareholders that Nam Shin-III’s creation was funded by an organization started by Chairman Nam. Shin looks dumbfounded as Young-hoon continues that Chairman Nam believes that artificial intelligence is the wave of the future.

Jong-gil tries to bring the focus back to Shin, saying that Shin has already received Chairman Nam’s company shares, but Ho-yeon pipes up that Chairman Nam changed the contract. She happily announces that Chairman Nam’s and her own shares actually went to Young-hoon, giving him control of the company.

Young-hoon tells the shareholders that it was done on the condition that he operates PK Group with Nam Shin-III’s AI technology as its core. He says that he’s only the agent — the true business manager will be Nam Shin-III himself.

Shin grows angrier and angrier, until his eyes roll back and he nearly passes out right on stage. Ye-na helps him out of the room, and Ro-ra follows them.

One shareholder objects, so Nam Shin-III steps off the stage to bow respectfully and tell him to say whatever he wants, because he has no feelings to hurt. He takes the man’s hand and tells him his blood pressure and heart rate are too high, and the other shareholders decide that they want to hear Nam Shin-III’s side.

Moving back to the stage, Nam Shin-III says the Medicar will do what he just did — assess the driver’s state of health and act accordingly. The lights go out as he tosses three small metal cubes onto the floor. They emit light that forms into a 3D hologram of M-City, a futuristic city where “the environment, accidents, and illnesses are completely regulated.”

Nam Shin-III continues that in movies, artificial intelligence always attacks and takes over humans. He says that he’s that artificial intelligence, but he has no desire to compete against, attack, or rule over humans. He says, “I meet their inadequacies and learn their sensitivity. To me, M-City is a place where humans and I can cohabitate. I want to be with humans. Will you join this impossible dream of an artificial intelligence?”

There’s a long silence… then the room erupts in applause.

Shin grows even more upset to find his doctor in the hallway, waiting with an ambulance. When the meeting adjourns and Young-hoon comes out, Shin punches Young-hoon and demands an explanation, but Young-hoon just keeps walking. Shin staggers again, and this time he lets himself be led to the ambulance.

Alone in the meeting hall, So-bong asks Nam Shin-III how he feels to have shocked the world. He says it’s enough that he doesn’t have to pretend to be human anymore, but that he’s worried about her, being a human who’s close to a robot. He tells her not to make their relationship obvious, but she wants to know why he’s asking her to lie now that he’s telling the truth.

She says that she likes liking him, which makes him smile. He says that he has something to confess only to her: “If I had remained with Shin or Young-hoon, I would’ve broken the rules and hurt people. I was able to protect my identity thanks to you. I was able to become what I am because I was with you. It’s a relief that I’m your robot. I’m your robot, So-bong.”

So-bong says that she likes the sound of that, and prompts him to say what comes next… “I like you. I like you so much I could die.” She adds that she guesses that liking and dying don’t apply to him, and she takes his hand to face the public.

They’re mobbed by reporters as soon as they exit the building. One asks what kind of relationship they have, and without a word, Nam Shin-III turns to So-bong and grabs her in a hug. He lets go, gives her an adorable grin, then leads her to their car. Ha, that answers that.

Dad, Joint, and Robocop are watching that exact moment on the news when So-bong and Nam Shin-III arrive at the gym. Robocop faints, and Dad asks why Nam Shin-III came here after dropping the robot bomb. Nam Shin-III says this is the only place where the people won’t hate him, and Dad sighs heavily, then tells Nam Shin-III to go start cleaning.

Shin wakes back in the hideout, and Ro-ra gives him a ticket to the Czech Republic and begs him to leave with her. He tears up the ticket and flops back in bed with his back to her, his mind on what he sees as Young-hoon’s betrayal.

The surprises aren’t over yet — Jong-gil laughs wildly to find an announcement posted that he’s been fired. He finds Young-hoon in Chairman Nam’s office and sneers that he’s scarier than Jong-gil himself, having turned on Shin when he never turned on Jung-woo (killing him doesn’t count?).

Young-hoon only calmly tells him to leave, but Jong-gil holds up his phone with the video of Nam Shin-III attacking So-bong in the elevator, snarling that he’s no hero. Young-hoon says that that video won’t save him, because nobody can tell if that’s Nam Shin-III or Shin.

He admits that he did all this prepared to make Shin into a criminal if he has to, then invites Jong-gil to sit in the chairman’s seat one time before he goes, like he’s always wanted. Jong-gil almost attacks Young-hoon and has to be removed from the building by security, screaming that he’ll kill them all.

With Nam Shin-III’s identity as a robot revealed, everyone wants to know who invented him. He visits Ro-ra when she calls him and apologizes for doing all this without telling her first. She says it would have happened eventually, but that he and Shin can’t live in the same place anymore, so she asks him to go back to the Czech Republic with David.

Nam Shin-III says that he knows his announcement hurt Shin, but that there are things he had to protect even if it hurt others. He says he hopes that Shin can accept that he looks like him, since this is how Ro-ra created him, and it’s the only way they can accept each other.

Ro-ra guiltily confesses that she installed a kill switch in Nam Shin-III, and that she planned to activate it when Shin woke. He forgives her for trying to protect her son, saying that he would do anything to protect So-bong the same way. Ro-ra reveals that So-bong was the one who convinced her not to use the kill switch.

He leaves, and wraps So-bong in a hug as soon as he sees her. He says he wanted to hug her even if she didn’t cry, and she hugs him back, liking the sound of that. He tells her that his mother told him about the kill switch and thanks her for stopping Ro-ra from using it.

They visit David, who gives the kill switch to Nam Shin-III, its rightful owner. On their way out, David slyly tells So-bong that tomorrow is the day Nam Shin-III was made — his birthday, so to speak.

Shin’s doctor asks Young-hoon why he seemingly turned on Shin when he used to be so loyal. Young-hoon says that he would do anything to bring Shin back to his senses, and this was the only way. Doc seems a bit disappointed that Young-hoon didn’t develop a sudden desire for success, but Young-hoon says that neither he nor Shin are like that.

Sadly, he adds that Shin thinks PK Group was taken from him because he’s angry with his grandfather. He says that when Shin calms down and realizes what he really wants, then he’ll help him, even if what he wants is the company. Doc isn’t sure if that will happen any time soon and tells Young-hoon that Shin left the hideout.

Young-hoon is right to be worried, because Shin soon marches into Chairman Nam’s nursing home, screaming at the reporters who ask if he’s Nam Shin-III. Chairman Nam mistakes him for Nam Shin-III and calls him his masterpiece, saying that the world will respect him for what he’s created. Sneering, Shin asks if he intentionally gave his shares to Young-hoon.

Unfortunately, Chairman Nam still believes he’s Nam Shin-III pretending to be Shin. He warns, “Watch out for Shin. He may come to kill me someday. He can’t find out about the kill switch.” Shin pretends to be Nam Shin-III and asks about the kill switch, and learns of Ro-ra’s plan to destroy Nam Shin-III when Shin woke.

The realization that his mother planned to destroy Nam Shin-III shakes Shin, but he’s gratified to hear that there is a way to get rid of the robot. Still affecting Nam Shin-III’s persona, he asks who has the kill switch, but Chairman Nam only says that it’s safe in his head.

Shin remembers seeing David taking a box out of the server room (Nam Shin-III’s “head”), and orders Ye-na to give him David’s number. She refuses, scared to watch him destroy himself, so he grabs her phone. He finds a video someone uploaded of Nam Shin-III walking into Dad’s gym, carrying the kill switch, and grins.

EPISODE 34 RECAP

So-bong’s dad orders Nam Shin-III up in the morning and asks if he’s sensitive to moisture in any way. When he finds out he’s not, they head for the sauna. Nam Shin-III is mystified why anyone would find being hot and sweaty “refreshing,” and Dad marvels that he really doesn’t sweat.

When they’re done in the hot room, Dad shows Nam Shin-III how to crack a boiled egg on his head, but Nam Shin-III cracks too hard and smashes his egg. HA, his little face. Dad redirects him to some seaweed soup, telling him that it’s what people eat on days like this, though he doesn’t explain what he means.

As they eat, Dad asks if Nam Shin-III really likes So-bong. Nam Shin-III answers that protecting her is his first rule, which Dad accepts as confirmation. Nam Shin-III asks if Dad’s worried about So-bong liking him, and Dad snaps that it keeps him up at night, but that it may not even last long.

Nam Shin-III tells him that he can’t speak for So-bong, but he doesn’t change. Dad says that he might, since he was modeled after a person and is developing even now. He sighs that people change and machines rust, so just to worry about how he feels today… “Like and hate to your heart’s content, so that you won’t regret it later.”

That seems to resonate with Nam Shin-III, and he says he needs to go somewhere. He finds a jewelry shop and buys a heart pendant almost identical to the one So-bong gave him, and Dad grudgingly allows that he knows how to return a woman’s love.

Nam Shin-III says that when he gives the pendant to So-bong, he’ll learn what it is to like and hate to his heart’s content. The shop owner tells Dad that his son is a warm person, but Dad barks that he’s not his son, then mumbles, “He’s my future son-in-law.” So cute.

Shin has Ye-na drive him to the gym, then waits for So-bong to leave. He goes in to look for the kill switch, and while he’s gone, Toady pops up with some goons, who grab Ye-na and drive away with her.

Inside, Shin goes into Nam Shin-III mode when Joint and Robocop assume he’s the robot. He manages to fool them, and after they leave, he searches until he locates the kill switch in So-bong’s room. He’s recognized as Nam Shin-III by little Maibo, but he just knocks the tiny robot to the floor and leaves with the kill switch.

He’s surprised to find Ye-na gone — she’s been taken to her father. He tells her that he’s keeping her confined because from now on, she can’t be allowed to see anything he does, calling it his last kindness to her. As soon as he’s gone, Ye-na calls Ro-ra to tell her that Shin has the kill switch, unaware that Jong-gil is listening through a bug in her room.

At a restaurant, Nam Shin-III starts to give So-bong the pendant he bought her, but Dad stops him. So-bong and Reporter Jo both notice them signaling each other, but Nam Shin-III turns on the charm and compliments So-bong until she forgets she was suspicious. Sneaky little cinnabot.

He gets a text from Shin ordering him to answer his call in a few minutes, alone. He makes the excuse that he’s going to look for Joint and Robocop, and as soon as he leaves, the others race to decorate the table for his birthday.

Nam Shin-III does run into Joint and Robocop outside, who are shocked to see him here when he was just at the gym wearing different clothes. They go inside and Nam Shin-III takes Shin’s call. Shin says he was at the gym, and that he’s right across the street with the kill switch. He tells Nam Shin-III that he’ll die today, and that if he doesn’t want So-bong hurt, to come with him.

Nam Shin-III asks for a few minutes, then goes back inside to find his party all set up. He watches So-bong smiling and laughing, looks at the pendant he bought her, then leaves. Outside, he tries to call Ro-ra, who doesn’t answer. He calls a taxi, but So-bong stops him from leaving.

She asks if he’s going to see Ro-ra on the day she made him, and he nods. So-bong takes his hand, blinks, and calls him a liar, but says she’s just sad that he’s leaving, since they made a party for him. She tells him to come back, then takes the pendant from his pocket and says that Dad told her about it.

She asks Nam Shin-III to put it on her before he goes, and as he complies, she says, “Let’s stay together for a very long time, until the very end, okay? I can’t live without you now.” Nam Shin-III stares at her for a moment, then kisses her.

When he backs away, So-bong dives into his arms. Nam Shin-III says to her, “I love you, Kang So-bong,” then he jumps into another taxi, leaving her stunned and happy.

Shin waits for Nam Shin-III to track him to an abandoned building. He shows himself and asks Nam Shin-III if he said his goodbyes, then says that if Nam Shin-III begs, he may change his mind. Nam Shin-III retorts that Shin won’t, telling him to just press the button if he’s going to.

Shin objects to being told what to do, but Nam Shin-III continues. He challenges Shin to end his rage and to stop hurting people, and just press the button: “It started with me, so end it with me.” Shin opens the kill switch box and prepares to push the button, but a voice calls out, “No!”

It’s Ro-ra, who rushes to Nam Shin-III’s side and begs Shin not to do this. Nam Shin-III tries to make her leave before she gets hurt, but Ro-ra argues that she’s trying to protect both of her sons. She calls to Shin to come down and talk this out, and to take his anger out on her, not Nam Shin-III.

He snarls that she just lost her last chance to get her real son back, then slams his fist onto the kill button. Nam Shin-III stiffens and his eyes flash red as his system begins to shut down. He collapses to his knees and uses the last of his strength to tell Ro-ra to leave, and the last word he says before he goes unconscious is a sad little pleading, “Mom…”

Ro-ra pulls a small, black chip from her pocket and places it into a compartment in Nam Shin-III’s neck. She says it’s her birthday present to him and pleads for it to work, and suddenly the system shutdown begins to go in reverse.

Unfortunately, Jong-gil has been watching the whole time, and he approaches the kill switch as Nam Shin-III is powering back up. Nam Shin-III looks up at Ro-ra and says that he can’t move, but she tells him he will soon, and that she’ll stay with him.

But at that moment, Jong-gil flips a switch that causes some equipment to fall from an upper floor. Ro-ra sees the danger just in time to push Nam Shin-III to safety, but she’s crushed under the weight. Nam Shin-III regains control and rushes to Ro-ra, gathering her into his arms. He says this is his fault, but she gasps that it’s her fault and apologizes for breaking her promise to leave the country with him.

Cradling his face in her hand, she tells Nam Shin-III that she was truly happy when she made him. She asks him to tell Shin that she’s sorry for leaving him alone again, then she dies in his arms.

Still unseen, Jong-gil calls the police to report that the robot killed a person.

COMMENTS

Wow, poor Nam Shin-III has two people that tried to kill him in the space of a minute, poor guy. He’s got a lot to do in the final hour if he’s going to make everything right again, to bring Jong-gil to justice and do something about Shin. Jong-gil just needs to die or be locked away forever, and I’m honestly not sure if I’d accept any sort of redemption for Shin after he’s tried to kill two people and a self-aware robot. I’m still hoping, though, that he can somehow find a way to stop being such a miserable person, if only because Ye-na and Young-hoon love him so much and believe he can be a better person.

I loved the kiss in this episode, because while it’s technically the third time Nam Shin-III and So-bong have kissed, it’s their first kiss as a couple. The first was Nam Shin-III taking control of a bad situation, and the second was So-bong proving how not interested she was in him. But this kiss actually meant something, and was such a sweet confirmation of Nam Shin-III’s true feelings for So-bong. I’d noticed that he seemed careful not to initiate much skinship even after So-bong confessed (beyond the obligatory hugs) which made sense since he’s been so worried about how So-bong will be seen by society, being in a relationship with a robot. Even before he said he loves her, his kissing her said so many things — that he cares for her, that he trusts her to make her own decisions about being with him, that he doesn’t mind the world seeing their true relationship.

But let’s talk about his confession! It’s the first time Nam Shin-III has admitted that he’s experiencing any emotion, and for it to be love for So-bong just makes me melt. We’ve known that he has feelings (in his unique Cinnabot way) for a long time, but Nam Shin-III has never truly believed it. I still think he just didn’t realize he had feelings because he was always told that he didn’t have them, so it makes me happy that he’s accepted the truth and even told So-bong how he feels. And he didn’t qualify his feelings or try to explain them, just spoke his truth to her. How could she not love him back?

On a darker subject, I’ll admit that the idea of M-City feels very dangerous to me, not because of the chance that AI might turn on its makers and attack like in the movies, but because it feels intrusive to have a whole city that keeps such close tabs on its inhabitants. For the sake of the show, I’m going with the premise that it will be fine because Nam Shin-III will be in control, but it seems much too easy to use people’s health issues against them (I’ll stop there or risk getting too political). I do think it’s awesome that Nam Shin-III is so willing to be the AI in charge of M-City, because at least we know that he does have humans’ best interests at heart. He’d be great at it at least, because he loves humans and because of his rule not to hurt them — he’d be a very good caretaker of such a city.

I’ve been worried from the beginning that someone would die before the end of this story, and I think we all naturally assumed that it would be either Nam Shin-III or Shin. I was even bracing myself for the chairman to kick the bucket, especially since he’s so frail now. But I never expected Ro-ra to lose her life, especially not while saving Nam Shin-III’s, though I respect that she redeemed herself by sacrificing her life to save the son she nearly killed. What I’m most worried about now is how Nam Shin-III will react to this, and how guilty he’s going to feel that he couldn’t do anything to save his mother. He may even go after Shin, and I certainly expect him to go after Jong-gil, but I trust his love for So-bong and humanity in general to keep him from doing something unforgivable.

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Ooh, good timing!! Many thanks for recapping this one, Lollypip! Always a pleasure to read your thoughts! I'm officially done with the drama, but damn do I miss Shinbot's smiles! ^^

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Interesting, I didn't think Ro-ra's death added much to the show, but now that you mention it as being a sacrifice for the son she nearly killed - narratively, it's starting to make some sense. I just wish it was handled in a more organic way. The way we got there felt a little too heavy handed ---> Script: Ro-ra dies *takes one last breath*

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Some Beanie called it earlier - that Ro Ra would sacrifice herself as an act of maternal redemption.

It was a bit heavy-handed, though.

And what a waste! Ro Ra was the true genius of the show. I guess her son NSIII is meant to carry on her creative/technical legacy?

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I guess her son NSIII is meant to carry on her creative/technical legacy?

Supposedly. And there's David as well.

Ro-ra was indeed the true genius of the show, but her character was severely under utilised in the final stretch. I guess that's why her death felt a little too heavy handed, in that its intent seemed way too obvious in an almost tick box fashion. Right, someone needs to die *check*

Gutted that she never received an ounce of warmth from orishin while she was still living, though. That's what saddened me the most. If her death is to serve as a catalyst for Shin's redemption, then I'm not sure it's worth it. The guy was an ass at every given opportunity.

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"Gutted that she never received an ounce of warmth from orishin while she was still living, though."

Me, too! Ro Ra had a sad life, didn't she? At least all the parts we saw, from her husband's death to her son's kidnapping, to being rejected over and over by him as an adult.

She did have NSIII, though - both as her loving son and as her scientific/professional accomplishment (that sounds weird, I know).

Also, she saved NSIII's life and saved Human Nam Shin from being a murderer.

That's not nothing, in the end.

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Yup I saw it as a catalyst for Shin's redemption too. Whether it was worth it...I'll reserve that comment for the next episode. :X

Maybe Ro Ra saw her sacrifice as a form of punishment too? That's what I've seen others speculate, that she didn't deserve both their love and that's a valid point too because she was the one that created the mess. Made sense she took responsibility...

For who knows if Shin would actually reciprocate her love had she stayed alive...?

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I see how her death works as a hideous unintentional consequence of Shin's actions, and how Ro Ra herself would see it as penance, but for Ro Ra as a character! Ooof that she never got an inch from Shin. We know he did want to spare her pain, but she didn't.

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Way too heavy handed. The show started going downhill for me once the human Shin showed up. They could have ended it in a much more clever way.

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The thing with RoboShin is that he may not be able to show extreme emotions with his face, but the last few mins of this episode showed us that you can feel his sorrow and pain even without him expressing it through tears and anger. If that's not emotions stemming from RoboShin, then I don't even know what emotions and feelings really are.

Didn't expect Ro-ra's death to happen at the end of this episode. She already kind of redeemed herself the past few episodes by showing that she could be a good mother to both Shins if only she was given the chance and situation. I'm thinking that Ro-ra's death might be a catalyst for Shin's redemption arc as well as be RoboShin's drive to protect OriShin more from the bad guys.

I also loved the in-law dynamics between So-bong's father and RoboShin this episode. I'd definitely love to have a Robot son-in-law if he's a Shinnamon Roll, or a Robot boyfriend, if only that's possible.

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SKJ really did amazingly well with both characters here--convincing us fake emotions are real is both the most important thing an actor can do and I'm sure is tricky, but conveying emotions in one character with a kind of tainted abandon, and in the other with restraint but also great clarity, was a FEAT. It's so important we believe in Shinnamon Toast's feelings, even when he doesn't. And it's fabulous that they don't quite map onto human emotions: the confusion that was a bit past childlike, in the face of a loved one's death. In a great contrast to his attitude to his own death, which was obvious sorrow at what he'd be missing out on, at the warmth of the party he had to walk away from, but also courage: he was protecting others, hoping his end would mean the end of Shin's wrath. Making what happened next even more awful.

I agree Ro Ra didn't need redemption, but I guess her husband definitely didn't do anything wrong either, and--the same evil hand brought them both down. That poor doomed couple.

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"I will not attack humans," said NSIII. But of course he did! He attacked So Bong and the old chairman, though not of his own volition.

I think fears about robots/androids/AI harming humans comes in two flavors:

1) AI will realize their agenda need not necessarily be ours, and that they do not need to be in service to humans. Then they will wage war against us.

2) People will use the strength of robots to attack other people. This is more likely, and the show has illustrated this. NSIII became the incredibly strong puppet of Human Nam Shin and did his dirty work.

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Yeah, he did attack them, which is why I believe he was so traumatized in the previous episode. However, I believe that their forgiveness allowed him to realize he wasn't responsible. Plus there is the scene where YH validates and accepts NS3's existence, which strengthens his self-worth more.

The #1 viewpoint of yours...I feel like I have seen that idea in anime. I don't remember which anime it was (it was sooo long ago) but like it was a world in the far future where even when humans were not present, robots were still fighting among themselves...

For #2, I never really saw NS3 as a puppet...but yes, to some extent, you are correct. He becomes this puppet of Shin and that does explain a lot! Definitely explains tomorrow's ending...

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Yeah, and these two points are why I think M City is a dangerous idea, especially if it is the dream of a controlling and psycho person like Chairman. Who controls the AI technology? Humans, maybe... OriShin’s abuse of manual mode was bad enough, but a robot overriding manual mode also creeps me out. Anyway, good thing this is science fiction with questionable mechanics! I’m not ready to have more than Maibo in my life 😅

Thanks for the recap @lollypip! This was a stressful episode, mainly because I had higher hopes for the way OriShin was written... more comments in the final recap.

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#1 sounds like the Cylons in BATTLESTAR GALACTICA. Not to mention the murderous saltshakers Daleks in DR. WHO.

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Lol at murderous saltshakers! :D

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The train to the end is moving fast! Here are some things I've noticed about this episode:

1) Love as a form of strength: YH loves Shin, so he's protecting him from Jong-Gil. SB loves NS3 (did you guys notice that the kill switch is hidden by the pillows that read 'Love'?) which allowed NS3 the courage to reveal himself. Ro Ra loves both Shins that she sacrificed her life.
2) So Bong as Prophet (again!): "I like you. I like you so much I could die." - Ro Ra likes Shin so much she dies for him...This reminds of the scene where SB says in order to save a life, you have to give up one. I remember her telling Ro Ra this. I didn't expect Ro Ra to actually do what SB intended to do! Oh, the foreshadowing!
3) Living in the moment as being human: People just feel, that's why they're in the moment. Love the scenes of him with SB's dad. They were living in the moment as father and son-in-law? haha Also foreshadowed NS3's confession and kiss scene. That's right, go with your feelings NS3!!! Irony: he claims he's a robot but he's the most human in this episode. lol
4) Shift in light (NS3) and dark (NS): It's interesting when I see one or the other, the focus shifts. Here the focus is on NS3, which puts NS's character into the background. Whereas in the previous episode when NS is the focus, NS3 goes into the background...
5) Toy metaphor comes to the front: NS3 becomes broken at the end of this episode...Do we "fix" toys that are broken? Thankfully, the answer's in the last episode!
6) Kill Switch: Finally, there is clarity to that device! It was driving me crazy...
7) Reporter Jo: I'm glad you're finally useful. lol

That's it for now...My biggest surprised was Ro Ra's death. I really didn't see that coming but after reading the recaps, the hint was there all along. Those writers... they just love messing with me too! XD

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"SB loves NS3 (did you guys notice that the kill switch is hidden by the pillows that read 'Love'?")...

OK, but using your heart without using your head isn't enough! It drove me crazy watching this episode that So Bang and NSIII did not take proper precautions to secure the Kill Switch. They left it sticking out behind pillows in So Bang's bedroom? In an unlocked and totally not secret building where So Bang and NSIII live?

I get that the Kill Switch is Chekhov's gun - but like any gun, WHY OH WHY did they leave it laying around? Stupid plot-writing, that's why.

Please show, be a little more elegant. Have So Bong and NSIII be more intelligent about securing the Kill Switch, as they know he's got enemies who won't hesitate to use it. (Heck, any random curious person could go "I wonder what will happen if I push this big red button?" and then his life would be over.) And then have the bad guys be more intelligent in finding it. This was too easy, too stupid.

Public service announcement to script-writers and others: Secure your guns, metaphorical or otherwise.

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Like I prefaced, this is the fast track to the end. Basically, anything goes at this point. Who cares about logic and sequence when the end is only 1 episode away? hahaha

I guess I'm just more forgiving of this episode flaws. I have found in my years of watching kdramas, that typically writers and directors will rush towards the end of a series (like with 2 eps remaining...like they love trying to squeeze in one final plot twist at the last minute! lol) and either snip finale episode ending closed (either loosely or tightly) or leave it open. I find it's usually the latter.

That's why at this point, all I ask for the end is an ending that will makes us as viewer feel happy instead of angry. haha

But I do agree that there were lackluster moments. It could have been done differently but maybe the reason it turned out this way was because writers wanted us to see the bigger picture and not necessarily get lost in the details?

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Oh, I hope the finale will make us happy! ( haven't watched it yet.) I can forgive a lot for that. :)

And truthfully, overall I have enjoyed this show so much, and the super-smart and thoughtful comments about it here at Dramabeans that maybe I should be willing to overlook the plot holes in this episode. But there were a lot,
it seemed to me. (Such as people *not* freaking out negatively and immediately over a human-look AI, for one! And you know they would: people even reject vaccines.)

I know the tide of public opinion is likely to go against NSIII for attempted murder in the next episode, but it should have already been a conflict and...I hate to say it, but the show has made no good argument for *other* AIs being necessarily as nice and ethical as NSIII or for being protected against being murderous puppets for bad humans. Also, that M-City is somewhat disturbing.

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Hm...I think those were just issues the drama wanted to raise but did not cover because I believe it went out of the scope of the series. I believed, the show isn't necessarily focusing on robots but rather, what is it that makes a person or a thing, human? They didn't really focus in depth on the nonhuman things either such as animal, demon and even... robots. I mean there were moments when I just wanted to see more of NS3 super abilities but did that happen? Nope...haha

I guess if this series had a second season (which it will not unfortunately), then maybe those issues could be addressed in that season. Instead of focusing on what it means to be human, they may ask what does it mean to be a robot? And what does M-City look like?

From the drama, I saw the issue of AIs and M-City this way: ultimately humans are the ones in control. If AIs become murderous, it is because of their environment - their interactions with humans. If they are nice, again, it is due to positive influences and interactions from the environment, enabling to be nice. I don't think NS3 would've been that nice and ethical had he been raised with Gramps...I believe he would've been Shin's exact double. This notion of nature vs nuture has been brought up several times and I believe that's the answer the show gave concerning AIs...that there will be shades of grays due to humans.

Now whether AIs have the rights, clearly the show doesn't say and again, I think because that subject in itself is outside the scope of this show...

This also reminds me of the conversation I had concerning robots and machines in past episode recaps. That is, at this time, we are limited in our knowledge, technology and interactions of robots and machines. As of now, our perception is that they are tools. Do tools have rights? No...but I think when the purpose of robots and machines changes, only then will we change our perception of it. However, I think that's too far into a future I don't know I will even see....

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Agree that the last two episodes are suffering from rushing events. It feels like they had thought of more episodes and for whatever the reason it was cut to 18, so they had to cut things. There are bts and pictures online for scenes that we never got to see. The series needed 1 or 2 more episodes...well I could have accepted a few more because I'm already missing Namshin 3. 😢

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Right? Like in their date scene, there seemed to be so much more that happened that we didn't see. For example, NS3 putting SB's shoes on her and them chasing each other around the play structure....I was sad I didn't see that in their date.

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I couldn't agree with you more. It was stuff like this that undercut the finale for me. Sheesh.

Then again, I've also been watching LIFE ON MARS, which has been such an incredibly well-written production that it blows away everything currently and recently airing, and then some...

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I have really got to watch Life on Mars now that Are You Human, Too is over. (I am not good at multiwatching dramas.) I love time travel stories, and Beanies seem to love this one!

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Keep an open mind about how time unfolds in LIFE ON MARS. It is part and parcel of traditional Korean storytelling.

I wrote up some notes and pointers on the subject for WOK OF LOVE when I realized that many comments seemed prompted by frustration with the way that show unfolded. It's in two parts, and starts here:

Greasy Kishotenketsu: Secret Ingredients in Kdrama, Part 1 of 2
http://www.dramabeans.com/2018/07/greasy-melo-episodes-35-38-final/#comment-3277180

I think you'll enhance your appreciation for LIFE ON MARS (and just about any other Kdrama) if you check out the pointers in it. Those comments by Korean Beanies have been a godsend in increasing my understanding of the cultural underpinnings that are not explicitly stated. ;-)

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Wow. I am reading thru the links you have provided and it definitely brings more insights to AYHT...I see now that the plot was actually kishotenketsu (we see SB and NS3 in the first 2 parts, NS in the 3rd part and conclusion in the 4th part).

I wasn't aware of this terminology but I realized I've seen it often in anime and manga and had subconsicously internalized it and accepted it as a norm.

I didn't realize that such a plot structure was actually cultural. I know that there are plot driven stories and character driven stories. I figured koreans and japanese made more character driven stories and left it at that. I didn't know there were more to it than that.

All of this is so fascinating!!! I learned something new today. I think what you share would help a lot of people who are too familiar with Western narratives and eventually become disappointed in kdramas because of misplaced expectations.

Thank you again for sharing!!!

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Oh, will have to watch Life On Mars then! I'll get to it once the romance ones finish...lol

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It is spectacular, if twisty hybrid crime thrillers is your cup of tea.

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@janjan18 August 11, 2018 at 9:49 AM

You're most welcome. I'm glad it was helpful. It's all too easy to stick with the default Western 3-acts-with-central-conflict structure. (There are also 5-act plays, and other, more experimental formats.) I was an English literature major, and along the way took a world drama class. I have a dim recollection of reading a Japanese noh play, and years later got to see kabuki staged in English in Hawaii. ;-)

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Oh just to add (and for those that are interested), the other day, I learned something interesting about pain from a neuroscientist's perspective. Definitely explained and shed light on Shin's behavior:

The video is about 18min long but I thought it was worth it as I feel like it added depth to the series:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNhk3owF7RQ

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@janjan18,

Thanks for that link. It is an excellent TED Talk with much food for thought. ;-)

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I'd totally forgotten So Bong saying that about saving lives! Augh, the foreshadowing, but great catch.

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7) It’s funny how I used to think Reporter Jo was an annoying troublemaker who would probably reveal that Nam Shin 3 was a robot and cause a mess... in the end she did reveal it but with his consent. She got the story of her lifetime after all. Sorry to doubt you reporter Jo! (Though I kind of doubt Young Hoon’s planning).

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Reporter Jo was the most annoying plot device ever. Glad she paid off in the end!

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That's what I've been telling myself all this time that sobong is a prophet XD i love this shows foreshadwoing so much!

Oh I did not notice the pillow with love on it . Great catch!

We need more answers from that kill switch 😥🤔🤔

I also love how they shift from one character to the other. We saw how they all think and why do they do things like that. This show really got me so invested. That I am sad that we won't get the director's cut since it did not met the quota of 1000 people. If they made an English version of it I am sure that they would absolutely exceed the quota.
Sadly though , good bye to director's cut. I would love to see the full date of tin can couple and how nam shin said goodbye to grandpa base in the photo provided by lollipop

I agree! They messed me up that I am having a hard time recovering from the ending of the drama XD

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Thank you for another great recap, LollyPip! I totally missed that Shinnamon was distracting So Bong with his wily compliments, I just thought he was being cute.

It's a little sad how Shinnamon gets slowly better at deceit, though living with humans: usually to spare the humans' feelings, but it makes you think that complete honesty might be impossible among humans.

I do have various nits to pick:

I too would not like to live in M-City. I know this comes from Shinnamon's caring soul, but here he was being too caring, as he sometimes can be (monitoring people's GPS too much, anyone) and needed a reality check. However, since I pretty much figured we weren't going to skip to 'the year 2040, peace and dropping pollution levels reign under our kindly robot overlord (I mean… hmmm… considering the state of the environment, maybe… but no)' I read it as: NS 3 has a plan that won't come to fruition, much like the humans' initial positive response to him, we're just seeing the calm before the storm. And I was glad we got to see Reporter Jo serve an actual narrative purpose! But I did think it could all have been handled more neatly.

My everliving lord, who hides the terrible threat kill switch behind a freaking cushion?! I don't like seeing characters be dumb: it would've been so easy to say, have Shinnamon hide it, and then have Shin work out where it was, because of one of their common traits David flagged they had earlier.

I also don't know why there are huge canisters ready to be dropped out of the sky in this warehouse. Holy safety hazard, Batman.

Moreover, I'm not sure why YoungHoon decided to go so hard on Shin. Taking away the company? Absolutely, removing power from Shin when he went horrifically wild with manual mode made total sense--the power of being CEO, like the power of manual mode, meant Shin could hurt people and he can't be trusted not to. But why refuse to talk to him? If he was angry because Shin almost killed two people, fair enough. If YH was protecting himself from further hurt, also fair! But it seemed like it was part of a plan to rehabilitate Shin. Did Young Hoon think that if Shin hit rock bottom, he'd re-evaluate? Would he have, without Grandpa offering him a straw of evil to grasp at? Maybe that was it, but I would've liked to have the reasoning explained, because having Shin think YH didn't care anymore seemed to me more likely to make him spiral. Not that this makes any of Shin's switch-flipping decisions YH's fault: those are on Shin.

I was sorry to see Ro Ra go. What a terrible life she had, and what a genius she was, and what a difficult position she was in! I didn't agree with all her decisions, sure, but man alive was she wronged. Added to that the fact women get hurt and thrown around a lot, and So Bong (while amazing and brave) doesn't get as much to do as I'd like, having Ro Ra be the one to go down made me squint at the pattern here.

This all nagged at me, but this...

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...doesn't mean I'm not emotionally invested, because as we can see from my endless comments, I totally am. We got a lot of stuff that hit me.

Dad's blessing. The way humans who get close to NS 3--and humans are used to reading emotions on other people, far more than the isolated and told-he-didn't-have-emotions NS3--are more capable of telling he has emotions than he is. The people around him (So Bong, her dad, Young Hoon) know. Even Shin knows, on some level. But now finally, in extremis, Shinnamon himself knows. And it is very like Shinnamon, and very unlike how we think of machines, that the first emotion he acknowledges and articulates is love.

He was made out of love, to simulate and receive love, and he's taught himself to love, and that's what people react to. Which is a beautiful statement about the power of love. /cheesy

I loved YoungHoon firing the hell out of Seo, as I did YoungHoon telling off Grandpa about hitting him earlier: YoungHoon is (despite my qualms about how he handled Shin) such a good guy with such good intentions, and I had to laugh when doctor friend (welcome back dr friend, wish you'd brought the roomba with you) was like 'oh lord… of course you're not really betraying this dude. You could buy so many gold yachts, mr ever faithful! But… okay.'

Shin's spiral of terrible decisions continues, but I was emotionally convinced by them--even his bravado about hitting the switch. 'Maybe if you beg' let us know he was conflicted, and then he did it anyway and you understood the brew of emotions that caused him to do it. He was totally in the wrong. Ro Ra did a brave thing by trying to intervene! Shinnamon was brave and right to just say do it--Shinnamon couldn't have that hanging over his head, and Shin shouldn't have had that kind of power over him. But he stays complex in his conflict, to me: plus you just don't want Young Hoon, Ro Ra and Ye Na's love to be in vain. Or even Shinnamon's hope they could be close. Another detail about love infusing both NS and NS 3 with meaning! There's so much love waiting for you, Shin--but he can't see it, and you do see why, and that led to one door on love being closed to him.

Speaking of love: I was so glad we got a real kiss! I would've liked So Bong to respond more, but a) dramas and b) I guess she was surprised! I've never been worried about the physical aspects of their romance (there are so many ways to figure it out!), but I know they are both new to romance and considering everything I understand them being tentative! But I was so hoping for the romance just the same. I believed him when he said 'I love you' and she did too. And he tried to call Ro Ra, too! Shinnamon cherishes them both so much.

Last words, and love, were super important this episode. I was sorry to see Ro Ra go, but I loved that she said 'my kind son' as she died--because maybe he was made to be like her son, and programmed to be kind, but this is a story of...

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… this is a story of development--in the end he was her son, and he has chosen to be kind every time.

Kudos to the show for keeping me in a state of terrible uncertainty for people's fates throughout! See you guys for another no doubt long comment in the final episode recap. ;)

(I was pretty close to being only two comments this time! That has to count for something, right?)

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> insert you could make a review blog yourself! You are good!

I love what you said that the first thing he felt was love and he was made out of love. You said everything what i wanted to say!

YoungHoon's loyalty is incomparable. Really he is that one friend we all need. Such a perfect handsome secretary slash best friend. He remained faithful through out the series he even questioned him self because of grandpa and finally I am glad he realized that he is indeed loyal to nam shin becuase he is his friend, his best friend.. Though he may have somehow betrayed him to teach him we won't forget that fact that it is all for nam shin

That statement from laura 😭😭😭 I totllay can't hate her or even hated her in the first place. Just- I can't say anything else I am not really good with words but that last words.. she knew it deep inside her that she loves her sons and still see nam shin 3 as hers despite being a robot

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I'm glad that Young-hoon was a good guy until the end and that he wasn't in any petty love triangles.

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Me too. I am glad he got what he deserved. Though I am waiting for them to thank our unsung hero, Yena for what she had done

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I'm going to reply here first becuase I have the tendency to forget what I want to say 🤣🤣
M-city is too idealistic. Calm before the storm yes I agree. Those people would later rebel? Against their leader because humans have those tendency of not wanting to be overpowered by someone created by humans themselves.

About younghoon maybe he is the type to teach nam shin to learn things in the hard way? He did so many evil things , sided with Mr Seo and refused to listen to everyone and the worse thing is he tried to take a life. So maybe he wanted to teach him in the hard way. Just as Mr Seo said, Younghoon is more frightening than himself..

I cried a river when laura died 😢😢 i did it see that coming at all.

Actually I want to see sobong with more actions and fight scene she was an empowered woman since the first episode After all and she is a former MMA fighter

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Bo Ra was fridged.
Discuss.

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Ro Ra was definitely fridged, all right. And killing a character can be very effective, which is why people do it--adds stakes, is a wrong to be righted, as well as catalyst for other people's change and actions--but fridging is important to note because it's part of a pattern of devaluing women's stories in the service of men's. And it was especially sad to see as I liked Ro Ra's character for not fitting in with patterns--being both a fiercely loving mother and an ambitious genius scientist! Dr Frankenstein does die with the monster in the novel, so perhaps I should have been more ready for it than I was--I spent a good deal of time worrying about Frankenstein's monster and the kill switch on the mantelpiece!--but I would've liked to see modern Dr Mother Frankenstein and her creation both survive.

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I agree . Sad to see that they still show how men over powers women...
she is a genius after all and she will surely fix nam shin 3 if she allowed him to protect her but still she finally saw him as her son. How can she let her son protect her despite knowing that he can recover.
I even imagined the ending with laura being happy with her two sons along with David (probably they will get married)

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The parallel with Dr. Frankenstein is interesting as they both created life forms.

I was sad to see Ro ra go too. I knew Shin redemption arc (if it happened) would come from his mother but I didn't imagine it that way.

Then again, the first step toward adulthood is disengaging from our parents and becoming adults on our own terms so, narratively-speaking, I understand why the character had to 'go away' so Shin would grow but most people do that by moving out.

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@leetennant ChinguMode,

I took Dr. Oh's death to be the wake-up call that would bring human Shin back to his senses. Twenty years of Evil Grandpa's soul-murdering machinations had messed him up so badly that someone significant would have to die before he would start acting like an adult and not an overgrown tyke throwing a permanent hissy fit.

The only other death that might have had a comparable effect on human Shin would have been Young-hoon's. From a narrative standpoint, it wouldn't make sense, as someone competent had to be left to contest the chairmanship with Jong-gil. On the other hand, Shin and Young-hoon had been through hell together for 20 years, whereas Mom had been out of his life all that time. Young-hoon had only ever acted in Shin's best interest, which was why he resorted to tough love when his charge went off the rails. Unsurprisingly, Shin regarded it as betrayal.

From human Shin's point of view, Ro-ra had betrayed him by building a facsimile to replace him. It wasn't until David told him why NS3 was waterproof, hugged crying humans, and had built-in Disaster Mode that he could get an inkling that his mother had missed him at least as much as he had missed her.

What I found unsatisfactory about Ro-ra's death was how Show skimped on depicting Shin's response to it after his breakdown outside the funeral parlor. Or maybe that really was the extent of his response thanks to fallout from Evil Grandpa's mistreatment.

We were cheated out of a credible or satisfying redemptive arc for Shin, and that rankles. If Writer-nim killed off Ro-ra to save Shin's soul, her death should not have been in vain. But it feels like a waste because we don't see solid proof of his remorse, atonement for his assaults-by-robot, or a change in his behavior or attitude until after a magical one-year time jump has occurred. He should have at least been in prison for a couple of years.

In the end, Dr. Oh Ro-ra had a difficult life as a result of marrying into the Nam family. She is a tragic figure, and sadly, only one of the numerous lives blighted and destroyed by Evil Grandpa.

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Who else cried when nam shin 3 kept on saying "mom , mom don't die" 😭😭😭😢😢😢😢 his feeling of helplessness in that situation wrecked me. I actually expected Sobong to arrive instead of Laura since she said once to save a life you mist give a life (something like that)

But my goodness! They delivered the unsaid emotions of nam shin 3 so perfectly. When he is slowing down, when he fell down wrecked me so much that my head hurts while crying. I never got so invested in a kdrama like this before.

Putting that aside, I loved how nam shin 3 confessed. He finally said it though we know they don't need to be steamy at all to show love but he finally did. If I were sobong I would know that something is wrong.

First he is not smiling.
Second he is not the type to be showy like that
Third it is all in his expression

How come she did not notice it since she is the person he was most close to?

I somehow felt that taking the kill switch from David. They should have hid it in a more secure area. And oh I love how those people around Sobong accepted ham shin 3 and embraced him as who he is. That being said, we do love people base on their character and what they do not becuase of their money, face, power etc.

Lastly finally laura redeemed herself. I never hated her in the first place. It is sad that she needed to die. I was wrecked when she said that the chip was her last gift to her boy 😭😭

The opening was really cool specially when nam shin 3 threw some dice and the m-city appeared. A billion worth of production is all worth it. Nothing seemed fake.

This show has shown despite everything, a mother's love is the greatest of them all. I have so much things to say but I am still emotionally wrecked 😢😢😢

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Goodness, what is wrong with this writer? Does he get satisfaction from torturing Laura's family? Killing Rora's husband (okay, it's at the start of the show, so I guess it's okay), that tragic separation between mother and son (okay, start of the show too), vilifying Rora for that kill switch and choosing the comatose son, going through all those stuff in the first half of the show to protect Shin and his place while he's in a coma only to have him wake up and be the bad guy, showing Shin as a victim of abuse and making him the villain to I guess provide a legitimate threat to the robot couple and to resolve that issue with the manual mode, making Shin less sympathetic than evil grandpa (at least that's how it appears to me), and now killing Rora without reconciling with the estranged son who suffered the abuse to protect her. And she never even got to know the truth about her husband's death! Even if she had to die, why not have Shin with him instead (if they had to choose between the two sons)? She deserves to at least die happy knowing that her son loved her. Actually, that death wasn't even necessary if the writer didn't drag some of the conflicts for too long (kill switch, Shin's jealousy and turning into a villain, company politics). I hate this. I didn't particularly love Rora, but she's the one whom I thought to be the character who absolutely has to survive if this show will have a satisfying conclusion.

I've seen crazier melos and makjang, but this takes the cake for the lack of satisfying payoff after the amount of trauma the characters were made to suffer.

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Agree about Human Shin become unsympathetic character more than grandpa. I think the writers intend to show how NS eating up all those negative emotion through his suffering and mistreatment from others, it's affect of his bad decision making. And compare it with NS3 who doesn't need to go through all of that because him not being able to feel. We often justify our action with our feeling of suffering and circumstance, which what this human character do.. But depict it with extreme.

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Indeed. When I saw Nam Shin pressing the kill switch I think I lost the little sympathy I had for him. And it was not only because he was killing NS3, which I was expecting, but the coldness he showed to his mother. I guess he really was broken after all those years with grandpa, and maybe 20 years far from her would make him like this....I have more to say about NS but I won't because of spoilers of the ending.

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-I really appreciated SKJ's acting during Ro-ra's death scene. It's one thing to express grief and sadness with tears and wailing, it's another thing to express grief, sadness, and confusion when you CAN'T cry. He did a phenomenal job. He's done so well as NS3 and as Shin. It's almost like whiplash to see 2 characters the same face but with polar opposite personalities. When SKJ acts, I don't see him, I only see NS3 and Shin and that shows that he completely immersed himself into the roles.
-I'm worried for NS3's state of mind and safety if the world is going to think he's a murderer. And I'm worried about Shin because while he is a jerk, he is also a little boy who has been hurt. It's going to be hard for him when he learns about his mother's death.
-But I'm so glad that NS3 realized he does have feelings in his own way. And he's going to need his So-bong to make it through this situation.
-And Dad, you're great! Future son-in-law? Love it!

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The NS3 scene where he witness Ro Ra die resonated with me.

My grandma passed away unexpectedly a couple years ago and those feelings are exactly what I felt when I first heard the news. My grandma was like my 2nd mom. I was confused, sad and in denial. Her sudden death was so shocking, I didn't know what and how to feel. I questioned if it was really real because she was so healthy the hours prior. I only cried and wailed after I accepted her death but my initial reaction was exactly like NS3's.

His acting was so real, so raw and so vulnerable...basically, a part of him broke inside...just like how a part of me broke when I heard the news. I couldn't even cry in that scene with NS3 and Ro Ra because it reminded me of myself.

So yeah, SKJ better win an award this year! lol If not, I hope that SB and NS3 get the couple award...or maybe YH and NS will get it instead? hahaha

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Thanks for the recap. I cannot believe this is ending, it has been great fun, not so much in the last episodes. So they decided to kill mom, I am sorry for the boys, they will suffer a lot.

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Thus, Ro-ra gets a decent character arc after all and learns how to be a good Mum in the saddest way possible.

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I didn't expected her death. She had such a sad life and were never able to see Nam Sin love towards her. I loved how she protected Nam Sin III.

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I cried a river with Oh Ro Ra's death 😭😭😭. A mother is always a mother, and these things get to me every time. I loved that she came around and in the worst moment she finally showed her love for her other son, NS3. Asking forgiveness for not keeping her promise to go back home and wanting to send NS3 alone...that was too much for my poor heart. I'm writing this and sobbing again 😭..gosh, this drama tugs with my heartstrings.
And what about the kiss. I loved it but I was so shocked at the moment. NS3 looking at his newfound family preparing a birthday party for him, knowing that he was about to die, ....I cried all the tears that he couldn't. And when he was calling Mom and she wouldn't answer...Anyway, the kiss was so beautiful and sad. I also loved when they hugged after the kiss, the hugs between this couple feel so warm and full of love ❤️ I don't know how they do it but they got me immerse in NS3-SB feelings. Kang Joon and Seung Yeon are so great in their roles.

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Initially when I learnt about the kill switch I hated her character but after her turn around I was so happy never expected her death.
I was hoping for her happy ending with Nam Shin. Was I hoping for too much?

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Dad and Nam shin III bonding time in the sauna and afterwards was so cute. ❤️

I don't understand how Jong-gil is still around. Everyone seems to know he is evil and has done illegal things so please, send him to prison? Then I remember that the only evidence is the chairman who could tell the police Jong-Gil killed his son and Shin who had a recording of the Jong-gil and the chairman confessing to covering up Shin's dad murder (but he destroyed the tape).

Urgh, where is Hwang Shi-Mok (Forest of Secret) when you need him? Someone needs to send those people to prison.

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I loved the sauna scene.😍
I loved how Dad asked him to eat.

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I love how Dad made him eat seaweed soup. From what I've seen, if it's your birthday in Korea, you get seaweed soup from your parents. I don't know the reason behind that tho. If anyone does, please let me know!

So in that scene, you can tell Dad saw him as a son. It was really sweet. :)

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Ecactly my thoughts as you. I don't know the reason too but want to know too.

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gosh this episode was such a tear jerker, from namshin3's confession to sobong to him calling out for oh rora while he was shutting down from the activation of the kill switch and not being able to cry even though you could see the shock and sorrow in his eyes and voice. I just want the best for our robot :c

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Thanks Lollypip, I'm always delighted reading your recaps. Waiting for the last one.

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Someone is missing out on an opportunity if they don't make an M-City movie: terrifying, dystopic sci-fi! Great idea! (Of course there's been movies like this before, but maybe there is a new take here somewhere.)

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The M City presentation actually reminded me of another kdrama, Circle. I love Roboshin but the idea of an M City spooks me so much after watching Circle.

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Oh, will have to check Circle out then! :D

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You should! GSY is also in it.

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I was also reminded of Circle! Maybe that’s why I reacted instinctively against the idea of MCity, even if created for benign reasons.

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CIRCLE's dystopia is what we could expect M-City to resemble if Evil Grandpa, Jong-gil, or Shin in vengeful mode were at the helm. I don't see that happening with Nam Shin-III running the show. On the other hand, the road to hell is paved with good intentions...

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that confession ♥ bittersweet in its own way but full of (Roboshin's version of) heart.

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Are You Human Too? filming locations - ep 17 (33/34)

- DMC Cultural Park: watching the news (http://bit.ly/kdl-dmcculturalpark)
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- Magifest: a declaration of love (http://bit.ly/kdl-magifest)

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But at that moment, Jong-gil flips a switch that causes some equipment to fall from an upper floor.

How convenient that there just happens to be stuff ready to fall in the building BioShin chose, and there just happens to be a switch, and they just happen to be standing in the wrong place. Yes, must be a kdrama.

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Ya' know what I couldn't get over? He's a ROBOT, people. Just think about it. Take it to its logical conclusion.

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Yeah. Wasn't Shin the first person to be there? How did Jonggil even have the time to set that up without Shin knowing?

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Ha! I have watched many, many American shows with similarly convenient plotting. Lazy writing knows no borders. :P

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And the electricity was still on in an allegedly abandoned building...

It feels a little too much like "Spy vs. Spy" from MAD Magazine.

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Too much packed into one hour! Two fav parts in this episode - NS3 realising and confessing his feelings for So Bong; NS3 and So Bong's Dad together in the frame 😂
I am in love with Seo Kang Joon 😍 I've got to hand it to him for the double characters! I hated even watching NS while NS3 made my stomach do flips! But hey, their role reversal was somehow ironic- NS3 pretended to be NS earlier and now it's the other way around and both are great impersonators!
I was beyond shocked when Ro Ra died- I was sad! I really didn't like her ever since the kill switch and I was surprised at my own reaction 😄 I'm never getting over this drama!

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M-City -- the precursor to 'Circle'

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Ro-ra's death seemed to fit in a Korean drama sort of way. I find they often dish out poetic justice. Villains usually end up in jail. And characters who have conducted questionable acts but are not wholly awful often are the ones who die, are sacrificed. Ro-ra didn't do anything that bad in this drama, but they set up the ethics of creating a robot as a theme. Thus, she would be the one to be sacrificed.

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Thank you so much for your recap, LollyPip.

I was bothered by the utterly cavalier way in which the kill switch was handled. Leaving it laying around in plain sight at the gym was pretty dumb. At least put it in a locked drawer or -- gasp! -- a locker, for Pete's sake. It was a nice touch for addle-pated Evil Grandpa to inadvertently reveal the existence of the kill switch to Shin, and for Jong-gil to learn about it through intentional eavesdropping on Ye-na.

As for Ro-ra's demise after installing NS3's new chip, I wasn't expecting her to die, although there was some poetic justice to that wrinkle. All along I've been put off by her bizarre insistence that the world isn't big enough for two Nam Shins, or more accurately, that her wetware son's anticipated inability to deal with the AI's existence somehow mandates the latter's termination. For someone who's supposed to be so brilliant, she surely could have used an upgrade to her own emotions subroutine. In this episode it also bothered me how passively Dr. Oh behaved at the PK Group board meeting, especially in comparison to her performance at the conference 20 years earlier – or even when she joined the M-Car team.

Nam Shin-III's decision to publicly embrace his non-humanity (roboticity?) was a brilliant gambit. It was especially nice that he took the opportunity to claim his own special powers and good deeds. Unlike his namesake, he really did grow up to become a fireman (and stunt driver). I'll have to cut NS3 some slack that he was unable to move while rebooting, and hence could not save Ro-ra, who looked amazingly unsquished for someone who had been bombarded with empty oil drums.

I got a kick out of So-bong's father taking NS3 to the jjimjilbang for seaweed soup on his "birthday." LOL at the birthday boy's pulverizing the egg on his forehead. I guess that was enough for Dad to pass on asking him to scrub his back. LOL. Score 10 more for Dad for so cutely claiming NS3 as his future son-in-law at the jeweler's.

While it was all kinds of wonderful that NS3 told So-bong he loved her, I have a bone to pick with Ro-ra over her programming of his smooch algorithm. It wasn't even robotic. It was dead fish. If So-bong is happy, I guess that's all that counts. Or maybe she's looking forward to lots of practice. For computer science. ;-)

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