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My Absolute Boyfriend: Episodes 35-36 (Final)

It’s finally time to see how our robot boyfriend and his lady’s story ends, or if it ends at all.

 
EPISODES 35-36 RECAP

Because of Da-da’s comment that she’s looking forward to experiencing all the seasons with him, Young-gu arranges for them all at once, inside the house — snow for winter, cherry blossoms for spring, etc. Da-da is confused since she plans to celebrate the seasons with him when they actually happen, but she thanks Young-gu for the effort he put into the day.

On the drama set, Yoo-jin seems down, and he accidentally lets slip something about Bo-won asking him to do something. He asks if Young-gu is at Da-da’s place, and whether he’s okay, and she says that everyone keeps asking her that, but he’s all fixed now. Yoo-jin is still conflicted about keeping it a secret from Da-da that Young-gu never went to the headquarters to get “fixed,” since it would have required a complete reset and memory wipe, but he decides it’s for the best.

While doing Wang-joon’s makeup for the day, Da-da notes that he seems tired. He decides that he doesn’t owe Young-gu anything, but Da-da deserves to know. He tells her that Young-gu confided in him that he didn’t get the repair and why, and that he asked Wang-joon to take care of Da-da after he’s gone. Da-da jumps up and leaves without a word.

At the home studio, Young-gu listens to the record player he fixed for Da-da and thinks about all the memories he’s made with her. He’s surprised when Diana shows up uninvited and thanks him for saving her life. She also apologizes for breaking the heart cooler, but Young-gu just threatens dire consequences if she ever hurts Da-da like that again.

Diana says she’s heading to New York City anyway, and she asks if Young-gu is still going to melt down, but he lies that he’s fixed. Before she goes, Diana asks if Young-gu would have developed real emotions if things had gone as planned and she’d been his only owner and had treated him like a human being. Young-gu says that Da-da never treated him like a human being, either — she just accepted him for who he is.

Da-da runs all the way home, falling at one point and skinning her knee. When she gets home, the blood alarms Young-gu, so he bandages her booboo then makes her some food when she asks. She claims an upset stomach and goes to bed, telling him to do whatever he wants while she rests.

Young-gu can tell something is wrong, and he almost confesses the truth, but he changes his mind. He notices that the shoes Da-da bought him are missing, but just then, Da-da carries them out of her bedroom and throws him at him. Crying, she asks if he’s looking for his shoes so he can leave, and Young-gu realizes that she knows.

He suggests they break up and Da-da angrily agrees, but when Young-gu actually turns to go, she grabs him and begs him to stay. She sobs that she loves him, pleading for him to stay with her no matter how bad it gets, until he throws his arms around her and cries along with her.

Da-da calls Bo-won over to get the full story on how long Young-gu has. He says it could be a week or one day, he just doesn’t know, but the fact that Young-gu keeps leaking coolant — which looks like tears — is proof that he’s rapidly breaking down. At this point, all Bo-won knows for sure is that the only reason Young-gu is still functioning is his love for Da-da.

Lying in bed that night, Da-da says that sleeping is a waste of time when she could be looking at Young-gu all night. She traces his features with a finger, then burrows into his arms. She texts Yoo-jin in the morning to say that she’s staying home to spend what little time Young-gu has left with him, and Yoo-jin explains the situation with Young-gu to Kyu-ri.

Young-gu and Da-da go for a short run, then lie down in the grass to rest. Da-da puts Young-gu’s hand over her heart and describes what it feels like when blood rushes through her body, then listens to Young-gu’s equivalent of a heart. She says that while they’re both alive, they should do lots of fun things and laugh a lot together.

They finally go for a real picnic in the park, and Young-gu says that he’d have taken Da-da on more picnics if he knew they were so much fun. Da-da tells him that every day she’s spent with him has been exciting and worrying, but happy, so he shouldn’t have any regrets.

They see a couple posing for wedding photos, and Young-gu says that Da-da would be pretty in a wedding dress. They go to a salon where Da-da tries on a white dress for Young-gu, and he says breathlessly that she’s the most beautiful girl in the world.

He buys the dress for her and takes her to a photography studio, where a photo of an old couple together makes him a little sad as they pose for their own picture. They have trouble looking happy until Young-gu tells Da-da he loves her and she returns the sentiment, which makes them both smile.

Afterward, at the bus stop, Young-gu is strangely still for a moment, but he quickly snaps out of it. It begins to rain so Da-da leaves him to get an umbrella, though Young-gu seems reluctant to let her go. He reaches out to feel the rain on his hand, which reminds him of the first time he ever saw Da-da, while he was still living at Kronos Heaven.

He wonders if he fell for her even then, and if their love was destined. He thinks, “I’m sorry, Girlfriend. I promised to be with you forever. I promised to protect you, but I can’t keep that promise. But because I met you, because I spent time with you, I was very happy. Every moment with you was a treasure to me, and wherever you were was paradise to me.

“Whatever others say, you were the perfect girlfriend to me. Don’t mourn for me for too long after I go… If a long time passes and your memories of me fade, don’t blame yourself or be sad. Every special memory of us, I can remember forever… Thank you for watching me, trusting me, and being patient. I was happy, and I love you. Goodbye, my girlfriend.”

Young-gu takes his A++ sticker from his pocket, and he’s still holding it when Da-da returns to find him shut down for the last time. She lays her head on his shoulder and apologizes for being too late, and sobs that she loves him.

Three years pass, and eventually the last day of shooting for Doctor AlphaGo Season 4 arrives. Da-da’s Real team has a new maknae, and Da-da grins proudly as Kyu-ri explains to the new girl why they need five different kinds of blood.

Wang-joon gives an interview, looking much more relaxed and friendly than in the past. The interviewer asks Wang-joon if he’s still in the unrequited love he publicly confessed three years ago, and he glances at Da-da and smiles as he says that he is. He gives his new manager a hard time, holding up Young-gu as if he was the perfect manager who could do anything.

Ye-woong now works as Wang-joon’s agent, and she gently fusses at him for still talking about his unrequited love. She has exciting news for Wang-joon — an American company wants him to star in a new Hollywood hero series. Eun-dong even shows up on set, as his new rookie actor has a small role in the finale.

Yoo-jin now works for Bo-won, who runs a small robot repair shop. Yoo-jin still designs new robots in his spare time, and Bo-won thinks he’s quite talented.

At the end of the day, Da-da declines to join the cast and crew for their final dinner, telling Kyu-ri that she has a date. She goes back to her empty studio and makes herself a solitary dinner, then spends some time on housework.

Kyu-ri stops by — she knows Da-da well enough to know that by “date” she meant “chores and TV.” She says she’ll be Da-da’s date, and as they share some beers, Da-da sighs that she doesn’t want to get drunk because it makes her think of Young-gu. Kyu-ri tells her to think of him, and miss him, if she needs to.

Da-da starts to cry and says that she still misses Young-gu so much it hurts. She says that the worst part is that her memories are dimming as time passes, but she doesn’t want to forget anything. Kyu-ri says that this is much more normal than watching Da-da pretending to be fine.

As she cleans up later, Da-da finds her little toy Young-gu, whose lights are still broken. She takes it to Bo-won’s shop to have him fix it, and he asks her if she’s still having a hard time getting over Young-gu. She says that she cried a lot at first until she realized that it wasn’t what Young-gu would have wanted, but that she’s not trying to forget him, either.

Bo-won tells Da-da that he keeps thinking of things he could have done differently. Da-da says that if Young-gu were human, she’d at least be able to visit (his grave), but she can’t.

As she’s walking home, a street light suddenly comes on as Da-da passes beneath it. It reminds her of the time Young-gu fixed a broken street light so she could walk in safety. As she keeps walking, the lights flicker on, one by one.

Wang-joon is waiting when Da-da arrives home — he wanted her to be the first to hear that he’s going to be in a Hollywood movie. She’s thrilled for him, though she’s surprised when Wang-joon asks her to go with him as his special effects coordinator.

Da-da says it’s a great opportunity, but she wants to become successful on her own instead of riding his coattails. Wang-joon already guessed she’d say that, so he says goodbye without argument.

When she’s alone, Da-da goes to Young-gu’s Love Room, where she finds the ring that Young-gu gave her. She remembers his promise never to go anywhere without her, and the memory makes her tear up. She picks up the photo of her and Young-gu on their last day together, and when she sets it back down, it falls off the table.

The frame comes apart and Da-da can see that Young-gu wrote something on the back of the photograph. It says, “I will treasure all the moments I had with you, Girlfriend. You can forget everything else, but will you keep this one picture?”

In the morning, Bo-won comes to take Da-da to Kronos Heaven, where Young-gu’s body is still kept. Bo-won tells Da-da that when Young-gu stopped functioning three years ago, the company decided not to discard his body because his data was acknowledged as a unique case in AI technology. He explains that he never told her because he thought it would make things harder for her.

He says that the Korean branch of Kronos Heaven has completed its research, so the head office will be collecting Young-gu’s body tomorrow. He lets Da-da into Young-gu’s room to say goodbye, and she sees that his copy of The Happy Prince is lying beside his head. Da-da cries to see Young-gu’s face again after so long.

She holds his hand and says that he’s as handsome as ever, and that she’s taking care of herself since he’s been gone. She tells Young-gu that she finally saw the note he wrote on their picture, after being too scared to go into his room for three years for fear she wouldn’t be able to handle it.

She confesses that she hated Young-gu at first because she couldn’t understand why he didn’t stop her from leaving him to get an umbrella. But she says that now she understands that he knew she’d be going home alone, and he didn’t want her to get wet — he was thinking of her in his very last moments.

She thanks Young-gu tearfully for teaching her how to love with her whole heart, and she promises that she’ll live her life remembering the things that he left her. She says she’ll remember his love forever, and tells him one last time that she loves him.

She thanks Director Go for letting her say goodbye, looking as though she feels much lighter. She takes one final look at Young-gu, then leaves with a smile on her face. We see that in his hand, Young-gu still holds his treasured A++ sticker, and his thumb moves, just a tiny bit.

Winter comes, and Da-da is waiting at the bus stop when the first snow starts to fall. She decides to make her way on foot, but before she goes far, she runs into someone who holds an umbrella over her head. Da-da looks up at his face in surprise, then she smiles.

 
COMMENTS

Well, so that happened. I’m sure that was Young-gu under the umbrella due to all the heavy-handed foreshadowing, but I hate unclear endings. I’m not against an ending where Young-gu somehow recovers… after all, technology is always evolving and it’s entirely possible that they might find a way to revive Young-gu with his memories intact at the head office. It’s just that I want to know. Da-da was never going to return Wang-joon’s feelings, not after so long. I just don’t like that we’re expected to accept things without an explanation or a reason.

I do kind of wish that Da-da had given Wang-joon another chance, which if you’ve read my recaps has not been my attitude at all during the drama’s run. But Wang-joon had more genuine character development than any other character in the show, and by “genuine” I mean that we could see the reasons for his change in attitude and behavior, and not just character development occurring without any real justification, just because the story needed it (I’m giving Kyu-ri and Diana in particular the stinkeye). Wang-joon was by far the most interesting and complicated character in the drama, and I could see Hong Jong-hyun acting his little heart out in an attempt to give him depth and complexity, but even then there was only so much he could do with the role.

The other characters, despite being endearing and likable, just never went anywhere. Especially Da-da, who I had such high hopes for at the beginning because she was strong and she stood up for herself, but as soon as she started dating Young-gu (another flip in character that had no buildup and no reasoning behind it) she lost any sense of self beyond “But I loooove him.” She even turned down a chance to work on a Hollywood movie… the girl had no ability to make good decisions. There was no consistency in her character, the best example being that she got over a seven-year relationship within a matter of weeks, yet three years after having known Young-gu for a few months at most, she was still hung up on him. He was a sweetie, and it’s harder to get over a “death” than a breakup, but I still find it odd that Da-da was that broken up over Young-gu after so long.

I’ve pretty much said all I have to say about My Absolute Boyfriend, so I won’t go into great detail repeating myself. It was a sweet show that told a sweet story, though a lot shallower one than I’d hoped for. That said, I did have moments where I felt for the characters, and even teared up a little, and got worried or scared for them. I just feel like the show was too tentative, as if it was afraid to really take things to a level that might actually mean something, like making Diana a true psycho or giving Da-da and Young-gu some stakes beyond “robot might malfunction.” I could write another thousand words about the things I wish the show had done differently, but we got what we got, and while cute, it just wasn’t what it could have been. I did like that Young-gu didn’t want Da-da to watch him melt down, as that was the most painful scene of the Taiwanese version, but in the end it’s just another example of how this show could have been the best version of this story if only it had just tried. When I think back on My Absolute Boyfriend, I’ll always think of what might have been.

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Thanks @lollypip

Champagne 🥂 for everyone who finished!

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Can someone confirm the rumors (comments on Naver of the last episode) that the author didn’t want a happy ending (for the robot) and so this is all the Korean version could do to make it “happier”?

Anyone seen the other versions? How did those end?

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(Spoilers, of course.)
The others end a similar way, as far as I know. But I totally expected the Korean version to have a happy ending! You rarely see a romcom in these parts that isn't wrapped up in bows, with marriage and a house and five kids. The very ambiguous ending was a surprise, for me.

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First of all -- it was a happy ending? I'm gobsmacked. Actually, if it was the robot I'd think she'd do more than smile. She'd give him a huge hug. If it was Wang joon, that would be just a smile. Since the whole drama made no logical sense anyway...
2nd of all, is there something wrong with 5 kids? I loved the last episode of Secret Garden where they had 3 kids and real life reality! Of course, in the "robot came back" scenario, what kind of kids would they have anyway?
3rd, maybe the ending was somebody new, you know, like it was a paper man or something - something new and not human for her to fall in love with. Or maybe someone she pieced together with her special effect talents.

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Paper man 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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@moonbean Oops, I meant "cardboard cutout"...does that still count?

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I don't care what you call it, I wasn't laughing at the wording. Your idea of Da Da loving a non human is brilliant and fits Da Da who has no understanding of real love and is after the perfect love focused only on her so well. You made my day. 😊

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@moonbean Aw, thanks - so glad to have made your day!
My mind keeps going...
Or, she could just play a recording of the robot's voice saying "girlfriend, I only have eyes for you" over and over. Of course, the recording has to be on one of those cuddly teddy bears that you pull the string so she also has something to hug.

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@linda-palapala She’s fine hugging that wood xmas light version 😂

@moonbean That’s why I love it when viki commenters call him a toaster😂

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@linda-palapala
(.....I loved X3 the last episode of Secret Garden as well❤. I watched it after the fact, so I could never understand the hate-mongers- for me it was one of the most 'real' dramas out there. She captured the feels of what it truly is to be in a relationship- Binnies walking with Ha Jiwon in his imagination is still one of my favorite scenes....sigh)

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Aw, @lollypip, thank you for the recap, you must be really fed up at this point. I really enjoyed the first ten or so episodes of this show, but I just felt my interest wane and I gave up. You could tell the actors were having a riot back when this drama was still clearly a comedy! 😆

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Once again, thanks for your willingness to review this fairytale (it was a fairytale, right?)
Instead of sweet, it was syrupy saccharin gag-me.
At least I liked HJH as Wang joon.
Is the Taiwanese version worth watching?

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I am so turned off by this interpretation that I never ever want to see any other version of this thing.

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Thank you @lollypip.

Among the many unanswered questions this nonsensical show left behind is whatever happened to Da Da’s debt for buying Young Gu.

Let’s see how his critics are going to view Wang Joon telling Da Da the truth about Young Gu? Will they still be able to argue he is selfish and doesn’t love Da Da? Of all her so-called friends everyone else around her took a freaking robot’s side. He is the only one who thought of Da Da. I would be furious with them all if my friends hid such a thing from me.

What a joke that Da Da never treated Young Gu like a human. So that’s the koolaid the writer is drinking.

That wedding dress reflected the mood of that romance really well, Da Da looked like a nun in it.

I liked the robot doctors but it was unnecessary to see the scene with the ex CEO who ruined Da Da and Wang Joon’s relationship. He should have been in jail. The only thing I liked about the ending was that Da Da and Wang Joon were able to be friends in the end. That ending was otherwise absurd. Didn’t Young Gu stop working the day they took the picture? When did he print it and wrote a note behind and leave it in the house? And the last scene? I can’t even….

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Despite the crapshoot script, I do want to applaud the actors and cinematographer for the single-shot sequence that included almost every character on the set of Doctor AlphaGo Season 4. That must have took a while to rehearse and complete flawlessly.

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Btw, I wonder if the cut this scene up for the 36 ep version? That would be a pity.

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As I have stated before, I am completely underwhelmed by this show. They carefully show the umbrella on the passenger seat of Wang-joon's car, so how are we to know that it is Yong-Gu? I prefer (much as I liked the robot) to think that it was Wang-Joon after his return from the U.S.

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Um, me too, but only if Da Da matured a lot.

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@linda-palapala

Da-da would not only have to mature, but also get brain and personality transplants. Even then, saddling Wang-joon with the walking black hole would be cruel and unusual punishment.

I didn't expect to end up loathing the female lead more than the archvillainess, but I did. :-(

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Nope. Wang Joon deserves much better than that robot loving sad sack who denied her supposed love of 7 years in the blink of an eye. I really disliked Da Da by the end of the show and I don't care whether she ends up with the robot or not. As long as she doesn't end up with Wang Joon I'm happy.

I'm with @lollypip though. I hate open endings and like clarity. If they think they can make all viewers happy by this deceit I will say No, thank you.

After not seeing a shred of love nor consideration from Da Da toward Wang Joon or any growth that acknowledges she also made mistakes in that relationship (such as staying silent about her complaints for 7 years), on top of that denying even her past love for Wang Joon by telling Young Gu she didn't believe love existed until him and he taught her to love Da Da ending up with Wang Joon wouldn't be a happy ending for anyone involved, including the viewer.

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Seriously her character waiting 3 years is unconvincing. She would have died drowning in her own tears by the 3rd week.

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I don't mind open endings if they make sense (which they usually don't). For instance, if one leaves but there's a possibility they'll come back in the future. That's okay.
But one's like this it just looks like the writer was trying to please everyone.

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which usually ends up pleasing noone... You would have thought an experienced writer would have learned that lesson by now.

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The open ending is the least of the problem.

I didn't really expect the writer to explore human robot relationship in a meaningful way. I was quite aware this was likely to be a light rom com. In the end, it wasn't light - the so called tragic demise of Young Gu was so stupid. It wasn't romantic - I think I've said enough on that. And it wasn't funny.

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I think the umbrella was our clue for the ending. Their interactions prior did indicate they had an “affectionate” relationship. I like to believe they could start again with all the personal development they each went through.

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The umbrella, just like the robot's A1 Beef sticker - both are ploys and an easy out for the writer who obviously couldn't come up with a creative or even decent ending.

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I gave up on this Drama a while ago because I have issues with a "true" love between a Human and a Robot. That being said I wanted to know how it ended .... from the bits I did see Young Gu held the umbrella in his right hand - the person in the finale scene was holding it in his left hand ...... I will have to go back and watch again to see if Wang-joon was left handed or not (and there was the umbrella in the car as a number of viewers have pointed out)
It doesn't necessarily follow that it was a romantic meeting either - it just showed that she was happy to see the person, whoever it was.

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They did the BIG ending, really?!

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I didn't watch the show but I read all of your recaps, @lollypip! They were great reads and good job for sticking it through.

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*spikes the ball*

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I never would have got through this drama if it weren't for the recaps.

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SAME.

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It was Wang-Joon under the umbrella. A lot of people didn’t notice the subtle hints that led to the finale. When Da-Da threw Young-gu’s shoes they were white sneakers. The person holding the umbrella has black dress shoes. After Wang-Joon asked Da-Da to go to LA with him, he goes in his car and looks at the umbrella in his car. It’s the same umbrella in the last shot of the finale. And Wang-Joon’s Car is in the shot as well. I believe Da-Da is going with him to LA because she has her bags and make up case.

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You have a point about the shoes, umbrella and car. But I thought her packing bags and leaving took place much later, after Wang Joon had gone. What's the timeline?
I feel like you do because I'd rather they be together, but I'll bet the writer chose an ending of "we see what we want to see", one of those optical illusions.

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You say this as if ANYTHING in this drama made any sense whatsoever.

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Finally this show has ended. Congrats to y'all who finished it. Lets move on to better dramas

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First glance at that picture, and I totally thought this had something to do with Weightlifting Fairy 😂

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Hahaha! Same here. I thought it was WFKBJ too 😂

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LOL, I couldn't figure out why it looked so familiar. And I even recapped Weightlifting Fairy!

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The pose is similar but the difference couldn't be more stark. Just look at their faces -Young Gu is looking nowhere and wears a creepy big smile. Da Da looks away, troubled.

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Da Da had a tendency to always look troubled. So was that the role or the actress?

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Thank you, @lollypip, for your final recap and summation of MY ABSOLUTE BOYFRIEND. My hat is off to you for seeing it through to the end.

*passes the Excedrin for Kdrama Headache #4,692*

Like you, I went into this drama with high hopes and expectations, which were dashed to smithereens as the show wore on. It did have its moments, but not enough of them. I feel for the cast and crew who were giving their all.

Rather than bemoan MAB's shortcomings, I'd like to offer an alternative to it. A while ago, I stumbled across a Taiwanese movie that I have held in reserve until after MAB's finale. To Beanies in need of a palate cleanser, I heartily recommend KUNGFU CYBORG: METALLIC ATTRACTION (2009). From the excellent opening montage that shows a cyborg's components and subsystems being tested and assembled, I was drawn into the story. There's no doubt that uri hero, K-1, was built on an assembly line. The last part installed is his "heart." Immediately after that, these words appear onscreen, as if by Teletype:

"If God created humans, and they created robots, should we not question our makers the way humans question theirs?"
– K-88's last words, 2046

Ah, some philosophical grist for the mill.

As a highly-advanced cyborg, K-1 can pass for human. He has little robot quirks, however, that clue us in that he's not flesh-and-blood. He made quite a memorable first impression on me. I’ll zip my lip lest I spill the beans.

KUNGFU CYBORG: METALLIC ATTRACTION made me laugh out loud with its snappy dialogue, resident (inept) mad scientist, and clever mix of cop show, science fantasy, superhero anime, and romance – along with a dash of wuxia action. And two heroes, plus a renegade cyborg cop with an existential crisis. There are enough robot ground rules to make things interesting. I especially got a kick out of the Transformer-meets-Gulliver-in-Lilliput action. The romance and bromance were touching.

All in all, it was a good watch that tickled my funny bone. Be aware that it is not purely a comedy. There's pathos, too, but it is apropos and in keeping with the film's premise. Enjoy. ;-)

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Taiwanese, huh? I usually like the way they present things. Now to find it...
My last thoughts were, wow, what if this drama is a metaphor for vicarious romance and we're the subjects, i.e.: is our obsession and love for kdramas replacing real love too? Ha, ha!
If so, who are we to judge Da-Da.

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Correction: It's a Hong Kong movie.

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Oops! I didn't even read my own notes. Sheesh. thanks for fixing that, @linda-palapala. ;-)

http://asianwiki.com/Metallic_Attraction:_Kungfu_Cyborg

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all i can say is i made it till 2/3 in then had to quit. i watched the japanese one first and it was so much better. i recommend it if you can stand to try again. the actor made the robot "act" like a robot.

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Mad props to you @lollypip for sticking to it to the end, continuing despite falling ill, not copping out or condensing the last recaps(as I suggested).

I usually don't regret completing any drama no matter how crap. I have mixed feelings about this one though. I had gone into it with rather low expectations, hoping for some light fluff and comedy yet I ended up disliking it so much. Worse, my opinion of Yeo Jin Goo changed so much after this drama. I used to try every drama he's in after I first saw him in Circle but now it's difficult to scrub this role off my mind. . It's not fair but you know sometimes all it takes is one project to ruin an actor's standing in your mind. Hotel Del Luna is not the one which is going to change my mind so it will take another before I can watch him again.

Thanks to the writing and acting, I could not feel anything for Young Gu and Da Da. Selling human robot romance is more difficult than it looks. I think it starts with 'fleshing' out the robot - this part has to be as intricate as possible because we need to know how Mr Robot works - be convinced that he is a robot but looks human, sold on his superior abilities but not without limitations and get charmed by his robotic quirks. This drama never bothered to do this. Putting aside the ridiculous heart cooler issue at the end, it's obvious they couldn't bothered with any kind of scientific explanation. I'm even not talking about the real academic stuff but those of the movie making type. This is exacerbated by Yeo Jin Goo's acting as the robot. There is nothing robotic about Young Gu, he might just as well be a new guy in the neighborhood who decided to crash in on Da Da. With no help from the script and poor interpretation of the role, I was never charmed by Young Gu. This is the first and huge flaw of the drama.

It wasn't entirely without hope because some interesting issues were brought up like how do we define love and how human love is flawed(Wang Joon personifying that) but they were never dealt with in a satisfying manner. Actually, the answer to the latter is simply ridiculous.

The only character I cared for is Wang Joon. Yeah, HJH acted his little heart out. I've always like him but now I understand better why his acting resonate with me. No matter how frustrating Wang Joon could sometimes be, I never doubted his love for Da Da.

I think the ending was a cop out, aimed to satisfy the two camps. If you are rooting for Young Gu, then you'd take the little movement of his thumb as indication that he has miraculously 'woken up' from his slumber. Pretty much like Sleeping Beauty. We are to believe Da Da's tears and undying love resurrected Young Gu.
If you are in camp Wang Joon, then you would take the umbrella in his car as the same one in the last scene.

I dislike Da Da more than Diana by the end of the drama so I hope she ends up with her love bot and live happily ever after. Wang Joon should move on and distance...

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himself from her. Maybe for old time's sake, send her a fire extinguisher.

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I was just thinking the same thing about Yeo Jin Goo. Oh, wait, I never liked him in the first place. This just sealed the deal.

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Not that we care...but what sold me it was Wang joon were the black dress shoes, something the robot would never wear but Wang joon would always wear.
Not that we care...

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I liked YJG in The Crowned Clown. I'm okay with Hotel del Luna. This monstrosity definitely made me think less of him, though.

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The Japanese version is a lot better. This K-remake does not make any sense. Da-da’s crying was increasingly annoying as time goes on. What a failed adaptation!

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Watching it until the end was almost a torture, so I REALLY applause you for reviewing it.
At least it's over...

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thanks for the recaps...i stopped watching after 16 episodes (from total 40).

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I like Yeo Jin goo , but I pray in the name of the Lord for him not to choose this kind of drama anymore, I watch the first quarter of the episodes, but what made me give this drama 6.5/10 was lollipip recaps which I loved @ lollipip thanks for recapping this, it was a good ride thanks to ur recaps.

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I meant I watched

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i started this Kdrama version, but dropped it after a couple eps...

all i remember from the Jdrama version is that i was sobbing at the end...

and then, in japan they do a "2 hr special" after a very popular series so i watched the japanese SP Absolute Boyfriend -- and i was sobbing all over again at the end, asking myself "what were you thinking???"

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I have always been curious so can I ask - what was it about the Japanese version that move you or made you care? I don't mind flaws but a drama is hopeless when we don't even care about the characters.

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mokomichi (the cyborg BF) was so sweet, he was like The Werewolf Boy being left behind, or like an abandoned puppy.... because he's not human.

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Wasn't Young Gu sweet too? I don't feel anything for YG but I think the character was written to be like the cyborg you described.

If I have time and want to spare some, I'd analyze how the writing and delivery make or break a robot.

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for some reason i became disinterested and dropped the drama... maybe i'll go back and see it thru the end.

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I only watched here and there, but this show is um dunno how to say this but undercooked severely. It should've been a great idea but it wasn't executed well. The actors tried to do what they could to savage it. Yeo Jin-gu is a cutie, he has such a deep voice lol. He looked like a soft-boi which was made him look approachable and puppy dog-ish. He should return to this type of soft-boi look in a show that's better plotted next time.

Me thinks Viki pre-produced it and KBS was like well we'll just broadcast this since we didn't pay the budget I believe. Glad that Hotel del Luna has turned out incredibly well for Yeo Jin-gu after this mishap.

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HJH needs to star in a drama where he is a Joseon military person who was injured in battle (the kind of injury that prevents him to return to fighting himself). He proved his bravery and valor in his fighting, so even though he is not upper class, he is given a prestigious post (by a prudent king) to teach the military arts to upper class children. But the children hate him because they see his training as "bullying", and they know his lower class roots. Also, he doesn't talk much (just generally), so he doesn't defend himself against their accusations, which eventually spread to their parents. Once the parents get involved, a full fledged campaign starts against the "low class" martial arts teacher who is beating up the kids. (Some of the parents are well-intentioned, and others are not, but they are all against him because they believe their kids, and not necessarily unfairly.) It starts with the audience thinking he's kind of a bully as well, but as the drama unfolds, it becomes clear that his motivation is entirely to limit the injuries and deaths they sustain when they inevitably have to fight as well (because he's seen it and is shaken by it).

I just really love the idea of him in a role where he doesn't talk much, and where these characters that he builds so well through actions and glances rather than words and extreme expressions is fully given a chance to develop. Anyway, I've written the whole thing in my mind. I think people would watch that.

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You did watch King in Love, right?
I see a fan fic coming...you can use screen shots of HJH from KIL.
This would be good after he returns from the military because he'll be older and would fit your storyline better.

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I did see that, and I can see why you'd think this is where my brain-script came from, but actually, I see his character in this as far less selfless and willing to take a backseat than he was in KiL. In my mind, this character was all about showing off how great he was at martial arts before he was injured and forced to quit. So he loved it, but he hated seeing other people injured and killed due to THEIR inability, so he pushes them to extremes (almost like bullying). This character is not NICE in my mind, just honorable and thoughtful. Also, he's poor, and he was NOT poor in KiL at all.

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I love the way your mind thinks.

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Also, he has a one-track mind, which makes it hard to develop a life outside of his military career. I like the idea of him BECOMING layered and nuanced rather than being that from the start (like he was in KiL). I just always like stories where people's lives don't turn out like they thought, and they struggle against their new realities, but ultimately come out stronger for it. I think that's true to what many of us deal with in real life, and I think he's the kind of actor who could show that with actions rather than words.

I was thinking more about what Rebel did for Yoon Kyun Sang, for example, though this would obviously be different from that (YKS is very good at talking).

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I just always like stories where people's lives don't turn out like they thought, and they struggle against their new realities, ...
Me, too. That's one reason I am loving The Untamed.
There's a sf/fantasy author I love because her themes are always about the protagonist being thrown in to an alien (not always literally alien but mostly) environment and has to adjust to his new reality. (C.J. Cherryh).

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Yes, in KIL he came fully formed and didn't need a growth or redemption arc. He was the steady character.

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I've never watched any versions of this story or read the manga it's based on (although I plan to read it at some point) so forgive me if I'm talking out the side of my mouth because I don't know what I'm talking about, but every version of this drama seems to do pretty poorly (or at the very least has mixed results) with audiences and are all plagued with writing flaw after writing flaw, and I'm wondering if the reason is to do with their being something wrong with the source material that the adaptation writers aren't skilled enough to fix. All of the adaptations that I know about mainly seem to have a lot of trouble making up their mind about who they want the female lead to end up with at the end or just with making the choice clear to the audience, and the most logical explanation to me for why All of them have that same problem would be that the manga must have that problem as well. This isn't going to stop me from reading the manga, but it does keep me from watching the adaptations as that's just not a viewing experience I'm interested in having. Has anyone here actually read the manga and know if this problem stems back that far? Or does the manga not struggle with that, and in that case, why do all of the adaptations seem to? Or am I just making this all up in my head?

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Just before she left the robot thumb moved dat to say dat he is still alive so it definitely the robot dat game back to life.. And for the record wang joon is way more taller than the robot

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I wish there was no ambiguity and who was under the umbrella.

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All I can say that this drama made me cry so hard😢😢I really immersed of all the characters especially zero nine and Da Da. The thing that I dont like is the ending, it made me confused. But anyways it was a great drama. Hope there's a season two. 😉

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But wang joon had a green umbrella in his car the last time he came to visit da da before going to Hollywood

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I think they should continue this movie because it must have an happy ending it doesn't make sense like this

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Am I the only one hoping that the man under the umbrella is Ma Wang Joon? I'd like to think that she still end up with a human hehe

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Am I the only one hoping that the man under the umbrella is Ma Wang Joon? I'd like to think that she still end up with a human hehe besides before Ma Wang Joon went to Hollywood he had the same umbrella on his car...

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I think you're missing the point here..
When ma wang joon is in the car he have green umbrella. Yes, young gu did move a little bit.. but da da knew she had to let go. So for me in my opinion or theory about the ending.. she gave the chance to ma wang joon in the end she still accepted the offer that ma wang joon gave her.. she already packed her bags and also ready to leave with ma wang joon. But still that doesn't change the fact for us korean drama lovers on thinking what would happen next..
Would young gu recover after da da spent years with ma wang joon on hollywood as a makeup artist?.. and at that point young gu will smile like he did before??.. well this is my theory and hoping that this will happen towards them.. we can either agree to disagree on what i think.. but this is my opinion so. Thanks for reading!! :) Still disappointed by the ending. Like hotel del luna also. I want kim soo hyun!!!!

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Its Ma Wang Joon under the umbrella. There is a scene with the same umbrella in his car after he told Da Da about going to Hollywood. Also she is holding bags that might be suitcases so she might have changed her mind about going or was giving Wang Joon something to bring to the states. Plus if it was Young gu she would of probably started crying and hugged him but she just stood there. Maybe Wang Joon could have met with her to give back the umbrella so she smiled as a thanks. There might be a possibility it is young gu because he moved but than how did he get the umbrella from ma Wang Joon's car?

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