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I’m Not a Robot: Episodes 1-2

One episode in, and I’m Not a Robot is looking to be an unconventional treat with strong performances from actors who look like they’re having lots of fun. This story of misfits already has a lot of heart: Yoo Seung-ho is sure to make us laugh and cry, while Eom Ki-joon tackles lighter fare as an eccentric genius. And Chae Soo-bin is not to be missed in a dual role as one very flawed human who may learn a thing or two from her robot counterpart.

 
EPISODE 1: “I’m fine being alone”

The driver of a sports car opens a special briefcase and dons the gloves, hat, and mask inside. He fills a syringe and places it in his pocket before he exits the car, armed with a baton.

The driver, KIM MIN-KYU (Yoo Seung-ho), appears before a panel of doctors for a hearing about his exemption from military service. He removes his mask while the doctors discuss his condition—an allergy to human contact.

The doctors scoff at his feeble attempt to draft-dodge and deem him fit for service. Face hardening, Min-kyu pulls off his gloves and shirt and advances menacingly on the doctors, who shrink back nervously. Min-kyu then grabs the wrist of the closest doctor and huge red blotches and blisters spread along Min-kyu’s body, starting at the point of contact.

Min-kyu plunges the syringe into his arm as he explains that his reaction occurs after physical contact and that the severity worsens with the length of the contact. The doctors back up in fear, now convinced of Min-kyu’s unsuitability, relieved when he tells them that his condition isn’t contagious.

Min-kyu drives his car through a large gate and past impeccably maintained grounds where a gardener shouts out, “It’s ready.” Min-kyu parks in front of an estate and enters with a smile.

Surrounded by balloons, Min-kyu beams at his guest of honor, a robot vacuum cleaner outfitted with a birthday hat. He wishes, “Happy Birthday, our cutie,” and presents his gift, a pack of new batteries so that they can stay together a long time. Awww.

As the vacuum goes about its work, Min-kyu wanders through his expansive home, which contains many glass cases filled with collectibles. He occupies himself with an aquarium and a house of cards that’s taller than he is, telling us that contrary to what we think, he lives quite well on his own.

When he chokes on a handful of capsules, Min-kyu slams himself against a pillar in a self-administered Heimlich maneuver and narrates that he’s mastered the art of living alone.

During a kiss scene in an old movie, Min-kyu catches himself about to kiss his pillow and tosses it aside. Min-kyu’s narration insists that he’s not at all lonely as he floats in the pool, but he sighs when he confesses, “I need some space to protect myself.”

JO JIA (Chae Soo-bin) camps outside a store to buy a limited edition figure for a customer. Jia, also known as President Jo, answers texts from grateful customers when a man asks about the reason for the line. He feigns interest in Jia’s work so he can plop down in the spot next to her, but Jia calls him out for cutting. The crowd cheers when she threatens him and the man leaves in embarrassment.

The doors finally open and the crowd is orderly until the line-cutter runs to the front to try to charge his way through. Chaos ensues and the man and Jia are the first to get past the guards and approach the display of the coveted figures.

Jia pulls back the line-cutter and is the first to get a limited edition figure. She protectively shields it from another customer just as a boy with a corndog bumps into the box and leaves behind a smear of ketchup. Unaware that the box has been compromised, Jia schedules the delivery.

Jia’s scooter stops next to a car parked by the river and Min-kyu lowers the back window and asks her to place the box in the back seat. Jia demands payment first, but Min-kyu reminds her that he paid for the figure in advance.

Min-kyu promises to double Jia’s commission as long as the package is pristine, but he needs to inspect it first. Jia places the box in the back seat and waits while Min-kyu examines it—of course he spots the ketchup stain. Angry that he missed his opportunity to get the item in perfect condition, he refuses additional payment.

Jia insists that the box was perfect until she gave it to Min-kyu and accuses him of scamming her. Min-kyu thinks that he’s the one being scammed and explains that while he can forgive mistakes, he can’t forgive lies.

When Jia motions Min-kyu out of the car, he locks the doors. Through a crack in his window he vows that he won’t give a penny to a con artist and parts with the wish, “Let’s never meet each other again.”

Jia pounds on the car as Min-kyu slowly pulls away, but when she falls to the ground, he stops the car in alarm. Min-kyu quickly pulls on gloves and grabs his baton to cautiously approach Jia—and then her eyes fly open and she grabs the baton.

Jia is temporarily distracted when she looks up at Min-kyu and notes, “My goodness. You’re so handsome.” When Min-kyu jumps back in panic, Jia grabs his leg.

After a desperate attempt to break free, Min-kyu manages to push Jia away and runs to the safety of his car. Through the open window, Jia grabs Min-kyu by the collar, where a rash begins to break out on his neck. Min-kyu uses the car door to successfully push Jia away and then injects himself in the thigh as he drives off.

Min-kyu gets a call from his doctor while he assesses his latest reaction in a room filled with mirrors.

Outside, Dr. Oh examines Min-kyu, concerned that he had two outbreaks in such a short period of time. Min-kyu excitedly claims that the most recent rash seemed a bit different, hopeful that it could be a clue to his disease.

Dr. Oh urges Min-kyu to accept his solitary life and hands him a smartwatch that uses colors to monitor his condition. Blue is normal, yellow represents a mild reaction, orange means that Min-kyu’s airways are closing, and red means that he will die in minutes, a severity that he’s never experienced.

Min-kyu laments that he’ll have to live like a monster forever but Dr. Oh wonders if there might be one woman for him. Min-kyu sadly observes, “If there were, she wouldn’t be normal either.”

A very scary-looking Jia leans against a handrail and calls Min-kyu a scumbag jerk of a thief who will never again know a moment of peace.

A drone buzzes past the gardener on its way to Min-kyu’s house. From the street, two men aim for an open window but hear breaking glass instead.

Startled, Min-kyu runs out to his balcony and screams, “Who was that?” The men leave, satisfied that their package was successfully delivered.

Min-kyu finds the drone half-submerged in the aquarium with a pouch labeled “Daeyang Shipbuilding, Santa Maria.” Min-kyu recognizes that the company name matches one that he has up for sale.

The pouch contains a USB that Min-kyu inserts into his computer. A video introduces Aji-3, a robot with a superior mind. While she plays squash, the ball knocks down the cameraman and Min-kyu is transfixed when Aji-3 stops in front of the camera and asks, “Are you okay, master?”

An assistant takes over the camera, which allows DR. HONG BAEK-GYUN (Eom Ki-joon) to introduce himself. He holds up a contract and explains that Min-kyu is the owner of Aji-3 and invites him to visit her in person so that he’ll give them the money that was promised. An online search reveals that Baek-gyun is a famed robotics engineer who was fired after a charge of plagiarism.

A wall in an office is covered with glowing articles as Baek-gyun tells himself that he’ll reclaim his position in his field some day.

Min-kyu parks his car in a shabby neighborhood and extends his baton as he approaches the door to Santa Maria Research. After a few taps, the door pops open and Min-kyu enters, spooked when it shuts behind him.

An approaching glow at the end of a hallway turns out to be a small robot that’s like an animated emoticon. Min-kyu makes a phone call and is told that the small robot will lead him to Aji-3.

An uneasy Min-kyu makes his way past walls lined first with mechanical arms and legs and then more human looking ones. A mechanical head with glowing eyes startles Min-kyu when it looks right at him. The impatient little emoji robot motions him to continue and eventually they stop inside of a large, darkened lab.

Brandishing his baton nervously, Min-kyu calls out and a female voice responds, “Are you Chairman Kim Min-kyu?” Suddenly, the center of the lab lights up and reveals a chair, and the young woman sitting there, Aji-3, stands and approaches Min-kyu. He rears back in alarm until she stops.

Aji-3 looks just like Jia, but with long hair. From her perspective, we see that she runs a facial recognition scan on Min-kyu’s face, but it yields no information so she asks again for his name. This time she extends her hand and adds, “Nice to meet you. Let’s shake hands.”

Min-kyu jumps back warily and warns, “Don’t come near me. Stay away.” From an office, four sets of eyes peer through parted blinds and a female researcher shares that Min-kyu’s nickname is Three-Part Baton.

 

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Min-kyu meets AI robot Aji-3

 
Once Aji-3 recognizes that Min-kyu doesn’t want to shake hands, she apologizes and promises to be careful in the future. Min-kyu shouts that he told them to make sure no people would be around, and Aji-3 is pleased that he thinks that she’s human.

She thanks Min-kyu for the compliment and then reveals that she’s Baek-gyun’s creation, the android robot Aji-3. She asks Min-kyu if he likes her and punctuates her question with a tilt of the head and some pronounced blinks.

Min-kyu insists that he can recognize humans and believes that he’s the object of a prank. So she reaches back to unzip her dress, and when the panels in Aji-3’s chest slide away and reveal a whirring mechanism where a heart should be, Min-kyu’s eyes widen as he beholds the human-looking robot.

 
EPISODE 2: “Aji-3”

Min-kyu cautiously taps Aji-3’s side with his baton and once he’s satisfied that she’s a robot, he pulls off a glove. When Min-kyu extends his finger to touch Aji-3, her programming references the iconic greeting from E.T., and she touches his fingertip with hers. Min-kyu breaks contact and checks his wrist monitor, which displays a very safe blue.

Aji-3 explains that when fully charged, the battery in her chest lasts for three hours. She adds that she can touch and smell, among other functions, and encourages Min-kyu to make use of her functions.

Min-kyu reviews the contract with Baek-gyun, and when the lights dim, Baek-gyun explains that they were unable to secure additional funding and couldn’t pay their electric bills. Thus they’ve been forced to use power from a nearby factory that just went bankrupt. Min-kyu calls Baek-gyun a scammer of the science world, but Baek-gyun replies that Min-kyu is a gangster in finances. Touché.

When Min-kyu asks if there’s anything else he should know about Aji-3, Baek-gyun asks Aji-3 to identify his emotion as he scowls. When she identifies anger, Baek-gyun explains that Aji-3 can read facial expressions and interpret emotions.

Baek-gyun explains that Aji-3 needs a month of intense learning to adjust to a person. Min-kyu wants her sent to his house the next day so that he can check her skills for himself before he decides on additional funding.

The CEO of KM Financial, HWANG YOO-CHUL (Kang Ki-young), is greeted warmly as he begins a meeting and asks how the contract finalization is going. Yoo-chul encourages his team to hit a home run this time, and earns a round of applause.

From his car, Min-kyu calls one of his subordinates, a team manager at KM Financial, to let him know that he’s on his way to join the meeting. The team manager notifies security and a red alert sets off a flurry of activity as the parking garage is emptied, along with the lobby and hallways, ensuring that no one is in sight when Min-kyu pulls in. He doesn’t encounter a single soul until one unfortunate man wanders out of a bathroom wearing earbuds, who quickly turns tail.

Min-kyu joins the meeting room and asks them to continue. Everyone’s mood grows noticeably tenser to have the big boss join them so suddenly. They wrap up the meeting regarding the sale of Daeyang Shipbuilding.

But then, Min-kyu raises his hand to ask, “What does Daeyang Shipbuilding’s team research?” CEO Yoo-chul clenches his jaw in dismay while his employee replies that they research shipbuilding technology. That, of course, is a far cry from Baek-gyun’s introductory video for Aji-3.

Then Min-kyu asks about Santa Maria Team’s results, and the employee replies that there have been no results so far. Thinking of Aji-3, Min-kyu says pointedly that the employee will have to take responsibility for those words.

In the company lobby, Min-kyu’s subordinate, Team Manager Jo, is approached by the head of the Social Contribution Team, who introduces himself as the brain of the company for the past twenty years.

Team Manager Jo has only been at the company a month as part of the research department, and the older man sympathizes that Jo must have it rough working under Min-kyu. He offers to help Team Manager Jo switch loyalties, explaining that the two top men in the company are friends and rivals, CEO Yoo-chul and Chairman Min-kyu.

Alone in the conference room, Yoo-chul reminds Min-kyu that Daeyang Shipbuilding is his responsibility. Min-kyu points out that he’s the chairman of the board of directors because he’s responsible for seventy percent of the company’s profits.

Yoo-chul asks Min-kyu if there’s something else he wants to say. Min-kyu says perhaps later, suggesting that they maintain the status quo till then. He leaves behind a very aggravated Yoo-chul.

Back at home, Min-kyu sends an email to a Madame X with a request for files on Daeyang Shipbuilding’s late chairman.

In a lighting workshop, Jia reacts happily when she touches a lamp and it lights up. She’s not so happy when its companion remains dark and reminds the lighting ajusshi that they must light up simultaneously using wifi, no matter where in the world the lamps are located. Jia is in the final round of a competition and if her idea wins, she’ll receive 100 million won.

The Santa Maria Team discusses their financial woes over a meal, confident that their outlook will improve with Min-kyu’s help. They decide to update everything in Aji-3, who appears with more drinks for the team. The senior technician, Hok-tal, tells her a corny joke and the others blame him for Aji-3’s weird personality.

The female technician, Pi, works on Aji-3 while her colleague, Ssan-ip, sips on his beer. She angrily reminds him that just one drop of liquid would fry Aji-3’s circuits and sends him away. So of course, a drunk Hok-tal stumbles in and lobs his empty can across the lab to the little robot… and one tiny drop lands in Aji-3’s open chest. Sparks fly everywhere.

Jia brings home a cake and is greeted by her sister-in-law, who apologizes before she escapes to a bedroom with her daughter. That’s because Jia’s angry older brother is lying in wait to scold her—he’s JO JIN-BAE, aka Team Manager Jo, and he chases Jia around the small apartment yelling that she was supposed to get a job, not start another business.

When Jia explains that she just can’t work a regular job, Jin-bae hits her with his shoe and berates her for borrowing money from his wife. Jia tries to appease him with the birthday cake, but Jin-bae angrily tosses it aside and his wife and daughter watch sadly as it crumbles onto the floor.

Jia reminds Jin-bae that their father helped him get through college to become a lawyer. With their father gone, Jin-bae is the only one Jia has. Jin-bae urges his sister to go to school or find a job and when he cautions, “Don’t take the easy way out,” Jia argues that she works very hard.

At Santa Maria Research, Pi reports that she found the part that they need but it won’t arrive for two days. Baek-gyun wants her to call Min-kyu to ask for a two-day extension, hopeful that he’ll say yes to a woman. But when Pi asks Baek-gyun if he thinks of her as a woman, he decides to call instead. Poor girl.

Baek-gyun asks Min-kyu for two days to test Aji-3, but learns that Daeyang Shipbuilding will be sold to Bold Group by then. Min-kyu has just one day to evaluate Aji-3 and make a decision about funding.

Baek-gyun searches online and learns that the owner of Bold Group is a patent hunter who would break down Aji-3 and sell off her components. Baek-gyun pulls out an old photo of Jia and gets an idea.

Surrounded by empty beer cans, Jia sits outside of a convenience store and vows to take out a loan and pay back Jin-bae. When her phone rings, she tells the caller, “I don’t need a loan,” and hangs up.

When it rings again, Jia asks for ten million won. Baek-gyun’s voice doesn’t trigger Jia’s memory, so he’s forced to tell her his name and then his nickname, Fungus Guy. When she still doesn’t remember him, Baek-gyun offers Jia the money and asks for her location.

A drunk Jia buys more beer and laughs at the nickname until she remembers who Fungus Guy is. When she looks out the window and sees Baek-gun, she tries to get away without being seen but runs right into him. Jia drops her hood and Baek-gyun stammers in horror to see that she cut her hair and that her chest is larger than Aji-3’s.

Baek-gyun quickly decides that Jia can wear a wig and bras with no padding while she struggles with his odd greeting. Jia points out that most people would ask how she’s been and so Baek-gyun rewinds a bit and comes up with, “It looks like you haven’t been doing too well.”

Jia observes that Baek-gyun hasn’t changed at all—his brain only focuses on the words that he wants to hear, making it impossible to communicate. Baek-gyun blames it on the fact that he’s a genius.

Defeated, Jia asks Baek-gyun why he found her and he explains, “To help you pay back your debt.” At Jia’s confused look, Baek-gyun explains, “You must feel bad for what you did. I’ll give you a chance to make it up to me.”

Baek-gyun presents an envelope with ten million won if Jia agrees to work for him for three hours. Jia worries that he’ll sell her organs but Baek-gyun explains that the job is something that only she can do.

Baek-gyun brings Jia to the lab where Ssan-ip and Pi gape in disbelief. Hok-tal mistakes her for the real Aji-3, and when he notices Jia’s larger bustline, he assumes that the battery puffed up and readies his drill to fix it. (This is too funny.)

Baek-gyun steps in front of Jia and explains that she’s the model for Aji-3. Hok-tal can’t believe that she’s human while Ssan-ip wonders how Jia and Baek-gyun know each other.

While Baek-gyun tries to explain their relationship, Jia wants to know what he meant by her being the model for Aji-3. The equipment in front of Aji-3 swings away, and Jia is shocked to see herself in robotic form.

Jia discusses her job offer with a girlfriend, who’s curious about how good the robot looked. The friend guesses that Baek-gyun must still have feelings for Jia and urges her to take the job and figure it out. Jia insists that she’d rather get kicked out of her house than accept the job.

But a short while later, Jia sits outside of her house while her brother and sister-in-law argue about her. She overhears Jin-bae insist that she can’t come home until she pays back her debt.

In his dressing room, Min-kyu realizes that a necklace is missing from his neck and begins to search for it. Eventually he recalls that it broke off when Jia grabbed his shirt.

Jia returns to the lab to inform Baek-gyun that he owes her the money since she served as the model for Aji-3, accepting the job. Jia emphasizes that she is not doing this because she has lingering feelings for him, and likewise, Baek-gyun clarifies that he didn’t contact her because he still cares for her either.

Jia’s phone goes unanswered as the Santa Maria Team, including little robot, BEETLE, coaches Jia on how to move and behave like Aji-3. They dress her in body armor that looks just like Aji-3’s and when Pi places a wig on Jia’s head, the transformation is complete.

 

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How to Act Like a Robot 101

 
Jia is given contact lenses that actually function as screens, and Baek-gyun hands her a wrist transmitter that will connect her to their network. Once everything is activated, Jia is connected to Aji-3, who will see and hear everything that Jia does.

Baek-gyun explains that Jia will receive instructions via text or video. When Aji-3 responds to Baek-gyun’s greeting with, “I love you, master. What can I help you with,” the text appears in Jia’s field of vision. Jia would be more impressed if she wasn’t so horrified that Baek-gyun programmed Aji-3 to tell him, “I love you.”

Baek-gyun denies that he still has feelings for Jia and explains how Aji-3 is better than her in every way. Jia argues that Aji-3 is nothing more than a doll.

When Baek-gyun has Aji-3 analyze the stock market and look up an article, the information is instantly visible to Jia. She declares that she feels like a genius, and the team beams until Jia adds that she can’t read English.

Ssan-ip and Hok-tal arrive at Min-kyu’s estate to deliver Aji-3. In the back of the van, Jia gets a call from Min-kyu, his number entered as Nasty Jerk. She assumes that he called to finally pay her and is shocked when he accuses her of taking his necklace.

Min-kyu explains that she pulled the necklace from his neck and threatens to sue Jia unless she returns it. Jia suggests that Min-kyu needs a psychiatrist and hangs up, surprised to see the many missed calls and texts from him.

Ssan-ip and Hok-tal deliver the crate safely into the house, but the team panics when Jia’s phone rings from inside the box. It’s another call from Min-kyu, and Jia threatens to call the police and hangs up.

A very frustrated Min-kyu motions for the scientists to leave after they open the crate. He approaches the crate and sees Jia inside, ready to “awaken” to greet her master.

When greeted as Aji-3, Jia opens her eyes to reply—and then jumps back in surprise at the sight of Min-kyu.

COMMENTS

I had no idea what to expect from I’m Not a Robot, so I was pleasantly surprised by the first two episodes. The performances by Yoo Seung-ho, Eom Ki-joon, and Chae Soo-bin really make this drama something special and I hope that they can sustain the energy that went into the premiere. In addition to the strong performances, the drama offers little details here and there that show that a lot of love went into this production, like the reference to E.T. plus others that I’m sure I missed.

Yoo Seung-ho brings a complexity to Min-kyu that must be seen to be appreciated. While Min-kyu is certainly immature since he has no experience interacting with people, Yoo Seung-ho imbues him with a childlike quality that is sweet, yet heartbreaking. Min-kyu has the curiosity and pettiness of someone far younger while he possesses the intelligence and drive of an adult. I just hope we get many more chances to see Yoo Seung-ho smile, because he just lights up the screen.

I think this is the first time that I’ve seen Eom Ki-joon in a comedic role and he’s so much fun. He’s just thrown himself into the role of the socially challenged Baek-gyun and his fluffy poodle hair just kills me. I can’t wait to learn exactly how he and Jia got together and what it is about her that’s been so hard to forget.

Between Jia and Aji-3, I must admit that I like Aji-3 better, and that’s not the fault of Chae Soo-bin. While Min-kyu has the excuse that he has little experience with people and Baek-gyun has trouble talking about anything other than science, Jia can’t seem to get along with anyone. She lectures Baek-gyun about his idiosyncrasies, dismisses Min-kyu without listening to him, and is a burden to her brother. I’m tired of her already but that only makes Aji-3 such a powerful counterpoint to her human model. I just know that Aji-3 will teach Jia about what a gift it is to be human and I can’t wait to see how she changes for the better.

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IT'S HERE! IT'S REALLY HERE!!
*off to read the recap*

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Why do I hate that watch already?
Smells of doom and heart break.

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You just know it’s gonna pop in at some point and give us an angsty punch. :)))))

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Ooooh, this I like! Thanks for the recap, TeriYaki!

I really like that it’s light and fun sci-fi without seeming overly campy or cheesy. I have a feeling we have the director to thank for that. The cinematography is beautiful, just like W. I’ve been so impressed with how so many K-dramas look lately. Goblin, WYWS, BTLIOF, Smart Prison Living, and now this. Very different directorial styles for all of them but they all just look so nice.

Chae Soo-bin’s character is just the right amount of fiesty without being annoying and obnoxious, but I do agree that she can't seem to get along with anyone and I'm looking forward to see how/if her "performance" as Aji-3 will change her. Yoo Seung-ho’s character is a total weirdo but he’s adorable and I love him already. Poor lonely boy!

Eom Ki-joon’s character is, well… creepy. Who makes a robot modeled after their ex-girlfriend?! Without asking them?! But I also found myself laughing--mostly at him, not with him, lol. He seems so self-confident.

I’m really looking forward to the shenanigans to come. As long as it remains zippy and fun throughout its run, I feel like I’m really going to enjoy it!

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I'm also creeped out by Hong Baek-gyun so far. I can't root for him yet as the second male lead, especially because he's up against YSH's Min Kyu.

I'm enjoying CSB so far as both the stubborn and headstrong Jo Jiah and the "obedient" Aji 3. I'm loving her interactions opposite YSH.

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Exactly, it's freaking CREEPY to put your ex-gf's face on a robot (why even make the ribot look female in the first place, a male robot could easily fit a battery pack in its chest area too). But his team is quirky and he comes across as weird more than anything else so I enjoy seeing them together.

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I'm glad there is a woman on his team. For some reason, that makes me feel less weird about them making a female robot.

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I seem to have a different take on Jia from most people here, which may have a lot to do with having seen eps.3-4: in my view she is a driven, creative person who is fighting hard to defend that identity. Jia is fundamentally misunderstood by all men in her life: both her brother and her ex- chose to see her as too-dumb-to-do-anything-right. Her time as Aji-3 will hopefully give her an opportunity to be rid of this pre-labeling, someone appreciating her for her - kind of ironically. She may not be the smartest but she seems caring and has a unique understanding of what people need... just the cure for a lonely antisocial boy.

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This show and Jugglers both had fun premieres this week. I'm hoping both will keep it up so that we can end 2017 on a drama high note. I really liked that though these characters were really cliche on paper the actors brought them to life in ways that felt fresh and fun.

I also enjoy seeing Chae Soo-Bin play a role that feels different than her others, even though by description alone it's basically the same as her Strongest Deliveryman character. Somehow because the writing/direction here was stronger she came off feeling very different and the character feels more lived in. Plus, she's given Ji-Ah little quirks and tics that make her stand separate from the robot which is really what makes her more impressive here.

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This show has had a really fun start, and I am looking forward to more. I just wonder though... Aji 3? What about Aji 1&2? Also, where do I get a Beetle for myself?

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I was actually pretty meh about the drama until the Beetle showed up. It's adorable and it gave this drama a shot of quirkyness.

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Most probably they were prototypes and one might be in the other lab.

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Now I'm going to thinking all night where's aji-1 and aji-2 😅😅😅

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AHHH I'm so excited to watch this once I get back from my trip :^^^) it sounds so good already & yoo seung-ho X chae soo-bin is such a great bonus LOL

I've watched (too) many of yoo seung-ho's melos and while he really really cries very well, will he smile more than he cries in this drama? please? :"-) boy has a vvvvv nice eye smile too

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I haven't checked this out yet, but omg Bok-joo's uncle got promoted to CEO!

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Yea, this actor always play the same role nice and quirky, he had different roles this year in WYWS he was evil killer, and here he's the typical scheming CEO, it's nice to see that, he's talented reminds of Lee Si

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lee Shi Un, they give me the same vibes * ikrr...I pressed send button by mistake without finishing his name*.

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He was also Yeok's best buddy in Seven Day Queen, lol

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I really like it! But I don't think it's a problem that Jia is clashing with people, she thinks Kim Min Kyu tried to scam her and her conflicts with her brother and ex-bf Hong Baek Gyun seem like things going on from a long time and got good reasons. (I personally love the scene where she's leaning on the sageuk palace railing and cursing KMK in sageuk-style speech haha)

Also Jis's ex-bf freaking used her face without her knowledge or permission as the face of his female robot and then starts talking about her chest size the moment they meet again..... isn't that creepy? Imagine your ex-bf doing something like that with your face..

Also this is my favourite Yoo Seung Ho role so far, he's so freaking cute and has such good chemistry with CSB as Jia. I actually like his comedic moments a lot more than his serious moments here, the scene where he tells his doctor his rashes are oval-shaped and not round .... I died lol.

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Basically yeah Jia is flawed as a character but not actually different from so many male characters we see who are also like that at the start of their dramas.

And I find this kind of character more interesting to watch than the 'bright, nice, no flaws except 'quirky' and 'clumsy/dorky' type so many kdrama heroines are. Obviously she'll change through the drama, that's what stories are for.

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The behind the scenes for INAR are so awkward because Yoo Seung Ho and Chae So Bin are so cordial and awkward with each other while Um Ki Joon and Chae So Bin are constantly hanging out and making jokes. The lack of chemistry can be seen in their interaction on screen as well. The leads just have no chemistry. The scenes are all very cute so I'm trying to buy theirr omance but its really cringey and you can tell they are acting. Its just not natural or likeable.

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I watched it also and I think there is chemistry between them. The fact that they mentioned in the interview what they think of each other, CSB saying YSH is handsome and YSH also thinks SB is cute, likable and pretty. A person who likes the other person tends to be awkward to each other so maybe that's it. I don't wanna assume they romantically like each other but the interaction and natural chemistry, I think they are still working on it and we are getting there. Their acting for me is good on this one and they fit the category

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Yoo Seung Ho says that about every actress. Watch all his previous videos. He's just polite but even I can see he is extremely distant with Chae Soo Bin. He was closer to Park Eun Bin and genuinely seemed to like her. With Kim So Hyun he was protective. Here he is neither genuine or protective just awkward. Have to agree on the no chemistry part for this pair. They should have cast someone else for the female lead like Kim Yoo Jung or Gong Seung Yoon. Chae So Bin is boring as an actress.

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idk bout fans who constantly monitor bts videos just to see how the actors interact in real life and see if there's chemistry. Should it be first if the plot appeals to your taste and if actors embodies the role and their acting also seems relatable? I cant really relate.

btw those actress you mentioned I cant see them fit acting as Aji 3 better than SB. I'm not really a fan of them even Soo Bin

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Oh lala ! KYJ would be like so much better in this role! She'd like nail it and the chemistry! BTW..the section tv interview is even more awkward! So much cringe and he sat so far from her!

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Eww! Delusional shippers!

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Did Chae Soo Bin do something wrong that we are not aware of or is that "something wrong" just "be someone who isn't KYJ or KSH and be cast opposite Yoo Seung Ho"?

I watch the drama itself to see if they have chemistry, not pick on some bts interactions for "proof" that he is awkward with her. And bts tells you nothing, The Notebook is considered one of the most romantic western movies of all time but the leads said they hated each other during filming. That's why it's called acting.

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maybe he not ready to move on from his sweet chemistry with ksh yet! he say that she is bravest, strongest and most talented actress he ever met! he is shy boy who never speaks like that but ksh is special to him and don't want to move on yet. ysh still talking about ksh during press for new drama and say she is very cool and smile so happily when he say that! during vlive he say he wants more skinship with ksh but in vlive with csb he look so uninterested in her. he maybe still miss ksh! hihihihi

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lol can fan of KSH stay away pls, KSH is not in this drama. And you really believe what ACTOR says? They train to speak for camera.

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KSH fans can't watch this show and share their thoughts? If you don't agree with somebody then it's better to ignore than to tell them to stay away. She has as much right to comment as anyone else.

@shyshy: Can we stick to this show and its discussion please? Let's not bring his past costars in the mix. :) Thanks.

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It's clear from some of these comments constantly bringing up YSH past costars and other actresses, that some people are unable or unwilling to look at this drama on its own merits and instead evaluate it according to their preconceived opinions.

I doubt @C meant that no fan of KSH should watch this (I'm a fan of her since I Hear Your Voice) but like you said, maybe don't keep bringing past costars into this, it adds no value to the discussion.

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@teacakes That's their right. They can evaluate and judge on any merit they want. Comparisons are a given in this industry. It's upto us to ignore what we don't agree with. Getting into arguments with anyone who has an opposite view will just ruin our mood.

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I call delusion shippers. They watch to see/to bash the new one to prove that the OTP is the one and only.

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@TheLove4Dramas - of course they can evaluate on any merit they like, but it's increasingly looking like "not being Kim So Hyun or Kim Yoo Jung or the commenter's bias actress" is being treated as a demerit against Chae Soo Bin. Just pointing that out.

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@C Not all shippers are delusional. Perhaps don't jump to conclusion and resort to name calling. It does not hurt us to be the better person.

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@teacakes And does that opinion change anything or take away anything from the show or the actress or the characters? CSB is still the lead, no matter what anyone wants or says. Be happy with that and let them have their opinion.

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Yoo Seung Ho is adorable in this!! ❤❤ I just needed him in a rom-com and he does not disappoint!! I was nodding along with Jia when she said he's so handsome! *he is* 😍

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HE IS SO HANDSOME *sorry for screaming 😅* 😍

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Don't be!! HE IS THOUGH!!!
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Love this show to bits 😘😘😘😘

I knew from the teaser that this would be funny but I didn't expect it to be this hilarious. 😅

I didn't hate Ji-ah's character but you're right, she has a thing or two to learn and hopefully she'll see it the more she spends time with Min-kyu 😘😆

Also I can't take Eom Ki-joon seriously with the poodle hair LOL

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I don't find ex-bf using her face creepy, the guy liked her, he seems like he doesn't have experience in dating or she's the only woman he's ever knew so he doesn't have the imagination to think of other faces.
Rather than creepy he should've let her know he's using her face, offer a compensation for using her face.

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One thing I haven’t seen mentioned that I think is worth noting is the well- implemented music. Perhaps it’s because I’m a musician that made it stand out to me, but I thought the soundtrack really sparkled and elevated the climactic scenes. It seems like the background music is going to play a significant role in the identity of this drama like it did in W, and it’s that sort of detail that gives a drama an irrestibile appeal.

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thank gosh someone mention this. I was gonna forget the feels of the music background becoz of the eye candy scenes but yes ... it definitely played a big role in this drama. The introduction of Aji 3 bg music got me to a wow moment feels and the little details played really appeal to me as well

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yeah, I also loved the use of backggroundmusic and OSTs here, there gave the moments the needed background emotions accompanied with the actors perfromance!!

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I think it's interesting how each recapper on this site has their own writing style. I started reading the recap without looking at the byline and realized this person's style is one I'm not familiar with. Turns out I've never read any of the shows Teriyaki has recapped. It's nice to meet you Teriyaki.
On to the show, I agree about Ji-a being a little off-putting. At first, I was worried that this character would be like her character in Strongest Deliveryman and her character was one of the reasons I could never stick to that show, but I'm glad that they're not the same even if they're both headstrong women.

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I've only been watching kdramas for five months so it's a treat to recognize actors from previous dramas. Min-kyu's doctor is played by Eom Hyo-seop, "Heo Jun" from Live Up To Your Name! Please pass along my love to Kim Nam-gil. *sigh*

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hahaha aww that is really fun!
Cameos are the best.

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Show seems awfully focused on the robo-bust.

Why do specialty designer diseases only happen to rich people?

And why did his many amusements in the early sequence not involve remote contact with humans? There are lots of ways to interact enjoyably with people without face-to-face contact. Like Dramabeans.

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Pretty sure this is not the last time that robo-bust is gonna be mentioned, heeheehee. Why am I strangely so amused by it?

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I'm pretty sure his disease is psychosomatic - he's been hurt so bad by fellow humans (aka CEO's daddy) that he hates/mistrusts everyone. he does *not* want to interact with humans and his disease gives him the excuse.

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I can already see this drama being overhyped by international fans like Liar and His Lover which was so bad and now Lee Hyun Woo is officially considered a failure in Korea. The show is not believable and the characters are just unlikable and unrealistic. The leads have no chemistry and the villain is ridiculous. Mess all around.

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Didn't know Lee Hyun Woo is considered a failure in Korea 😯 I am assuming you live in there, so may I ask what Koreans think about Lee Hyun Woo specifically? And what is the reason for I Am Not A Robot's low ratings?

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People can't love what they love anymore? If we want to enjoy and "overhype" I Am Not A Robot and Yoo Seung-ho's awesome chemistry with Chae Soo-bin like we loved Lee Hyun-woo and Joy and everything else about The Liar and His Lover, why can't we do that? I don't understand.

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^This 👍👌

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It's a matter of personal taste, if you find it not worth it others are enjoying it, it's well acted by good actors who had many dramas under their belt, and the robot concept is new in dramaland, plus it's cute and light, it doesn't have to be realistic, as for me i have enough realistic real life, i done want to watch it in a drama too.
It's not wrong to hype a show if you enjoy it, and we still in the first week of its run, we don't know what the plot has in store yet.

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Ok, commenter-god-nim, how dare we lowly beanies like a show that you don't like!

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What is this lack of chemistry thing that I keep seeing people talk about? It seems like releasing BTS scenes is a double-edged sword these a days... People keep bringing up how awkward actors look BTS and trash the "chemistry"... but I don't see bad chemistry in the episodes, and perhaps that speaks volumes of their acting ability.

Also, just let us love what we want to love. Dramabeans is an international site after all.

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Honestly, I didn't see any bts footage of this drama but what is actually in the episodes is great, Yoo Seung Ho and Chae Soo Bin don't lack chemistry at all.

Obviously there's no romance at this moment but I look forward to seeing their characters together on the screen, that's my test of whether they have chemistry, not whether they are both famous or got deep kisses or look lovey-dovey right from the first week.

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I am not sure of your age but will comment on your logic.

1) "I can already see..." - this presupposes a state that hasn't happened yet.
2) "like Liar and His Lover which was so bad" - disguising conclusion as argument. You haven't made any case that the show LaHL, was bad. (I didn't watch it so have no opinion). To relate this show (INAR) with a second show (LaHL) and further to a assertion ("was so bad") about that second show, is an incorrect use of logical association.
3) "and now Lee Hyun Woo is officially considered a failure in Korea" - you've compounded your logic mistakes by further associating another assertion with the previous assertion.
4) On top of that the final assertion "officially considered a failure in Korea" is way too broad and is bombastic (another argumentation failure, by the way). It is doubtful that even a small percentage of "Koreans" know who Lee Hyun Woo is much less have an opinion on his "failure". All the terms in quotes are also ill-defined by the way, another failure in argumentation.

The rest of your statements are personal opinions and stand on their own. No logical flaw there.

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I read your comment in Lee Jong Suk's voice lol! This year had too many good prosecuters in dramaland and your points are just 👌🏼

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I'm on a trip, and this comment makes me happy I downloaded WYWS to watch here!

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This is an analysis worthy of Aji-3 herself lol

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Everybody is entittled to their opinion, it is indeed interesting how some shows are successful with international fans and just average in korea.
I agree with you The Liar and His Lover was terrible. I could not stand the terrible acting. It was my first time seeing Joy, (I dont follow K pop and hadnt heard of her before) and did not enjoy her performance at all. Dropped it.
Then again, BTLIOF was super popular among international fans and I loved every single bit of this show.
Havent checked this one yet, waiting to marathon it 😊

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Why do you care so much about what other people like and think about a show? I've never understood this. I can understand getting frustrated when a show you like doesn't get good ratings because it can affect the production and possibly the types of dramas being produced in the future. It's also perfectly understandable to express critical opinions of shows--that's what we do here at DB.

However, beyond that, why do people care so much about what other people like to the point of being condescending about it? Just let people enjoy what they enjoy.

This show is light and fun and made me smile and I'm not going to be ashamed for enjoying it. I got plenty of realism and intense, deep discussion when watching BTLIOF and while currently watching Smart Prison Living. Sometimes I want a show that lets my brain take a break.

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Yes because kdramas are so renowned for being believable....

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This is the Yoo Seung Ho I wanted to see on screen for a LONG TIME! He can say 'I can't date, can't get married' in a comedic tone and still make us feel deep despair for him. Love every second of his presence.

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Me too, I love him in this role so much. Especially when he tried to make out with the pillow. 😂😂😂😂

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😂 He was so into it! LOL.

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I agree with you @playstore - He is a beautiful young man and when he smiles the screen just glows.
Chae Soo-bin is also just a beautiful person to look at. I'm enjoying the anger and bickering between them.
About all the comments above - for some reason people are annoyed at what they see as 'lack of chemistry' - I see it as the beginning of the show and they are probably just starting to work together as actors and also they aren't supposed to have any chemistry!
They are supposed to bicker and be nasty to each other! The chemistry will come later.
I was totally charmed by the first 4 episodes and plan on enjoying this light and fluffy rom-com. It beats the hell of out real life right now!
just my 2 cents...

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Now if they had "We're deeply in love, let's date" sort of chemistry in episode 3 it would have been utterly weird. I am extremely entertained by the drama. As you said, They are SUPPOSED to bicker and be nasty and that is really fun to watch :)

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absolutely - this is why I watch these dramas - I love seeing childish adults bicker and then slowly fall for each other. That is why they are so fun!

let the chemistry build, simmer and finally explode when it's supposed to!

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"the screen just glow.."
only yoo seung ho can do that to me in each of his drama, even he's not my ultimate oppa (im sorry haejin-ssi) T.T

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I've found it, i've found my crack drama for this season... After a long time I got this feeling while watching just the intro episodes of a drama. If Yoo Seung-ho continues to be this adorable, cutie-with-an-air that hints at sadness, I'm gonna stick with this one through to the end. Please drama Gods be kind and let this one have a smooth ride just like BTLIOF!

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I don't know about that assessment of Jia... She doesn't get along with her ex-boyfriend or the guy she thinks ripped her off or her brother who doesn't support her entrepreneurial aspirations, that's true. She's rash and a little ignorant and can be very abrasive, yes, but she's also very human. She gets along fine with her sister-in-law, her niece, her friend, and the other people in line for figurines - including the school girl who had to go to the washroom in the beginning - so she's not a total venom-spitting porcupine.

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Yeah, she's kind and considerate to people she doesn't have pre-existing conflicts with or she doesn't think are trying to rip her off.

The very first scene of hers is offering to hold that young girl's place in the line so she can go to the bathroom, I don't know how we go from there to concluding she's totally unlikeable.

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I agree with you. I actually really dislike her brother ,who cant even listen for one second.

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Mostly positive things in these episodes.

1) Enjoying that they're actually giving JJA some character and apparently giving her some strengths and flaws.

2) It's started on light, fast and comedic tones and didn't try to mix in dark plot elements. The drama went fairly straight into the story without spending boatloads of time going into back plot elements and character setup. Expect that the company maneuverings will play a big role in the drama later.

3) Acting is on point. I don't have any problems immersing myself into the characters and motivation.

I doubt it will go there but it would be nice if they actually had KMK develop a connection with Aji3's AI "consciousness" as well as JJA. This would be "deep sci-fi" territory though to explore the nature of human affection and artificial consciousness.

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Ok... I'm sure we all have the same question on our minds, but since it would be a "spoiler", I'm just going to say "I hope we get a pretty decent explanation for his allergy" and leave it at that.

I'm thinking that this show could be the perfect little bit of fluff, with the right amount of emotional scenes to make me feel satisfied. There's nothing I like more than seeing someone who's cold and a little weird fall for someone they've proclaimed to dislike from the start.

What's even better is that we can sense undercurrents of Min-kyu being actually very lonely - which is probably the reason why he's even entertaining the idea of a humanoid robot at all. He wants someone around him who can be his friend, and who can touch him without fear that he will die. And that's such a heartbreaking situation to be in.

I'm slightly tickled by the fact that the robot is called Aji and the heroine is Ji-ah. I didn't pick that up from the trailers.

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Thanks for the recap, Teriyaki! This was the only drama I checked out in this batch and I found it cute and funny. Yoo seung ho character's loneliness was so palpable, I wanted to give him a hug.

I liked jia as well, she is trying hard to achieve her dreams and stand on her own, so when someone refuses to pay money for the work she did, I think it's ok to be pissed off. And chae soo bin is really good as aji 3 as well as jia. In the last scene, I could tell it was a human trying to be robot whereas as aji 3, she felt like a robot.

But, on the other hand, I didn't really like her brother. It's ok to scold her and tell her to be responsible. But, I felt like it was mean of him to throw the cake away. It's like he only sees the outside of her life and assumes she has it easy and does nothing. But, getting a job and doing something you don't like is easier compared to chasing after your dreams even when repeatedly faced with failure.

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I feel like Jia and her brother suffer from conflicting points of view. She sees him as blind to his own privilege because he got help from their father to get the education that led to him getting a good job but she didn't get the same so she's struggling and he doesn't consider her situation. Meanwhile he only sees her failed businesses and thinks she's just idling and wasting time.

I feel like they both care for each other but they just need to reconcile their conflict, it's not that they hate each other, they're just hurt.

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As much as I'm pissed with Jin-bae, I think that's the sad reality of family. We always show our worst side/attitude to them because we know that they'll always put up with our nastiness no matter what.

I also have to agree with Teacakes beanie here. Jia and Jin-bae are not on the same page when it comes to handling life's challenges.

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Just reading the recap makes me bored. What a snooze fest of a drama. Romcoms these days get worse and worse. Was going to watch this for UKJ but can see they are already running his character. The leads look super boring. *snore*

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Realistically speaking what future does CSB really have in Korea. When they already have power house actresses like the Three Kims taking on adult roles now and then the likes of NJH and PEB who have so much acting experience and pretty but talented ones like KJW and GSY who have been breakout stars from the get go without needing to do 3 dramas in a year. Even if we talk about pure acting CSB is really bland when compared to all these actresses. Even here here acting is basically a combination of Strongest Delivery Man and Sassy Go Go. She has no nuance or varience or star power. She's just been lucky most of the big stars have stayed away from TV this year so a rookie like her got a chance but it's not going to be so easy next year.

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Everyone of us in the comment section have nothing but good about her acting here and here you come and leave a bad taste in our mouths by criticizing her for her star power? comparing her to 3 Kims and what not, everything but her acting. If you want to criticize her please do with her acting because this drama has enough star power in the name of YSH.

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I did criticize her acting. I said it was a copy paste of her previous dramas. Read the comment properly. Why can't I compare her to people I think are better. Its a fact anyways. They'll always be the superior actresses who can distinguish their roles. Why do I have to jump blindly on the CSB brigade just because some people consider her an underdog who needs constant babying and support. Don't over promote her. She's really not even that good just average. As a fan of YSH it hurts to see him act with a mediocre actress like her.

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YSH did act with your superior actress KSH and the output wasn't so good. Their chemistry was non-existent and the drama wasn't a hit. If this drama didn't have such low ratings I'm pretty sure there wouldn't be anyone calling CSB mediocre because that's what happens with every low rated drama. People just blame the failure of the ratings on the actors which is unfair. There has been so many dramas with big stars with low ratings and no name stars in successful projects, so there's no correlation. I knew from the beginning people would happily put the blame on CSB if the drama failed. Also,fyi there isn't a CSB brigade here because a lot people are legitimately enjoying her acting here

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The chemistry wasn't good. Did you even see the comments from Koreans raving about the chemistry and how YSH KSH is what saved the drama. It was a historical drama in which the two had only 1.5 hours of scenes together in the whole 20 hour drama. They did perfect on chemistry and only DB users were complaining. Every other streaming site was raving about their chemistry. YSH and KSH themselves said they were surprised by how much love their chemistry received. Which drama in the second half of 2017 has had better ratings than Ruler. Overall it is still the 4th highest rated drama this year and has better ratings than even Saimdang and Sassy Girl which had so much media play. YSH did well in all his previous drama with superior actresses like KSH and PMY.

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I liked Chae Soobin in Bluebird's House, my first time seeing her. I liked her also in Sassy Go Go and I think she wasn't bad in Rebel (though I haven't finished the show). And I think she is slaying it in Robot, especially as Aji-3. Also, all those roles seem to be quite different to me.

And what's wrong on working hard? This is a critisism I will never get...

Anyway, I wish Chae Soobin all the best and hope to see her on my screen also next year!!!

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Another she is not famous enough for my oppa.

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Bingo. aka "how dare this nobody rookie actress be getting lead roles with oppa!"

When people start out with that pov, they will twist anything to fit the narrative of her not being good enough.

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You have a right to your own opinions about Chae Soo Bin's acting, of course.

But it's really too bad that Naver comments about her acting are positive (too bad I can read Korean) or that she also got good reviews in a historical drama earlier this year (Rebel) that got better ratings and reviews than My Sassy Girl and Saimdang and some much hyped Hallyu star dramas, but I suppose you can find some way to discredit her for that too.

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I haven't been blown away by CSB's acting so far but I am hoping this show will change that. She has been a pretty average actress but this show is just starting. Give her some time? :)

@kimkim Every actor/actress gets criticised. Why so sensitive? Also Ruler was a hit and not a flop. YSH-KSH' chemistry was raved about by every site but DB. :)

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On the offset I’m really glad that we finally have a recap for this show. I throughly enjoyed both the episodes and so far I like ALL the characters.

Everyone has a right to their opinion so I’m just going to state mine with respect to Jia. I really don’t see anything wrong with her character. Any situation where she acted out she was clearly provoked. With Minkyu she just wanted her commission after staying at the place to get his action figure for what seemed like a very cold night. He didn’t pay her for her hard work and I cannot fault her for being annoyed. I’m definitely not going to be happy about not getting paid for doing my job. As far as Baek-gyun, again I would be super creeped out if my ex made a robot in my likeness and gave her a form of my name. Also she is trying to earn money she isn’t just mooching of her brother sitting at home doing nothing.

Jia also has a very close relationship with her sister in law and niece and even with the lights guy. I thinks it’s unfair to say she doesn’t get along with everybody. Especially in the next episode we really see her humanity to come through. I definitely prefer Jia over the robot. But then again that’s my opinion

I think Chae Soo-bin is doing a fantastic job and you can really see a difference between aji3 and jia. And of course Seung-ho, god, that man can kill me with just his eyes. The cinematography is also really lovely especially in the lights shop and again when minkyu is staring at himself in the room of mirrors. I’m enjoying the drama a lot so far and can not wait for the next episodes.

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*slow claps*

I agree with everything you just said. I thought all her reactions were normal given the situation. And I swear in episode 2 (3-4) I wanted to slap her brother so hard for being so mean.

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thanks for writing what I'm thinking. Way too much bashing on the actress here and ignoring the fact this is a light rom-com and it has just started. Give it a few episodes and see if the show tanks or the actors don't deliver. And pray to god it doesn't go downhill or sideways like some other dramas have done: **cough CITT, or Strong Woman cough**

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I think my favourite thing is Chae Soobin as Aji-3 🙂

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She really knocks it out of the park portraying an A.I. The difference she imbues between the real person and a machine Aju-3 is great.

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I decided to start this drama just because I needed something light and fluffy to take my mind (and obsession) over the Mad Dog couple. And that's exactly what I've got so far...with an added bit of tension for set up purposes. I really like Jia to be honest, more than Min Kyu weirdly. I know he has some human interaction problem but he's still kind of a jerk. A loveable one but still. I was completely thrown off by the brother who I just wanted to punch in the face for throwing the cake. NO ONE MESSES WITH CAKE!! Love the Santa Maria team...they're so weird. And of course the little robot was my favourite. Also I couldn't take Yoo Cheol seriously because the last time I saw Kang Ki Young was when he was in Let's Fight Ghost and he was such a comic relief. I hope there won't be too much tension between the bromance.

Side note...did Baek Gyun name the robot Aji just by switching Jia's name around? 지아 Ji-A to 아지 A-ji? The show seems to romanticising the fact that he made a robot out of his ex but in fact, it's actually super weird.

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Weird and creepy. :/

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Something special indeed! I found this a real tonic and I have high hopes for future episodes. AI and robotics is progressing very quickly in Japan and I really believe Aji-3 will very soon be a reality (I 'd have her in a heartbeat) so much more compelling than a self-driving car (even a Volvo).

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Ummmm.....I don't know how to feel about this drama. The only thing I like about it is seung-ho and his character but everything else is bad. Ki-joon is just very creepy but props to his acting I guess. Soo-bin is starting to give a samey samey feel again. It's seo hyun-jin in temperature of love who played oh hae young 3.0. Feels the same for soo-bin only worse because she doesn't have the aura to carry it off. Maybe next week will be better? Can it be worse.

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I didn't want to watch this drama, but my curiosity was stronger. I was also impressed that it looks so real...

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This show is just sooo cute..😍
My favorite character is the emotional robot😂😂

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I was waiting for this!! Thank you TeriYaki!! ^__^

"Yoo Seung-ho brings a complexity to Min-kyu that must be seen to be appreciated. While Min-kyu is certainly immature since he has no experience interacting with people, Yoo Seung-ho imbues him with a childlike quality that is sweet, yet heartbreaking. Min-kyu has the curiosity and pettiness of someone far younger while he possesses the intelligence and drive of an adult. I just hope we get many more chances to see Yoo Seung-ho smile, because he just lights up the screen." this!! and Choi Soo Bin did a great job making Aji 3 a believable android robot in contrast of Jo Ji Ah who failing mesirably still managed to impress Min Kyu and I can see how he's enjoying her presence more than he would even feel around the real Aji 3!! sooooooo cute and fun!! can't wait for next episodes!!

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That ET touch *giggles* strangely it reminded me of the one in "My love from the star". Ha Min-joon and yoo-jae. Now seeing min-kyu and aji-3 it really is funny 😝

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Me too!

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Loved the episode. Seung-Ho as usual is effing awesome, the best thing in this show. The second hero somewhat creeps me out, he made a Robot likeliness with his ex's face and programmed her to say "I Love you, MASTER". *shudders* Like you said Jia is somewhat annoying but I love Aji3. So far CSB is doing a fine job although she has yet to bowl me with her performance.

What exactly is the point of that light? Why does she think it will win? What if the other person who has the light does not have Wifi?

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I must say the product placements are creative with this one. The vacuum gets a birthday party and san-d-wich becomes the password, complete with a flashback to a break up scene at Quiznos.

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This drama is so much fun until they show makjang factors in ep 4.

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its an interesting concept but I find the male lead kind of repulsive and annoying

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I hope she is made to sing and dance IU's good day. Anyone?
And oooh. I just realized her laywer brother is the employee that works for our handsome main guy but is quite tipping to the dark side? This is gonna be complicated.

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I need to remember to never read the comments under the first few recaps, they're always full of salty people, holy shit.
I'm having a dramatically different reaction to Aji and Jia - I think it's Jia who's going to teach the male leads to appreciate human imperfections cause that's the basis of empathy and therefore our society. Would be great to throw a lesson about how emotional intelligence (EQ) is as important as IQ.

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what fault do you find in Ji-a? She doesnt get along? People are aggressive to her, poke her with sticks, never believe in her, throw her cakes on the floor, put her down in every way, do creepy things like model a robot after her - she should like them, why exactly? why is that a must that you must like people?... I think she is a good person. she is trying to invent things for the good of these stupid selfish people. she is "programmed" to help even more than the robot. it is her natural instinct.
I also think "I am not a robot" means people do have a personality and moods and attitude of their own, and they also don´t have to take all the bullshit that life throws their way with a happy smile. They have a right to react. we are not living Pleasantville.

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I actually agree with you here -- but to be fair to the recapper, most of the development you mention took place in the second (or 3-4) episode. I could see how if you just took Jia at face value based on this episode(s) she could seem abrasive. (She didn't to me, for the record.) This first outing was mainly things happening to Jia and her reactions to them.

The development and background for her doesn't come until after this. Granted, her reactions all seem warranted to me. I mean, as you pointed out, all these men do really shitty things to her and I think she's totally entitled to react the way she does. I would.

I also love that you pointed out that double meaning to the show title! I agree that people have to be given room to react and treat bad situations as they are, and not plaster over them with a fake smile. I also think that is part of the lesson that the male lead is gonna have to learn too -- that people are not robots who can just respond to his every whim. He can't keep expecting people to treat him with (literal and figurative) kid gloves just because he's different.

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slow clap for that last part! Aji3 has nothing on the real deal, as shown in ep2.

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Questions: What's the difference between CEO and Chairman? Who has more power? What exactly is Min-kyu's role for the company?

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Yeah. I'm don't understand too. At first, I thought Minkyu is the chairman.

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From what my stock knowledge tells me, a CEO is still under the board of directors, which is headed by the Chairman. The board has the power to elect and depose a CEO. I believe Kim Minkyu is a stockholder, owner of 70% of the company, meaning he is the biggest influence in its management.

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Thanks, that helped. Sheesh, I never had to understand this kind of hierarchy before.

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The Chairman is the spokesperson for the board which is responsible for how the company is run: policy. The CEO is the de facto head (manager) responsible for how the company is run to the board. He/She is recruited by them and can be fired by them. The board is ansewable to the companies shareholders.

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Im so excited to see Yoo Seung Ho back on my screen!! I've missed him since Ruler *bites knuckle at bad memories*. I really hope the writers are awesomely smarter than the ones from Ruler (sorry all) and I'm already seeing proof of that in this. Though I will miss his luxuriously long hair, I am ready to jump into She's Not A Robot?! and have some laughs (still can't believe it's his first comedy... he's a natural...).

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I marvel at the range of characters he can play: prince, king, assassin, murderer, lawyer; good, evil, conflicted; righteous, insane, mysterious, emotional, etc. I haven't been in Kdrama waters for long, but I've seen YSH in a bunch of stuff already and so far he's the only actor I've really stuck with. I'm hoping this drama is gonna be worth the watch. While YSH is good enough reason to start, the storyline should be a good reason to finish.

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I was missing so much the supernatural aura/feel of those kind of dramas, it's really refreshing to see this again great job so far, this drama looks so promising!

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Aha.. now I notice! You 're saying so because that dress is almost similar to the one IU wore for Good day right?
The dress in that time-macine/clock-repair song looks similar too.(can't remember the song title)

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I really liked CSB as an actress regardless of how people stated that she looked pretty average as compared to previous YSH's partner. She is nevertheless one of the most comfortable looking actress presented and perhaps almost compatible with all the actors she's partnered up with. I enjoyed this series and hope she'll be big someday! :)

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I find CSB adorable. She has a very cutesy face that reminds me of a doll so playing a robot is perfect. It's pretty neat to be able to see her acting as a robot one minute then as a human being the next. (I've seen the next episodes.) You can see the difference so I like her acting too. If she's portraying it too roughly then it's the writing but I still feel the warmth coming from her.

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Would this drama finally be the one to cure my Kdrama slump?

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I like it! I like it!! I like it!!!

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Does anyone know how to find out where we can get a similar red backpack/purse like the one she has in episode 1?

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