32 episodes - Wed, Thu 22:00 (2x35min)
The story of a man with allergies to people who then falls in love with a robot. Throw in a twist: the robot is actually an actress doing a gig for money. What will happen?
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "I'm Not a Robot" Episodes 31-32 (Final) 2018/01/25
The production team is clearly padding for time, as the final episodes of "I'm Not a Robot" bring up some very weak last-minute conflicts solely so that the characters can demonstrate more minimal effort to solve them. Min-gyoo abruptly turns around from permanenently hating Yoo-cheol to just sort of idly forgiving him, which Yoo-cheol gladly accepts. Once more it's hard to take Yoo-cheol credibly as a villain, when it never seemed like he wanted to be fighting Min-gyoo in the first place,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "I'm Not a Robot" Episodes 29-30 2018/01/24
The villainous storyline ends up being even more anticlimactic than I was expecting. Rather than our main characters saying or doing anything to prevent AZ3 from being taken by the evil English-speaking tycoons, a random character pops up and simply tells Min-gyoo that these guys are actually international criminals, immediately giving Min-gyoo the necessary leverage to cancel the deal. Do-won's plan to take over the company never made that much sense and the revelation that his business partners are literal crooks only makes him look even more stupid in retrospect,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "I'm Not a Robot" Episodes 27-28 2018/01/18
Min-gyoo and Ji-ah just have a big romantic heart to heart explaining exactly everything that happened back when Ji-ah was pretending to be AZ3 and why. The sting of the drama's more illogical plot points is taken out a lot when we have Min-gyoo realizing just how stupid he was for not noticing the inconsistencies sooner. And it's just as sweet that Ji-ah is constantly moving to reassure Min-gyoo that no, he is not stupid, and she never thought of him as a mark,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "I'm Not a Robot" Episodes 25-26 2018/01/17
Min-gyoo's relapse proves to be inevitably depressing. Even after the initial shock subsides and Min-gyoo's physical condition stabilizes, further revelations about the sheer extent of Baek-gyoon's fraud only make Min-gyoo more and more cantankerous. However nice Baek-gyoon tries to be here it's hard to see him as anything but the villain here. Especially since the drama's actual villain, Yoo-cheol, is nowhere to be found,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "I'm Not a Robot" Episodes 23-24 2018/01/11
The bulk of episode twenty-three is actually exactly what I was hoping for when it came to a reunion with Min-gyoo and Ji-ah. Sure, the whole situation is explicitly comically contrived, but it gets them talking. And the more Min-gyoo talks, the more obvious it is that he's a lonely socially isolated man who has no idea how ridiculous he sounds discussing AZ3 with excessive childish enthusiasm. Min-gyoo really needed this - a chance to talk about AZ3 with a stranger. That really was all he wanted,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "I'm Not a Robot" Episodes 21-22 2018/01/10
So having appeared briefly in a few inconsequential scenes, Ri-el simply drops away from Min-gyoo's life disinterestedly, much like how she re-entered it. While I appreciate "I'm Not a Robot" simply abandoning a subplot it obviously had no interest in developing in the first place, the drama then makes the bad decision to focus on the two aspects of the story I liked even less than Ri-el. There's the attempt by malicious forces to steal AZ3, and everyone continuing to deceive Min-gyoo,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "I'm Not a Robot" Episodes 19-20 2018/01/04
The resolution to the whole elaborate deception storyline wraps up a lot faster than I was expecting. Before even episode nineteen has finished Min-gyoo and Ji-ah have already said their goodbyes, and episode twenty largely consists of them vigorously making a new start of their lives. Deep down inside Min-gyoo and Ji-ah are still quite lonely though, having become more attached to the master robot relationship than they had ever expected,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "I'm Not a Robot" Episodes 17-18 2018/01/03
In very short order "I'm Not a Robot" has gone from cute and charming, if ethically ill-conceived, to straight-up depressing. At one point a minor character is murdered out of nowhere, and the other characters respond by shambling listlessly. There's no longer any joy in the interactions bewteen Min-gyoo and Ji-ah. Their reunion at the end has an amazingly dour tone- they're going through the motions to try and recreate happiness that no longer exists and never can,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "I'm Not A Robot" Episodes 15-16 2017/12/28
Seon-hye (played by Lee Min-ji-I) is Min-gyoo's kissing coach. Also she's Ji-ah's best friend. I'd completely forgotten about that part because Seon-hye has been so prominent in the kissing coach role she hadn't been talking to Ji-ah very much lately. I bet Seon-hye's not even a real kissing coach, everyone is just pretending like she is because Baek-gyoon can't risk bringing someone they can't trust into the conspiracy, even if they have to take Ji-ah's word for it that Seon-hye is on the level,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "I'm Not a Robot" Episodes 13-14 2017/12/27
I had forgotten, until Min-gyoo decided to research the subject, that AZ3 "learns" how to mimic human behavior by watching movies, as well as the nerdy scientist team. This is an obviously ridiculous design feature to the point that it breaks the willing suspension of disbelief. And I'm not referring to myself. Min-gyoo is the one who starts to feel increasing doubt about the entire AZ3 project. That Baek-gyoon's team has decided to let their guard down now all of all times does not help matters,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "I'm Not a Robot" Episodes 11-12 2017/12/21
Obviously sincere though Min-gyoo's efforts may be toward trying to make up with Baek-gyoon's team so that he can hold on to the medical miracle that is AZ3, he still constantly fails basic social tasks. Note how Min-gyoo can't remember the names of any of Baek-gyoo's assistants. Which is fine, really, I can't remember them either. Actually I'm pretty sure we've only ever heard them referred to by ridiculous-sounding nicknames, further mitigating the severity of Min-gyoo's failure,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "I'm Not a Robot" Episodes 9-10 2017/12/20
So upon further consideration I really don't like Ri-el. Granted, Ri-iel doesn't have much more screentime here than she did last time, but I see now that this is more a factor of her personality than it is the screenwriting. Ri-el is just a very curt, unsentimental person by nature. After what happened last time she saw Min-gyoo, I'm a little dumbfounded that the first words out of her mouth here weren't hey, are you OK, because last time we met you looked like you were about to die,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "I'm Not a Robot" Episodes 7-8 2017/12/14
Ri-el (played by Hwang Seung-eon) is Min-gyoo's childhood friend and presumed alternate love interest. She has very little screentime. Her only new scene is suspiciously cut short right before she's about to say something important. So Ri-el's main contribution to the story so far is that she provokes one of Min-gyoo's attacks, which leads him into flashback mode detailing his generally horrible backstory that explains, among other things, where Min-gyoo's psychomatic skin condition comes from,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "I'm Not a Robot" Episodes 5-6 2017/12/13
We still have so few characters that most of the jokes are just a variation on how Min-gyoo is too dumb to realize that Ji-ah is not a robot. Honestly, I'm surprised that I haven't gotten completely sick of that yet. Maybe it's just the way Yoo Seung-ho plays Min-gyoo so sincerely, his stupidity is actually mostly pretty believable. The things Min-gyoo believes a robot can do are just so ridiculously inconsistent, yet we can see in his warped mind that there is a consistent logic to his assumptions,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "I'm Not a Robot" Episodes 3-4 2017/12/07
So it turns out that Ji-ah is really into worthless novelties. Now don't get me wrong her older brother Jin-bae (played by Seo Dong-won) is a complete jerk and his actions are nowhere near as well justified as he seems to think they are. But there's an obvious irony to this. Ji-ah's entire life revolves around obscure useless junk and now, Ji-ah herself has become an obscure useless piece of junk, both metaphorically and literally, as the original model for and now imitated version of AZ3,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Knights, Multitaskers and Goodbyes 2017/12/02
We are officially in Christmas month and this means that we can consider everything a present and feel so very coddled. Today I look at the lovely selection of diverse dramas coming out next week and share new goodies from dramas we will be seeing shortly. I am ready for my drama presents and I hope we get a lot of good shows,...More
[Photos + Video] Round of Posters, Teaser, and Cast Goodies Released for "I'm Not a Robot" 2017/11/30, Source
How much fun are the promotions for this? At first I was a bit skeptical about the premise, but with these fantastical teasers and the fun new posters, I'm started to get psyched. This most recent teaser has Yoo Seung-ho and the team of brains (er, scientists) battling over different modes on the "robot" Chae Soo-bin who ends up getting fed up with it all and yelling. Tells me there might be a few difficult personalities to contend with, which will be oh-so-much-fun. Bring on a fake robot, a man with a woman allergy, and a crazy Uhm Ki-joon crazy professor,...More
[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Not-A-Robot Chae Soo-Bin Reporting for Duty 2017/11/21 "I'm Not a Robot" certainly has a unique appeal and today we get to meet the titular not-a-robot in her synthetic-wannabe form. MBC has released stills of actress Chae Soo-bin in her gynoid form, colored contact lenses and all. Perhaps the scientist's concept is the eventual forming of a girl band.
The heroine is someone who ends up with a part time job pretending to be a robot and her beau is a man with a "human allergy" who falls in love with her,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Juggling Work and Romance 2017/11/18
Love is in their air and so is the bickering that comes with it, as "Jugglers" makes some giggle-worthy and endearingly embarrassing first impressions. Where would Dramaland be without its mixed genres lately, however. Today I take a little look at dramas about to premiere and offer the usual goodies. I also have some very exciting and fun news for those who enjoy the weekly ramblings of yours truly,...More
[Orion's Drama News] You've Got Male 2017/11/11
Dramaland's love for all manner of plots involving law enforcement is quite obvious, but boy do we have a lot of goodies about detectives, real and fake, this week. Crime and punishment is very manly lately and today I take a look at some upcoming naughty boys once more. We also have the releases of first teasers for many new dramas. Things are looking quite promising for the upcoming months,...More
[Orion's Drama News] New Dramas Galore 2017/10/07
Chuseok is always a slow news season, but Dramaland never remains quiet for long. The past week has been packed with news despite the holidays and the week ahead marks the premiere of many dramas. Today I talk about my personal picks and provide you with goodies from the fine selection of said dramas, which cover all manner of taste,...More
[Orion's Drama News] Autumn Casting Galore 2017/08/12
The summer is ending and it is back to business for everyone. This includes the casting directors of Dramaland, who are having a field day lately. There is so much to share about upcoming drama casting and promotional material, so get ready for a special news-heavy edition this week as I go through all the lovely new things,...More
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