Review – I’m Not A Robot
A syrupy sweet show – with zero substance and great flavor. Like a stack of pancakes. You know it’s not a well balanced meal… but who cares? It’s cheap, it’s fluffy, it’s yummy and it required very little preparation time or monetary investment.
Basic plot – young uber rich guy has an allergy to humans, so he’s locked himself away in his mansion and helped fund A.I. research, in the hope of having some companionship. The A.I. research team runs into some trouble and ends up having to substitute the actual robot they created for the girl the robot was modeled after. So the billionaire ends up completely fooled and falls in love with his “machine”… all the while overcoming his “allergy” and making friends along the way. It’s super cheesy. And honestly, that’s about all there is to the plot. Like a cutesy shojo manga.
Yoo Seung-Ho is handsome and amusing as the neurotic rich guy with no social skills. Chae Soo-Bin is endearing as the human disguised as a robot, comically attempting to manage her new “master,” her ex-boyfriend, her failing business ideas and her life. The research team is full of lovable, goofy nerds. There are other characters, but they’re not exactly needed – they’re just an assortment of jellies on the table. Everyone has lots of heart-to-heart moments, some sappy tears and group hugs. It’s just a feel good dessert disguised as an entree.
Seriously. This sums up the whole show better than any written review:
Any why not have some pancakes? Who doesn’t love ’em?
Overall Rating: 7.5/10. Sticky Sweet.
Review – Nightmare High / Nightmare Teacher
What a fun little slice of a dark morality play! This show reminds of me of an anime, in a way, as anime’s have always been more eager to jump into the horror genre. It also reminded me of an anime in that it was fairly simplistic. You won’t get the usual character development, home life, tropes and heightened emotions generally found in a Korean drama. This show stays pretty even layered in its thin but satisfying story about a classroom of high school students who end up with a new teacher… who grants them their wishes and watches as they sabotage themselves with their desires. The kids start out with good intentions, but greed and revenge and personal gain always get the best of them… and things go sour. One after the other, they start to disappear, trapped in a nightmare of their own making.
Nightmare Teacher was exactly what it said it was going to be and delivered fun little examinations into the darker side of young adulthood. Kids can be cruel. Just like a prison system, a high school has its own rules and regulations and inmate behaviors that are common and often “overlooked” by adults and even other kids. That’s just the way things are, they shrug. And kids can also be kind, and watch each others backs and do the right thing and step up when needed. This show examines the balance between good and evil, and how both sides of the coin are apart of us all.
Uhm Ki-Joon was delightful as the unassuming face of evil (or was he?). And Kim So-Hyun was wonderful as his antagonist, the bright student who plays it safe. It’s not deep, mind you. Just a quick and simple little exploratory adventure into a dark fairy tale that’s a short and pleasant way to pass the time.
Overall Rating – 7.5/10. What Happens To Nightmares When We Wake Up?
Review – Defendant
I’d like to press charges, your honor. For bad acting. Ji Sung was so god awful in this show, I could barely stand it. I suffered through most of it, assuming it might taper out and get better. It didn’t. It got worse. What happened to this guy? He was so adorable in Protect The Boss! He was less adorable in Kill Me, Heal Me, but still okay. But in this show… it was painful. PAINFUL. My eyes hurt from witnessing the horrors of such a lackluster, over-the-top yet simultaneously disingenuous performance. Ugh. To make matters worse, Uhm Ki-Joon brought his A-Game and was outstanding, playing twins… so the comparison in abilities was blinding.
Now, I know I am on the unpopular side with this opinion – as the ratings and reviews for this drama are high with tons of comments praising Ji Sung for his performance. I have to assume they are either new to K-World or just… delusional. Is everyone watching the same show I was? I don’t get it…
The plot itself was decent – though overly convoluted and a little too gimmicky for my taste. I adore a great murder mystery, amnesia, psycho-killer, hidden identity story… but this one tried too hard. Thumbs down. Gave up after 8 episodes.
Overall Rating – 4/10. Guilty of Over Acting.