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 – Remember
One of the best shows I have ever watched, ever. Anywhere. And it seemed kinda “eh” starting out, but a few episodes in and I was hooked and then… I just ate it up. The characters! The plot! Honestly, the last episode was so emotionally draining (good and bad) that I think it may be a while until I can write up a decent review. So for now… I just wanted to put this placeholder in, saying: WATCH IT.
This is a finely crafted work of art.
Plot Basics: A young man’s father, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s, is accused of murder and sentenced to death row. The young man, who has incredible photographic memory, dedicates his life to clearing his father’s name. Add to the mix one of the most memorable villains of all time, and you have this amazing show… that just keeps getting better as it goes.
Overall Rating – 10/10. The Truth Does Not Speak For Itself.
More about the characters and mild spoilers follow
Review – Warrior Baek Dong Soo
The Plot, Short Version: Two young warriors choose two different paths and swords clash.
Though I still don’t think this is a perfect drama and stick firmly to my 8/10 rating, I must confess… the rewatch factor on this show is HIGH. I have rewatched this show several times. Maybe not all the way through, true, but I’ve cherry picked my favorite episodes and scenes and tend to crave them like a pregnant woman craving pickles. Nothing else will do.
Let’s Dig In. (minor spoilers follow)
Sinking in the Swamp of Sadness – Review – I Miss You
Well, this drama was a big ball of bawling. If you made a drinking game involving how often the characters broke down into hysterical tears, you’d be drunk off your ass before the end of episode two, possibly a danger to yourself and others by episode four and definitely dead from alcohol poisoning by episode six. Meanwhile, the show would keep crying without you, pouring booze on your fresh grave until the very end of the drama. Now we know how Artax felt.
Ironically, the saving grace of this show wasn’t the excessive sadness. The lighthearted moments, the sentimentality, and the stellar cast managed to pull what would otherwise be a huge disaster up onto the shore – leaving a mangled but otherwise recognizable ship of Korean melodrama. Thus it manages to be decent. Not great, not even good… but watchable. If you’re in the mood.
Overall Rating: 5/10.
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