Seon-hye (played by Lee Min-ji) 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.
Some establishing scenes actually explaining all of this would have been nice. As a normal person who is not in a dire financial situation Seon-hye could have provided some badly needed perspective to the ethical problems in Baek-gyoon's plan. Unfortunately Seon-hye just kind of hangs out on the sidelines providing interference, and maybe possibly being a future love interest to Hok-tal (played by Song Jae-ryong) or Ssan-ip (played by Ko Gun-han). She doesn't really do anything.
The lack of deliberate action on the part of any characters in "I'm Not a Robot" has been increasingly irksome to me. The main obvious issue is that this has made the drama very boring. All we seem to do anymore is just watch Min-gyoo act depressed because he knows that Ji-ah probably isn't actually a robot. While the placebo effect is still working, Min-gyoo is so listless we get the feeling that at any moment he could curl up into a sad little ball and cry himself to death.
When that's all we have to focus on it's actually a pretty big relief to get a scene where Yoo-cheol is creeping on Ri-el. Yoo-cheol comes off as surprisingly sympathetic. Sure Yoo-cheol gets frustrated at the end, but good on him for at least being able to tell her straight up how he feels. Whereas Ri-el is so cold and emotionally unresponsive it's a little surprising any man wants to be together with her at all, or vice versa.
There's a good irony there- Min-gyoo needs a woman whom he believes to be a robot physically nearby in order to maintain the emotional fortitude necessary to romance a woman who acts like a robot. But Ri-el is as usual too thinly drawn a character for this comparative dynamic to actually go anywhere. "I'm Not a Robot" is just lurching at this point, while we're left waiting for some big movement to reinvigorate the story.
Review by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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