Yonder, the surprising Korean series that could anticipate what it will be like to virtually die and “resurrect” in 2040

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Live after death in the other cloud, on a server that carries our memories or thoughts in a particular format for the comfort of our family and friends. Leaving for posterity a virtual “double” with which others will be able to “interact” when we are missing. All this, the monstrous and the magnificent, condensed in the Korean series Over there.

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More than remains or ashes, In a few years we will be able to talk about ourselves as reused digital “fragments”.. The system is already in the experimental implementation phase and we will soon be able to subscribe to an “artificial resuscitation” service like those who subscribe to a streaming service.

This compares us to that not-so-distant futuristic rarity. South Korean production by Paramount+ that we can downplay as a surreal curiosity or regard as brand new phenomenon that can change the way we relate to the dead. This existentialist story opens the debate, brings us a prophecy, confronts us with the power of artificial intelligence, its risks and the ethical limits of its use.

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“2032. After the new euthanasia law, a social system was established to deal with death,” director Lee Joon-ik quickly tells us this story.

Someone ceases to exist by their own decision next to an IV that delivers the lethal drug and in that dropper the unimaginable is unleashed…

Cha Yi-hoo (Han Ji-min) is dying of a rare heart cancer, and her unconditional carer is her husband, Kim Jae-hyun (Shin Ha-kyun). She manages to speak to him in full agony thanks to the fact that her faint voice is amplified by a work of technological art: an implant in her throat.

“Just because I die doesn’t mean I’ll cease to exist for me, it means I’ll cease to exist inside you and that’s what saddens me,” she warns him, and then comes the deluge of futuristic sci-fi news that leaves us stunned.

An existentialist series, "Yonder".An existentialist series, “Yonder”.

The doorbell rings, Seiren (Lee Jeong-eun), a strange lady who places a “patch” or chip under Yi-hoo’s ear, appears, and the drama changes course.

The battered, recent widower can barely get up when his virtual assistant Alexa wakes him the next morning with the news of an email from the deceased attaching a video. “It’s hard to explain, but I’m here.” Cha says to the camera and the bewilderment of this man with whom we immediately empathize is also our bewilderment.

dystopian series, That old resignation of the human being to the loss of a loved one is replaced by an “illusion”, by the possibility of a technological “backup” that virtually takes us back to that dead person.

Love after love.Love after love.

Can a machine access the depths of our brain, of our feelings, to remove a part of it and use it post-mortem? Are we faced with a form of eternity? What happens to us when faced with companies that have the task of watching over us virtually and reviving us “mentally”? Could we comfort ourselves and love a virtual version of our dead loved one? Would it be sinister and sick to apply the method?

For the more curious who wish to continue to delve deeper into the topic, there is a key plot point: the theory of the Uncanny Valley (or as it was originally known “uncanny Valley”, that feeling of discomfort that robots and experiments of that style generate in human beings). Fiction sprinkles us with this term coined by Masahiro Mori, a Japanese robotics expert, who talks about that natural fear that emerges when we can hardly distinguish a robot from a human being. Robot rejection as an emotional response.

The fragility of memory, transcendence after life, support during illness, organ donation and other themes run through the script as we become familiar with this snapshot of what the world might look like a decade from now.

"Over there" is a perfect photograph.“Over there” is a perfect photograph.

What if resurrection was possible thanks to artificial intelligence? What if through algorithms we could somehow survive even if the meat disappeared? But what do we resurrect when we appeal to that fictitious method of preservation?

Over there – its name refers to the name that a company gives to that afterlife, to that paradise 2.0 – it shakes us. It’s the kind of series that feels like it punches us in the face. It denounces and challenges us to what extent we would be able to recover the most precious thing we have lost. Heaven or purgatory could be in the shape of a tablet or a cell phone. One click and we will be alive there forever.


Qualification: Well.

Type: Drama/Sci-Fi. Protagonists: Han Ji-min, Shin Ha-kyun, Lee Jung-eun. Address: Lee Joon-ik. Problem: 6 episodes, on Paramount+.

Source: Clarin

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