"Would you like to give me a name?"
"Kara" is a short film created by Quantic Dream
to showcase the new graphics engine they developed for Beyond: Two Souls
. It starts off showing the assembly and activation of a Ridiculously Human Robot
... who proves to be a little too human.
Go watch it on YouTube
For a tech demo, this short video is plot-heavy
. Expect spoilers.
Contains examples of:
- Artificial Human / Artificial Intelligence
- Bald Women: Though she does get hair implanted later. Twice.
- Bittersweet Ending: The Operator is moved to let Kara live as a sentient android, but she still has to work as a slave-bot.
- Cerebus Syndrome
- Character Title
- Cyber Punk
- Do Androids Dream?
- The Faceless: The Operator.
- Foreshadowing: There are a few hints that she's becoming sentient before it's confirmed; the way she smiles after she's given a name, the look of wonderment as she uses her arms and legs for the first time, and the way she covers herself when she's naked strikes of more than just programming.
- Gray Eyes: Kara's eyes are a pale grey. They add to her waifish and distracted aura. The color also signifies that she is empty, a blank slate ready to be shape into her owner's will.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: The Operator is voiced by Tercelin Kirtley, who voiced Nathaniel Williams, Andrew, Miroslav Korda, and other characters in Heavy Rain.
- Ink-Suit Actor/Serkis Folk: Kara looks just like her voice/motion capture actress, Valorie Curry. According to the producers, that's because Valorie "looked like an android already".
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: Subverted. Kara is initially naked but doesn't care because she doesn't have skin yet and at the moment has merely Barbie Doll Anatomy. Once she's coated with skin, Kara covers herself with her hands until a machine gives her a bra and underwear.
- Just a Machine: To The Operator, anyway. Kara disagrees.
- Mood Whiplash: Starts off as just an Excuse Plot to show off a new graphics engine. Then it shifts into serious Tear Jerker territory.
- My God, What Have I Done?: The Operator as he lets the fully sentient Kara-model go free.
- Could also be argued that the Operator had felt guilty after coming very closely to dissembling (killing) the fully-sentient Kara, who is begging for her life after being branded as 'defective'.
- Yet another way of looking at it is that the Operator was in awe of the concept of a sentient robot. His reaction to Kara implies that he has never encountered such a machine before.
- And, in addition to the previous, his having her assume her role as a slave-bot despite her sentience and knowing that Kara's hopes for life may not be so great depending on where she's going. If anything, it might actually all of the above at once.
- Omniglot: Kara's model comes packed in with 300 languages.
- Public Domain Soundtrack: The Japanese song Kara sings is "Sakura Sakura".
- Ridiculously Human Robot: Kara is this. Notable in that we see her assembly, complete with a thumping blue heart.
- Robot Girl: Starts off somewhere inbetween a Fembot and a Skele Bot 9000 during the assembly, but skin and hair eventually projects itself over the metallic surface. Then she turns sentient...
- Robot Hair: Kara is designed to appear human in just about every way, including a head of short brown hair (which is seen being installed on her significantly more obviously mechanical-at first-body).
- Robot Maid: Seems to be her primary function.
- Sex Bot: One of her multiple functions.
- Wham Line:
- "I thought...I was alive."
- Also, "Stop! I'm scared! (disassambly stops) I want to live."
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?