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The Control Voice: There is no greater tragedy for a parent than the loss of a child. But when does grief become obsession?

A man builds a robot boy with his deceased son's memories.

The Control Voice: When we endeavor to fill a terrible void, sometimes the void can consume us.

Simon Tropes:

  • Artificial Family Member: Gideon Banks considers the robot with his late son Simon's memories to be his actual son.
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  • Brain Uploading: Concorde Robotics designed the Neural Archiving Project (NAP) as to a way to copy a person's memory engrams and transfer them into a robot. Although the company eventually abandoned NAP, Gideon Banks never lost interest in it and eventually used it to install his late son Simon's memories in a robotic body. After killing his boss Ron Hikida, Gideon becomes concerned that he and the robot Simon will be separated. He uses NAP to copy his own memories into an old robot body so that they will always be together and then commits suicide.
  • Flashback Nightmare: Gideon Banks has a nightmare about the dream of his wife Elise and son Simon in a car accident 20 years earlier.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Gideon Banks hits his boss Ron Hikida over the head with a fireplace poker, killing him instantly, when he tries to take the robot with his son Simon's memories away from him on the grounds that he was built using equipment stolen from Concorde Robotics and therefore belongs to the company.
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  • Robot Kid: Gideon Banks transfers the memories of his late son Simon, preserved through the Neural Archiving Project (NAP), into a partially constructed robot body. He was unable to build Simon a complete body right away as most of the parts were stolen from his workplace, Concorde Robotics, while the remainder were salvaged from an earlier, unfinished robot body. Gideon treats the robot Simon as if he were his real son, which his niece Zoe finds creepy and off-putting.
  • SkeleBot 9000: The robot Simon has a partially constructed skeletal frame.
  • Spoiled Brat: Simon Banks was a bratty little boy who was completely indulged by his father Gideon, which forced his mother Elise to be the disciplinarian. Simon and Elise were killed in a car accident which was directly caused by his unruly behavior. When his mother refused to take him to the toy store as he repeatedly insisted, he had a tantrum and grabbed the steering wheel. The robot possessing Simon's memories has all of the original's worst traits in abundance but his robotic status makes him more dangerous. When "his" cousin Zoe tells him that she can't take him to the merry-go-round, he has another tantrum. Zoe is injured and Gideon's apartment is ruined in the process.
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  • Taking the Kids: Zoe is involved in a custody battle with her estranged husband Randall over their daughter Hannah. Randall was granted temporary custody and delays the custody hearing three times as he knows that Zoe does not have enough money to keep up the fight.
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