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ENG 1 F's Creative Juices
Transcript of ENG 1 F's Creative Juices
A post-apocalyptic Earth ruled by machines, wherein human culture and customs are but a faded
memory, is not an ideal place for love to flourish. It may seem that love will not exist in this cold and brutal
environment and yet, it does find a way; even in the most unlikely manifestations. In the play, we can see the
supposedly-impossible romance between two robots; beings completely alien to this concept. But alas, even
love has its hindrances and barriers, floodgates and counterweights. Oddly, one of these obstructions is the
human race itself that supposedly lives by love’s very concept. These people not only impeded love but they also
brought about the chaos in the world. The human beings in “Operasyon: Balik-Tao” are constantly seen and
shown from a lunatic angle in which they operate primarily to ruin and disorder the already unstable condition
of the play’s protagonists the Butler and the Cook.
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In the earlier scenes, we can see the last human on Earth forced into servitude for the Machine Overlords.
Hopeless and haunted by a love now passed, the endless labour of enhancing the current robotic designs is
forced upon her. This cycle was disrupted when she made a discovery that changed everything: two of the
robots that she was working on had fallen in love with each other. Upon discovering this, Niña dedicated
herself to saving the last shred of humanity she had found in her harsh twisted world. She succeeded, and
the robots were able to escape into the mountains where they believed they would be able to seek refuge.
However, this situation sets off a sequence of events that anger the robots and ultimately led to her demise
despite her good intentions. Instead of preserving the illusion veiling over this rotting world, she
unknowingly contributed to its destruction by allowing it to deviate from its currently most stable form.
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As the robot couple flee from their society, another element arrives to intervene between them again:
humans from a refuge off-world who has come to retake their planet. These humans, enraged that they
were driven away from their own home by their own creations, enter fully armed, ready to use any means
necessary against any obstacle that will stunt their goal to retake the Earth until they found surprising
exceptions. Just like the last human before them, they found the robots in love and were given hope by it,
igniting the idea inside their heads that not everything is what it seems. Love is then laid on the line as one
of Kaptitan Digma’s subordinates argue that they should turn the robotic lovers into scrap metal, with
respect to the suspicion that since they are robots, they cannot be trusted to keep the incoming human
invasion a secret. They simply cannot be left at peaceful solitude, as they deserve. Instead they are trapped
in a situation where they are unable to control any circumstances. As the humans argue their fate, the
robots’ time to enjoy their blissful love is dwindling, minutes ticking away until the point of their release. It
is in this that we can see another of humanity’s flaws in their dystopian world: they found humanity in the
most unlikely circumstances and yet they did nothing to preserve it.
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Upon closer observation, one will be able to realize that in these events—including the total
control that the robots have on the entire world— humans are to blame. In the first place, humans
brought about the existence of the robots who in turn retaliated against them. In the first event in
the story, Niña, the last human, allowed the robots to escape without thinking of the repercussions
that may arise from her decision. She did not think about how the robots would be able to survive
in the mountains without maintenance and power. Finally, the humans under the authority of
Kapitan Digma promised the robot couple sanctuary thinking that they would be able to reclaim
the world. They made this promise without considering the possible outcome. Majority of the
decisions made by the humans were made without appropriate foresight and consideration which
brought them to the twisted world that we see in Operation: Balik-Tao.
We perceive the humans of Operation Balik-Tao as irrational through their actions.
They continue to tell themselves that they want to save and revive humanity; but
instead their actions led to the death of the last traces of humanity on the planet. They
are shown as foolish, illogical and impulsive as seen in the choices that they have
made. Their decisions are heavily influenced by love and other emotions, which is
brought to light by the quote, “Ang pag-ibig ay parang kalawang na unti-unting sisira
sa ating lahat".
The protagonists were unfamiliar with the world of love. Love for them was just a word that makes human lunatics. They viewed
the humans' sense of morality, capacity to feel love, and empathy as weaknesses that hinder them from performing efficiently,
from existing tranquility. But once love strikes you, you can’t do anything about it. As it was shown in the play, Butler admitted in
having dreams about Cook and in whatever he does and wherever he looks, he sees her face. This shows that love comes when
you least expect it. Love invaded the robots even without a heart. They became irrational, able to give up everything, including
their own selves and to the extent of them turning their backs to their own ways and to the life they are used to, even though
they don't know the possible outcome of their new found feeling. They begin to feel the beauty of love and disproved what they
initially believed in. Robots were initially limited to live in the confines of their own districts motivated by their skills and
capabilities alone prevent them to be independent from what they want to do, where they want to go and what they want to feel.
But the protagonists, as seen in the play, conquered love by overcoming the hardest thing in their life to give up everything just to
be with the only one you love. The only reason the protagonists became unstable was because of love, because they loved.
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Robots are limited to live in the confines of their own districts. They are motivated by their skills and capabilities alone. This
prevents them to be independent in choosing what they want to do, think and feel. But the protagonists, as seen in the play,
broke through the shackles binding them to their robotic generation. This is through overcoming the hardest thing they faced in
their lives - to give up everything to be with the one you love. Because of their learning to love, Cook and Butler started
deviating from their original functions. They were created to do specific functions and these functions do not include
developing emotions for another robot. Love hinders these two to accomplish their tasks fully because their emotion towards
each other greatly affect their efficiency. Their instability, therefore, is brought about by the counter-productiveness they exhibit.
Thus, love is the principal driving force of the unstable condition of the protagonists.
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This force is contagious, influential that even inanimate, emotionless things may even feel it. In the play, robots were the epitome of it.
By definition, robots are emotionless since they are only driven by earthly energy. They are just products of human intelligence. And in
the play, for some reason, the robots had their mind of their own that they conquered and ruled the Earth. Disregarding the advanced
technology that they have because of the programs or commands that the people had input in their systems, they are only scrap of
metals, wires and bulbs screwed together. There is nothing special with them: no minds of their own and certainly no emotions. Even
though they are what they are, they were moved and were influenced by this powerful force greater than the force given off by the
batteries they have. They have been consumed by this force to the point that they developed their own consciousness and feelings.
These things cannot be driven by computer codes and software that were artificially engineered and installed in them; these things are
true and humane that only human beings are supposed to exhibit. Because of this, the robots thought that they were beginning to be
like humans and this concerned them because of the fact that they won a war between the humans, their creator, and being able to be
like them is like they are beginning to stoop down to their level.
The effect of the human lunacy on the unstable condition of the protagonists, as seen on the play, is very evident. Such lunacy is
brought about by one of the most powerful forces that is contained in every human- a force which can be traced back in every
generations, every era, and every ancestral origin that molded different civilizations and the world that we live in, a force which
drives many beings to defend it, to fight for it, even if it costs life. It is a force that is rooted in the human spirit; this force is what
people call love. Love can infinitely affect different aspects of a human life. It affects everything and it is involved in everything. Love
comes in many shapes, forms, kinds, and definitions, but one thing is for sure – it is something that is inseparable from a human
being since in the very first place, human was created through it. It is more than a mere feeling, as defined by many; it is more than
affection or compassion as people preconceived it. It is a feeling that exists even if the time ends. Love exists eternally.
In a futuristic world where robots dominate and where humans have become refugees of their own world, a slaved human being named Nina
was forced to create robots in an attempt to make the life of her robot master better. The human beings Operation Balik-Tao are constantly
seen and shown from a lunatic angle in which they operate primarily to ruin and disorder the already unstable condition of the play's
protagonists, the Butler and the Cook. One day, when Nina was about to dissect and upgrade a robot, Cook, another robot, Butler, prevented her
and instead wanted her to take him as a replacement. With this in mind, Nina thought that although it seemed impossible, Butler might have
developed feelings for Cook. Nina, who was reminded of her lost love, wanted Butler to confess his sentiments. However, Butler hesitated and
insisted that robots do not feel love, but after playing various tricks on Cook, Nina was finally able to make him confess. Not wanting Cook and
Butler to experience the lost and wasted love she had, Nina was determined to help the two robots escape and reach District
1, a place inhabited by highly -advanced robots, in hopes that they can explain their phenomenal feelings for each other. However, their plot to
escape was flopped when Nina’s master found out about their plan. Nina sacrificed herself for the sake of the two lovers who ended being
found and salvaged by humans who wanted their planet back. Fortunately, the humans showed them mercy and let them free. Hiding from
other robots, they found out that they were running out of time, running out of chance to further express their love that made them human-
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Entropy, the natural state of matter to go into disorder also happens in the most stable environment. Wars
do not stop, lives perish, instructions are disobeyed and order is lost. Love, a rose by any other names just as
sweet is naught but a two sided-coin; grab the rose by its stem – you bleed. People are blinded by love,
willingly sacrificing their lives without thinking, saying things they do not mean, doing things they do not
mean to. “Operation: Balik Tao” showed just that. Humans recklessly abandoning their lives to save the ones
they value the most, and robots abandoning their duties to be with the ones they love. The humans being in
operasyon balik tao are constantly seen and shown from a lunatic angle in which they operate primarily to
ruin and disorder the already unstable condition of the play’s protagonist, the butler and the cook.
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Second, Nina was ordered to create new high-leveled robots with improved intellectual capabilities. She
has no knowledge in building new units so she resorted to constantly upgrade the physical appearances of
the robots from District 77. This was shown when Nina introduced the new appearances of the robots. For
example, Cook was aesthetically unappealing before Nina changed her large-massed body. In addition to
that, Mr. Clean used to look thin until Nina successfully turned him into a muscular robot. Despite her
efforts in transforming the robots, they were still inferior in comparison to those of the higher districts. This
circumstance did not help in resolving their problem of having sufficient mentally-advanced robots.
Metal-bodied and man-made, Robots, products of ingenuity and innovation, were designed for a
myriad number of duties and tasks but having the ability to convey emotion is not one of them.
Unfortunately, the protagonists in the play Operation: Balik Tao experienced such feelings that
added to the chaos and disorder that were already present due to the hierarchy-induced
inequalities. To make things worse, the humans, once the pioneers of perfection and order, have
become the source of even more turmoil and instability in the lives of the protagonists and
other robots alike.
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First, despite programmed to work insensitively, the protagonists somehow showed feelings of affection towards
each other. Because these are actions not supposed to be felt by typical robots, this showed the disorder surfacing
in the plot. One manifestation of this was the time when Butler wanted to sacrifice his body to the dissection and
inspection of the last human with the possibility of shutting down the robot permanently. They cared for each
other yet still showed uncertainty of what they truly felt until Nina introduced the concept of love to them. This
has greatened the entropy between the robots. Bizarre thoughts incubated into the ‘minds’ of the robots, excluding
them for the norm of the robot code. This implied the misconception of their disorder, calling them malfunctioned.
Furthermore, Nina gave them ideas of entering a voyage of lunacy, eloping into the mountains, further harming
the lives of the bewildered head over heeled robots.
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Lastly, a chaos was found in the society of the robots causing the inequality based on their abilities and functions.
The highly upgraded system of the other robots created the hierarchy between their statures. This affected the unity
of the robots, to add oil to the water, the exiled humans decided to return and conquer the Earth again. The robots
were caught off guard by the humans because of the chaos happening in the community. In addition, the war created
by humans to seize the Earth fashioned the entropy of the robots.
Love sees no extent. It has immortalized the strength to conquer
everything, and the flair which ignites the flame to shed light even
in the darkest situations. It sprouts not only because the heart
beats but because we feel and we understand. It’s this feeling that
not only humans endure, desire and live for.
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The conflict began when human beings deprived robots of affection and care. This sparked the
revolution of robots. With a successful clash of the metal-bodied creations against the living
souls, human inhabitants have been wiped out from the earthly grounds which were abundant
in hope, bliss, bitterness, and romance. The group who ended up triumphant in the battle
dominated the earth which was intended for the people, but a human survived. Her salvation
was caused by a sacrificial love. Her lover saved her from the explosion that banished humanity
from the lands. It was seen though that love sees no extent, robots can have the heart of a
human which believes, admires, cries, and feels. The result of the absence of love is destruction.
But, it is ironic how love can solve its own doing.
The most essential lesson of the play is that love is sacrificial. Through love, Niña was
saved from the battle of the robots and humans. Butler gave up his battery in order for Cook
to live like a human because of love. The feeling between the two robots progressed and was
recognized because of human influence. Everybody can learn to love, just as robots can do.
When all is said and done, love remains to be impartial. Love would still be the catalyst
that will illumine our hearts and minds of what life really is. Life is love.
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The idea about love is diverse. Some say it is the feeling of being with someone
you are happy with, others believe that it is acceptance, while some simply say love
is just a reaction to a stimuli. These usual undirected intuitions about love are not
accurate among youth. Love is the infinite intangible which makes us see beyond
imperfections, obey no rules, and when it strikes, it exempts no one. Not all things
in love mean bliss; it also entails sacrifice and sorrow. Often, the feeling overpowers
a decision of mind engendering a wrong concept of what love really is. Quite
simply, love is boundless – even to the point that you sacrifice for the one you truly
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“Kung ayaw mong mawasak, wag kang magkakamaling umibig.” In the other way around, love completes
you. In one part of the play, Cook and Butler sang a song regarding what they feel when they’re in love.
Niña was very surprised that even robots can feel love. Love knows no requirements to have neither a
heart nor a brain, just as humans have, because love can be learned. It’s just magic. Since robots do not
actually know the essence and definition of love, they described it as pernicious and destructive. On the
contrary, we humans know that love can be the best feeling in the world. It makes us feel appreciated,
happy and beautiful. Beyond this opposition, it was never expected that robots can develop an
unfathomable valour from a feeling they recently developed.
Love, Beyond Human Perception
Humans: Creator and Destroyer
With the increasing level of intelligence of humans, is it possible for us to
come to a point where our own creations will be intelligent enough to be able
to take over and govern the world? In Operation Balik Tao, where the world
was run by robots, the human beings were constantly seen and shown from an
angle which they operate primarily to ruin and disorder the already unstable
condition of the play’s protagonists, the Butler and the Cook.
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In Operation Balik Tao, the humans were thrown out of power. Robots were developed enough to
rule and govern. This resulted in a world where humanity seemingly ceased to exist. It was a world
without violence, without anyone disobeying orders and with everyone doing what they were
programmed to do – it was almost perfect, an ideal world. There is nothing that is absolutely
impeccable and not even robots can attain perfection. They were made by flawed creators and
ultimately, they are imperfect creations. Because of inevitable defects, robots are still dependent on
humans. They need humans for their repair and upgrades. This is the reason they had to let Nina
live. She was responsible for maintaning the efficiency of robots in her district, the robots which
were named after what they were programmed to do.
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Nina, the only human remaining in her district was the one responsible for
the condition of the robots. The robots which were named for what they were
tasked to do believed that she was the scientist who was capable of making
new and upgraded programs. There is a little misunderstanding; she was only
an assistant of the scientist and only capable of repairing the malfunctions of
the robots to make them look more presentable.
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The dull, monotonous world of robots was one without color. It is a world where the idea of emotions, love all else,
is long rejected and considered taboo. But the existence of Nina and the other survivors disrupted their cycle of life. It
is because of Nina that the order was lost; by introducing and confirming the love budding between the protagonist, she
had spread the fire that would later on cause not only her death but also chaos in the post-apocalyptic world of the
robots. But, the man’s role did not stop there. Nina aided in their escape by putting fire in the hearth she had planted
and preserved the existence of love which resulted to disorder. Other humans also aided in their escape, as seen in the
planet invasion scene. The humans planted the seed of love in the wasteland of robots; a seed that gave love and the
humans a fighting chance.
If one were to sum up what the humans did in one statement, one could say that the humans, by introducing love,
had planted tiny seeds that were capable of developing into colossal trees in the post-apocalyptic wasteland of the
robots. They mustered up enough potential to destroy immure ways than the one in the monotonous world that the
Cook, the Butler, and the robots had created for themselves. The play ended in a cliffhanger, leaving the fate of the
humans and the robots debatable. Were the humans successful? Had the world been saved by love? One may only care
to speculate by answering the question ourselves. Can we reach a final, decisive conclusion? The humans were the ones
who created the massive population of the robots, but they were also the ones who destroyed them by introducing the
concept of love.
Love or compassion is a deceitful, misleading and tricky feeling. In reality, no matter how we try to avoid this
feeling, we cannot live without it for we would not be able to feel happiness, contentment and joy-- the reasons in
making life worthwhile. Love is an emotion that one can never deny and refuse to acknowledge. Emotions and work
do not always go well together – for some, it serves as a motivation to strive harder; while for others, it may only
serve as a distraction and cause confusion. In the Operation: Balik Tao the fight for love, for hope and for freedom is
presented in a way that it is relatable and convincing. The irony of the play was brought about by the concept of
robots falling in love. How can this be when only the heart can fuel emotion, not a mechanical pump nor a pre-
programmed brain made by man and its successors? It is because love defies everything.
When the Heart is Fueled with Love
Who said that non-living things cannot think and love? It is indeed true that non-living
things cannot think and love. But the fictional play “Operation: Balik Tao” tells that love can
happen to anyone. It shows how love works and what love does through the act of Butler and
Cook. Robots are machines made by humans that resemble them, able to replicate various
human action and function. But despite of being robots, who thought something like this would
happen to Butler and Cook?
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It is once thought that only humans have the capability to experience affection towards another. Yet,
the Cook and the Butler, both are known to be ‘heartless’, felt a strange emotion that cause an impact to
their roles, only to find out it is love that they have for each other. Love seems like a simple and ordinary
subject among humans, but such four-letter word can trigger that special feeling within anyone, surpass
any kind of hindrances, or even sacrifice one’s life for the sake of the other. In the case of the two
protagonists, this alien feeling gave them the urge to break free from the disordered world of technology
where they belong, and it gave their willingness to offer their own life. This only shows that love chooses
no being or soul.
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The first part of the story told how inefficient humans are in fulfilling their duties due to their emotions. It all
started when humans, who were said to be unproductive in doing their works, created the robots. The robots rebelled
because they thought humans are destroying the world. The iron machines won, dominated the world and never
believed in love because of what they saw in humans that loving did not reap good. Robots also said that love will
result into brokenness. The only human left on Earth exhibited that hurt she was feeling . She became insane and
hysterical, imagining that she sees his dead love, who sacrificed for her life during the battle. With the human's
insanity and out of circumstances she discovered the unforeseen feelings of Butler and Cook for each other. The
second part of story shows how the human's hopeless romanticism affected Cook and Butler. The human girl noticed
the attachment Butler and Cook had and decided to let them discover the feelings within.
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The last part shows human's compassion with Cook and Butler. This led the Cook and Butler to understand why human seek own self
destruction for other out of love. Cook and Butler saw from the humans that true love is sacrificing. They saw it when human girl died to
protect and let them escape just for them to experience the freedom of loving. They saw it the second time around when the humans in
the spaceship helped them even though they were enemies. Cook and Butler found in them the values that men value the most -
compassion and love which other robots do not have. That is why they eager to sacrifice each other's body for their loved one just to live.
When Cook's battery is going empty, Butler decided to remove his battery just for Cook to live. The way on how Cook and Butler fight their
love for each other, which is indifferent on their kind, is evidence that love never chooses anything or anyone. And that is you can do
everything in the name of love which contradicts the statement in the beginning of the play that "It is not true that you can do anything in
the name of love.
They were repulsed by it but some, like the Butler and the Cook, thought that being able to feel and think like humans is a privilege since it made them
think that humans are not the only ones who have the capability of feeling or thinking. It made them realize that they can endure all things even if the
odds were against them. It made them feel that despite the world where everything is driven by codes and installed commands, they can also be
humans, even though not physically, but humans in thought, actions, and feelings.Then, as the story goes, this lunacy was behind the crucial scenes of
the play. Throughout the play, it was robot against humans, but somehow, it had flipped to robots versus humans trying to save other robots with human
heart. The humans died but the robots, that the humans were saving, survived. Unlike how every clichéd love story ends, where the hero and heroine get
to live a happy life after all the obstacles that they went through, the play ended in somehow, a bittersweet way. Butler gave up his remaining power for
Cook to live. He died but at least she was given a chance to live, even not for long. Living in a happy life after being through a lot of hardships is better
than being able to survive through it all but carries the burden of guilt and regret. What makes the story special was that love meant being able to
cherish the sacrifices that have been done for you. It proved that love is a more than just a feeling, it is a choice and a sacrifice which even a robot would
Operation Balik Tao: Through Blood and Rust