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[Intern Alias]: lo-fi
Participant Name: Dr. Néstor Hugo, Esq.
[Pronouns]: he / him / his
Lunacy Status: Immune
[How did you find us?]: Infomercials.
Appearance: HAIR GRAYING//EYES DARK BROWN//6'3" TALL//180s LBS//AVERAGE BUILD//PROTOTYPE MODELED FROM DONOR CIRCA 2017 BUT MEMORIES LARGELY SELECTED, CULLED, & EDITED FROM 1997-2005//NESTOR APPEARS VERY HUMAN, VERY HUMAN INDEED. HIS APPEARANCE IS, IN FACT, SO CONVINCING AND WAS WORKED ON SO TIRELESSLY THAT INTERNS PUT SIGNIFICANTLY LESS EFFORT INTO HIS MECHANICS AND AS A RESULT HE WALKS, MOVES, AND DANCES A LITTLE STIFFLY, A LITTLE ROBOTIC
*Language(s) known: Spanish, English
*Highest Education Received : School of Hard Knocks & Frayed Wires
*Relations: No Information
Reputation: In 1997 19-year-old actor Ciro Vargas landed a role on a Televisa serial, "El Hombre que Conocía a Dos Mujeres," and became a new heartthrob and minor sensation as young doctor Néstor Hugo, a decent young man trying to protect his mother and sister from suitors, thugs, scheming businessmen, cops, criminals, kidnappers, murderers, spies, corrupt foreign governments, other doctors who were jealous of him, and, in one episode in the fourth season, Chinese ninjas. After "Dos Mujeres" Mr. Vargas reportedly fell into a reclusive decline only punctured by a few scandals and a continuing pattern of no new roles. In 2017, approached by a representative of TEDISON, he voluntarily agreed to brain scans so he could live again, anew, shiny--but only as the best parts.
The New Néstor Hugo (shiny, sparkling, okay a little electronic) is the dreamy sequel to the cult classic eight year run of "El Hombre que Conocía a Dos Mujeres," now brought to you by the unholy miracles of modern Science. TEDISON Interns worked day and night picking out the rest of Ciro Vargas' life, leaving the new android with only scenes and outtakes from all 160 episodes + 3 Holiday Specials. And so what if those memories are only of acting out those scenes, with the lingering dissociated wants, feelings, and desires of Ciro Vargas at 19? "It's Close Enough," that's what our interns always say!
Nestor is a brand-new washed-up cult-hero, noticeably robotic in his twitches, jerks, & halts, but more or less a convincing specter of the reclusive mess who made him. This jaunt is supposed to be his big comeback, but his spotty memory of merely acting out "Nestor Hugo" doesn't automatically lend him the heroic qualities of the character, like Vargas maybe had hoped. Instead he's a posturing mess: fronting as in-control & heroic while truly operating (haha) on an off-keel emotional level and being frequently unsure how to respond.
A. Area of potential: (Machismo&Caballerismo) Season 2, Ep. 3: Nestor's sister (Soledad, played by Maribel Duke) and mother (Mercedes, played by Dolores Vega) are approached by a handsome uncle (veteran actor Otto Rio) and his nephew (Berto Benitez) in a chance encounter at a funeral for Nestor's great-step-half-aunt (Savanna Medina). The strangers claim they are old family friends of the deceased, but Nestor immediately suspects the pair and their intentions in courting Soledad & Mercedes. Over the next few episodes, Nestor unravels and solves the nefarious plot of the two men (corrupt cops-turned-con men) to upset the masculine balance of his family. Nestor challenges them to a 2-on-1 brawl to save his sister's life (who is, at this point, in a brief feminine coma) but, through trickery and deceit, is wounded fatally, leading into the next arc where Soledad & Mercedes believe him to be dead and their world irrevocably upset. Meanwhile, he actually stitched his own wound, saved his own life, and lies in wait to emerge victorious (at the end of the season).
Although washed-up, Nestor's vaguely aware of the "him that was" as a never-loses hero (the character) and also as a never-wins loser (the actor). He feels somewhat detached from all of this, as if what memories he has of "life" were only a dream, a stage, a set that was moving around him. But he knows the story like the back of his hand, feels a lot is expected of him, and feels the need to save face. Oh, he's posturing, for sure. A peacock strutting, at best, but the behavior is important to him to keep up. The image is all he has of whatever the old him was. To this end, he sometimes displays an almost territorial masculinity, tempered by an emotional core in the correct proportions, a solitary affection for family, art, beauty, and the duty to defend all of this. He's classy (um), he's romantic (well...), he can dance (he actually can't dance at all) and sing (eh) and pray (nope) and provide (maybe?) and fight (please, don't) and flirt (pffft) and sacrifice (oh god no) and stand his ground (but--) and he can do all this alone (noo) and he can do it better (relative term), stronger (again, relative term), again and again (please define), he can be a better man than man (big, big words). Or, all right, maybe he can't--but he can, above all else, puff out his chest and try. He's good at trying, and assumes leadership readily (even when he doesn't want to) and takes responsibility for everything.
B. Area of potential: (Morality&Conventions) Season 5, Ep. 2-10: Nestor is approached by a rich, corrupt businessman named Arturo (Ciro Vargas). Arturo is cruel to his family, cruel to his friends, and cruel to his workers; he is lazy, bored easily, cheats on his wife, cares for no one, and looks identical to Nestor. Arturo demands Nestor come with him to his mansion and take his place as head of household & company so that he can go cheat on his wife some more somewhere down South. Nestor refuses, but when his family's well-being is put at risk, he succumbs and pretends to be Arturo. While he's there, he tries to right the many wrongs of Arturo and his cruelty. He is able to do much good in his tenure as the wealthy "Arturo," but he's plagued by visions and cannot rest until the charade is put to bed.
Nestor possesses a sort of dogged optimism in the ability of the world to be right, correct, moral, & sure--provided the men of the world remain right, correct, moral, & sure. He belongs to a particular brand of patriarchal thinking that puts himself as Atlas. Obviously, this has its own risks, inconsistencies, and errors but we focus here today on the hope for wellness & rightness that's attached to that. In all things, Nestor is hoping for a world that makes sense. And sometimes he feels as if he could correct it if he could only play his "role" right. In this way, he is sometimes a stickler for tradition and convention, pattern, routine, consistency, martyrdom, and even asceticism--in theory.
C. Area of potential: (Sensitive&Emotional) Season 1, Ep. 9: Mercedes (original actress Zita Padilla, later replaced by Dolores Vega, later replaced by Virginia Silva, Jenny Molina, Ynes Rios, and Olivia Abruzzi) reveals that Nestor actually has a long lost half-brother living in a small border town in the American Southwest. Nestor goes to meet him only to find that he has committed suicide. Tortured by the melancholy of a brother he never got to know, Nestor embarks on a pilgrimage of his dead brother's life and finds out the truth of his death along the way. Popular Television Critic Mendi Trevino tracked the time spent on crying in this long episode to be roughly 67% of the total plot, with a good 20% of that being spent on scenes where Nestor listened to his brother's songs or looked at his brother's artwork.
Nestor's very in touch with his emotional center. He may not always show it (too macho or... his smile mechanism may be hitting a bump) but he feels as strongly as he must've (he assumes) when "he" was "human." He loves human interest stories and invests fully and completely in the emotional plights of others. While some of his emoting doohickeys can sometimes get junked up or fail (resulting in a strangely stoic looking robot who is feeling for you so entirely right now), his crying system is on point, and he never seems to lack for simulated "tears" (an extra dosage added special by the interns). He can be brought to the brink by many things: particularly touching stories, particularly sweet moments, art, music, dancing, flashes of Ciro's memories... there are so many things he still feels for even without the context for them. He can also be wounded pretty easily, as his feelings are not as steely and robotic as he might have you believe.
D. Known Risk Factor: (Jack of All Trades&Master of None) Nestor begins the show as a young prodigy doctor whose motivation to finish med school unprecedentedly early was not "Doogie Howser," as some American outlets suggested, but actually a sincere desire and need to provide for his single mother and younger sister. In the fourth season, however, vicious plots by jealous M.D.s frame Nestor for malpractice (ep. 2-3) and they take his license away, so he becomes a businessman to compensate (ep.6). Later, after his name is cleared and he gets his license back, he doubles as a fireman (season 5, ep. 1), then a spy (season 5, ep 2), an astronaut (season 6, ep. 4), horse-breeder (season 6, ep. 12), an astronaut horse breeder (episode not found), and a farmer (that last one was, quote season 7 ep. 3, "just for fun").
All Nestor or Ciro really is or was is an actor... and even then the term was sort of loose. By the time the series ended, Ciro was left with little to support himself outside of a kitschy iconic status. He'd spent the earliest parts of his real adulthood in "Dos Mujeres" and had learned little beyond the unrealistic life lessons Nestor Hugo had to offer. He had no skills and was unable to restart until TEDISON. If he had been hoping for a great second chance, however, he forgot that his consciousness would have a little a grasp on its new world as he did, maybe even less. Nestor might look good being a doctor, horse breeder, astronaut, doctor again, but he can offer little insight into any of those careers other than perhaps an exceptional bedside manner. Like, 100% bedside, 0% medical whatsits.
E. Known Risk Factor: (Hysterical&Melodramatic) Season 6, Ep. 19: After learning that Marta (Nestor's lover-cum-nemesis) eluded authorities and the prize horses were still slated to be sold to corrupt politician Gerardo Fox (Gil David), Nestor breaks down in one of the most iconic scenes in the later seasons, snapping two chairs apart and crashing into the wall with such emotion that it nearly toppled the whole set. Popular TV Critic, Mendi Trevino, followed the show for the entirety of its eight year run and became more or less the leading voice to the public. Of episode 19 she said: "it's horrifically overwrought," "sickeningly glamorous," "really cheesy," "stilted," "occasionally violent," "very loud--I always have to turn the volume way down for Vargas' scenes," and "that seems like a lot of tears for just one man, doesn't it?"
Nestor tries to be as cool and collected as he knows he's supposed to be, but when he thinks back to the way that chair broke in scene 6, it just suddenly feels like the only way to vent. Trained psychologists will tell you these breakdowns only frustrate a patient more, but Nestor can't remember how to cope, and can't remember how to be supported either (& when we think about it, that knowledge may have never been a part of Ciro from beginning to end). He's helplessly dramatic, doesn't know how to prioritize his personal crises, can't compartmentalize, and needs immediate emotional gratification all the time. Easily hurt and easily exacerbated, Nestor's feelings are constantly vulnerable.
F. Known Risk Factor: (Cowardly&Uncomfortable) Season 8, Ep. 20: After Marco ( Moses James) returns with the news that Stella (Francesca Bruno) has died in the explosion that Soledad was framed for, Nestor receives a chance to clear his family's name by offering himself up to the gang of martial artists that have plagued him the entire final season. The last shot we all see of Nestor, he's being taken by Generosa (Emilia Webb, revealed to be the big bad) and led into an anonymous black car. He cries a single tear not for himself, but for his family & the world, and faces his fate bravely all the way to the end.
Nestor is more chickenshit than you could possibly believe. He doesn't want to be a hero, he doesn't want to fight anybody, he doesn't want to stick around, and he certainly doesn't want to "martyr" himself, like, for real. He sometimes does all these things but there's not a bravery to it, just a broken sense of duty and a system imperative. The most free, most true Nestor could ever be would be if he could run away. Sometimes, he manages to. He's constantly uncomfortable and wondering which way he'll turn, and his new Android life makes his discomfort ever worse. What is "right" and what is "me" and what is "man" has gone all topsy-turvy.
*Other: March 12, 2017: Actor Ciro Vargas was found dead today in his Los Galvanes home from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Vargas is best remembered for his turn as young Dr. Néstor Hugo in the 1997 hit serial "El Hombre que Conocía a Dos Mujeres." Reports of Vargas' decline dogged him for years following the cancelling of the show and he was known in his later years as being an isolationist. Family declined further comment on the death, only confirming his press agent in that "he will be missed."
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