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So I watched the finale episode of Walang Hanggan earlier.
I am bit disappointed, although it was expected because the story was based on the movie, Hihintayin Kita sa Langit. That’s why when Katerina died, it wasn’t s surprise when Daniel followed shortly after.
I wasn’t disappointed with the story and the ending, really. I was more disappointed with the dialog and some of the actors’ acting. The dialog leaves so much to be desired for. The narration at the end part was unnecessary. Some conversations were unnecessary. Unfortunately, that’s how TV works. The network and producers have fans to satisfy, so even if a lot of things could have been polished, there was no action done because, that’s what the fans prefer. If it was a movie, there’d be a lot of polishing and perfecting. If that approach happened in a movie, critics would probably fill the world-wide web bashing the production.
All in all, I think it’s just another typical and predictable Filipino teleserye finale where someone always dies, someone always goes to prison, the villain always dies at the end, and someone who used to be so evil changes ways. There has already been a lot of that on Philippine TV. The problem with Philippine TV is that they give everything away. The put too much stress on the love between Katerina and Daniel, instead of letting the people see that for themselves. They make sure Daniel’s every sentence has “Katerina” on it. They make sure he talks about her and how much he loves her every time he opens his mouth. Please! It’s just annoying and stubborn sometimes. They portray Katerina as this damsel who always needs to be rescued and taken care of. Really, what’s to love in a girl like that? Isn’t it so much believable to love someone who knows exactly where they fit in this world? Someone who knows what they want, get what they want, work and fight for what they want?
As much as I love Coco Martin, I have never been happier now that Walang Hanggan is finally over. I personally think the show is overrated and that there are so many other shows better than this. Actually, if this show had different actors, if this show did not have Dawn Zulueta, Richard Gomez, Coco Martin, JoEm Bascon, Noni Buencamino, and the others, this show would be a total train wreck. At long last, I no longer have to see the exaggeration and inconsistent characters that the writers have created. I no longer have to see their extended dialog that was corny and cheesy.
I can only hope that the next show the network has scheduled will be much better in characterization, plot, and acting than the one that just ended.
Walang Hanggan is a Philippine TV Series shown on a primetime slot and rakes in a good percentage of national viewership. The show’s actors are some of the industry’s biggest names. I used to love this show. But not anymore.
Recently, I have to admit, there has been so many things on the show that were too unreal and stupid to happen in real life. They took a good love story and made it into an exaggerated soap opera where everything bad seems to be happening to the protagonists while the antagonists appear to always hold the upper hand.
In the course of the next blogs, I’ll be posting my opinions on the show. Forgive me if the next few posts will bore you. I really just have to react on this because this show has extremely disappointed me.
My first reaction has to be the inconsistency on the character of Manage Genia (Susan Roces). For those who aren’t familiar, Manage Genia is an old lady who took care of Daniel (Coco Martin) when he was kidnapped by Donya Margaret (Helen Gamboa) and left outside the gates of an orphanage. Manage Genia is known to be conscientious and always does what is right, even if it becomes the downfall of a beloved family member. She was the one who told everybody that Daniel is the son of Emily (Dawn Zulueta) and Marco (Richard Gomez) who was taken from them the day he was born. This caused a rift between the mother-son relationship of Marco and Donya Margaret.
When Manang Genia learned that Margaret helped Miguel in getting a loan and corrupting corporate money from Emily, she reprimanded her sister. She also did not support what Daniel what doing for Katerina (Julia Montes) because Katerina was already married to Nathan (Paolo Avelino) and she kept telling Daniel to move on and let the married couple be. No matter how important a family member is to her, if that person has done something wrong, Manang Genia always asks the person to do the right thing and she herself always tries to do the right thing everytime.
However, when she was kidnapped by Nathan, so he can blackmail Daniel to surrender, Manang Genia did not press charges. She saw that Daniel was badly beaten up by Nathan and his goons and was even turned over to the police even if Daniel really did not do anything to Nathan at all. When Manang Genia and Nathan had a confrontation, she said that she can press charges, but she chose not to. Nathan said she could not because she cannot do such a thing to out a relative behind bars.
Now, tell me, what happened to the ever righteous Manang Genia, who was always on the right side and always acted on conscience? Did she, all of a sudden, become an empty shell of a person who did not practice what she preached and was more concerned with family loyalty than in doing the right thing?
You see how inconsistent this character has become? That’s one reason why this show sucks big time.
Since I have been watching the Vampire Diaries lately, I feel like I should also try to share it to the people I know. Of course, I can’t share the links for the videos because I don’t have any video. What I do have are the books. Well, e-books, actually. But I want to share it to whoever wants to read it. Below are the links for the first six books of The Vampire Diaries. There is a seventh book, but it’s not due to come out until next year. I hope you guys enjoy!! 🙂
01 The Awakening
02 The Struggle
03 The Fury
04 Dark Reunion
05 The Return: Nightfall
06 The Return: Shadow Souls
I find myself addicted to The Vampire Diaries this weekend. I’m currently doing free video streaming in www.surfthechannel.com. It’s a little inconvenient because I can only watch for 74 minutes, and after that, I have to wait for another 54 minutes before I can watch again. Well, I’m still not in the position to complain because it’s free, right?
I’ve always bee a team Stefan person. I like him because he’s so humane. He’s a little too serious for my type, though, but at least he’s not like his brother, Damon. Sometimes, I sympathize with Damon, but I just don;t like scheming men. They are just so hard to trust.
I like it better than I like Twilight. At least, there’s no need for a love triangle between werewolves and vampires.I like Twilight, but it came too overrated for me. I feel like it’s too high school-ish. The Vampire Diaries is high school-ish too, but not that much. I’d spend the weekend relaxing this time. Next week calls for a bit of pressure at work, but it’s nothing that I can’t handle. *wink*
I watched a rerun of Ally McBeal last night. It was the episode where Billy Thomas died. If you haven’t seen Ally McBeal at all, then you have missed a huge part of your life. I can remember the days when their episodes made me feel like I was going through Ally’s heartache myself. If you’ve never heard about Ally McBeal, well, let me give you a vague idea.
Ally McBeal is this quirky and smart lawyer who is still single. The love of her life is Billy Thomas. They separated when they went to different law schools. When they saw each other again, Billy was already married to Georgia. What’s more was that the three of them had to work in the same law firm. Together with their friends, Richard Fish, John Cage, Nel Porter, Elaine, and Ling, Ally, Georgia, and Billy faced the ups and downs, the loves and hates of their lives. Unfortunately, Billy was suddenly diagnosed with brain tumor. The tumor was so progressive that he lost his life while he was doing his closing in the courtroom.
There was just so much sadness with the series. Yes, they had comedic moments, but underneath all that comic and laughter, the show was generally a sad one. It was the kind of show that did not leave you with a good feeling at the end of every episode. Before there was Grey’s Anatomy, Ally McBeal reigned over heartbreaks and weird circumstances. I still wish Ally and Billy had a better ending. But, like any other thing in life, we don’t always get the happy ending we all hope for.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
– George Clooney (Up in The Air)
– Colin Firth (A Single Man)
– Morgan Freeman (Invictus)
– Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker)
– Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
– Helen Mirren (The Last Station)
– Carey Mulligan (An Education)
– Gabourney Sidibe (Precious)
– Meryl Streep (Julie and Julia)
– Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
– Matt Damon (Invictus)
– Woody Harrelson (The Messenger)
– Christopher Plummer (The Last Station)
– Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones)
– Christopher Waltz (Inglorious Basterds)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
– Penelope Cruz (Nine)
– Vera Farmiga (Up in The Air)
– Anna Kendrick (Up in The Air)
– Diane Kruger (Inglorious Basterds)
– Mo’Nique (Precious)
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
– An Education
– The Hurt Locker
– Precious: Based on The Novel Push by Sapphire
– Inglorious Basterds
Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
– Public Enemies
– Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen
– Star Trek
Outstanding Ensmeble – Drama Series
– The Closer
– The Good Wife
– Mad Men
– True Blood
Outstanding Male Actor – Drama Series
– Simone Baker (The Mentalist)
– Brian Cranston (Breaking Bad)
– Michael C. Hall (Dexter)
– Jon Hamm (Mad Men)
– Hugh Laurie (House)
Outstanding Female Actor – Drama Series
– Patricia Arquette (Medium)
– Glenn Close (Damages)
– Mariska Hargitay (Law and Order: SVU)
– Juliana Margulies (The Good Wife)
– Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer)
Outstanding Male Actor – TV Miniseries
– Kevin Bacon (Taking Chance)
– Cuba Gooding Jr. (Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story)
– Jeremy Irons (Georgia O’Keeffe)
– Kevin Kline (Great Performances: Cyrano de Bergerac)
– Tom Wilkinson (A Number)
Outstanding Femaile Actor – TV Miniseries
– Joan Allen (Georgia O’Keefe)
– Drew Barrymore (Grey Gardens)
– Ruby Dee (America)
– Jessica Lang (Grey Gardens)
– Sigourney Weaver (Prayers for Bobby)
Outstanding Male Actor – Comedy
– Alec Baldwin (30 Rock)
– Steve Carell (The Office)
– Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm)
– Tony Shalhoub (Monk)
– Charlie Sheen (Two and a Half Men)
Outstanding Female Actor – Comedy
– Tina Fey (30 Rock)
– Christina Applegate (Samantha Who?)
– Toni Collette (United States of Tara)
– Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie)
– Julia Louis-Dreyfus (The New Adventures of Old Christine)
Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series
– Mad Men
– The Closer
– The Good Wife
– True Blood
Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series
– 30 Rock
– Curb Your Enthusiasm
– Modern Family
– The Office
Life Achievement Award
– Betty White