Concluding ‘teleserye’ plots thicken


PANGANIBAN. Is it really double the pressure, double the drama and “fun”?

Now that some teleseryes are winding up their extended storytelling, their plots and subplots have been getting more complex and prolix, the better to keep viewers glued to their TV screens.

Some of the latest twists and turns have been nothing short of stunning—like the recent revelation on “Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw” that the father of Anne Curtis’ character isn’t Tirso Cruz III, but her “older brother,” played by Ian Veneracion! —What a shocker!

Also raising the melodramatic ante on the concluding series is the belated revelation that Kris Aquino’s character isn’t dead, after all. And, there was a move on a supporting character’s part to confirm the fake report of her demise by coming up with her death certificate! —I tell you, teleserye characters lead such corkscrewily eventful lives!

On “Apoy sa Dagat,” the twin sisters played by Angelica Panganiban have each gone into similarly charged and eventful subplots of their own, intended to fill each telecast of the show with melodramatic “highlights.” —Double the pressure, double the drama and “fun,” right? Uh, not quite.

AQUINO. Belated revelation on “Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw.”

Each sister’s story has been so full of “colorful” twists and turns that, instead of reaping thespic benefits from the twin showcases, Angelica has been coming across as a grating performer who can’t stop crying each and every day!

Thespic limits

Yes, she’s good at pushing her emotional limits, but viewers can only take so much unrelieved angst and breakdown scenes before they throw in the towel—and just don’t give a darn!

On “Ina, Kapatid, Anak,” the excessive element is the unrelieved rivalry between another set of combative siblings, played by Kim Chiu and Maja Salvador.

They’ve been at it for so long that viewers end up getting ticked off by both of them. Doesn’t the series have any other heartstrings to pluck and exploit that its one-note “sibling rivalry” theme?

On the newer show, “Little Champ,” both the boy hero and his talking horse have been endowed with magical super-powers to defend the oppressed against the forces of evil—but, it’s rather (unintentionally) funny that they are made to wear masks to “disguise” their identity as superheroes! Like, how many  other boy-and-horse teams are there flying around in their locality? Come on…

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  • OneDelaX

    hmmm? i wonder how mr. torre will execute the plot to a story if he is the one writing it.

    • hustlergalore

      hmmm? i wonder how you will criticize a show, a film if you have the job like torre. LOL

      • OneDelaX

        that’s true. it’s just that i have yet to read a good review from him.

  • spider69

    nakakasuka na at nakakasawa na na paulit ulit na storia. nagkahiwalay na kambal, tapos nagkita naging magkalaban. kailan kaya gagawa ng nagkahiwalay na kambal na lalake. tapos nang lumaki na, ang isa ay macho at ang isa ay beki. sino kaya sa tingin nyo ang kukunin ni director para gumanap na kambal. wala akong sinabi na si Piolo.

  • hustlergalore

    watch cable dramas or mini-series instead. they are well written than this trashy shows in philippine bobotube.

  • pathfinder093

    nood na lang kayo indio..

  • Nelson Baguya II

    guys pls. do watch: natgeo, animal planet, cnn, discovery channel, etc. ANYTHING THAT CAN CONTRIBUTE PRODUCTIVELY IN UR LIFE. OR OSCAR FILMS, CANNED FILMS, GLOBE FILMS ETC. anything that can atleast turn your head upside down or twist ur minds. as what CRITICAL THINKERS, SCHOLAR, PRODUCTIVE CITIZENS, ALWAYS WATCH.

  • 05devillrn1652

    haaaayyyybuti natapos na c Kris?… nakakasuka acting nya…walang katoryatorya…i cnt believe y ABS CBN is getting her as as actress eh wala naman sa acting…just be a host….

  • bonsaiman

    Very commercial na ang mga teleserye. Boring na especially with toooooooo maaaany comercials.

  • Billy Reyes

    This are one of the few reasons why our people are stupid, Philippine TV programs are really rubbish, The poor people in our they are clown with stupidity.

  • WeAry_Bat

    Despite being the collateral pedestrian in the evenings when the lola and the mother watch these, these things, I have grown capable of predicting any Philippine telyeseries in just a short time. Note the majority of the time, it was the side of my face or the back of my head facing the tv.

    After extending the series by any number of extensions like for instance, a member of the family comes in, etc., the series will end when the guns come out.

    This is predictable in the forementioned Water in the Sky. While for Lolo, Papa at Anak sa Labas, I think they are still trying to figure out how a criminal gang comes in to take hostage then one of the children sacrificing life for the other.

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