Imortal: review of episode 39

Review written by: Angeladik

Episode 39 is the exciting aftermath of episode 38.   They complete episode 38’s action scenes with Lia on the run chased by Albert but not after subduing his henchmen.  That was way short if you ask me Nicks but nevertheless a well executed and a visual threat to see Angel Locsin do her action moves.   And it’s a big added attraction that they make her look chic for this one fight scene in above the knees skirt and heels and the blue blouse more for office wear was also nice for that fight scene.  Now that’s what I meant by wearing something that looks nice on Angel. But of course, it’s the moves and the look that complete the package and why Angel’s the real deal action heroine.

Lia’s little “bugging” device gets discovered so Lucille orders Albert to arrest Lia.  Since she was able to avoid getting caught by Albert, the plan’s to get Mateo which Lia hears about and so as she usually does, looks for Mateo to warn him.  We know Mateo just called the wedding off so thinking they’ll be after Lia as was the threat, tells Lia they need to be together to run away from their captors.

Meanwhile everyone’s anxious and tense not only Mateo and Lia, Abraham and family were immediately informed by Lia.

Abraham approves Lia to be with Mateo first who has unfortunately chosen Dara’s neighbor friends’ relatives place in the province as hideaway.

Unfortunate because everyone knows already about Dara’s neighborhood, Simon, Clarisse and Sam have all been there.   That’s exactly what happens for the teaser as Sam uses her hypnotic abilities to make Dara tell her Mateo’s whereabouts although we don’t see Sam yet in the teasers getting there.  In the meantime at home with the Zaragozas, mother and daughter engage in another altercation.

Nina Dolino a revelation as Clarisse.  Some scene every time Clarisse is around, it’s always a high strung show but yeah this local actress is always in control.  Really Nicks, do you remember a local actress who does this high strung drama this way but still come out not OA? I dunno Clarisse is OA right? but Nina  is actually smooth and it’s just the right level there.  [were you referring to my comment at epi36? …i was referring to Nina’s good control of voice, not all out high pitch loud which i prefer actually -nicky]

I think Nina is really a revelation in her role as Clarisse, she’s all over the place when she does this caricaturish role . Really I can’t recall a local actress who can do this high strung acting with no OA tendencies. Would you remember a local actress doing it just the right way at this high strung level?   Maybe I’ve not watched enough local movies/ TV dramas but when we know she’s still new doing what she’s made to do in an otherwise repressed characterization of roles by a lot of the characters of Imortal.

We know eventually Mateo, Lia and Sam were assigned roles where somehow they have been repressed. Mateo and Sam are still discovering emotions and Lia’s character has been under scrutiny since her mom died.  She needs to suppress and not show a lot of herself to others particularly the present Waya hierarchy responsible for her present belittling position among the Wayas.

It’s this contrasting roles which defines more why Clarisse role is free to be as open as and as uninhibited unlike the repressed characters of the other threesome main actors of Imortal.  In a way, Nina is tasked to spice up Imortal.  While we have ‘kilig’ romantic scenes from Mateo and Lia, we notice also being suppressed like now.

More spice.  I think it will help spice up Imortal more if the other main characters’ roles get as spiced up too. Otherwise, writers, unknowingly you are leaving all the spice to the character Clarisse. She owns the meaty role here it seems because the writers are all out with her, no holding back, which cannot be said of our other main characters.

The good thing though is Nina D. is really delivering.  You cannot help notice her because her character always has scenes where there’s no avoiding her to be noticed and indeed she does and if the writers keep up with this she might as well steal the show from the entire cast, ‘afraid to say it.

I mean John Lloyd Cruz, Angel and some of the supports are doing well in their roles but when you have a well written role like this one who attracts attention and the actor doing it is delivering really well then that’s the effect you get especially if you’re just an interested viewer and not exactly a fan.

Pay attention to right pacing.  Imortal’s plot is moving alright and in this episode they’ve actually done enough to increase the suspense and tension with that nice running action scene from Angel but writers have to play close attention now to the pacing they are achieving.

They kinda slow down when Mateo and Lia are all alone in the room and Lia’s still in a foul mood.  Then there’s the scenes at Lia’s home with family and visitor Lucas.  Okay, let’s just say not every character has to be written in hi-fi.  But when it’s always ‘bitin’ which you can say is, we’re not getting the flow momentum we want then.  It’s like the hot water writers are using to avoid dosing off especially with all the commercials in between.

We need scenes that are constantly moving the story and not scenes where okay, we just want to kill the TV air time.  Like the Lia on the run was actually nice and we find her talking to “family” using her cell phone riding a taxi to meet up with Mateo, chase scenes sure add momentum and suspense.

Pacing writers, when the tension build up is created, keep the momentum going.

Next episode.   The last scenes we have, the one inside the room with Mateo and Lia and then teasers.  The little girl daughter of the owner of the house apparently saw a lobo around and points at Lia.  We don’t know what’s it about but trying to imply something.  And then on the run is Sam in that Ninja inspired getup being chased by Albert and henchmen.

Thoughts.  Let’s see how the plot moves because we know Lia knows there’s something wrong with the Wayas and why she’s being arrested and they’re using Mateo to get her.  Of course what Mateo believes in is just about him needing to marry Clarisse to protect Lia from harm.

In the meantime, the stage is set not only for a Lia-Lucille Waya faction battle as well as Sam and surely Clarisse also are after Lia’s head.  While Mateo believes Lia’s capture has only got to do with the wedding being called off and clueless yet about the other real reason why all of them are after Lia.

There are a lot of reasons why this can be explosive.  We just need the right mix so it’s up to the writers.  Are we sticking with our comfort zone that has become of Clarisse or are we moving on and using well planned pacing to move the story plots which for now seems not much.

Just to establish conflict, I don’t think we really need to make Lia always in that foul mood over Mateo.  Of course we understand why but the story plots have also to make an effort to make things build up more interest.  So moving on I think is a better idea unless they have a good battle coming up of Mateo and Lia.   Then let’s see what the writers have in store.

It better be than the Mateo-Lia romance angle because viewers want to be entertained, prolonging scenes viewers don’t usually like is not the way to go.  Writers have to be reminded this is entertainment. 

Okay, let’s see what’s next.  Both Mateo and Lia are in danger but also it seems Mateo might just find out about Lia being a taong lobo and where will that lead to?  If somehow because their story plot now has to be everyone in conflict.

I mean writers we know you want viewers so definitely you can’t just rely on caricaturish emotes from Clarisse all the time and please if Clarisse can be amusing, to watch, the other supposedly main character here Rico Blanco is not achieving the same viewer pleasure so kindly be reminded less of him will do viewing pleasure a big favor.  You people just showed Simon in the teaser getting an attack with Lucas around, ‘cmon we don’t need Lucas drama here so viewers wont get the Mateo-Lia developments right away.

Stalling is so off and a bad idea.  Writers need to establish momentum and know when to fast pace and slow pace.  When Mateo and Lia are so ‘kilig’ then I guess give it to the fans to slow the pace otherwise quarrel scenes between Mateo and Lia, ‘cmon I don’t particularly go for that unless they do some nice nifty action scenes that would be interesting.

Okay, that’s it.  Let’s keep Imortal interesting all the time writers.


Imortal’s 3rd webisode has now been released.  Check it  out at Imortal website.  Heard the site reached 3 millions hits as of yesterday.  Congratulations Angel Locsin and team  Imortal!

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Imortal Episode 39 [25.11.10]

For those who missed this episode …

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Compilation from Imortal teasers of scenes yet to come out this week in episodes 39 and 40

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Imortal: review of episode 38

Review written by: Angeladik

Episode 38 continues the scenes at the house of Dara with Mateo making it appear Sam is the “other” girl but of course Clarisse knows better than that.   Sam was just there looking out the window while Clarisse engages Mateo in another argument.   Strange she would not mention the name Lia just referring to her as the girl Mateo’s obsessed with.

Again, attempts by Sam to extract information from Mateo who should be kept guarded all the time and good thing when it comes to Lia.  So far, no slip of the tongue yet, the way Sam’s persistently finding out who this “girl” might be. I dunno but I think she almost knows it already.

In the meantime, Lia continues with her meeting with Jethro.  It seems Lia easily earns the trust of Jethro and even seems to believe that if Mateo and Lia become a couple, he will have a better time with his future telling abilities. Lia of course reveals her being a taong Lobo and tells Jethro his being a Gabay comes from a family line, although his dad doesn’t want to hear any of it.

The writers wanting Lia and Jethro to have this nice light conversation while obvious stalker Tomahawk hairdo guy follows Lia all the way home and then gets heard again while parked just outside Abraham’s, which Lia considers home.  Tomahawk foreign looking guy seems to be a cartoonish character if you ask me. I dunno if you like it that way so it kinda looks like Lia’s heroine in her scenes with Jethro and this stalker is kinda for the kiddie fans for the overall effect to the show I dunno.  But nevertheless, Angel makes it look easy with her heroine charm always an advantage.  Well, they went already to begin with, starting off with Clarisse’ character being caricaturish.

In the next scene, we have Clarisse fitting her wedding dress with Mateo trying on his tux as well while Lia’s around as per Clarisse’ wishes for her to “get her opinion” about the choice of wedding dress/suit.  Of course, we all know she’s been at it trying to make Lia jealous for the nth time.  Mateo seems not to know again of Lia being there and another eye to eye look at each other, Mateo and Lia, follows.  Good acting chemistry always helps but I’m fine with them Nicks.  They look at each other and it always looks for real.

Lia excuses herself but Mateo runs to follow Lia instead of staying with Clarisse, making her so indignant for the nth time and in front of her friends who were around also for the look at the wedding dress but also to flaunt and embarrass Lia further or rather she invited friends to embarrass Lia yet again in front of her friends,as always bitching around but turns out its the other way around.  Another dramatic confrontation ensues outside when Mateo and Lia see eye to eye again this time just outside the shop with Clarisse made to look bad as Lia leaves Mateo with her.

In the meantime at Lucille’s office, she and Albert (that’s the name of her right hand guy) make plans to locate Magnus as they’re able to sight a group of Vamps.  Unknowingly at first her desk has a “bugging” device underneath but she eventually discovers it and her secretary tells her it’s only Lia who’s been around her room lately.

So that’s what we will be expecting as the hanging continuation for the next episode.  We have starters as Albert is ready to arrest Lia once more but this time Lia shows why she’s not the same Lia anymore as she looks good dismantling the hench men and soon to follow is Albert.

Next episode.  Teaser time.  Lia’s able to run away from them, talking to Abraham and Miriam and Nanay Tabs but this time Abraham advices her not to return home as it’s dangerous to do so.

So I guess Lia’s only recourse and how it’s going to happen coincidentally because as Mateo returns to the shop with Clarisse he actually tells her the wedding’s off.  With these recent developments, Lia on the run and Mateo the run away groom, they will once again need to be together.  But of course it’s always the case that they are always brought together.  As Jethro says it’s like destined to be together.

The teasers we’ll see Lia and Mateo in that remote hide away and a girl actually seeing a Lobo and points to Lia being the taong lobo? but we know there’s been a teaser also showing Clarisse transforming into a lobo right before Mateo.

So lets see if in the coming episodes, Mateo finds out about Lia being a taong lobo and of course that teaser earlier in the week where Lia is sensing danger as Clarisse transforms into a lobo, in the woods, looks like it’s Lia to the rescue there.

Thoughts.  The last scene for episode 38 will be continued for the next episode and it’s an exciting action scene for Angel who always executes them well and looks great doing them.

I hope some of these action suspense filled scenes aren’t cut short because it looses the full effect or impact when they do it and Angel can do action sequences, unless ABS-CBN is reserving more for the drama rather than the action.  In that case, make the drama more compelling and engaging always.  We can’t rely on just the dramatic realistic scenes executed by Angel and JL.  We need the story driven plots as well.  That’s why we need also the right pacing so there’s always this momentum going.

So it happens here that about half of the fight scene they show in this episode and half for the next or is it a cut short action scene we have? lets see next because later Lia is on a taxi already calling Abraham asking him what to do next.

There are enough scenes for this episode actually but the real events are still up next.  We needed to wait for the 3rd episode of the week before moving on to the more exciting events.  I dunno if that’s a lot of slow mo pacing or what?

Imortal Episode 38 [24.11.10]

For those who missed this episode …

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Imortal: review of episode 37

Review written by: Angeladik

I have to start with episode 37 first, so here goes.  Mateo is now at home in Dara (his secretary)’s neighborhood with newfound “buddies”, the ordinary “kanto” boys who drink but who some also are into carpentry, a common passion.

Sam is more than ever “hooked” and follows Mateo once again in the neighborhood.  Initially, she seems not to like, but with Dara’s niece idolizing her fashion sense and style, it’s not too difficult to integrate.  At first you’d think Mateo is beginning to trust Sam but do we sense the old Mateo schemer when he actually “pits” Sam and Clarisse when she gets her turn to check out the area?  Of course, this happens later.

Clarisse on the other hand is restless with still unanswered text messages to Mateo and Lucas for a change has just this scene with Clarisse for this episode (liking that very much).  Lucas is actually still around the Waya Inc. office trying to be close to Lia when Clarisse finds him there asking where Mateo is.  Clarisse finds out from Lucas that Mateo has resigned from Simon Landholdings so she threatens Mateo thru txt again about the bad that can happen to Lia, as usual.  Mateo is forced to answer her messages and that’s when he drops over to pick up Clarisse for dinner.

While all these Mateo, Clarisse, Sam events are happening, Lia is busy with her laptop trying to contact Jethro thru his blog and getting a response.  Lia’s still very much at the Waya Inc. office, actually waiting for Clarisse to leave.  It’s getting late but Clarisse is still on her cell phone getting an answer from Mateo.  Finally, Clarisse leaves the office when Mateo picks her up.

This gives time for Lia to finally put the bugging device under mom Lucille’s table when an overstaying restless Clarisse finally leaves the building.  As Clarisse leaves to join a pent up Mateo for dinner, Lia is finished with her “bugging” task and off to meet Jethro who agrees to finally meet her.

Yah the “big” foreign looking guy with the tomahawk? hair do?, Mateo’s undercover guy to watch over Lia, follows Lia all the way to where she and Jethro were meeting, some outdoor baywalk? hangout?  There they talk about each other’s dilemma and how they can help each other.  Lia also reveals to Jethro, she’s a taong Lobo but not one he should be afraid of.  Of course he should know she’s a safe, harmless character since he “sees” what’s happening with her and Mateo and now Clarisse, been seeing vampires and taong lobos as well.  Lia, lobo senses sharpened perhaps or the smell of durian as they mentioned, and notices “tomahawk hairdo” guy. [for a stalking job, can’t they find a nondescript guy? ..he is too distinctive hehe but they can transform him into vampire since he can look fierce ..haist i miss lyndon …they should have killed tom instead of him so that there’s someone to rattle Sam to spice up the lives at the world of team sangre ..it’s too bland at present -nicky]

Before we forget, even before Clarisse would later join Mateo to visit his newfound hang out place, Simon finds him there and we know by now how his company is in very bad shape without Mateo.  Yet again the issue to threaten Mateo, Lia has to be dragged as a blackmail, unknowing to all of them, Lia has become a more powerful Lobo still to unleash more powers.

Finally, after a not so interesting, bargaining dinner, Mateo brings Clarisse to the “neighborhood” telling her this is his new-found hang out place and she doesn’t like it at all. Now going to Dara’s house (Mateo now you’re putting Dara in danger of loosing her job), we see Sam there and conveniently Mateo holds Sam’s hands in front of Clarisse, yet to build another tension between the two. Gauging at how Mateo intentionally meant it that way, most likely in getting both pitted against each other might help spare Lia even if in some sort of way.

You know Sam was kinda getting too nosy about Mateo possibly having another girl other than Clarisse.  So in a way, Mateo might be trying to make Sam perhaps believe she’s that other girl.  Nice one Mateo to keep Lia safe from more dangerous would be attackers.

Next episode.  Moving on to the teaser, it’s action packed Lia with Lucille’s main guy (what’s his name?) Lucille’s right hand sort of guy.  Lia’s bugging device under Lucille’s desk table is discovered and immediately it’s Lia being the one and only suspect.  We find nice action moves and a “running” Lia.  That’s pretty exciting to watch out for.

Then when do we see the other teaser where Mateo meets up with Lia in some remote place and Clarisse too around? transforming into a Lobo in front of Mateo? are we seeing all these this week?

Thoughts on Lia-Jethro tandem.  Like I said, one of Angel’s natural charms is she looks even cuter the younger her co-actor in the scene is.  Perhaps it also helps Dino Imperial (Jethro) has this wide eyed young, fresh vibe about him so they actually look cute in their scenes…if you’ve watched more Angel tv series back at GMA she regularly interacts with child actors and its a big reason actually why Angel’s well loved by kids not only becoz of the fantasy characters she’s played

Angel is so versatile, perhaps because still we see she has this young, fresh spirit so anytime you make her interact with child actors or actors like Dino I. who’s probably in his late teens or early 20s just guessing but who still has this very young, fresh vibe about him.

Angel Locsin and her leading men.  Sam Milby if you notice is like a kid also a lot so they were really cute together in Only You.  I think the fans notice it.  Both Sam and Angel can look hot and oozing with that sexy appeal but at the same time have this kinda kid in them, much like cute young lovers.  It’s a charming mix actually.  I’ve always seen it, something they shared.  That’s why the chemistry is so ripe for a romcom with light drama.   A good story driven script can mix romance with light fun stuff and they can actually do a charming romantic movie as well, not exactly romcom, but still they can do that.

With Sam it was easy to be convinced, and yes Richard Gutierrez too particularly in “Mulawin – the TV series” where their chemistry was at their best and later in the movie LTLB (Let the love begin) to my mind the freshest of all their romantic movies. I thought GMA could have done better and taken the cue from that one to make even better romantic movies.  The chemistry was physically instant and I always thought even if I liked the physical dynamics of Richard Angel more, but the personalities of Sam and Angel had that fun cute vibe as an added attraction that was so effortless and alike.

With Piolo Pascual, I thought the physical part was really there, but there’s something stiff or perhaps with an older leading man, it takes some fun away really because it’s so evident too with Diether Ocampo.  I dunno because perhaps Angel has this young, cute vibe about her and when paired with an older actor, it’s kind of dampened a bit so we don’t see the sparks we see when she’s with a younger actor.

I hope with Aga this doesn’t happen. I’ve seen enough Aga old movies on cable I think and although he really looks older now compared to his younger years, he’s got this forever young charming persona and as long as he doesn’t loose it, he will still be fine pairing with younger leading ladies, well I hope.

The thing with John Lloyd Cruz here in Imortal is he plays a kind of serious guy, unlike his recent romcom movies, so its a test for him but as far as I’m concerned I think Angel and JL were able to pull of their romantic scenes perhaps one of those memorable would have to be the sofa scene.  We have to agree they are both a great acting team. Angel brings out something else from JL and vice versa.

But honestly from a fan, the easiest and most effortless to watch for me was Sam and Angel. It could have been Richard and Angel of course, looks wise, they were still very young, so Angel was at her prime particularly in Mulawin on TV and LTLB if only Richard had more as an actor.

But acting wise Angel has to be at her best here with JL although with Dennis Trillo. Angel has actually been good too. Well, Dennis lacked that builit and height so it’s been a disadvantage for a leading man.  Sometimes they just look cute together but it looks less of the romantic thing.

I dunno I’m just observing.  Angel has those fine features so her best looking pairings so far are with actors who have the same.  JL is kinda not in the mold of Richard, Sam and Piolo not that he is less attractive but lets say the former ones really have more of the model looks?  But their acting I think is what drives Angel and JL’s chemistry on screen and its a very good combination actually.  Would you agree? [character wise in the story i don’t have an issue …but in terms of ‘kilig’ i don’t get much of it perhaps because JL has this old soul aura or if he was a girl i would call it spinsterish vibe ..marian rivera used to have that pre-marimar days but she was able to reinvent herself …JL has tried doing the same and at some degree there is an  improvement compared to his “tabing ilog” days but a hint of it is still there ..i still see him largely as a dramatic actor i guess -nicky].