La Bella Y Las Bestias
OK, so that was good, but not right away. It's a good thing the personalities and relationships we had to start out with aren't going to be the same as what we've got for the long haul. I thought Isabela's dad was kind of annoying and the whole following the armored truck thing was needlessly complicated. Especially when the upshot of the whole thing was that Isabela's dad ended up seizing the other dad's money. Did we need the extended chase scene?
The secret room and dad giving Bela the combination to the safe was not as cool as I would want it to be. I love secret rooms, but I was kind of "meh."
I was slightly intrigued when I realized that Bela's dad's friend is also Bad Dad's business partner. The meeting scene was kind of silly. I mean...come on, it's just crime, why you gotta take it so seriously with the voting and stuff.
Having Osvaldo Benavides's character spy on the meeting was probably about where I started getting interested in where they were going with all this. He needs some discipline so he doesn't just keep trying to sabotage Bad Dad without some semblance of a plan.
I think I'm looking forward to Bela going into ass-kicking mode for real, because happy chipper Bela didn't appeal to me. I'm ready for them to bring on the disguises.
My husband and I had a good first impression. I'll start with some of your points...
Secret room-I was kind of ok with it (but I tend to have much lower expectations), but I was like "Dude. Your daughter's birthday is the code? And you're in law enforcement?" As we saw later, a birthday clearly wasn't the code in the room they locked JP in *snrk*.
Council of Money Laundering Villains-That was the best!! I don't know the actor's name, but my husband was happy to see "Elmer" (we've called him that since QEQ.)
My husband was thinking JP was a dumbass until he started recording the sooper seekrit meeting of the Villain Council. JP is going to need to be a little less impulsive though. My husband was surprised dad locked him in with all the money. JP could have just started tearing up all the money in front of the camera and maybe could have gotten a little further (at least according to my gamer husband.)
I had issues with Quintero actually listening to the hench about taking out the whole family. If we were talking a rival Money Laundering Scam Family, maybe but c'mon...a police officer's family?
Which leads me to corrupt interpol agent....did he really not know that the strobe wasn't going to be put on the van? *shrugs* I'll go with it.
My husband felt like the overall quality was good. He liked that they took the time to show us that Bela was a competitive martial artist/fighter. He felt like that won't make it look stupid to suddenly have this great fighter after a 3 minute training montage.
Mimita needs to go though. I hope she's not around very much.
The most important that was that the end left both of us wanting to see more.
LOL...I'm sure there will be a 3 minute training montage. And I agree the birthdate as safe combination was a terrible idea and he should have known better.
There were a lot of familiar faces, even if it took me a while to remember where I'd seen them.
Ah, but the 3 minute montage will be more *believable*!
I did love the familiar faces and at the same time that it didn't feel like they were just cramming in "big names."
ETA: I also dig all the disguises in the promos. I like disguises. And these look less cheesy than Joel's disguises. (Which reminds me, Interpol is getting a bad rap in the latest batches of novelas, isn't it?)
Yeah, what's up with the "Interpol is useless" theme?
Thanks for the heads up! I normally stop before the avances anyway, but I'll be doubly sure not to watch them now.
Univision is putting a lot of hope into this one I think, but I still doubt it can topple SSSHP3.
Esmeralda Pimentel was on G&F yesterday to promote the show. She admitted, in answer to their question, that she and Osvaldo Benavides ("Juan Pablo") are a couple in real-life, having fallen in love during this production.
Good first episode. I can see why Gloria seems to always have a drink in her hand and a pained look on her face.
Sara, there was that weird painting in the Quintero house that hung in one of the bedrooms in AcT.
Kat, thanks for the character list. Yes, the avances were a little long.
Ooo...I'll try to pay more attention to the art next time.
I'm amazed Gloria's still using glasses. The way she poured whatever it was the second morning into a regular glass with no ice mad me wonder if she thinks she's just too "classy" to swig from the bottle.
Since this is only the beginning, maybe we will see her do some serious swigging before the end.
Something caught my attention last night that didn't when they first put the preview out. Maria's pregnant and she said the baby's father didn't know and why would she tell him since he's her ex. As she's heading down to the parking garage with Bela's mom, kind of out of nowhere, she asks if Emanuel is coming over for dinner. Something like that, I don't remember the exact question. It struck me as odd she's asking about Emanuel and it got me wondering if he's the ex? I really hope not, but my brain's just twisted enough to think it's possible.
Well, you know, there are usually no superfluous lines in novela land so you just might be right.