Sueño de Amor Premiere Week Review

Minutes of secret meeting in the El Cohete control room…

5ft: OK, we did what we said we'd do. We gave Sueño de Amor a week. So now what?

5ft: The first three episodes, I was on the fence, but the fourth one took a pretty sharp turn. Maybe it's still in "setup" phase, but the awkwardness got ramped up instead of calming down and I feel that doesn't bode well.

Sara: This 4th episode was a seriously sharp turn toward not good.

Sara: The editing seemed bad. The acting doesn't seem improved. If anything it was more cartoonish.

Sara: Seriously... How was it actually heading into entertaining territory and then it went so wrong in an instant?

5ft: Let me just get a really big issue out of the way...Ricardo. Dude is married! And he's not respecting boundaries. How do you make a married man with two kids who's going after his ex while he's still married a "galan"? Oh, that's easy--throw his wife under the bus. It's totally ok, though, since she's one of those horrible working women who doesn't put the kids first.

Mr. 5ft: Ricardo acted like he was going on a date when he was getting ready to meet Esperanza...and then to find out he's married with kids. That was my first problem with him.

Mr. 5ft: He didn't help himself with the whining about Tracy not wanting to take care of the kids--that's his job just as much as hers. Maybe he does spend a lot more time with the kids and she really doesn't, but the show is three days old, we haven't *seen* that yet. It comes off like "My job's more important than yours." They're trying to make her come off like the bad parent so he can be the good galan and I don't think that's fair. It should be ok that they've grown apart and just need to get a divorce--I don't know why she's so against it, but, yeah, he's not helping himself with anything he's done.

Sara: Yes! That whole fight came off as a women shouldn't work PSA. It bothered me. A whole hell of a lot.

Sara: And you can't argue that Esperanza works and is a good mom... because she's in a career that has traditionally been deemed "ok" for women.

Sara: Oh! And Tracy's job was important to her and it was something she was passionate about. Why did that come off as bad? Is the only way for a woman to be fully realized and happy is to nurture a child?

5ft: Osorio has something he wants to say about family, and maybe it's a good message, but it's obscured by all the messages he's inadvertently sending. He promotes one idea at the expense of others, and I don't even know if he realizes he's doing it.

5ft: He did this with Mi Corazon es Tuyo as well...every time Ana said that she dances on the pole "But I'm not a stripper!" I would think "Wow. Way to throw strippers under the bus." I wanted to appreciate that he was saying her work should be valued...but then he'd throw in that record scratch moment and no, that wasn't it at all. He wanted to set up a hierarchy so he could show that his protagonista might be in a less-than-honorable line of work, but gosh, at least she's not as bad as some OTHERS.... Not cool.

5ft: He's doing the same thing here. Like you said, Esperanza can both work and raise kids because (1) she's a single mother, so somebody's got to do it and (2) her job is one that's acceptable for a woman to have. Tracy can care about endangered species and jet off to Africa to help save them...but no, wait, never mind that's not ok because she has kids. Huh?

5ft: I could maybe live with Tracy if we had multiple examples of "working mothers" all doing it differently, all doing it their own way, all validated and ok there's ONE who is just not a good person...but when there are so few examples to begin with, her "not a good person"-ness gets way too tangled up with her putting her job first.

Sara: It's just so bizarre that it was written this way. Was making Ricardo a widower not original enough? Why even have the Tracy character? Is it so important for Ricardo to have kids? Because I would think working for Interpol would be obstacle enough. Why throw career women under the bus?

Sara: Aside from the Tracy BS, I also felt like a lot of the episode felt like filler. It was only the 4th episode!

5ft: There are several other issues...things like the relationships between secundaria students and adult men, the relationship between Esperanza and her children, the way they're presenting diabetes….

Sara: Oh yeah. It's been pissing me off since he got the diagnosis.

5ft: I get it, medical and legal issues are never presented accurately, but completely screwing with the presentation of such a prevalent disease for the sake of DRAMAAAAAAAH...no. Not good.

Mr. 5ft: The bad treatment of the teachers...I accept we need a villain, but do we have to do that?

Mr. 5ft: And do we need another mother that's SO against her son dating the girl who's not rich? Do we need to do that tired storyline again?

Mr. 5ft: The only thing I'm enjoying is the music. If I could shut off the dialogue and just listen to the music, I'd find this a much better show. I think that pretty much sums it up.

Sara: I gotta agree. The music is really good and it's a shame the rest of it isn't very good.

5ft: Every show's going to have issues. I don't need it to be perfect in order to recap it, or like it, or even in order to dislike it but still watch it, but there comes a point where it no longer feels worth it. Sueño hit that point in Friday's episode and that is WAY too soon.

Sara: I don't think I've ever seen a show that doesn't have issues (La Vecina might not have had issues, though.) Some I can live with and some I can't. Sueño just has too many....and it's only episode 4.

5ft: I'm content with the idea of dropping coverage now, rather than investing more time and effort.

Sara: I know I'm not willing to recap it. I'm willing to watch a few more episodes though.

5ft: I don't even know if I want to keep watching! It's a hard sell.

5ft: It's in a difficult spot time-wise, and headed firmly into "not-compelling" territory. I think we gave it a fair shot, but it's just not worth dealing with the DVR conflicts.

Sueño de Amor will be moving to the “Jettisoned Shows” category.

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Denise
Denise
5 years ago

I agree with you guys.

Sara
Sara
5 years ago
Reply to  Denise

Did you feel disappointed? Cause I did. I really wanted to like this because it was an original story.

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5ftLatina
5 years ago
Reply to  Sara

Lesson learned, I guess? Original =/= good

Sara
Sara
5 years ago
Reply to  5ftLatina

If it doesn’t do well, do they go back to just doing refritos?

Am I the only one who feels like they are scrambling? Why not just rerun the classics while they take the time to write/produce a good show?

5ftLatina
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5ftLatina
5 years ago
Reply to  Sara

I’m just going to take refuge in other shows and try not to think about it. It’s too terrifying to contemplate.

Sara
Sara
5 years ago
Reply to  5ftLatina

I need a La Vecina.

5ftLatina
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5ftLatina
5 years ago
Reply to  Denise

I feel a little better hearing that.