Hindsight Review: GMA’s Ilustrado a Stunning Television Experience and Accomplishment

No spoilers. Click here for my First Impression Review.

GMA’s Ilustrado was a stunning and breathtaking television experience. It was a production unlike anything ever seen on Philippine television.

The four week miniseries wasn’t 100% historical fact, but it was as educational as it was engaging. It was essential viewing for Filipinos who have a strange and maybe distorted view on heroism in this day and age and it was essential viewing for Filipinos who have too long been subjected to subpar, low effort and derivative television. Continue reading

Recap: The Amazing Race Philippines 2, Episode 44 (Leg 8, Day 2) – “Wag gagawin ang pagkakamaling ito!”

From Pavia National High School, teams must make their way to La Paz Public Market. After finding the famous Netongs Batchoy Restaurant, each team member will eat one bowl of authentic batchoy and search for their next clue.

“BABALA! Kapag natuklasan na ang susunod na clue, wag ibahagi ang sagot sa ibang team. WAG gagawin ang pagkakamaling ito.”
“WARNING! Once you’ve found the next clue, do not give the answer to other teams. DO NOT make this mistake.”

Before teams leave the high school, they must also stop at the Must Vote board. Continue reading

Hindsight Review: So, What Happened with Power Rangers (Super) Megaforce? No, Seriously. What Happened?

Minor spoilers. Also read my First Impression Review and Check-in Review

It’s a good thing I’m writing this Hindsight Review after watching the extended version of the Super Megaforce finale because it honestly left me with some positive feelings.

If I started writing this after Saturday’s airing of the original finale cut or last week in anticipation of the US premiere or even last month after the final episodes aired internationally, I might have been a lot more negative and pissy.

So hand it to some passable editing of Gokaiger footage and Melody Perkins as Karone saying she loves being a Power Ranger (complete with Astronema overlay) that I’ll actually be more less disappointed or upset.

At the end of Power Rangers (Super) Samurai, I expressed my disappointment in the two years that had gone by and a hope that the next two years would see some improvement. I otherwise had no expectations for Megaforce for fear that I would once again be disappointed with the result.

Not having any expectations pretty much tempered the disappointment I should be feeling with the season. Continue reading

Recap: Ressha Sentai ToQger, Station (Episode) 36 – An A+ Dream

ToQger 36

The ToQgers wonder what’s up with Akira lately. He’s been weird ever since he got Drill Ressha back. Ticket says he’s gone riding around on his own. The others think he’s off trying to find Subarugahama on his own.

The Resshas stop at the next station, Hakutendaigaku. Hikari remembers a visiting teacher-student who attended Hakutendaigaku. He rushes out and the others follow. Continue reading

Recap: Kamen Rider Drive, Episode 6 – What Does the Warrior Fight For?

Drive 6

As Brain finishes injecting the poison into Shinnosuke’s body, Kiriko arrives and asks Vegas to help. Vegas’ reels attach to Shinnosuke and with a 777 jackpot, they are able to escape.

Shinnosuke climbs out of the water onto rocks under the bridge. Belt-san warns Shinnosuke against de-henshining since Drive’s body is keeping the poison from spreading and killing him instantly. Continue reading

Recap: The Amazing Race Philippines 2, Episode 43 – Leg 8, Day 1 – “Wag kang umupo on your ass.”

The leading three teams are in Cebu all ready to board a ferry for Iloilo City. But they are disappointed to find the next one leaves at 7pm. Continue reading

Recap: Power Rangers (Super) Megaforce, Episode (20) 40 – “It’s really over!”

Megaforce 40

Recap: Power Rangers (Super) Megaforce, Episode (20) 40 – Legendary Battle

The city is in chaos and ruins. People are injured and trapped everywhere. Continue reading