Check-in Review: ABS-CBN’s Vietnam Rose

TYPE OF REVIEW : CHECK-IN REVIEW
No spoilers.

FEATURED REVIEW
VIETNAM ROSE

By LJDB

I gave it a good review when it first premiered. But I think I was blinded by the shockingly well done Vietnam War scenes. Since then, the show has just gone downhill. You can’t get invested in the stories, everything seems overly predictable, and the “magical-realism” is getting old.

No wonder its not ratings gold in the Philippines. Rumored only on for 3 more months? I say good riddance.





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First Impression Review: ABS-CBN’s Panday

TYPE OF REVIEW : FIRST IMPRESSION REVIEW
Basic first week spoilers.

FEATURED REVIEW
PANDAY

By LJDB

Well, its been a while since Panday was first announced to be in production and after many stalls and delays and waiting for another teleserye to bite the dust, it finally premiered.

After a few weeks now, Panday seems to have hit its stride. It was a mixed beginning. Seeing Philip Salvador as Flavio, the original Panday was just awesome. The premiere episode was very well done and Salvador eminated the aura that Fernando Poe, Jr. brought to the role more than 20 years ago. The backstory was so exciting that the slow moving pace that arrived with Heart Evangelista and Jericho Rosales as Eden and Tristan.

Then began a low point in what was supposed to be an action-packed premiere week that would (ABS-CBN hoped) be enough to attract audiences that would trump rival GMA’s series Encantadia. However, audiences, like myself, were surprised and bored by the slow pace after such a fast-paced start. Then, there was the rushed romance of Eden and Tristan, that defeated the purpose of all the time they devoted to setup.

But once the show finally got to what it was all about, the fantasy, the swordfights, the legend… Panday started to greatly improve.

The story is starting to be fleshed out and the deeper they go, the better the show gets. The special effects are no surprise, they are Philippine-level SFX… but when watching a so-called Filipino fantaserye, you shouldn’t be expecting Harry Potter. It works though, and the story is definitely being illustrated.

Heart and Geoff… I mean Heart and Jericho, didn’t really click with me at first. There wasn’t a kilig factor right from the start, but there has been a complete turnaround. They are more than capable leads, and carry the show when the writing doesn’t. Great performancse from them so far.

Overall, Panday is an enjoyable, action-packed, Filipino soap opera. Hopefully it’ll last longer than recent ABS-CBN teleseryes.

 

Recap: The Amazing Race 8, Episode 9 – “Its against our beliefs to be treated so badly”







EPS 08-09: HOW’S THAT FACE FEEL?

It was an okay episode…

Am I the only one whole likes the LINZes? I don’t think they’re cocky… they’re just excited lol… and FINALLY, FINALLY they came in first… but they get the trip to Wyoming… where’s the trip to the Caribbean or Europe or something… oh well, they made less mistakes this week than they have been… and they continue to be freakin’ hilarious… lol… GO LINZES!

I think I’m starting to learn the GODLEWSKI‘s names… Michelle is the shortest one and Christine is the one who no one listens to… and the BRANSENs are just… there… again… Is it common to call your father by their first names? “Wally!”

And to the mixed bag of nuts… the WEAVERs… am I the only one who hates them? Or at least annoyed by them… I just can’t get over how hypocritical they are… They really are hypocrites above everything else…

That bear was cool… 🙂 … Bart the Bear … The DETOUR resembled an actual regular TAR detour… and the ROAD BLOCK was kinda boring, but it would be fun to do… The last YIELD was used on the Weavers, which was good… I don’t see how it can come back to bite the Linzes in the ass as they said in the previews… there are no more yields left…

Nothing much to comment on in this episode… I think one of the weaker ones this season… evidenced by the lack of funny quotes…

*Morning After Edit*
Actually, after sleeping on it, I have more to say… lol…

Utah is very beautiful. I remember looking a postcards from Zion and I always wanted to visit… it looks breathtaking, literally.

And why was Phil encouraging them? The Weavers wanted to quit… Never has a TAR team wanted to quit before unless they had an injury or had some unfortunate circumstance. The Weavers are putting it all on their hypocritical selves. I know Phil is so passionate about the show, he probably wanted to just tell them to “Get the hell outta my Race!” … JONATHAN BAKER… arguably the most hated RACEr of all time, yeah he abused his wife, but he realized that and during the Race, 40% of the time he loved her and he enjoyed running it, plus he gave Senegalese children candy.
Plus what was that comment to the bicyclists? “You’re not Lance Armstrong!” or something like that. SHUT UP you little punk…and the Utah bashing… ugh…

You have to go watch the videos at CBS.com… there’s one of the LINZes who can’t get the gas pump to work correctly. It is freakin’ hilarious…


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QUOTES FROM EPISODE 08-09
Linda Weaver
: “Its against our beliefs to be treated so badly”

Tommy: “Miss Utah?”
Nick: “Miss Latin Utah… even better!”

Alex: “Let’s go ask this lady.”
Tommy : “That’s a dude”

Tommy: Well, hello, Boo-boo. How about a pic-i-nic basket?”

Nick: “If we lose a teammate, we’ll just go do the bikes”

MY RANKINGS FOR EPISODE 08-09
LINZ
GODLEWSKI
BRANSEN
GAP
WEAVER