Hindsight Review: GMA’s Iglot Denied Chance to Do… Much of Anything, Really

GMA’s family fantasy drama Iglot ended its run last week (this week on GMA Pinoy TV) in a most abrupt way.

After starting out as a nice, frothy little family adventure about a lonely little girl finding a friend in a strange little yellow ball of fluff, the series came to crashing halt with a forced and completely unnecessary tragic ending.

It’s a strange run that says more about the network than the series itself. I’m sure the show’s staff didn’t expect to end after only 55 episodes. And that showed in the story.

Instead of plenty of adventure and even more cliché grown up love triangles and quadrangles, Iglot fast forwarded and skipped through what could’ve been at least two months worth of story.

And it appears it was only to free up a timeslot for the new season of Survivor Philippines. So is the problem of a primetime line-up that includes the high rated (and already extended) Amaya and Munting Heredera, Iglot ended up being the low man on the totem pole.

It wasn’t as if Iglot was Captain Barbell (in other words, hopelessly trailing its timeslot competitor). The series held its own and was usually neck and neck with the waning 100 Days to Heaven.

Iglot was basically cheated out of opportunities to have stubborn little Iglot drag little Ning into his crazy shenanigans. We the audience were cheated out of more moments between Lola Idang and Ning as Celia Rodriguez and Milkcah Wynne Nacion had such a great chemistry which we saw too little of.

And by the network assumedly rushing Iglot towards its finale, the frenzy must have been so crazy it resulted in the horribly forced and contrived ending of *spoiler alert* Mariella dying and every other person getting a shot at least once. A jarring and completely unnecessary ending to what is supposed to be a light fantasy.

One of the good things to have come out of the show though is the discovery of a new little talent in Milkcah Wynne Nacion. She’s a very promising little actress as long as GMA takes care of her.

Iglot had plenty of potential that went untouched thanks to the short time it was given. It could have gotten a great run like its Telebabad neighbors, but it unfortunately got thrown to the side. And that is unfortunate.

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