The last time I did a Check-in Review, I ranted about the stunning decline (and slow recovery) of ABS-CBN’s Maria la del Barrio.
That was halfway through the series’ run and just at the beginning of its “2nd book.” GMA’s Legacy only premiered three weeks ago and here I am checking in already. And that is thanks to the surprisingly swift, yet efficient storytelling.
Currently in its 4th week on the air, Legacy has gone through as much story as other series have attempted to do their entire months-long runs. Fast forwards, paternity revelations, hate morphing into acceptance… things have happened at such a breakneck speed that one may wonder if it is all happening too fast.
In reality, Legacy‘s quick pace has been refreshing and exciting. Seeing young Diana (Heart Evangelista) learn the identity of her father, meet him, plan to have her and her mother begin a new life with him, lose him to a mysterious assassin, and get accepted not as the anak sa labas but as a genuine member of the family all while unknowingly meeting her (not really) half-sister Natasha (Lovi Poe), become bitter enemies, then bury the hatchet and begin to regard each other as their own flesh and blood… That’s one full, three to four month Filipino soap opera right there.
But it’s only week four and the show has only just begun. Both Heart Evangelista and Lovi Poe have been great to watch as their roller coaster of a relationship has gone to the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, ultimately (or really, for now) settling at true sisters, willing to hold each other’s hand and being there for each other moving forward.
This week brought in a new dynamic with the entrance (finally!) of Alessandra de Rossi as the other anak sa labas Bernadette.
Let the fireworks and Cherie Gil one-liners
Indeed, Legacy has been one revelation after another and that may seem reckless at first. Why show all your cards now? What story will there be left to tell?
But you can see Legacy is only getting started. Though in a way, it might feel odd not knowing where the show is heading, what with not having a boatload of secrets waiting to be spilled (the typical premise of Filipino soaps). But on the other hand, that makes Legacy so different and exciting.
Not knowing what’s ahead or what to expect is intriguing. And again, very refreshing.