Recap and Season Hindsight Review: Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger, Episode 48 (Finale) – Earth is Our Home

Zyuohger 48

Ginis is confident that he can defeat the Zyuohgers because he is able to use the Earth data he took from Cube Whale. The Zyuohgers will not allow that to happen. They attack Ginis, but even Yamato going Gorilla can’t do anything to him. Continue reading

Good Ol’ Review: Kerry Howard Shines in the BBC’s Dramatic and Disconnected Young Hyacinth

Young Hyacinth

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
Basic plot description. No spoilers.

I first stumbled upon Keeping Up Appearances sometime in the mid-2000s when channel surfing brought me to my local PBS station on a Saturday evening. And since then, it became the #1 show that defined my 2000s.

I don’t remember ever watching British television before then, but as soon as I met Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced “Bouquet”), I was hooked. I loved it. With I Love Lucy being my favorite television show of all-time, it was easy for me to get into Keeping Up Appearances. It was hilarious physical slapstick with bits of subtle comedy with Patricia Routledge effortless as the snobby, but strangely loveable, social climbing Hyacinth.

So when the BBC ordered the prequel Young Hyacinth, I was both excited and scared. I was excited because it would be awesome to get more of Hyacinth and her sisters and that glimpse into what their young lives might have been like. But I was also scared because sometimes, things like this could go horribly wrong and somehow tarnish the original. Actually, I thought we’d see a Sheridan spin-off first, following him around with Tarquin and seeing the geysers in Iceland.

But now that Young Hyacinth has aired on the BBC, I find myself still with mixed feelings about it. Continue reading

Good Ol’ Review: It Won’t Be Easy to Forget the Excellent Cast of SBS’ Remember

SBS Remember

TYPE OF REVIEW : GOOD OL’ REVIEW
Major spoilers for drama ending, but with warning before it begins in review.

Rich vs. poor. Revenge. The underdog. The SBS drama Remember (– War of the Sun) has a simple enough premise. But after watching the 20 episodes, the most memorable aspect of the series anyone will remember will be the outstanding performances of its stellar cast. Continue reading

Hindsight Review: TV5’s Baker King Proves the Philippines Can Produce Worthy Adaptations

TYPE OF REVIEW : HINDSIGHT REVIEW
LOTS of finale spoilers! For my spoiler-free-ish First Impression Review, click here. For my Check-In Review with spoilers up to Week 6, click here.

There have been plenty of Filipino adaptations of foreign dramas over the last couple of years. And all to varying degrees of success, both commercially and creatively. From a blockbuster like the original Marimar to creative duds/insults like Maria La Del Barrio.

For Baker King, while being on TV5 may have kept it from being as big a ratings draw as the original was for GMA, it certainly was creatively successful. And maybe, TV5’s Baker King is the best local adaptation of a foreign drama series ever. Yes, ever. Continue reading

First Impression Review: Nadine Lustre a Highlight on ABS-CBN’s Promising On The Wings of Love

TYPE OF REVIEW : FIRST IMPRESSION REVIEW
Some spoilers and premise discussion.

A charming Nadine Lustre highlights ABS-CBN’s newest primetime drama On The Wings of Love.

The series debut of the popular Nadine Lustre-James Reid loveteam (better known as JaDine) mostly hits the right notes in its first two episodes. Continue reading

First Impression Review: TV5’s Fun and Refreshing LolaBasyang.com and ParangNormal Activity

TYPE OF REVIEW : FIRST IMPRESSION REVIEW
No spoilers.

TV5 continues its noble effort to draw in new viewers with its two family friendly series LolaBasyang.com and ParangNormal Activity.

Produced by The IdeaFirst Company for TV5, the two series manage to be good fun while being able to raise the bar for locally produced series. Continue reading

Check-in Review: TV5’s Faithful Baker King Continues to Do Justice to Original

TYPE OF REVIEW : CHECK-IN REVIEW
Big spoilers up to week 6. For my First Impression Review, click here. For my final, spoilerific Hindsight Review, click here.

Six weeks into TV5’s Filipino adaptation of Baker King, Kim Takgu, it is evident that director Mac Alejandre and the entire cast and crew know exactly what they’re doing and what they need to do. Continue reading