Tuesday, July 30, 2013
La Tempestad, Capitulo 1. Monday, July 29, 2013.
"(Guess they don’t have HIPPA in Mexico". "...and says destiny (or in my opinion, stalking) will re-unite us once more" and "a sweaty, shirtless, chiseled chest" were great.
Marina's fall from grace was quick, as was her rescue. Mercedes seems far too invested not to have some personal motivation for her miraculously timed job offering. And Captain Damian is in fine form (sigh) and sparks were literally igniting onscreen when he met Marina.
Liking everything about this so far, the story, the actors (Cesar Evora, Mercedes assistant - is it Arturo?, etc.) and the pace.
Gloria, thanks for starting this off in fine style.
It looks like its going to be a very rocky ride between Ester and Marina. William Levy in tee shirts both wet and dry, or shirtless will be worth the watch.
Thanks so much for this stellar recap. You haven't lost your touch at all and welcome back!
I too liked this way more than I thought I would. I am liking the Capitancito muchly, lol. And Latin Lover, who knew. I am glad he is a member of the crew. I am glad the actor that plays Jose, Mercedes assistant, is a good guy this time.
Estercita is another spoiled brat, but I had to laugh at her being drunk and doing the walk of shame the next day, lol. In that same dress, like people she sees won't know what she was up to the night before, lol.
I can't wait for the confrontation between the Capitancito and Marina tonight. Looks like sparks fly!
"with a loaded gun and a chiseled chest".
That does it. I'm watching. Thanks, Gloria.
So glad you will be watching! Always love your comments.
Did anyone else notice the ship shot where it was rolling on the waves? It reminded me of footage from CS 2009 with that barco, La Promesa, lol.
And thank you very much, Gloria. There was an awful bloody lot of setup in this first episode, and I really did need notes for chunks of it.
Mercedes, I'm guessing, is going to turn out to be related to Marina somehow. If anything other than el mas machismo de Damian Fabre was blindingly obvious in this first episode, it was that she was waaaaay too interested in Marina to be anything besides a relative.
The whole Ernesto Contreras thing, combined with the hotel administration wanting to bury it, admittedly gave me a sour taste in my mouth. To put that in the first episode and rush through it before packing Marina off to the coast...does that mean we're going to have to wait seventy episodes for Mercedes to buy the hotel out and fire everybody? Not crazy about that possibility.
Castwise, for me it went about as expected: Daniela Romo >> Cesar Evora >>>>>>>>>>> Laura Carmine >>> William Levy >>>>> everybody else. And even Ester and Marina's raging leg porn didn't mitigate that. Maybe I'm expecting too much, I don't know. :)
I especially appreciate your wry asides ("or in my opinion, stalking", "Marina starts to feel uncomfortable with Mercedes (I would have the first time I got in the car, but that's just me),"
and of course:
"Mercedes is still talking about Damian and mentions his family, but this recapper can only stare at the chiseled chest of our leading man in tight pants."
Which leads me to wonder why people are harping on our boy's hair. His hair? Really?
So did anyone notice that the boy that Damián raised from the dead was named "Lázaro"?
Or that Esthercita's gown was all shiny and scaly with a mermaid tail although she looked more like an giant angry sardine than a siren of the sea?
Or that her gigantic tiara was shaped liked the pope's mitre (is that what it is called or is that just for bishops?)
To anyone thinking of starting a "mi hija" drinking game, forget it. That way lies perdition and we'll all be in rehab by the end of this thing. [But just in case, I have made sure of my rum supply.]
William looked quite fine; our hero must have spent hours in the gym getting ready for this part. Actually I am starting my own rum drinking game: one shot for every time William appears without his shirt.
I loved your description of Esthercita's gown looking like mermaid gear, lol. It sure did!
I too wonder why Esthercita threw her shoes in the water, lol.
OT: Some Naval Lore. Whenever someone wants to board a ship, you must ask permission to come aboard. Esthercita had the right idea, I mean boarding the barco, not boarding er, the Capitancito, jus' sayin'; ) Marina not so much, lol. And those shoes! I'm surprised she didn't fall flat on her tushy boarding that barco, lol.
Novela Maven, when Esthercita put on her mother-of-all-tiaras I almost fell over laughing. It was HUGE!
The safe sailor in me was appalled that nobody aboard La Tempestad wore any sort of personal flotation device, guess it's not manly enough, LOL! Or that El Capitan jumped in without a lifering. Bill, I missed that the victim's name was Lazaro, good eye there. However, I absolutely loved the Capitan's compass tattoo on his chiseled chest. Yowza!
Mads, you are so right about "permission to come aboard". Nobody, and I mean NOBODY, just walks onto a private vessel.
I thought the scene where the crew laughed at Marina's attempt to board was hilarious. I think her gigantic cork shoes are designed to keep her afloat when she gets thrown into the water tonight.
I have no clue why Esthercita threw her shoes in the water. Que the hell?
Thanks again Gloria. We're off to a grand start with this one.
Madelaine, love your avatar (tho' EY was my favorite)...;)
"Or that Esthercita's gown was all shiny and scaly with a mermaid tail although she looked more like an giant angry sardine than a siren of the sea?" Still snorting...
The safe sailor in you must have been proud of Cap'n Hottie when he told the new (-ly raised from the dead) kid that he'd have to wear a lifejacket whenever he was on board.
I second Diana. Yay -- JudyB! [I hope you are doing other, smarter things too to compensate for the brain cells sure to be lost overboard in the next several months.)
I was dreading the locks on WL, cuz they don't translate well on stills, but they weren't all that bad. besides, my heart did skip a beat on seeing his "sweaty, shirtless, chiseled chest," and handsome face... sigh. I am a huge WL fan, but even though he looked so good in TdA, it wasn't enough to keep me tuned in. i'll give this a couple of weeks or so to decide.
Great to see you on this side of the street.
Hey, Gloria, from the shocked/impressed look on Marina's face when she pivoted away from Capn Fabré, I couldn't help thinking that more than his chiseled chest was on view.
PS: The new girl, Ximena, isn't such a scenery chewer, at least so far. I guess the comparison is always to poor Blanca who seemed to have so much trouble spitting out a line in El Tal (Qué? Que qué?)
I like your theory about the gigantic cork shoes.
Thanks for reminding us of the need to ask permission to come aboard. That's one gaffe our girl won't make again. (Oh what am I saying. She'll probably do it over and over. jejeje)
I enjoyed all the familiar faces in this episode. The guy handing out payment was Tomas Mora in La Fea, the doctor was the Mafioso guy Garduño in Llena de Amor, Latin Lover's (I think his name is OSO) friend is Alejandro Ibarra from Amorcito Corazon and Las Tontas to name a couple. Also, the poor maid looked familiar as did the hotel manager. Can't remember where I've seen them.
I think the poor maid was a girl from Amor Bravio, whose uncle raped her. I couldn't believe she got a role like this again. I can't think of the character name she was in Amor Bravio. If Vivi comments she will know.
Thanks you are so right. I drew a blank with the name. I couldn't remember it, cause I kind of watched Amor Bravio, but not all the time.
I loved seeing Roberto Blandon and the actor that played Padre Honesto from Refugio, but he played the guy that reamed Marina out right after she helped the poor maid.
I swore off Mejía after TdA(?) but may cave in and watch this one. I'm out of town for the first two weeks of TempStud, so I appreciate the daily recaps.
Why did Esthercita toss her shoes into the water? Answer: May I remind you that this is a Mejía telenovela. 'nuff said. LOL
Love the snarks you guys throwing around here.
BTW isn't the big guy with whom WL had a fight just recently been fired from Meija's JNTR bar in DF (for s@rewing with the owners mistress), where he sang for his daily bread??
Moving on to be a fisherman after being a mariachi is considered a promotion or just the opposite?
Please cave! I think you would enjoy it immensely. It has your type of "scenery" in it and Meija, he is like an evil genius, what's not to like ; )
The actor's name is Latin Lover, Oso here as a member of the crew of La Tempestad. I think his storyline ended on QBA, so this being a Meija production, he probably moved him over here. I do like the actor.
Diana..it will be great to share a TN with you again. I ended up lurking quite a bit on AV but time to come out of the shadows, as we drama queens say.
Sylvia, thanks for the reminder about ship protocol. Maybe we'll learn how to say "Permission to come aboard, sir" in Spanish. I'm sure that will come in handy here in central Ohio.
You never know, JudyB. At least it will keep the conversation moving while your mind is searching for 'le mot juste' and all it comes up with are 87 synonyms for 'woman of ill repute'
I'm thinking mariachi to mariner would be considered a LATERAL career move.
Caught the first half. Really liked what I saw. Didn't hurt that within the first five minutes, saw four actors from AB. Damn! This might be the first time I watch two TNs at a time.
My TV is really small and I miss detail, so that may have something to do with it--but I liked Esther's dress. And the crown reminded me of the Miss Universe crown. When I watched the pageants-back in the dim and distant-the crown was shaped like that (though I don't believe it was as tall).
Surely, the lovely (and doomed to be attacked in every TN?) Mariana (Luzma, AB) didn't just have those few scenes and that was it for this TN. I really like this actor.
"to-the-point" descriptions, unknown maid and unknown man, and Ester the drunken. I caught the first episode and have no knowledge of this TN or the style of the director. Anyone have an idea of expected popularity? The boat scenes with the rough seamen were sooo funny. Sometimes I wonder how these actors can keep a straight face with the campy stereotypes they play. The centerfold pics on the walls of the cabin were blurred out, in part. So does that mean that some countries don't blur out the centerfold pics on the wall? Geeezz, go figure. Mr Mena was having a great time with the start-up of this one. He asked where the "unbuttoned shirt blowing in the sea air" shot was. Oh yeah, he was just shirtless, so who needs that one.
So glad I wasn't really watching the opening (though I heard the screams) and missed the rape. I didn't feel badly that poor Luzma from AB was in another unfortunate situation again.
NM - ITA about the complaints about WL's hair. Really, that's what people focus on when he's in the various states of undress?
Sylvia - your "shock and awe" was brilliant. Poor Marina did seem overwhelmed so maybe she did see more than his pecs.
I also liked seeing all the familiar faces—many of them from Amor Bravio. Mejia got some good vets for this with Daniela R., Cesar E., and Maria S. And also the guy who plays the other villain (the rapist). I also got the feeling that that was the last we’ll see of the maid (Mariana Van Rankin), so maybe Mejia cast her specifically for that opening sequence since he knew much of the audience would still strongly associate her with her character from Amor Bravio. It was a bit of emotional shorthand to make us feel for this young woman who had been raped, who only got 2 minutes of screen time.
I like that Marina stuck to her principals about reporting the rape, but did anyone else find it odd that she made the maid confront her rapist right there, and that she walked away from the maid and turned her back on her as the employees applauded her (Marina)? And isn’t it weird that instead of rushing to the maid and comforting her, the employees just stood around applauding Marina. Then of course, they had the maid walk out the front almost alongside her rapist in front of all the media and photogs!
I loved the blue and gold mermaid dress! And the tiara. So fabulous. So over the top. Laura C. was working it. I don’t like the wig they are making her wear. What’s up with Mejia and wigs? I understand why Daniela R. is wearing one, because she is just growing back her hair after her cancer. And William/Cap. Fabre is wearing one for that romance novel look.
The local color of the fiesta, tiara notwithstanding, was such fun. What beautiful food.
Poor Luzma (LQNPA) raped in the first scene? Yikes! I've seen her now in 3 TNs and she's been raped in each one. As Delicia (LldA her best role) and now this. Did we even learn her name this time?
Not sure what that sea battle during the storm was all about but it was exciting even though Damián acted as though it was just another day at the office. It looks as though he's gonna need a little taming and rehab and maybe a haircut.
It's a done deal, we are clearly on our way to "mi hija, mi hija, mi hija", this is Mejia after all & he has never had an original idea.
You should have your bingo cards filled before the end of the week.
Episode 1 was pretty good & so many good people. I see Manuel Ojeda is his usual rotten self as the rapist.
Has he ever been a good person in a TN?
Daniela Romo looks wonderful after her illness.
I thought I recalled that Bernardo raped Delicia, or maybe one of Axel's friends, or maybe even Axel himself.
I haven't seen this yet, but it seems like something I might enjoy, especially for the commentary here.
Was Delicia actually raped in LldA? That awful guy Axhole was always fighting with set up a taped scene to look like they had done it, I think, but I don't think he actually raped her. Did someone try on another occasion but was thwarted, or am I imagining that? And then on their wedding night, she willingly got busy with Axhole and then he turned on her immediately afterward, which was definitely wrong but I'm not sure was rape.
Someday I'd like to see Mariana in a spunky, happy role like Delicia, but without being done wrong!
What business exactly is this boat crew up to that they're getting into gun battles? Will this make any more sense after I've watched it?
I am so excited I found this website.
The heroine almost gets raped by rapey snake when she was overweight and later when she comes back thin.
Delicia was such a fun character. I'm glad I'm not crazy in not remembering if she was raped.
I looked back at some old recaps from LldA and found that Bernardo tried to rape Delicia but was interrupted by Nereida who thought that she was trying to seduce Bernardo, and then there was the drugged photo session staged by Fedra, and then Axel treated her very badly after consummating their marriage, but I guess that she was never actually technically raped per se.
I really wished Our Intrepid Hero Emanuel/El Lirio had ditched his drippy heroine and gone for Delicia instead. The two of them were great together.
But back to this show, what kind of meanie makes a young lady who was raped into a public spectacle right after the fact, and with the perpetrator right there, too? Not very empathetic. Marina should take the opportunity to trash the hotel's business by going public with the info that the management doesn't care about safety and wants to hush up stuff like this. That might deter a few potential guests.
The awful graphics in the ship action sequence were too funny. So were the slow-mo shots of William Levy cocking his gun, William Levy diving into the water, William Levy looking at something…I dislike his character so far, but I think the viewers are supposed to.
I like Marina. She earned my respect in the first scene by defending that poor rape victim (who I found out is Luz Maria from Amor Bravio!) Ximena Navarrete is gorgeous and not as bad of an actress as I expected her to be. The big question so far is who Mercedes is. I'm thinking she is her biological mother, but I’m also curious about who the man her (adoptive?) mother met in Nuestra Senora del Mar.
I’m not familiar with Ivan Sanchez, but he is muy muy muy chulo based on the opening sequence. I’m curious about his past with Marina.
Are we going to have pirate names? Because I want one ;)
I totally agree with you guys about how the victim was treated. I was wondering the same thing while I was watching the show. Such an odd way to handle supposedly dramatic scenes. Really had me scratching my head.
Bailey Marie, good point that we are probably not supposed to love Damien's character right now. He's kind of a pig, albeit an incredibly hawt one.
Some of it seems predictable at this point such as, Mercedes having a personal stake in Marina yet, I am all in.
Oh, and what is with the whole Esther spending the night out?!? How old is she? Isn't she a grown woman?! yeah, I laughed when I thought there was no way she wouldn't be recognized in a small town.
Again, excellent job!
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