Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Mujeres de Negro, Martes 2/14/17 Chapter 1: A Game of Chicken
Jackie getting violently beaten by Lorenzo like that made me cringe.
Vanessa & Katia: I can understand their rationales too.
I noticed the crazy psychopath (who was Virginia's henchman) from "Lo Imperdonable" is on this TN.
Plus, Arturo Peniche from "QNMD" is in this TN.
I didn't mention this in the recap but none of the three couples have servants. In Julio and Lorenzo's cases I think this has to do with the risk of their being found out on their illegal dealings (which I suspect are about smuggling) and in Nicolas' case it's about not having enough dinero to afford that and everything else.
Since this crime was planned only a few days in advance I have to think that none of the women thought the domino effect through. Katia will have the least problems of the three since Nicolas didn't have a job, but what repercussions will Julio and Lorenzo's deaths have on Vanessa and Jackie? It's not just about the money but about Zacharias.
Sensing corrupt law enforcement officer here.
I described their spot as a hotel but it's more likely to be a property owned by one of the couples. I'll change that later if we get clarification. But this story is definitely worth it.
What I want to know and hope to find out is: HOW, within the few days "antes" when the ladies in black decided to get rid of their husbands, did they manage to get their hands on the explosive material, plant it and be sure it would go off at the precise time when the boat was far enough away from the dock.
If it was to be a secret only between the three of them, someone had to have trolled the internet real fast.
Was that a rented yacht? How did the ladies in black know that it was exactly that one. It was much more likely that it was Lorenzo's. He seems to be the richest one (and the nastiest) one of the lot. Good Riddance.
Urban, I also noticed there were no servants, as one of the ladies in black stated to our Detective.
I hope to keep up, but I want to finish catching up with AQNMD before El Fin. (I'm only 19 episodes behind now. Luckily we have a long weekend coming up!)
It's also not on the Univision website or app so I guess it's Internet or DVR for me which means I'll usually be a day behind. I'm glad they're airing it at least so others can watch it as well.
Wow. They jumped right into the murder, real quick. I agree that their husbands' shady partners who were depending on them, won't take their murders lying down. They may even force the widows to take up where their husbands left off. Basically, they might have just jumped out of the frying pan, and into the fire.
There was a great Argentine novela in 2005 called Hombres de Honor where a Mafia don got whacked and his widow took over the family business because none of her sons were able to (two were too young and the other had just gotten out of prison after three years for a crime he didn't commit). She was actually a very effective Dona because she was much cooler-headed than any of the men. However, I don't see any of these three being able to do this, especially if the illegal business is human trafficking.
I neglected to look up the place name to see if that is possible. If this is a real place and it's in the north it is more likely than if it were further south.
Further south could be drugs, arms smuggling, or luxury goods (to avoid taxes and tariffs). We don't have enough info on Julio to determine this but Zacharias is totally without conscience. It could be any -- or even all -- of the above.
I'll catch you all later. Need to get some stuff done and hope I have some time to brush up on my Ruth Rendell.
His mother is Maricruz Najera (played Silvia, the retired Prison Director in AQNMD) and his brothers are Odiseo (Dr. Nesme in CME and more recently a short-term role as Edgar in AQNMD) and Demian (dark-haired, bon-bon star in The Bridge). They've done lots of other things, but these are the ones I'm most familiar with.
Wikipedia says they are of Arab descent (originally Bashir or Bachir).
I'm looking forward to watching him.
I don't know about you (and i'm aware her Wexford novels were I believe her big moneymaker), but I much, MUCH preferred her "stand alone" novels. Her character development and plot twists are absolutely unparalleled. I got into her after I was in a book store and passed by a book that had a laudatory quote on the front that said something along the lines of "no one can do more justice to a psychopath than Ruth Rendell". Something like that! I immediately picked up the book. It was "A Judgement in Stone" (widely considered among the very best of ALL of her novels) and was instantly hooked. The more I got into her works, the more I realized that that laudatory quote was spot-on. It's absolutely astounding how incredibly she can create- and with such amazing depth and detail- characters who are completely and utterly insane or dangerous or twisted. I think the thing I love about her 'stand alone' novels is that- generally speaking they involve taking a handful of completely disparate characters and creating a situation wherein all their lives somehow converge- perfectly- in the most drastic and tragic way possible. She has been called "the most astonishing imagination in crime fiction" and to me, of that there is no doubt.
Knowing (or 'believing') that we have alot of the same tastes, at least telenovela-wise (i.e.- no comedies, no schmalz, more cerebral, definitely darker, interesting villains), I thought I'd give you a little list of my favourite Rendell novels, and the ones I'd most highly recommend:
1) A Judgement in Stone (Amazing. In the very first paragraph you know exactly what happens in the first paragraph- what happened, who did it, who they did it to, and why. The novel is about how it all unfolded and it's fascinating. An incredible study of 'folie a deux'. The character of Joan Smith is (I feel) her absolute best 'desquiciada'- and she had some incredible ones)
2) A Demon in my View (A incredible character study of a rigidly proper, uptight, and fussy middle-aged sadistic psychopath)
3) Make Death Love Me (Beautifully, almost achingly, tragic)
4) The Lake of Darkness ("What can happen when one wins the lottery"- Rendell-style)
5) The Killing Doll (A fascinating descent into madness)
6) The Bridesmaid (A passionate love story between two love people. But, um, something definitely isn't quite right about one of the two...)
7) Live Flesh (Another 'Gold Dagger' winner. A tragic story of a convicted rapist released from prison trying to go straight)
8) One Across, Two Down (An absolute must if you appreciate Cryptic Crossword puzzles)
9) The Tree of Hands (Not her typical 'stand alone'- no dangerous psychopaths- but instead a story of a child, and three separate women coming from COMPLETELY different places)
10) The Fever Tree (I wanted to include one of her short-story collections in my Top 10 list, and this is it).
Anyway, I apologize to everybody for getting off topic, but just couldn't resist! Urban, thanks again for getting this patio started. I liked this novela, and hope you guys do too. Best wishes to all! :-)
Just as a warning, tomorrow's recap for this will be later as I will be out tonight at a film preview. I'm also having playback issues with VEA, so I hope I can catch up to last night's before I have to leave.
Playa Linda, referenced in AQNMD, is in this area.
This producer must love beaches.
Thank you Urban for gettig the vall rolling and providing this space for us.
I don't know what I would do in any of these women's situations:
1. A mafioso who has a price on hos head whete my child could be killed or kidnapped at any second.
2. A machista who calls me fat, belittles me, destroys my professional life and beats me.
3. A pretty boy who sends all day on antidepressants and alcohol and tries to kill me whenever hes suicidal.
No wonder they wanted them gone. I cant even believe Lorenzo tried to say he was the best one! Hes the worst! But he did give her the bright idea of an accidental death. Ha!!!
Im loving the opening credits and cast as well as the direction. I had never seen Fracisco Gattorno in a villain role but he was really good. And Mayrin was better than usual.
Carlos Moreno is amazing and so is his team.
Grab a good bottle of wine cause its going to get bumpy...
Shall we start a song playlist for this series?
1) Cell Block Tango/He Had It Coming: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrrz54UtkCc
2) Goodbye Earl: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw7gNf_9njs
I've never seen Bruno Bichir (Zacarías) in anything before. But of course I've seen both his brothers' work-- Demián Bichir in 'Weeds' and 'The Bridge', and Odiseo Bichir in a few Carlos Moreno productions, including 'A Que No Me Dejas' as the horrible Edgar, and currently on Telemundo in 'La Dona', as the sympathetic crippled character Lazaro.
Vivi, dont forget our wonderful Stealvia ;) I'm sure they follow Morebo and co. Because they always have juicy roles to get into but its nice to see some fresh faces too like Bruno Bichir nd Lourdes Reyes who has never been in a Moreno production as far as I know.
Bruno Bichir has mostly worked in TV Azteca, I don't remember what Televisa telenovela he did before this one. He is also known for theater and films. Back in the 90's he was Salma Hayek's heroic and tragic love in El Callejón de los Milagros, which is now a classic that every Mexican who likes cinema has seen and it's based on a novel from a Nobel prize winning author from Egypt, but translating the events from Cairo to Mexico City.
I haven't read the summary yet but the fact that Arturo Peniche (one of my favs) is in this is sorely tempting.
I am watching Vino yet and as I have never bailed on a TN before, don't wish to start now. I would be watching this in a heartbeat otherwise.
I'm a little troubled by the back and forth with the back filling in the blanks in the story. I would rather have had the whole set up ahead of time--but then, where is the shock of the explosion in the first episode? It was a good one.
P.S. Don't these ladies know that if they are suspect, their movements, cell phone calls, e-mails and texts will be monitored? Poor things, they don't know enough about police procedures.
Thanks Urban for the recap (I'm not reading it bec I really want to watch the episodes first).
Hopefully I can rejoin the patio next week!! I've missed you lot!
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