Friday, May 19, 2017
Weekend Discussion, 5/19/17: Toxic Mothers, Round III
Karmageddon: Disfigurement, madness
Karmageddon: Being burned at the stake
Karmageddon: Murdered by Severiano
Karmageddon: Unknown; was last seen in a hysterical state, leaning over her son's dead body.
Karmageddon: Imprisonment and in a wheelchair
Karmageddon: Suicide (Gunshot)
Hiding Romulo's last will by fakery, multiple counts of bribing and extortion (Rom's doctor, Doctor Santamaria, Church ministry and many others), obstruction of justice, stealing and switching of babies (Belen's babies, one of them died), hiding the death of Baby #1
Karmageddon: Isolation from son
Karmageddon: Forgiven and survived
As for Candela, her original counterpart, Margarita, in El Manantial suggested her husband, Justo (Severiano) do anything to ensure their son wouldn't marry Alfonsina (Aldonza) which led to her rape. I don't know if LSdP handled that plot point the same way but that made her a horrible, evil person in my book. The difference between Margarita (Candela) and Ursula is that Margarita suffered interim (as Justo found out about her lust for El Padre and repeatedly raped and beat her) while Ursula didn't.
I never saw El Manantial so someone else will have to answer your question.
The one that stands out for me was Lucero who was utterly devoid of emotion (with one Achilles heel I won't reveal) and chilling in the role. That said, I thought her ending was far more severe than many of her male counterparts.
Claudia Ramirez in El Color was utterly fascinating to me. Yes, she was evil but she was brilliant and resourceful, able to stay one quick step ahead of disaster once her house of cards began to tumble. Her mannerisms, darting, furtive looks and her hands, fingers moving constantly in frantic motion were perfect.
Urban, I think you included Daniela Castro from Mi Pecado and Leticia Calderon from ENDA previously, didn't you? They were frightening as well.
Jarifa, I haven't seen Cuna de lobos but googled it after I saw your comment. I shivered a bit before I even read the summary.
Azela does the lusting incestuous mother quite well, huh? She did the same thing as Apolonia. Josefa was horrible but I loved her revenge.
Afterwards, The Becista put the gun in her mouth & pulled the trigger.
I nominate Catalina Lopezreina from Amor de Barrio for the next installment.
Catalina Lopezreina played by Marisol del Olmo.
Crimes Punishable by Man's Law- Murder by Proxy (her first husband Saul Marquez.) Embezzlement. Planned Murder (Daliah and Rodrigo when they were younger.) Various Cases of Murder for Hire/By Proxy for that matter (that FAILED.)
Crimes Punishable by Divine Law- Hubris, Abuse of her Pet Abogaducha, Chauffeur, Lover and Children. General Lewd Tackiness.
Interim- Having to pay Blanca Estela an opposite-of-paltry-sum for the 23 years she was shackled. Her murder was planned but thwarted.
Karmaggedeon- Raped by Chauffeur, Repented and the fact she ordered her rapist to murder her first husband was completely overlooked.
My personal recommendation to the list, actually--assuming she hasn't popped up in an earlier installment--would be
Marcela Arismendi (Susana Dosamantes), Eva Luna (2010)
Crimes Punishable By Man's Law: Murder (her husband's business partner and his wife, said partner's daughter-in-law, a maid, two other employees, and her son's father); attempted murder; accessory to murder; fraud (framing one woman for embezzlement, raising another woman's stolen child as her daughter).
Crimes Punishable By Divine Law: Hubris (I sense a theme emerging), general abuse to all around her, crimes against fashion (ah, that Bumpit).
Interim Punishments: Briefly imprisoned, briefly gaslit by her husband (whom she had tried to kill), one hand burned prior to the beginning of the show in the murders of her husband's partner and his wife.
Karmageddon: Burned alive in a failed arson/murder attempt.
She treated Miguel like expletive & ignored Regina.
Karma got Purple Lips BIGLY as her mini-me Daniela died from a drug overdose brought to you by Ashmore & Psycho Erick was sent to prison.
Then Purple Lips FINALLY embraced Miguel & begged for forgiveness!
Steve, I didn't include Nina in this round because she isn't in these women's league. She threatened Consuelo and grossly mistreated Miguel and Regina but never committed murder. She was semi-rehabbed to an unrealistic degree and therefore not written as intended at the outset. I also don't want any more arguments about her generation on that series.
I like Rebeca and Bárbara because I could still feel for them during the stories, in spite of their evil deeds. Claudia can add this vulnerability to her roles that I find endearing, even for her villainous types. Bárbara's story was just so sad, she was used and manipulated by men since she was a child and she never had a time in her life to be truly happy so her ending felt over the top. I wished she had been locked in jail with Aurora coming to visit her every month.
Josefa was simply brilliant. She was too horrible but Azela made me sad for her when we learned what happened to her daughter. Azela's eyes can bring so much sadness and melancholy in her roles. You should have seen her in Cañaveral de Pasiones UA, even back then she was fantastic.
I hope you bring up Toxic Fathers as well Urban Anthropologist
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