Friday, January 03, 2014
Weekend Discussion: Fix This Novela!
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Corazon Indomable, 12/22/2013: EL GRAN FINAL!!!!
Part 1 (By Cece): Stumbling Our Way to El Gran Final CI Style
Everything has been said in the past recaps this week. I would just like to add that it has been a wonderful experience albeit my first time recapping. I appreciate all the kind words and wonderful comments. You all definitely made this TN somewhat durable ;). As to my fellow recappers, you are a talented bunch… that I aspire to write like someday. I would be the first person on the patio if you all got together and wrote a TN (I am also sure it would be better than half the stuff Televisa comes up with!). It’s been fun!!
Saturday, December 21, 2013
Fri. 12/20/13 Corazón Indomable ♡ All About Elsa ♡
Maricruz is sitting at the foot of Elsa's bed chatting with Elsa. Elsa, still not aware that Alfonso is dead is trying to recruit Maricruz's assistance in returning the deceased one to her. She's clearly in the wrong telenovela. She needs to be over at Mentir Para Vivir where resurrection of the dead is a rather common occurrence. Perhaps Maricruz could put in a call to Padre Plaid. Because Maricruz is a practicing idiot, she agrees to help Elsa find Alfonso. Should be easy enough but not with quite the result that Elsa is hoping for.
Here is where tonight's TV presentation actually begins.
Liz arrives at Alvaro's place in her little red car and parks it at the curb. Skankery must pay fairly well as it's a rather nice car, and her too tight, too short, maroon dress and spike heels all look to be expensive... if a bit slutty. She rings the bell at the gate and thought bubbles about a moment of vengeance against two people, especially Alvaro. She is soon admitted by a housekeeper and led to the big house. Looks like her other target is Maricruz since she seems to be glad that Maricruz is there. She tells her that she is here to visit Elsa. Maricruz says sure and lets her pass.
Wearing a tee shirt and children's pajama bottoms with little teddy bears imprinted on them (at first I thought it was Hello Kitty PJs), Elsa seems happy to have a visitor. She's busy brushing her hair and admiring her image in the mirror as Liz walks in.
|"For A Spoiled Brat I Sure Am Cute."|
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Friday, December 20, 2013
Corazon Indomable, # 159, Thur. 12-19-13. Move Along Folks, Nothing to See Here, Just a Minor Scrape or Two.
Just a note to Gringo, flag bearer for the CI defenders. To me, a recapper’s duty is to provide a summary of the episode plus any extra entertainment that occurs to a creative mind. This added “wit” may not suit everyone, since tastes vary. I remember other TNs that fell apart and were sideswiped or even trashed in the commentary. One example was Corazon Salvaje 2009, which was “savagely” criticized in comparison to the 1993 version. I hadn’t seen the earlier version, so I happily followed the newer one when it moved to a midnight time slot. In contrast, I dropped out of regularly watching other TNs, such as La Fuerza del Destino, Abismo de Pasion, and even Que Bonito Amor. I’m very grateful to all CarayCaray recappers and commenters for sharing an array of opinions.
This episode follows MariCruz and Octavio on their separate journeys: Tav with Doris, MC with Alvaro’s family. Many short scenes have been combined so the channel isn’t constantly flipping back and forth.
How Were We to Know?
When life on the ranchos took a strange turn, Alvaro appeared as a suitor for MC and Natasha appeared as a general romantic interest and troublemaker. We thought they were a passing fancy, but little did we know they would be with us to the end. Alvaro’s teenage daughter and MC end up damaged by the same egotistical artist, while Natasha plays a role in freeing MC from the “peace” of her prison cell. I don’t know why this was necessary, unless we’re unwitting dupes helping to promote Goyri’s new banda release. Or, maybe he just wants to be a nice guy for a change.
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Thursday, December 19, 2013
Corazon Indomable Wed 12/18/2013 Doris gets punched, and I am finally free!
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Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Corazon Indomable, #157, 12/17/13 Maricruz disappears AGAIN. Tav thinks he lost her forever AGAIN. Alvaro comes to the rescue AGAIN. I never have to write a CI recap AGAIN!
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Mentir Para Vivir: Possible New Time Beginning 12/23!
Madeleine and I have found a few t.v. scheduling grids listing Mentir at 7PM EDT beginning Monday night, the 23rd. TV Guide does not have the change listed although Corazón Indomable is over by then. Grrr.
"Zap2It" and "Locate TV.com" have the change listed as well as "Titan TV" and Univision's California affiliate, ch 657. TWO hours of Lo Que La Vida are listed.
So, fun lovers, reset your DVR's accordingly.
Corazon Indomable, Episode #156, Monday, December 16, 2013 “Free At Last, Free At Last, Thank God Almighty, Maricruz Is Free At Last!!!......AND SO AM I!!!!!”
Thank you, Lord. I’m done. My personal “sentence” is complete. To all of Viewerville, thank you for the opportunity to recap C.I. When I began this journey, I enjoyed watching this novela and thus enjoyed recapping it too. But I must sadly agree with my fellow recappers and the rest of Viewerville that the third and fourth parts of C.I. have been truly painful to watch, so I am overjoyed that this process is over for me.
Note: Some scenes are combined.
Maricruz and Octavio continue their tearful goodbyes as Lupita enjoys an apparent Benadryl-induced psychedelic trip with the overhead studio lights. She’s so out of it that Octavio has to raise her arm for her so she can give a limp-hand wave goodbye to her crying mama.
Alfie’s dad informs his grieving wife that Natasha and her entourage of starving artists are back and wish to speak with her. She refuses to see them. She is not about to attend to her son’s “enemies”. Dad has no choice but to go face the music, er, headband-wearing Natasha and her gang, who insist that they will fight to get back their friend’s painting. Alfie’s dad promises to give them back the money he received for the “masterpiece”, but he begs them not to sully his son’s name by revealing that he stole it from his friend.
ShutUpDoris is back in town. Oh joy. She tells Octavio she still has problems with her daddy because of her plans to marry Octavio, but she couldn’t care less. Octavio expresses concern that once back on the island her daddy will make life impossible for them. Then, true to his nature, he goes from having just sworn undying love to Maricruz to yet again saying he must “take” his daughter with him, but “legally” he says - as opposed to just kidnapping her for a third time, I guess. (Of course, seconds later he does an about-face and says there’s a chance Maricruz will be set free, in which case she is entitled to her kid.)….Octavio suggests to S.U.D. that she return to the island and wait there for him while he resolves what will happen with Lupita. She refuses to leave on the “eve” of their wedding.
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Saturday, December 14, 2013
Corazon Indomable Friday Discussion Page: And the Nominations Are???
Friday, December 13, 2013
TN Schedule for Friday, December 13, 2013
Hola, all TN recappers and commenters. Corazon Indomable, Por Siempre Mi Amor, and Lo Que La Vida Me Robo, will be shown at their regularly scheduled times in the Eastern and Central Time Zones. Mentir Para Vivir will not be shown at all. Univision did this last year for the Telethon. For Peeps on the West Coast, check your cable grids to find out what time Univision will show the above TNs. Last year, Univision showed the TNs on the West Coast either Saturday evening or on Sunday.
Corazon Indomable, Cap. 155, Thur. 12-12-13 -- A Mournful Maricruz Sits Stubbornly in Her Prison Cell
`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
. . . no, that won’t do, although much jabberwocky and wacky jabber is to be found in recent episodes of CI. Let’s look for another poetic reference to set the scene for our jailbird.
It's a hangin' day in Wolf City, Wyomin'
Wolf city, Wyomin', eighteen ninety four
They're gonna drop Cat Ballou
Through the gallows floor.
She killed a man in Wolf City, Wyomin'
. . . well, that’s not exactly right, either. We know MariCruz didn’t actually kill a man, but she’s determined to claim it.
Perhaps we’ll share a few lines from that famous prison epic, The Ballad of Reading Gaol:
The moaning wind went wandering round
The weeping prison-wall:
Till like a wheel of turning-steel
We felt the minutes crawl:
. . . We’ve certainly felt some minutes crawl with MC incarcerated. Let’s see how she does in today’s episode.
Ed and Tav run into each other at the airport and catch up with Tav’s miserable life. He’ll wait for MariCruz to get out of prison.
Carola is sent to isolation as punishment for the knife wound scam she pulled on Maricruz. For some reason, she’s not happy with the situation.
Maria is at Don Ale’s former mansion, talking to the maid/caretaker with the cadaverous face and messy hair. She wants to find some of the family, but none of those names are known to the maid. (She looks like she would fit in with a family named Addams.)
There’s a Ray of Hope for Maricruz, If She Would Only Recognize It
Natasha visits MC in prison. (The guards probably haven’t seen this many visitors for one prisoner in a long time.) MC recalls what a ruckus Natasha caused with her painting career in the Rancho Abuelo neighborhood and asks (bingo!) “Que haces aqui?” Natasha is interested in MC and she knows who really killed Alfonso. She wonders why MC wants to be in prison?
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Thursday, December 12, 2013
Corazon Indomable #154 The cameos just keep coming
MC's wailings finally illicit the appearance of the Glenda the Good Guard. Glenda asks MC where she heard that Lupita was dying. Well, it was Carola and Dominga, her new BFFs. Glenda tells her they lied to her, and MC has the same look on her face she had when she was told that Lucia was lying to her. No way. Why would they lie to her, and how could she not realize it?
Juanita calls the prison to try to at least talk to MC on the phone, but the answer is still no.
One Cell aka OC aka MC, still won't believe Glenda the Good Guard aka GGG is telling the truth. So GGG gives her a 'what for' talk. She tells her not to believe anything the mean girls tell her and to come to ask GGG if they do it again to see if it's true. OC then asks and I'll quote, "Why would they do that to me?" hahaha, OC kills me, it's like she's that salvaje from yesteryears all over again. I missed her.
Juanita runs home to tell Two Cell aka Octavio that MC is in solitary confinement.
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Corazon Indomable: In The Pits And Pounding Sand
As the gods in Telenovelaland often say, “be careful what you ask for cuz you just might get it!” Maricruz has gotten exactly what she asked for and more and I, for one, am all out of sympathy cards.
Carola plays the innocent victim to perfection and gets back-up from the crooked guard, Dominga. The warden, who prides himself on being soooo in the know with his prison and his inmates, apparently is not when it comes to the scam these two are running. He gives Maricruz three days in solitary. (Ehhh! Viewerville is so over la Estupida de Maricruz and the burro she rode in on! It cringes every time she opens her mouth. Where in the world is majestic miracle-maker de Maria Alejandra Mendoza? HMMMMM???? Has our Mendoza totally disappeared? Why-oh-why are the telenovela gods forcing us to make do with la mentecata de Maricruz Olivarez?)
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Monday, December 09, 2013
Corazon Indomable #152, 12/9/2013: A Bad Day for Burros, Jackasses, and Stubborn Mules
Saturday, December 07, 2013
Corazón Indomable Friday 12/06/13 Here To Visit Maricruz Olivares? Take A Number.
Clutching a colorful chicken to her ample bosom and leading her reluctant burro, Filemón, who has a turkey and a second chicken strapped to his back, la Indía Maria takes a moment to catch up on the local gossip with Santa... ¿Qué? I look back up at the paused TV screen... yes, that's Santa, a burro, Indía María and a healthy handsome hen... did I miss something?
|"Do You Think We Could Get Jobs Posing Nude In Mexico?"|
Wait... confused? Yeah, so am I. Thinking that someone may have been diddling with my drink, I gaze at the half empty pony glass from which I've been gently sipping some Gran Centinario Añejo. Looks OK... smells right... a cautious taste with just the tip of the tongue... Hmmm tastes fine... smoky, a bit of an astringent but gentle bite, hints of vanilla and cinnamon... let's move on.
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Friday, December 06, 2013
Weekend Discussion: When Good Novelas Go Bad
Corazon Indomable #150 – Thursday, 12-5-13 – Mean Girls in Women’s Prison Are Like Mean Girls Everywhere, Except with Uglier Clothes.
News of Maricruz’ Tragic Situation Spreads to the Lower Rungs of Society
The lawyer (Navarro?) tells Octavio that Maricruz has been transported to the Women’s Prison. Tav asks what can Navarro do? Not much—he couldn’t get MC to recant her original confession or alter any of her testimony. Tav feels her case is hopeless, as she’s presumed guilty. (His case is hopeless as well—we know he sold himself to Doris in exchange for the lawyer’s fees.)
News of the murderous Maricruz spreads quickly beyond the city’s top drawer of art and culture to her circle of friends and family:
- Natasha calls Padre Julian with the scandal. He saw the papers but can’t believe the news. He’s happy Natasha sold her painting for the benefit of the poor.
- JA tells Ester what he heard from the padre. He believes neither the nude pose nor the killing, although MC testified she couldn’t control her rage. Ester reminds JA how impulsive MC always was and asks when will he forget his old love. He stomps out to collect rent.
- Padre Julian continues his rounds, finding Alvaro on the job site and sharing the scandal. Alvaro will try to help. In a later conversation, he tells the padre he’s taken a two-weeks leave to go help MC. No matter her situation, she’s fragile deep down inside and Alvaro can’t forget her. (Why don’t they gather all of MC’ love victims into a SWAT team to bust her out of prison?)
- Perico comes home to break the bad news to Solita and Nilda. He tells Soli not to worry, MC didn’t really pose naked! She’s a good person, who wouldn’t hurt anyone. (OK, naked or clothed, the bigger worry is the prison sentence.) Nilda will try to help.
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Corazon Indomable #149 Wed Dec 4th Maricruz visits the pokey
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Corazon Indomable, #148, 12/03/13 Promising painter dies in his prime.
Monday, December 02, 2013
Corazon Indomable, Episode #147, Monday, December 2, 2013: La Dama Desnuda!!! Or Where the Heck is Oblivio?!!