Friday, September 29, 2017

Weekend Discussion 9/29/17: Toxic Sisters


I've often said that series villains are far more effective when they are related to the protagonists and between members of the same generation there is nothing like sisters of similar age, whether the issue is over the hero or an inheritance. If women had been on the stage in Shakespeare's time he would have created toxic ones too, because the emotional stakes would have still been higher than those he was able to express between brothers. 

Here is a list of evil sisters for your consideration:
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Friday, May 19, 2017

Weekend Discussion, 5/19/17: Toxic Mothers, Round III

Now that we're past Mother's Day, it's time to review some of those that are undeserving of such honor. Do any of them come up to the level of Catalina Creel of Cuna de Lobos? Let's talk about this:
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Friday, March 10, 2017

A Que No Me Dejas: Karmageddon Comes to Cancún 3/10/17

This is by far the longest list of people who deserve comeuppance and therefore the longest article so far on this subject. Due to time constraints at the time I did not post at the halfway mark to list those who had already met their ends, but they are here so we can remember them and ponder their fates. For the rest the standard questions apply:
  1. What do you think the writers did to these characters?
  2. If different from the above, what would you have done instead?
Fire away, amigos. This should be fun.
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Friday, February 10, 2017

Weekend Discussion 2/10/17: Karmageddon – El Color de la Pasión


Puebla is the site of the next round of Karmageddon. We have some excellent prospects for a very hot place. The Master awaits!  As usual we will ask the following two questions:

What do you think the writers will do to them?
What do you think they really deserve?
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Friday, April 08, 2016

Karmageddon for the Rich and Shameless: Pasión y Poder 4/8/16



I have always loved the concept of poetic justice, of people getting the fate they deserve. This does not often happen among those who can buy their way out of it or get someone else to do it for them. Many – if not most – who can do this have no conscience about it. Few feel any regret for their actions or remorse for the consequences; most that do are too late to do more than pick up the pieces.

Human crime is not limited to things subject to legal judgment. Many crimes are social, familial, or both. Most of these are behind closed doors and at least half will hurt the perpetrator as much as the victim. All they can do at that point is close ranks to save face if they can manage to avoid the paparrazzi who – for this crowd – is Dante's Inferno. – D.D.
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Friday, January 29, 2016

Karmageddon Discussion: Muchacha Italiana Viene a Casarse 11/26/16

Let's make pasta primavera and open some vino for this one because we deserve it.

It's time to figure out what tricks the Televisa writers will pull on us this time. After what happened with Mi Corazón es Tuyo I am seriously concerned that most of the nasties of this series will get off without any relevant punishment, but we can at least vent here about what should happen to them. Let's start with the queen of the lot:
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Friday, December 18, 2015

Weekend Discussion: Yo No Creo en los Hombres -- Karmageddon!


Karmageddon comes to DF this time for the devil's own in Yo No Creo en los Hombres. We've had a very interesting collection of villains and top performances by the actors. Due to the nature and pace of this story, I've delayed this until today and this is updated through last evening's episode. As usual, we ask two questions:
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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Weekend Discussion: Karmageddon Comes to Santa Lucia (La Sombra del Pasado)


We're coming close to the end and the crap is flying so here is the all-important discussion of the Karmageddons awaiting the evil ones in our story. As usual we will ask the following two questions:

What do you think the writers will do to them?
What do you think they really deserve?

Contrary to my usual practice I am posting my thoughts in this article because of my current computer issues.
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Friday, March 06, 2015

Weekend Discussion: Karmageddon Awaits on Mi Corazón es Tuyo



OK, amigos, the finale will air on 3/27 and we have work to do! Our moral and mortal minds need to decide what is going to happen to the villains of our modern fairy tale. Since this is not standard (melo)drama, part of this will be a challenge. Rap sheets are updated as of Capitulo 161.

As usual, we have two decisions to make:

  1. What would you want to see happen to these villains and
  2. What do you think the writers will do to them?
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Friday, July 11, 2014

Weekend Discussion: Karmageddon in Aguazul (Lo Que la Vida Me Robo)


It's that time again, amigos! Although this is a little early, the number of bad guys in this tale is such that we already see the villains turning on each other. Let's cut loose now and dish about what should happen to the evil ones in our story. As previously, we should think about it both ways:
  1. What do you think the writers will do to them?
  2. What do you think should happen to them?
Let's start with their queen and work our way down:
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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Weekend Discussion: Karmageddon Thoughts


Let's start with a theme song for this (which in another sense is Pedro Medina's anthem).

We've had discussions in the past over this essential Televisa element.  They always include elements of satisfaction or dissatisfaction we have with the writers' decisions.  If the original audience in Mexico (Televisa) or the US (Telemundo) isn't satisfied with the villains' final ends I'm sure they're vocal about it.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Weekend Discussion: Karmageddon Awaits!

Karmageddon in Por Siempre Mi Amor


OK, with 17 or 18 hours to go on this story, it's time for this all-important discussion. The villains in this tale are some of the vilest excuses for human beings we've seen to date, so this will be lively.

As in a previous discussion on another series, this will be a two-part question:

  1. What fate do you think they deserve?
  2. What do you think the writers will do to these perverse creatures?
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Friday, February 07, 2014

Weekend Discussion: Mentir Para Vivir Karmageddon Awaits!

Not all of these are left, but the bad guys we have certainly have it coming. While lying is normally included on the list of crimes against Divine Law, it will not be mentioned here because everyone is guilty of that.

Muchas gracias to Adriana Noel and 5Ft Latina for filling in what I didn't catch.  Now, what do you think should happen to these evil-doers and what do you think the writers will do?

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Weekend Discussion: Controlling Mothers, Part II

Maternal Monsters, Part II

There are way more of these than perhaps any other female villain because they can play so many cards in the game of control. Guilt, money, religion; even sex isn't exempt from their repertoire in their attempts to control their teen or adult children. I was hoping to compile another Dirty Dozen, but some of these are so spectacularly evil it just couldn't wait. Please provide any more details if you can.
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Friday, November 08, 2013

Weekend Discussion: Karmageddon Discussion; La Tempestad and PEAM

I have basically ignored these two series for the most part because I'm not into comedies and because William Levy does nothing for me.  However, since both of these are ending very shortly, the Karmageddons of their villains should be a hot topic that deserves its own discussion.

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Weekend Discussion: Qué Bonito Amor Karmageddon Awaits!

Several of our evil-doers are already with their Master, so here are the ones left.  What do you think should happen to them?
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Friday, March 29, 2013

Weekend Discussion: Amor Bravío – Karmageddon Awaits!


What final fate should befall the evil ones in this tale of greed, lust, romance, and toxic family dynamics?
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Friday, November 23, 2012

Weekend Discussion: Un Refugio Para El Amor; El Camino al Gran Final


Karmageddon Awaits!

Those of us who know this story well are aware of how the series title hasn't yet begun to pay off for its protagonists. We hope it will in its final week for these two have endured too much suffering. Here we will open the floor for discussion on what we hope will happen to their tormentors beginning with their queen (If anyone who lives or lived in Mexico can enlighten us on some legal points, please do):



Roselena Torreslanda, or She Who Must Be Obeyed.

Guilty of several civil crimes for which she has yet to pay:
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Friday, November 09, 2012

Weekend Discussion: Villains; They Who Make Our Flesh Crawl


Dirty Dozen # 5 The Sleazebags

These are the evil men who are not accepted in polite society.  They mostly lack the social skills and the minimally acceptable-to-excellent appearance of their higher-born and higher-educated brethren in evil.  They normally cannot enter parlours or drawing rooms.  They usually dress badly, are often less than hygienic, and usually have no family ties or any other kind other than to their paymasters who are usually the mastermind villains.  They happily do all the low-level tasks the others are unwilling to do as long as they are paid for it.  They sometimes initiate evil acts of their own, but frequently they aren't clever enough to always assess risk vs. reward.  They are usually expendable once their dirty work is done, but sometimes clever enough to outwit their masters.

Who is the most evil of them all?
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Friday, August 24, 2012

Weekend Discussion: Telenovela Villains; Peerless Evil, Part 2


Dirty Dozen #4: Sexual Predators

This particular class of male vermin primarily preys – or attempts to prey – upon innocent and/or wealthy females. His modus operandi can be seduction but often is rape or kidnapping. Usually perverse, and always achieving his most intense orgasmic experiences by inflicting pain, his usual motive is greed. Usually a smooth talker, often capable of moving in the upper echelons of society, he can get away with quite a lot before anyone finds out what he is really about. He may or may not be married, but he is always on the prowl because his appetite for others' pain is bottomless.

Who is the most evil of them all?
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