Friday, January 03, 2014
Weekend Discussion: Fix This Novela!
Friday, August 03, 2012
Weekend Discussion: Telenovela Villains; Peer(less) Evil
Saturday, March 10, 2012
El Mundo de Telemundo, week of 3/12/12: Discuss Amongst Yourselves!
Saturday, February 25, 2012
El Mundo de Telemundo, week of 2/27/12: Discuss Amongst Yourselves!
Monday, September 26, 2011
Doña Bárbara rebroadcast
Monday, May 25, 2009
Doña Barbara, - Eye candy of the Arauca
The star: Christian Meier as Santos Luzardo
Antonio - Arap Bethke with Santos
The Altamira vaqueros-
Pajarote & MN
Pajarote & Leon
The El Miedo Vaqueros-
Leon, Balbino Paiba, Tigre
Florencio Quita Dolores
Asdrúbal (JenCarlos Canela)
Friday, May 22, 2009
Doña Bárbara - Thurs., May. 21 - Grand Finale
DB gets dressed up in a frumpy outfit.
She has flashbacks to passionate interludes with Santos while smelling his shirt and saying that she will take his smell with her. Then she says that this is last time she will look at the walls of the house. She urges Marisela to have it torn down since the house is full of death and hate.
At the canoe, DB tells Juan Primito that she is going far away and won't be back. She tells JP to take care of Santos and Marisela and they will take care of him.
DB tells Marisela to be happy and to make Santos happy. She has to - that is why DB is leaving. Marisela asks how she will know that DB is ok. DB says that she will think if Marisela every morning and Marisela should do the same and they'll know about each other. She says that one day, a child of Marisela's will look at her with DB's eyes and then she will know that DB is with her.
She blesses Marisela. Santos and Antonio watch but leave the moment to DB and Marisela.
DB gets in the canoe and Melquíades and Eustaquia are there. Marisela wills her mother to look back. Melquíades tells her not to look back like the goddess she is.
At a dinner of Melesio's family, Antonio announces that he has appointed Andrés to be his advisor.
DB takes ill on the river and is helped by a missionary woman.
Josefa tells Federica that she can't understand what she sees in Mujica. Josefa says that since she has to become a decent woman, she will take Pernalete and says, "better the devil you know than the devil you don't ('mas vale malo conocido que bueno pro conocer')." Mujica calls her his mother in law, Federica calls her 'mama' and Josefa reaches for the bottle.
DB has a the rape dream but this time, Sapo shoots Santos. The missionary woman wakes her up and gives her medicine. She asks what her name is and DB tells her to call her "La Doña" of the river.
Marisela tells Santos that DB forgave them and told them to enjoy life. She says they will have to get used to living without guilt. They have to be happy. Santos tells her not to worry. He says that it is very easy to get used to being happy.
"A few months later" Maurice gets a letter from Marisela describing her wedding and scolding him for not attending. She tells him that everyone at the wedding was making bets that DB would appear. However, the only untoward event that occurred was that JP ran in with the earrings that DB previously tried to give Marisela. She puts them on immediately. She tells Maurice that she is happy and pregnant.
Then we jump ten years ahead. DB, now graying, returns to the mission with gifts for the children and supplies for the missionary. She says that she has been wandering up and down the river all this time. Her malaria returns but she says that she knows that her daughter is happy because she talks to her every morning. She is ill again.
Back at Altamira, Pajarote and Genoveva are finally getting married after having two children.
Marisela is pregnant again. Maurice takes video of everyone to fill in what has happened in the meantime. Gervasia's new boyfriend is Néstor.
Federica and Mujica's family.
Marisela goes into labor at the wedding reception.
Marisela's new baby girl has DB's eyes and Marisela tells Santos that she doesn't feel that DB is there any more. JP says that the rebullones have returned.
DB goes on her final journey.
Thanks to Novelera for filling in for me when I went to Venezuela. Thanks to all those who posted comments. It's been a fun ride. I think this was the best written novela I have ever seen and I'll ask my question again - if DB's writers can produce this, why are the other novelas written so badly? I've been watching La Tormenta in the afternoons and it is similar to DB in that it takes place in the llanos and stars Christian Meier but it is has the same cardboard characters as most novelas. DB had interesting, complex characters and avoided almost all of the tried and true novela plot devices - no babies were switched or kidnapped; there were no secret paternities; no one was forced to marry someone they didn't want to and there were few misunderstandings that went on and on. That being said, I wish the novela hadn't been extended. I thought it lost a lot of its power when DB was essentially redeemed after the Meléndez incident. I'll miss finding out what's happening in the Arauca every night but I won't miss the three hours it took to do each recap!
I don't know if anyone watched the 12 Corazones on Friday. It had some funny bloopers from the show.
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