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La Niña, finished! Overall impressions

The ending of this show was intensely satisfying and mainly (maybe not entirely) realistic. Thinking back over the entire story arc and all the characters, I do have a few criticisms, but mainly so much love and so much admiration for the storycraft and the character development. It would be an excellent show to use with kids to get them thinking about how characters grow and change (and why this is important) and what motivations are--but beyond all that, it's so engaging!

My main criticism was that the main conflict for Belky, the protagonist, gets sorted out three-fourths of the way through the show, and then, rather than simply focusing on remaining conflicts/difficulties, which are not as high-color but very important (things about how she relates with her boyfriend and her family--that sort of thing), a whole new existential threat is introduced, one that's kind of cheap and tired compared with everything else in the show. Furthermore, it involves Belky, who's generally wary and mistrustful, trusting a simply odious character, and while the show's at pains to show how that character wins her trust, it still just doesn't seem likely. And, it's very hard to focus on the very interesting stories of the side characters when there's this existential threat hanging over Belky. I would have been happier without that storyline, honestly.

BUT STILL. The remaining storylines develop the main supporting characters wonderfully. People make bad decisions for good reasons and then have to extricate themselves. People have to take emotional risks, and it isn't easy. There are lots of excellent heart-to-heart conversations.

And the show is really progressive, too: there's a young lawyer who's wheelchair bound who gets to be heroic and who gets a happily ever after: he's just the right person for the woman he ends up with. There's a gay guy who's portrayed as an accomplished, brave, smart person, who's always wanted to be a father and is able to co-parent with a single mother, while maintaining his romantic life separately. Belky has a moving conversation with the older of her two younger sisters about becoming sexually active and making it be about her choice and not something she's pressured into. Public, pressureful marriage proposals and apologies are shown to be NOT A GOOD IDEA.

And more and more--but this is enough for now. Gotta get back to the day's tasks.

This entry was originally posted at https://asakiyume.dreamwidth.org/866273.html. Comments are welcome at either location.

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pigshitpoet
Oct. 13th, 2017 02:55 pm (UTC)
; )
i envy actors, able to escape from reality and enter other worlds

can i become an extra?

i could use some character development...

asakiyume
Oct. 14th, 2017 11:48 am (UTC)
Re: ; )
i could use some character development...

couldn't we all!

pigshitpoet
Oct. 14th, 2017 06:04 pm (UTC)
Re: ; )
; ))))
heliopausa
Oct. 14th, 2017 02:22 am (UTC)
At first I thought this must have been a local theatre group's show, for possible use in schools, that you'd been an observer of in the development stage, but now I think it must be a TV show?
It took me a minute to sort out about the apologies not being a good idea, but a reread showed it's public, pressureful ones - in which case, YES.
asakiyume
Oct. 14th, 2017 11:58 am (UTC)
It was a telenovela in 2016 in Colombia--so, a story told over a series of episodes (86). Netflix bought it, and now in some regions, you can watch it via Netflix. I suspect regional stupidity means it's not available everywhere (why not??? How hard is it to understand that people everywhere would like to choose from a complete menu?), and even if it were, of course it would require that a person had access to Netflix. Probably it's not available where you are, and unfortunately most of the trailers focus on the backstory and first episode, so they don't give a very accurate impression of what the show's like (it's more about her in medical school and less about warfare and fighting), but If you check this out, you can at least see the beautiful lead actress in action, and the "la niña" tag I have will show you two more entries about the show (well, one about the show and one with background about the real-life situation in Colombia that the show was drawing on).

Edited at 2017-10-14 02:58 pm (UTC)
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