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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jun 12, 2013

Reviews On 'My Husband's Lover' Are Mixed: Some Like It, Some Don't

THE PILOT of “My Husband’s Lover” got mixed reviews from various viewers who sent their feedback to us. They call it by different names: pamhintaserye (for pa-mhin), closetaserye (since Tom Rodriguez plays a closet queen) and bayotserye (bayot means gay). The most prominent feedback is the fact that the series is entitled “My Husband’s Lover” and yet the lover, Dennis Trillo, doesn’t at all make an appearance in the first episode.

Instead, they dwelt on the kadramahan of Carla Abellana’s mom being a pokpok or prostie, which prompted someone to call it a “pokpokserye”. Most viewers are not happy with that kind of structure at all. We agree. The series should have started in the thick of things, since the title and the trailers have already shown where the story is going. Dennis should have been there from the start and then they just go back to how the story all started.

When we watch Hollywood TV series now, we marvel at how the writers make the flow of the narrative so involving, like “Revenge” or “Arrow”. They start with the current conflict and then, as the story continues, the past is sporadically shown in flashbacks. In “Revenge”, we slowly learn why the lead character is hell bent on avenging the death of her father on the family of Madeline Stowe and it makes the story so much more absorbing.

The same for “Arrow”, where Oliver Queen (played by the man mountain Stephen Amiel) is shown being rescued in a God-forsaken island and then future episodes slowly show what happened to him in the island. Local writers cannot afford to stick to the usual conventional storytelling techniques they know that viewers have very short attention spans. After all, it’s so easy to switch when you get bored with the help of the remote control.