If you’ve been watching Hiram na Alaala, you’d know how it would end. How else? They have to keep Dennis Trillo’s character alive. After all, the actor is called Drama King in the Kapuso network. And he should end up with the character of Kris Bernal, whom the network is trying to push after her former love-team mate Aljur Abrenica bolted out of the network.
Unfortunately, despite the hype the network’s publicists are desperately trying to do in cementing whatever little chemistry Trillo and Bernal have, it is still an epic failure. Bernal is not an actress and her range of emotions is very narrow. All she can do is to open her eyes wide and wait for them to well with tears, and that’s it. In fact, she limits Trillo’s acting range and draws him to do the same…mug and wait for tears to well from his eyes. The two are not convincing even as a romantic pair.
The series is problematic from the very start. The pitch was it was about dissociative fugue, but we never heard about this till the series reached the middle of its run. And mind you, it was not about how the family and friends of the person afflicted with it tried their best to find a cure for it. Again, the writers went on a roundabout detour to focus on the love story between Ivan and Andrea and later the triangle among Joseph, Yasmin, and Andrea.
I think GMA Network should start hiring a new group of writers who can be more focused on a subject matter it is trying to introduce in its drama series without going into a lengthy meandering route to its end.
Do they know that this kind of writing makes them vulnerable to the competitors’ predatory moves to take its audience away from their shows?