Designated Survivor gives us one of the best winter finales ever

Designated Survivor is clearly one of the best new shows of the season. The winter finale left me wanting more, but unfortunately I have to wait until March.

If you follow my blog, I wrote a post of couple of weeks ago asking if Peter MacLeish would be the vice president. We now know the answer is yes. Congress confirmed him, even though Hannah Wells found proof that shows he’s a war criminal, not a hero.

Hannah is on her way to the U.S. Capitol with the evidence when someone hits her. She escapes before the assassin can kill her, but leaves her evidence behind in her car. She then enlists the help of her colleague, Chuck, and discovers that Charlie Langdon, the former chief of staff, is behind the mysterious calls Wells has been getting. Before she is able to get answers from Langdon, someone tries to kill him and, amid the chaos, he escapes.

Hannah kills the guy who tried to kill Langdon and finds a key card on him. Using his tech expertise, Chuck finds out that the key card opens an office on the seventh floor of a building that is near the Capitol. Hannah puts all of the clues together and figures out they are going to kill President Kirkman at the swearing in ceremony so MacLeish can be president.

Hannah goes to the swearing in and sees the window open in the building near the Capitol. She pulls her gun, people start screaming, the secret service go after her, and she fires at the window just as the assassin is about to pull the trigger. The shot takes the assassin by surprise and he fires. Obviously, his aim will be off because of the shock of being shot at, which means I’m left with one big question. Who did he shoot?

I wish I had the answer. I could speculate, but I won’t. I hope he shot MacLeish, but I have a feeling he didn’t.

What did you think of the winter finale? Any guesses as to who was shot?

 

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Tres Veces Ana: Now that’s how a finale is done

It has been a long time since I’ve watched an action-packed finale to a novela. Lately, all of the action has happened before the finale. That was not the case with Tres Veces Ana. Despite what I call creative editing, which made some of the finale feel choppy, Tres Veces Ana delivered a tension filled hour and a half.

I have to start a little before the finale for all of the pieces to make sense. First, I’ll start with Ramiro. Facundo and Valentín kidnapped Ramiro and took him to a remote cabin where they shot him up with drugs so he wouldn’t be able to feel his legs. While he’s tied up, Valentín stands up (yes, he can walk) and confesses that he killed Gina. I have to admit that I didn’t see that one coming.

Ana Laura finds out where Ramiro is and goes into the cabin. She sees him tied up and, instead of trying to untie him right away, she tells him to wake up and then goes on to tell him how much she loves him. Of course, she takes so long that Valentín returns, but not before she pulls the needle out of Ramiro’s back.

Valentín ties up Ana Laura and then leaves again. By this time, Ramiro has feeling back in his legs. Ana Laura frees herself and Ramiro. When Valentín returns, Ramiro attacks him, but Valentín gets the best of him and Ana Laura ends up saving the day by killing Valentín just as the rest of the family shows up to rescue them.

Iñaki tries to kill Ana Lucia, but Marcelo stops him. They fight and Marcelo ends up unconscious. He’s rushed to the hospital where the tumor in his head is finally removed. We say goodbye to the personality switches as Marcelo and Santiago merge, realizing that they need each other.

The finale picks up with everyone returning to the mansion after the whole Valentín ordeal, but Ana Leticia isn’t there because she has gone off the deep end. She kills Claudia after she taunts Ana Leticia with details of her relationship with Mariano. Ana Leticia then runs off with Iñaki, but not before she gets her son. Surprise. Surprise. She never lost the baby.

Ana Laura marries Ramiro and Ana Lucia appears happy with Marcelo, but Marcelo wants his son. Marcelo works with the police to take down Facundo. The police shoot Facundo, but he survives. We don’t see Facundo after that scene, but I assume he went to prison.

A few months go by and Iñaki realizes he’s been wrong. He calls his father for help. Iñaki is arrested and Marcelo gets his son.

Ana Leticia decides to take out her insanity on her family. She kills her grandmother, attempts to kill her aunt, and ties up her sisters. Mariano walks in on this and Ana Leticia has him undress as she tells him how much she loves him and not the way a niece loves an uncle. She makes him get in her car and she thinks that they are off to live happily ever after.

Mariano has other plans. He crashes the car, which leaves him paralyzed from the waist down. Ana Leticia is placed in an insane asylum.

If this one doesn’t clean up at the TVyNovelas Awards, I’ll be stunned. While I lost interest part way through because it seemed to drag at times, the last few weeks were exciting. I also can’t say enough about the performances by Angelique Boyer and Sebastián Rulli. They were excellent. Rulli changed from Marcelo to Santiago easily. One look of his eyes and you knew which one he was. As I’ve said before, Boyer played the three different personalities well. She clearly showed all of their traits.

Did you like Tres Veces Ana?

 

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Un Camino Hacia el Destino comes to an end

path-1421693_640Un Camino Hacia el Destino has come to an end and what an ending it was. There was a lot of editing I didn’t care for, but overall I enjoyed the finale.

Let’s start with Luis and Pedro. Luis somehow discovered where Pedro was hiding Pedrito. There was some editing because it wasn’t quite clear how Luis found out.

He took off with Pedrito and Pedro followed. Luis went to some building where a helicopter was supposed to meet him. Pedro chased Luis up the stairs and Luis shot Pedro in the stomach. Pedro miraculously survived, but I’m not sure how because we never saw that.

Luis thought he got away, but the police got a tip and flew the helicopter in to pick up Luis. They dropped him off at the prison and his face was priceless. Fernanda visited Luis in prison and told him that she loved him. She also referred to him as her father. I think, in his own strange way, he truly loved Fernanda and Pedrito.

Later, Diego was arrested at another school where he was already making the moves on another student. We didn’t see what happened to Diego after that, but I assume he went to prison for a very long time.

Much to my dismay, Marissa died. I was hoping Ignacio would marry her before she died, but poor Ignacio was left without a happy ending. I think there was some creative editing involved here as well because we didn’t even get to see Marissa’s funeral. The finale jumped from her death to Fernanda leaving to study violin in Europe.

I also wasn’t happy with Mariana’s end. She was alone in the house, wearing torn pantyhose and drinking wine. She and Hernán never got back together. I’m not sure why the writers chose to keep her rotten to the end. Luis had some sort of redemption so I don’t know why Mariana couldn’t have had the same.

Now, it’s time for the happy endings. This won’t take long. Amelia and Pedro stayed together. Camila ended up with Felipe, which I saw coming since Un Camino started. Fernanda and Carlos finally got married. Fernanda also became the successful violinist she always dreamed of being.

While it was nice to see Carlos and Fernanda get their happy ending, Luis’s redemption was a nice change of pace for a novela finale. At the end of most novelas, the antagonist dies or goes to prison without feeling any remorse. Watching Luis as he cried with pride over Fernanda’s performance was touching. He was paying for his mistakes, but he finally realized how lucky he was to have Fernanda.

What did you think of the finale?

 

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