Codename: Asero's Primer

Codename: Asero's primer, The Dubai-Manila Journey, shown last Sunday evening, did not reveal anything exciting about this new show that had its pilot last Monday. Tagged as a sci-fi thriller, I should be enthusiastic with it, but was not very excited when I saw the cinematography and graphic design on the music video. The action stunts were also something we've seen before on local TV. I do not like Richard Gutierrez to begin with, but in all fairness to him, GMA has worse actors and I can definitely stand him being on the supposedly most ambitious projects of GMA, if only they would give him the opportunities to improve his craft. But this is Gutierrez's sixth teleserye as lead actor--all of them with some touch of fantasy and none heavy drama--after Mulawin, Sugo, Captain Barbell, Lupin and Kamandag, and I do not think the station really bothers to turn him into a better actor--something that would assure him longevity in the industry.

Meanwhile, this is Heart Evangelista's first teleserye as a Kapuso--after a disastrous, ratings-wise, Panday (2005) that forced her to leave ABS-CBN for a while before her comeback in Hiram na Mukha (2007)--one of the more solid Sineserye Presents series, but also failed to resuscitate her career, especially amidst the controversies in her now-past relationship with Jericho Rosales. Gutierrez and Evangelista showed onscreen chemistry--it might be the show's best asset--forget about the show's promises to be highly technological because it is always doomed to fail us for the simple reason that we never live in an isolated reality and we get to see international works that whether we like it or not set standards--unless of course the station really invests a LOT of money on the technology that will provide the works. But I would not suggest that. I even hated Mark Reyes, the show's director, when he said that GMA-7 was willing to spend a lot of money for people's entertainment, which it supposedly did for Codename: Asero, despite the hunger that persists in our country--or something to that effect. I could almost hear Melanie Marquez say, the nerd...