#PureLoveTheRevelation Episode 5.
Diane finds out about her Fiancè and Bestfriend’s affair.
Diane’s Last words: I Love You…
for heaven’s sake i need to breathe! to say that friday’s episode was intense is an understantment1 it went by in a blur, mainly because i spent majority of the time in between screaming, and catching my breath, shaking, calming my my crawling skin. i purposely held out writing this post because i was pretty much incoherent after watching it for the first time. also because i did not know if the words were right, if this episode needed articulation. for a while there, i was debating on leaving this episode be. sometimes beautiful things must speak for themselves. so this is me, trying.
i did not realize how full friidy’s episode was. it was overflowing. i felt myself having to keep up with the thoughts in my head. it was too much. it was beautifully too much. the complexity of this story has a presence that always made itself felt. it was always at the back of your mind. you you knew it was coming, and so you try to keep it at bay,while being subconsciously terrified. terrified if the impending doom, terrified of the implications of every milestone, every word every emotion, of every “it is not what it seems” moments (and on this show, there are a lot of those moments…) it’s a terror that has a hold on you, something that you crave.
just last night, there was a twitter excahnge on our preference for deeper character studies and psychological profiles in our local teleseryes…and this show seems to have mastered psycho-social commentary on human nature
case in point: how kayla and jackie deal with the crisis, differently:
while jackie feels feels the absence, kayla is so flippant. while jackie has pure intentions in befriending diane, kayla is so eager to have a life that does not revolve around her. while jackie’s is well intentioned clueless-ness, kayla is all insecure spite. the interesting thing about this show and it’s narrative is its ability for clear, but subliminal messages. you know the kind of characters there are without having to spell out their characteristics. yay for inferential story telling that lets your audience do half the work. i like that.
for the longest time i have learned to put up with a casts that only make it work, instead of casts that actually do work. there is a difference. and this one actually works. they are cohesive enough to be effective in whatever casting combination you let them try on for size.
there is this magical banter between these three:
in a scene with seemingly insignificant dialogue but perfect timing.
and you know that every moment with matt in it is going to be golden. the reactions, inflections, the nuances…i have a very vague recollection of the original material’s scheduler, but if i remember correctly, he was a bit darker, and matt’s is a bit pilyo, and it works.
his and yen’s interaction onscreen, in character is always adorable.
uhm…can we please talk about these two? truth be told, i have seen joseph in roles where he did everything right (in terms of following director’s orders, i suppose) and i’ve seen him try to make it work with a partner, so many different partners, and be underwhelming in the chemistry department, but geez, him and yen on this scene were electric! (so was he and alex on the first episode). it really must be formidable writing, and the right people. for the first time, i see him more clearly now. :)
here’s another bit of randomness:
only because i miss catherine as diane. ;)
now, can we please talk about mr. atayde?? i suppose there are people who you don’t need to figure out (i said i would figure him out, and i still am, but gosh there are limits). there are people you just watch, and he happens to be one of those. whether it be the sweet talking, harana singing romantic lead„ or this shady, cunning, crafty, devious character he is beyond credible.
sly. so sly dear boy….
this is when the show took a dangerous turn. in this boardroom
now, can we please talk about this scene?
this has to be my most favorite scene on this episode, per-curveball, pre paradigm shift. it’s simultaneously the most telling scene and the most shady. it’s the most pivotal…..
five days in, i still haven’t figured out the nature of dave and diane’s relationship.
i charge this to how the plot is laid out. we really aren’t supposed to get much out of his character this early on. he seems to know so much, feel so much…i don’t know, there seems to be a great deal of “unrequieted-ness” in his character. so much resistance, so much restlessness that poses so many questions that make the story telling more curious, and i love that. still so much to uncover….carry on, writers! :)
and raymond uttering the line that stuck:
"wala akong makapitan eh. wala si diane, i’m doing this for her, she’s the reason i’m doing this…"
this post is written after the preempted first gap of monday’s episode which happens to inform so much of this line and its layers. and here i am trying to make sense of this line separate from monday’s first gap. see, i’ve always believed raymond has some love in his heart for diane. or, i, at least, convince myself that there is (i blame alex and arjo’s effortless chemistry and that infamous “honey” scene). someone tweeted me that raymond does not love her, at least not in a romantic way, and that there are reasons for the things he has done and the choices he’s made, and that raymond is a complex antagonist. (personal preferences aside, this tweet solidifies my belief that only arjo can take on this “complex antagonist” role. other actors can, probably….but i can no longer imagine anyone but him in this character, i understood why this role was given to him…connecting the dots, really…) the tenderness though, in the delivery of this line, the vulnerability with a hint of fear… it’s either he really does love her in one way or another, or he so convincingly plays the part that saying the right words at the right time is second nature to him and he is fooling even himself. here is raymond’s moment of weakness
(kayla also has a similar moment on monday’s one gap, which will be discussed on the next post)
oh, it is on this, the boys conversation that raymond’s persistence gets the best of him. for a while there, he turned into a cunning, manipulative guilt tripper, who is legitimately terrifying. and that almost instantaneous shift of character is something that i’m interested in…”paano?!” hehehe!
incidentally, jackie being clingy missing diane so much, kayla being insecure, dave’s indecision and raymond, being raymond all points back to diane. she is the only person who makes all these people good, she keeps them morally straight. she is also their trigger. and her in a coma pushes the rock off the cliff, opens the tightly sealed can of worms and creates an avalanche, a moral and personal erosion in all these characters and it’s an interesting thing to explore.
now the fork in the road, the twist in the plot. as if it isn’t shocking enough that the accident happened on the first day, the hotel scene was the most epic way to cap off the first week. i have seen my share of cat and mouse moments that are supposed to be intense, but for some reason, my nerves kicked into high gear watching the hotel scene.
it’s everything: the set up, the atmosphere, the performances, the music, emotions and the rate at which the narrative escalates. this has to be the most delicious scene of this episode! delicious, hypnotic. i just cannot look away! in the time since this was aired i’ve lost count of times i’ve replayed this moment alone. i did not see it coming, (and i see everything!) it’s worthy emotional torture to subject one’s self to. it’s just genus timing and smart pacing, and i was in shock even after this was aired.
i love shows/movies that i constantly have to catch up with (like “the social network” movie, fincher/sorkin genius!) i love shows that respectfully challenge me, i adore shows that outsmart me. i love being breathless, love having my heart beat fast, love feeling lightheaded. i just love shows that make me feel, and Lord, with this one twist, this show does! this is the “what the heck is going on?!” moment and i relish it!
that is only on account of the storytelling and the performances. do not even get me started on the visuals, the lighting, cinematography, the camera angles an the editing…because we will be running out of blog space. scene composition 101, anyone? just stunning.
^ and yes, this is practically a gpoy after the first week. my dear pure love team, you win! you broke me down the first week in. i cried, teared up every single day of the first week (because of the performances of course, but also because of the technical things. and on a local show production never makes me cry good tears, always tears of frustration. but this one did), i feel things again. i wrote again. so as much as this is for you, knowing what a beautiful job you’ve done so far, this is also personal therapy. and i am glad it is this show that jolted me back to some semblance of a life. :)
keep it up. outdo yourself. you have me here.
with gratefulness, and love. <3
(the single, only blessed thing about having today’s show preempted is the opportunity to focus on this post. yet to be edited. with some bits from the week one relive thingy over the weekend. i hope i did not miss much. love you guys~ ~pao)