Erik Matti’s Rounin — Episode 1

Rounin

Rounin

Rounin

OK. Rounin turned out to be exactly what I thought it would be. They used up most of the scenes in the trailers in this first episode! Hahaha. Nice.

Whoever greenlighted this series is very misinformed. I didn’t know that the Filipino masses are the type to clamor for science fiction — specially science fiction with a thin and incoherent story line. Maybe the younger generation will appreciate this, but clearly the target market for Rounin is an 11-15 year-old MALE who gets turned on by people fighting with swords. Hardly the demographic that will beat GMA in the ratings, and a demographic that I doubt even watches any TV.

Plot: After 40 minutes, unbelievably, I still had no idea what the Rounin are about. They are the protectors of a character-less city in the middle of nowhere called Lumeria and their sworn enemy is Heliz. They have good fighting skills — they’re able to spin in the air and all that — and are able to use special powers just when they are about to die. I was thinking: Kaya pala nila gawin yun — disintegrate enemies with electricity, etc. — bakit hindi nila ginawa bago sila matuhog? It’s no wonder they died — they don’t know when to use their special powers! Anyway, the old Rounin get conveniently wiped out in a series of gratuitus fight scenes, so Diether with his ridiculous hair extensions, can form a new group of Rounin to fight the Heliz. This in essence is the plot. Ha? Ganoon? Akala ko ba epic? Where’s the over-reaching story arc of good vs. evil and love conquers all of Encantadia? Also, the Luke-Skywalker-figure is played by Rayver which just sucks. Pagnagsama na silang tatlo: Rayver, Diether and Gay Manzano, I will probably throw up in front of the TV. Unfortunately, after all that happened, I found myself not caring what happens to any of the characters since they’re so one dimensional (or dead).

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Bruce Quebral to go to Big Brother Slovenia

Bruce to Slovenia for ‘Big Brother Swap’

“Pinoy Big Brother” (PBB) Season 2 housemate Bruce Quebral was chosen Monday night to join the “Slovenian Big Brother” house in the great “Big Brother Swap.”

The 25-year-old basketball hunk from Cainta, Rizal was selected among the remaining male housemates for his character and dynamics, according to Igor Bratoz, creative producer of Slovenian Big Brother.

Darn. I wanted Nel. I would have subscribed to the Slovenian live feed for that.