MANILA — Angel Locsin moved viewers to tears on Wednesday with a pivotal breakdown scene in “The General’s Daughter,” earning her fresh raves for her portrayal of a conflicted double agent in the action-drama series.
In the January 31 episode of the Dreamscape production, Rhian (Locsin) returned to the coastal village where she had washed ashore with no memory of her identity.
This time, she had full awareness of her person, her duty as a soldier, and her mission as an assassin. Coming face to face with Sabel (Maricel Soriano), who had nursed her to recovery despite not knowing her background, Rhian was overcome with the bitter realization that she was not the good person Sabel trusted and insisted she is.
In a scene that catapulted “The General’s Daughter” as the top Twitter trend on Wednesday night, Rhian, who was known to Sabel and her son Elai (Arjo Atayde) as Dyosa, re-introduced herself by her actual name, before suddenly breaking down in tears.
It was a moment of clarity for Rhian, who first regained her memories of being a nurse corps lieutenant. She had believed herself to be good, until she remembered being a trained assassin embedded in the military, with the sole mission of taking down Marcial (Albert Martinez), a general.
The assignment, from the man she believed to be her father, Tiago (Tirso Cruz III), increasingly proved to be difficult. Having managed to penetrate the inner circle of Marcial, her actual father, Rhian has found warmth and love she had never felt in her own family.
On the one hand, Tiago and Amelia’s (Janice de Belen) kind regard for her would be the reward for accomplishments in her mission; on the other, Marcial and Corazon (Eula Valdez) welcomed her with open arms and without conditions.
Speaking with ABS-CBN News, Dreamscape creative head Rondel Lindayag, who penned the pilot week of “The General’s Daughter,” explained the significance of the connection between Rhian and Sabel, in unraveling the truth of the protagonist.
“Sa dalawang world, nagpapanggap si Angel. Nagpapanggap siya na sundalo siya, pero planta siya. Sa kabila naman, nagpapanggap din siya — na gusto niya ‘yung ginagawa niya, pero actually ayaw niya. Nagtatalo ‘yung kailangan gawin at ‘yung kabutihan ng loob niya.
“Pero kay Maricel, doon lang siya totoo. Doon siya nagiging bata. Simple lang ‘yung mundo nila, e. ‘Yung unconditional love ni Maricel kay Arjo, iyon ‘yung nakikita niya na, ‘Parang ba’t wala akong nanay na ganiyan? Bakit hindi ko nararamdaman kay Janice?’ Naramdaman niya kay Eula. Doon niya na-ko-compare. Na-mi-mirror kay Maricel. Si Maricel ang nag-awaken sa kanya. Si Maricel ang pinupuntahan niya tuwing naguguluhan siya sa mundo,” Lindayag said.
This search for truth, Lindayag pointed out, was even the opening narration in the pilot episode of “The General’s Daughter.”
One line heard in Rhian’s voice was: “Sa mundong puno ng kasinungalingan, saan nga ba natin mahahanap ang pagmamahal na totoo?”
Putting in simple terms the story’s overararching theme, Lindayag went on: “There’s always three sides to a story: your side, my side, and the truth. And no one is lying. Napaka-angkop sa panahon ngayon. Iyon ang search. Designed ang truth sa atin na mag-unfold. ‘Yung truth, hahabulin ka niyan. Lalabas at lalabas.”