"The Blood Sisters," the drama series starring Erich Gonzales as triplets at odds with each other, concluded Friday after a half-year reign in its Primetime Bida time slot.
The finale had all the ingredients of a teleserye ending: the abandoned building, antiquated furnishings, tattooed goons, and the psychotic, fire-resistant antagonist.
Its opening may seem like a déjà vu of soap opera tropes, but the succeeding scenes proved this assumption wrong, as they kept eyeballs on the screen up until the end credits.
Of course, there were gunshots, brawls, and screams as one would expect from a teleserye finale. The antagonist ceaselessly chased the protagonists, who spent most of their time finding the way out of the building or hiding behind the shelves.
Like the Pinoy favorite adobo, the first scenes were complete with the basic ingredients: soy sauce, vinegar, salt, garlic, and pepper.
But just as viewers may start to speculate that the abandoned building will end up burning or getting bombed, the intensity of the scenes simmered. Directors Jojo Saguin and Roderick Lindayag set it to low fire.
The main antagonist, Jake Cuenca, and his team of tattooed goons were defeated — some died, some spent jail time. The key antagonists, such as Ejay Falcon and Cherry Pie Picache, were all alive and unharmed. The police came, as predicted, after all the commotion ceased.
One may think nothing extraordinary happened in this finale. But in between heavy scenes, the three Eriches — Erika, Carrie, and Agatha — were evidently the main ingredients of the adobo.
All wearing the same black jacket, with the same red lipstick and curly hairstyle, the sisters were hard to distinguish from each other.
That is, until they started talking differently, expressing varied gestures, and making different judgments. Viewers were tricked. Erich succeeded in proving her versatility as an actress.