Based on last night’s Abangan, I thought that tonight was going to be another BaRis-centered episode but I was wrong.
Well, the first gap was super fun (Basti’s grin when he left the room clearly showed that he still had leftover feelings for Iris), and there was some development in Iris and Basti’s relationship. No more beast mode on the part of Iris and they have become more open to each other, confiding in each other and discussing Basti’s family issues. This episode was definitely on the win column for me.
After Iris and Basti spend the day bonding, they get to know each other better. As a result, Iris becomes more compassionate towards Basti especially when it comes to his family issues. Iris, who is naturally a fixer and a nurturer encourages Basti to make peace with his father for his own peace of mind. While the latter is not yet receptive to the idea, Iris finds herself coming into contact with Nestor, hinting at the beginning of Nestor and Cassandra’s eventual collision.
While there were very minimal scenes between Basti and Iris tonight, I felt like it was completely alright because it depicted the gradual shift in their relationship. The scenes proved to be building blocks, baby steps towards their deeper relationship in the future. Whereas before, they hardly spoke except to tease each other and argue, they now confide in each other and give each other advice. Iris has obviously put to rest any prejudgement she may have had of Basti in the past. It was like the two characters underwent a reset in their relationship, causing Ali to be suspicious about what truly went on between the two of them.
While there were very minimal scenes between Basti and Iris tonight, I felt like it was completely alright because it depicted the gradual shift in their relationship. The scenes proved to be building blocks, baby steps towards their deeper relationship in the future.
There was also a development in the relationship between Basti and Nestor , when Basti confronted his dad about the woman that he left behind in the Philippines, causing Nestor to reminisce about his past and reacquaint himself with his old feelings. On the flipside, while Nestor resolves to move forward with Val, Cass is stuck with a feeling of bitterness especially when it was revealed how her relationship with Nestor damaged her relationship with her mother.
I get where the story is going. While its setting up the BaRis romance, its already preparing to pose the next big challenge in the potential relationship of Basti and Iris even before it starts. Ali for one, is not clueless to the sparks that have been flying between Basti and Iris despite their denials. Basti is still obviously hung up on Iris especially now that she is more receptive to him and beginning to warm up to him. Its exciting to see where all this will lead but on the other hand, I am afraid of what all of this foreshadowing means. So yeah. Basti gets brownie points that are bound to be revoked when the family ties are unraveled. Poor boy can’t catch a break.
What the episode today managed to achieve was basically tee up for the eventual meeting of Val, Agnes and Cass along with Nestor. It also managed to establish the parallels in the love stories of Nestor and Cass with that of Basti and Iris and establish why Iris is so uptight. She obviously takes after her grandmother. And once Cass learns that Basti is Nestor’s son, I wouldn’t be surprised if she judges him the way her mother judged Nestor.
While Nestor claims that he loves Val and will never hurt her, the flashback proved to contradict his statement. With this new upcoming complication, relationships are bound to get more complicated. Its equally exciting and frustrating. I for one, don’t know how to feel.
But let me just say — Nestor’s bangs wins the night, hands down.
Bangs ni Nestor ang NAGDALA. Pak. Ganern.