My apologies if I had to skip some episodes. As of this writing some folks I’ve asked hasn’t answered my query on how did Nelson die (Editor’s Note: Nelson died from a gunshot fired by Gimo. Nelsons saved Joy’s life). I would ask Mikael Daez himself via Twitter for reasons I’d rather keep to myself. I got too busy and then I had to simply write my thoughts on how did the final week went.
Just when we thought that we would see a conventional way to getting things resolved with Emmie and Sharina (because soap opera habits just won’t die just like that kidnapping angle), we saw how good nature still prevails despite everything. This is in consistency with the overall concept of forgiveness – the ability to forgive even those who have wronged you. Emmie is just too mad to get rid of Sharina that she didn’t think it was even sensible to plan a murder plot for her knowing she’s a few months short of being due. Then again other than the fact that we need stereotypical soap villains (hahaha), there must be a way for the lead star and the main antagonist to at least find a final resolution.
But it doesn’t always have to be murder. It can be forgiveness. And it happened when Emmie bled and Sharina can’t fathom the idea of leaving her to die. She accompanied her to the hospital and a premature labor had to be done. And just when you thought Sharina is being too nice again, she found the guts to finally stand up and face Emmie’s sister who’s had the gall to accuse her of horrible things that the latter is incapable of doing. (It would then be a question of who’s more evil than who, but more on that later)
The baby didn’t survive days after she was born prematurely. That’s when it kicked into Emmie’s sense how bad had she been to Sharina because the latter was one of the reasons behind the short premature life of Baby Emilia. Just when Emmie’s willing to move on, Gimo decided to make Benjie and Sharina suffer the consequences of crossing him = even if it meant blaming the new couple for everything that went wrong with his life.
The way “My Beloved” ended isn’t the conventional ending we all expected it to be. Yes, there was a wedding on Finale Week but it wasn’t aired on the final episode because something else occurred = real life took over and decided to throw a curveball. Yes I call it real life because some people simply don’t have nine lives and in one way or another, you expect them to drop dead.
Which brought the question about some widows = do they really get to move on after the death of their beloved? It reminded me of some widows who never remarried after the death of their husbands since they really don’t see themselves getting married to anyone else anymore. Sharina moved on from the death, of course, but remarrying is not part of the option. She just poured the love intended for Benjie to his best memoir left behind = Joy. Then she just waited for her to be reunited with Benjie again … even if it meant a really really long long time to go.
The ending made most viewers fear death less.
Going to the cast themselves, I liked where Joy grew up (played by Yassi) and started entertaining some suitors with her supportive mother included in her newfound happiness. Marian just had a few streaks of white hair but still you could tell that it’s Marian, just no prosthetics to portray her in old age. Seeing Ms. Boots Anson-Roa portray Sharina in an advanced age is a pleasant surprise (one of the actresses I admire because of her performances that are effective due to simplicity). It helped that some features of Marian looked similar to her too other than the slight similarities in speaking voice too. That obviously helped the crew cast Ms. Boots into the role of elder Sharina.
Tanya Garcia as the married Joy is also refreshing to see here. She can still act. It’s sad to see her be given just bit roles when she still got it. It’s not fair that simply because she’s now married and now a mother, she would be typecast to such roles when she can obviously do more.
Sometimes the early episodes of the finale week come across as a commentary towards Marian’s attitude to her detractors = that she could still manage to be nice to them despite it all. It is hard to be nice to those who wronged you if you are the kind that found it difficult to move on from mistakes done to you. What more if you are in the same workplace? You need to move on for the sake of professionalism and for the sake of unloading bitterness as well. The worst punishment you could give to your haters is being nice to them because it makes them feel worse about themselves. (But don’t forget the option to ignore them. It makes them feel bad too)
Some people will always find a way to blame you for their misfortunes even if much of the suffering they got themselves into is their own doing like Gimo. Some people feel guilty at the thought of that person they hate being nice to them that they end up punishing themselves or simply accepting death of a loved one as their ultimate karma like Emmie. As anticlimactic as the ending seemed at first, it made sense too knowing that if 2 people truly love one another, it should not be “‘Til death do us part“. It should be “‘Til life after death“.
The final episode made up for whatever shortcomings this soap got into weeks before the finale. I loved it.