Criticism of the series ‘Escandalo’: Telecinco turns the game around

Fernando Líndez and Alexandra Jiménez, protagonists of ‘Escandalo’. / CR

Despite the controversy generated by the theme, the public applauds the new Spanish fiction and highlights the work of Alexandra Jiménez

Pink stick

The first open-air series of the year has premiered on Telecinco. It’s called ‘Scandal’ and it was an idem before it was broadcast. On Twitter, of course, that place where the staff get angry preventively. But promoting the series from the Mediaset account with a tweet that says “Inés, 42 years old. Hugh, 15 years old. THIS is ‘Scandal, story of an obsession’» accompanied by a trailer with sex scenes between the protagonists is to bring the match closer to the gasoline can. What should be known is if it was the thing of a clueless or an arsonist.

In this way, and before its premiere, the series has already generated controversy, wanted or not. On the one hand, she has been accused of whitewashing pedophilia and romanticizing child abuse. On the other, the need to differentiate between reality and fiction comes to the fore again, to the point of having to point out that the actor who plays the character of Hugo, Fernando Líndez, is 22 years old, or to bring up the latest fictions of similar themes, such as ‘A teacher’ (HBO Max) or ‘The mess you leave’ (Netflix), or to specify that fictional stories do not have to be moralizing or correct. Santiago Díaz, one of the scriptwriters of the series along with Juan Vicente Pozuelo and Aurora Guerra, who is also the creator of ‘Escandalo’, wondered in a tweet if “Can’t content that shows a crime be broadcast? Outside series of murders, robberies, kidnappings…».

In the midst of this controversy, it is not easy to see ‘Scandal’ without having a pre-established opinion. But you can see it, of course. With one eye on the big screen and the other on the girl, you have to take the pulse of Twitter and see if someone has changed their mind after seeing the first chapter, focused on justifying what provokes the debate: despite the fact that they go to the As soon as it begins (Inés tries to commit suicide by drowning in the sea, Hugo rescues her and, immediately afterwards, they make out, although she doesn’t know she’s a minor), the fact that Inés has an affair with a fifteen-year-old boy is explained to through a flashback that tells us about the psychological abuse that the protagonist has suffered at the hands of an extremely cruel and selfish husband, an adolescent daughter who despises her, and a mother (a flashback within a flashback) who also harassed her as a child. Inés’ depressive picture and emotional imbalance worsen when she becomes pregnant and loses her child, a child that only she wanted. To add insult to injury, her husband leaves her and takes her away from her daughter. Let’s add vicarious violence, then. And a couple of tilas, that this guy drives anyone crazy.

For this reason, Inés clings to Hugo as her lifeline, literally and metaphorically. And Hugo, for his part, who is motherless (hello, Oedipus complex!) And who has a bossy and controlling father who doesn’t let him drink a Coca-Cola during the week, falls madly in love with Inés.

The protagonists of the new Telecinco series. /

CR

Thus, what at first seemed like a story of pedophilia or, at the very least, rape, becomes the story of a woman mistreated to exhaustion by those who should love her, and who only finds comfort, refuge and affection in a fifteen year old boy But things don’t end here: at the end of the first episode, and faced with Hugo’s supposed adolescent rebellion, his father decides to put him in a school, something that leads to a meeting between him and Inés that leads us to the clue that the series is going to turn into a crazy thriller.

Obvious and thick

Giving life and hair to Inés is the fabulous Alexandra Jiménez, capable of defending whatever is put in front of her, including the leapfrog transformation that her character undergoes, from a destroyed person to a potential psychopath, in a single chapter. But to tell the evolution of her and, with her, that of the story, a slower ‘tempo’ would be needed, more depth, more nuances and less verbalization. On the other hand, and despite the fact that the coastal setting and the performances are appreciated, almost everything in ‘Escandalo’ is too obvious, with thick strokes and musical underlining.

Meanwhile, on Twitter, people applaud: despite the foreseeable criticism of the advertising breaks (we soon got used to good things), there is well-deserved and unanimous praise for Alexandra Jiménez, eternal hatred of the father and daughter (and the occasional comparison with Antonio David and Rocío Flores) and a manifest hook among the many who have sat down to watch the series due to the initial controversy. Having read what has been read, it seems that Telecinco has turned the game around.

Criticism of the series ‘Escandalo’: Telecinco turns the game around