7 Burning Questions About La Casa De Papel Part 4

April 10, 2020 at 6:40 PM | Posted in TV | Leave a comment
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SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers of La Casa De Papel / Money Heist part 4.

 

Part 4 of La Casa De Papel (called Money Heist in English) still left some questions unanswered for me, especially when it comes to the show’s key characters. This Spanish TV series on Netflix has become a hit worldwide not only because of its unique plot but because of its relatable characters. And what I was looking forward to seeing in the latest season was character development from the show’s key characters – mainly Sergio a.k.a The Professor and Raquel Murillo. Unfortunately, part 4 focused more on action than character development.

While I enjoyed the intense action scenes and especially the explosive season finale, there’s more left to be answered and explored. Here are just some of the burning questions I have from La Casa De Papel part 4.

  1. What is the Professor’s plan with Gandia?

At the end of part 4, we saw Gandia being captured alive by the Professor’s gang of robbers. Albeit he was knocked unconscious after trying to escape from the gang, he’s regarded by the Professor as an integral part of the plan. How will the Professor use him to get the gold out of the Bank of Spain and more importantly, let the gang escape?

  1. What will be Alicia’s next move?

Since Alicia found out the Professor’s hideout and Sergio now being held at gunpoint, will she try to use him as leverage against the police? I don’t think Alicia will kill him – at least not without getting something from him first. But taking into consideration the parallels of some scenes in part 4 with the show’s earlier seasons (e.g., Raquel finding out Sergio’s hideout in part 2, mutiny among the robbers, etc.), many viewers are guessing that Alicia will eventually become a member of the Professor’s gang.

Come to think of it, by the looks of it she doesn’t have much choice. The police and the national intelligence agency want to capture her for implicating them in her crimes. A judge may reduce her sentence for turning the Professor in to the police but she will still be sent to prison. And I don’t think she wants that given that she’s very pregnant and can give birth anytime soon.

7 Burning Questions About La Casa De Papel Part 4

  1. How will Sergio’s decision to grant Nairobi’s request affect his relationship with Raquel?

How I wish I could pretend that this particular story in part 4 never happened. This was one of the most divisive sub-plots in part 4. Nairobi’s storyline was certainly one of the weakest in part 4. I could understand Nairobi’s need to become a mother (but that’s a stretch already), but for Sergio to agree to be a sperm donor to Nairobi without consulting Raquel first was ridiculous and absurd. It’s really out of character.

Sergio is methodical and analytic. He doesn’t rush into any decisions, especially when he’s not under pressure. But here we are. And given this situation, will Sergio even tell Raquel about this eventually? How will Raquel react to this? Will this lead to another argument between them? Does Sergio even want to have a baby with Raquel? And if so, does Raquel want to have another baby? I hope the show’s writers address these in part 5.

  1. Will Raquel tell Sergio that she almost gave him up to the police?

During the interrogation with Alicia, Raquel had a moment of weakness and was almost ready to give Sergio up to the police. When Alicia mentioned this at a later scene, Raquel downplayed it and said that she was just stalling for time. But was she really? Later in the last episode, Alicia knew in her gut that Raquel was truly going give Sergio up, if not for Antoñanza’s intervention.

I think Raquel was faced with a major dilemma and caved in to Alicia’s taunts of a happy life with Paula. Remember the flashback scene when Berlin said something about betrayal when faced with a massive dilemma? I think that’s what happened with Raquel. But will she tell Sergio about this? And if so, will this drive them apart?

I think there are still things left unsaid between Raquel and Sergio and their relationship. Let’s take into account and assume that Sergio never told Raquel about the time when he tried to poison her mother.  Which brings me to number 5 below…

  1. Where does Sergio and Raquel’s relationship go from there?

When the second heist is over and assuming both Sergio and Raquel survive, what will be their plan? Right now it’s too early to tell since we still have yet to find out if they will make it alive from the heist. But I assume Sergio and Raquel already have a plan on what their next steps will Will they go back to Palawan?

While Raquel willingly lived with Sergio in Palawan, surely it must have crossed her mind that she doesn’t have a proper job now. And I don’t think she’s the type who would just live off from the loot of the heists. I think deep down, Raquel was struggling with her new life as Lisbon the robber. In addition, she has a daughter and a mother with Alzheimer’s disease to protect and take care of. Giving up her life to live with a notorious criminal must have been a hard decision for her, thus she almost betrayed him.

I think it would be interesting if the writers explore Raquel’s character further and delve deep into her relationship with Sergio in part 5 as I can see there are things in their relationship that need to be addressed. But more importantly, I would also love to see Raquel become her own person separate from Sergio. I miss the badass Raquel from the earlier seasons and I would like to see more of that.

  1. How will Raquel and Alicia’s relationship play out in the future?

There’s not much backstory between Raquel and Alicia except for the fact that they knew each other since they were at the academy training as police investigators. Judging from the bits of information we got from the show, it seems that they were good friends. Alicia knows Raquel’s history with men and vice versa.

Watching the interrogation scenes, it’s fascinating to see the dynamic between the two. Alicia may be cruel and ruthless, but I think she’s also well-meaning towards Raquel. I like that Alicia asked Raquel with the hard questions that Raquel might not want to hear. She had a point when she told Raquel about falling for the wrong men like Alberto and Sergio. I think she genuinely wanted to help Raquel.

But given that Alicia got fired and is now running away from the police, I wonder how that relationship will change in part 5.

7 Burning Questions About La Casa De Papel Part 4

  1. What is the story behind Sergio?

In parts 1 and 2 of the show, we knew little of Sergio. We only knew him as a nerdy guy who masterminded the heist and who was sickly as a child. Part 3 gave us a little more background about him and his relationship with his brother Berlin. We also learned that he’s not very adept at romantic relationships and we saw him struggle with that with Raquel. Part 4 gave us more of his relationships with Raquel and Berlin through flashbacks. But that still left me wanting to know more about him.

I always wondered who Sergio was before the heists – before all that planning with Berlin and Palermo. What did he do for a living before he became a criminal? Was he morally gray right from the start? What was his initial reaction when he learned about his father’s criminal past? What makes him tick?

He has a wide network of criminal friends operating across the globe. Were they his father’s network or Berlin’s? How did he come to know all of them?

 

These are just some of the questions I have about the show and its latest season. And I hope that in part 5, a lot of these will be answered. Part 5 doesn’t necessarily have to be drama-heavy, especially when fleshing out the characters. It just have to have that right balance of action and character-driven story.

La Casa De Papel is Back with More Action, Power Play and Drama: A Review of Part 4

April 6, 2020 at 10:04 AM | Posted in TV | 1 Comment
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SPOILER WARNING: This review contains major spoilers of La Casa De Papel part 4. Read at your own risk!

 

The latest season of La Casa De Papel (or Money Heist) just dropped on Netflix last April 3 and I for one was one of those avid fans who watched it as soon as it aired.

Part 4 (as the show calls their seasons) of La Casa De Papel picked up right where Part 3 left off. Part 3 ended in a cliffhanger with Nairobi getting shot on the chest by a sniper stationed outside the Bank of Spain – the location of the latest heist. Raquel Murillo, now called Lisbon since teaming up with the robbers, was captured by the police but the Professor thought that she’s been killed by them.

The running theme in Part 4 was chaos and it sure as hell chaotic inside the Bank of Spain as the robbers struggled with internal fighting, personal drama, betrayal and a dangerous Gandia on the loose. It’s an action-packed season with lots of gunfights, explosions and power play between the police and the robbers. Interspersed with that were new flashback scenes of Berlin, Sergio and Palermo before the first heist and of Denver, Moscow and a new character who turned out to be an undercover member of the gang.

The flashback scenes were enjoyable to watch. I’ve grown to love Berlin despite of him being a sexist, misogynistic psychopath. There’s something about him that’s endearing: his charm, his twisted sense of humor and his taste for the finer things in life. And his relationship with his brother Sergio was one of the most interesting stories in the show.

It was also interesting to watch Raquel struggle with her predicament. Now that she changed sides and was no longer a police investigator, she’s now left with two choices: betray Sergio and tell the police where he was or stand her ground and be sent to jail. Raquel had her moment of weakness while under interrogation by Alicia. Although I was a bit disappointed that she almost betrayed Sergio, I could understand her situation. Alicia messed with her head and emotions and pointed out insecurities that she might have felt. I could imagine anyone under the same extreme pressure (not to mention that she used to be a battered wife) could give in to the police. It would be interesting to see how this would play out in Part 5 as I think there are still things that are left unsaid between her and Sergio.

While Part 4 wasn’t on par with the first two parts, it still managed to be highly entertaining. It still had the same core elements that I’ve come to love from the show – intense action, brilliant plot, interesting characters and romance. But just like the show’s previous parts, Part 4 also had its share of plot holes and disappointments.

The biggest disappointment I had with Part 4 was the way the show’s writers treated Nairobi’s story about wanting to have a baby with Sergio. Now I know that Nairobi already asked Sergio to be a sperm donor in Part 1 but asking him again in Part 4 and Sergio agreeing to it? No. Just no. Sergio was not under any obligation to agree with her decision out of gratitude towards her.

First of all, Sergio a.k.a The Professor, hired Nairobi for one thing only: to help with the heist. And by agreeing to become a member of the gang, she had to work with the group and follow the Professor’s plan. If she didn’t want to join the gang in the second heist and save Rio, then she could always leave. The Professor didn’t force her to do things that she agreed with in the first place. She was there at the heist on her own free will. The Professor owed her nothing. So to see Sergio agreeing to be a sperm donor out of gratitude is absurd.

Second of all, Sergio should have told Raquel first about Nairobi’s request before agreeing to it. Raquel is in a serious relationship with him and she had the right to know. The decision should have come from both of them and not Sergio’s alone. It was hard to watch that party scene with Raquel, Nairobi, Tokyo and Stockholm knowing that Raquel unwittingly just partied with them unaware of the fact that her boyfriend Sergio just agreed to have a baby with Nairobi. Ugh!

Nairobi’s story this season wasn’t written well. Aside from that baby thing, the writers also forced a love story between her and Bogota. There was no established attraction between the two even when Bogota made an unsolicited comment about Nairobi’s butt in Part 3. Nairobi and Bogota didn’t have chemistry at all, then suddenly we’re supposed to believe they’re in love? I don’t need to see another romance in the show. I already put up with so much of that from Tokyo and Rio’s story. The only romance in the show I like and have come to love was between Sergio and Raquel.

Another plot hole in Part 4 was the scene with Berlin attacking a random diner in the bar just because he made fun of Berlin’s bowtie. I mean, that castration scene in the bar’s bathroom was unnecessary. It didn’t move the plot forward. Fans of the show already know how ruthless and dangerous Berlin could be. We already know that he had the propensity for violence. There’s no need to remind us that.

La Casa De Papel part 4 was not perfect, and there were loose ends that I would like to see get resolved in Part 5 (e.g. Raquel’s story). I know Part 5 is already confirmed but I think that the show should end there and not drag it out for more seasons. After all, how many more bank heists could the show write? Eventually, it would be tiring to watch that.

Grains of Gold from Part 4

  • Alvaro Morte’s performance as Sergio is topnotch this season. He deserves an Emmy nomination for this. That scene when Sergio cried his heart out among a field of flowers? Heartbreaking!
  • Sergio and Marseille fighting it out in the field was hilarious!
  • Sergio calling Raquel his “wife” was got me feeling all the butterflies in my tummy.
  • The rescue scene with Raquel was brilliant and so intense – I love it!
  • I love Berlin’s rendition of “Ti Amo”.
  • The newest member of the gang is called Manila! So delighted that my country finally got represented!
  • Can the show kill off Arturito already? Everybody hates him and his story serves no purpose anymore.

My Quarantine Playlist

March 27, 2020 at 10:49 PM | Posted in Lifestyle, Music | Leave a comment

Ever since most of the countries around the world are on lockdown because of the COVID-19 pandemic, entertainment news sites and celebrities have been posting their list of TV shows or movies to binge watch while on home quarantine. While I would love to jump on the bandwagon and do just that, I don’t have the luxury to do so.

I have been working from home on and off since last December but that became a regular thing by this month due to the enhanced community quarantine imposed in the Philippines. As of today, there are about 803 cases of infection in the country, with a death toll of 54 and 31 patients who have recovered. I haven’t been outside my condo for more than two weeks now, and most of my time is just spent on working. I only get to relax after my shift ends and during the weekend.  But it’s not that bad for me.

While some people pass the time making Tik Tok videos while on home quarantine, I for one just content myself by listening to music while at work. And since I’m in self-quarantine, I decided to create my very own quarantine playlist. I know some of the songs in my playlist have that doom-and-gloom vibe, but I think it’s appropriate for the times. And I really enjoy listening to them while I’m working. Here’s my playlist:

 

Being An ISTJ

February 23, 2020 at 5:59 PM | Posted in Psychology | Leave a comment
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If you’ve ever taken a Myers-Briggs personality test or something close to it then you’d probably know that ISTJ is one of the 16 personality types that make up a person. I’ve taken a similar test years ago out of curiosity and found out that I’m an ISTJ (Introverted-Sensing-Thinking-Judging).

ISTJ

The test result wasn’t that surprising to me as I agree with most of what it said about my personality. However, most is the operative word here. Even though most of the characteristics of an ISTJ fit my personality, it wasn’t exactly an accurate description of me.

People generally see me as conservative and traditional – if they are to base it on looks and first impression, that is. But in truth, I really am not. In fact, my beliefs contradict traditional views, especially with regard to religion, marriage, reproductive health, and sexuality. This is why I’m always at odds with church people who hold a high regard of their church’s traditional values. So to say that I – an ISTJ – support tradition in that sense is a contradiction.

I also thrive in a creative, progressive environment where new ideas are welcome no matter how wild or weird they are. Poets, artists and creative writers are my kind of people. I detest restrictions and have a tendency to rebel against authority once in a while.

So if I were to pick a type that actually fits my personality, I would say I’m half ISTJ and half ISFP (Introverted-Sensing-Feeling-Perceiving). Anyway, the test I took wasn’t probably reliable in the first place so I’m taking the result as just a grain of salt.

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