Going into our Consumption Presentations, I was excited to be able to share my love for "La Reina del Sur" with the class. I was watching episodes of the telenovela whenever I found spare time, and I enjoyed being able to analyze the show as both a scholar and a consumer. Recently, however, I sense myself becoming disengaged with the plot and story line. I am currently at episode 22 out of 63. So much has happened within the first 22 episodes, but I know that so much more is bound to occur within the remaining 41. Right now, Teresa is being held in the all-female prison. She was jailed for drug trafficking after she was "caught" in the explosion of Santiago's boat. I cannot seem to figure out exactly why my interest has weakened.
Maybe it's because Santiago has died? I loved consuming their love story and including it within my group's Consumption Presentation. Their story was polarizing because it was intense, quick, and admirable. They met and fell in love rapidly, which added to the impact that the characters had on the audience. As a couple, they could easily be related to because they came from similar pasts and had similar personalities. I miss his presence in the scenes, and it makes me sad to know that the characters will not be together any longer.
Maybe it's because of the prison environment? The production team of the telenovela did a good job of making the prison appear very "bland." The scenery is nothing like the beach and ocean scenes that I was used to seeing towards the beginning of the telenovela. In addition to the lack of cosmetic appeal, the environment is very hostile. As a viewer, I appreciated Teresa's resilient characteristics and dominant personality in the first episodes of the novela. In this prison section of episodes, she is treated as a target and "weak-link" by the other prisoners, which is upsetting to me as a consumer.
Maybe it's because of the lack of progression? I am so used to seeing Teresa's character on the move. Before she was jailed, she was always plotting her next step or thinking ahead towards a futuristic goal. Due to the fact that she is in prison, her adventures are stagnant. The story is lacking the energy that it once had, because Teresa is confined. I am longing to see her break out of jail and be on the run again, finding more adventures along the way.
Regardless of what the cause for my disengagement is, I plan on pushing through these next few episodes in the hopes of change for Teresa. The previews tell me that there will be another love interest, a change of environment, and more action to come, so I am hanging on to that hope!