GMA-7′s Futbolilits debuted on the 4th of July, a day after the Azkals’ historic 4-0 win against Sri Lanka in the World Cup qualifiers. I took it to be an auspicious start for a new teleserye that’s going to be about football, and so made plans to tune in. While I may not be the most rabid football fan out there, the premise of the series was interesting enough. It also had the potential to be radically different from all the other series out there, without being too out-of-this-world. After all, how many international football players started out as poor, shoe-less kids playing in the favelas of Brazil?
After watching the first episode, however, my assumptions were so wrong. Here are three reasons why I’m hesitant to watch more, and to follow the series from beginning to end:
1. It’s another fantaserye. To clarify, I don’t see anything wrong with fantaseryes – and fantasy/horror in general. But I believe that to make this a stronger series, it has to lose its fantastical elements, such as those magic shoes. As it stands, the fantasy element is a cop-out, an easy way out to make the series interesting. Not all teleseryes can have that fantastical element – Amaya may be able to get away with it because of the epic label and the entire setting, but Futbolilits is set in the present and it’s supposed to be about football.