Silvia Abascal’s smart lesson on the meaning of series

Fictions are not to set an example, they are to show contradictory humanity“Silvia Abascal stressed a few days ago in a conversation on ‘La hora de La 1’ with Cristina Fernández, Valeria Vegas, Rosa Villacastín and the one who writes these lines. I was talking about ‘Pepa and Pepe ‘, series in which she played one of the daughters of a peculiar couple. Let’s even say they represented antparents. A premise that, paradoxically, seems impossible to see on today’s television, since its main protagonists are not exemplary and, as a consequence, there would be fear that the viewer would not want to feel recognized in them.

But the reality is that ‘Pepa and Pepe‘achieved a corrosive X-ray of the social imperfection that exists, that represents us, that makes us think. He did it with the help of the intelligence of sarcasm. Sometimes corrosion to a point of unconsciousness. Abascal gave life to a rebellious, rebellious and feminist young woman, identifiable by a generation that was beginning to understand that it could not settle for the squared roles of some archetypes of toxic perfection.

Story of the boy who did not want to dance on TVE

With its episodes of no more than 30 minutes and its dialogues of audacious manners, ‘Pepa y Pepe’ sustained one of the best contributions of audiovisual entertainment, as Abascal herself points out: daring to capture the “contradictory humanity“Because we are very contradictory.

It was 1995. Now, in 2021, Abascal plays the adult version of Los Alcántara’s little daughter. ‘Tell me how it happened’ has traveled to the most instantaneous past and has turned María into a doctor on the front line of the pandemic.

Mercedes Fernandez in 2020.

The success and social influence of ‘Cuéntame’ is also in its ability to capture those emotional conflicts of the evolution of Spain, from the turning point of Massiel’s exciting victory in ‘Eurovision’ to the present. A series that some believed was about nostalgia for the past but, in reality, it has always been focusing very closely on how we are today. Because we are the fruit of our history. The one that we have lived, and the one that we continue to live even though we have not lived.

Over the decades, all these social experiences at street level that ‘Cuéntame’ has collected will configure a powerful documentation of our society, as fictions such as ‘Curro Jiménez’, ‘Golden Rings’, ‘Central Brigade’ or even ‘Blue Summer’. What’s more, they can be reissued reaching relevance and above showing that their plot mastery is still valid.

We Are Who We Are, a series that believes it is best sold as a movie.

But it turns out that, curiously, nowadays, new moral judges are emerging who decide to ensure what is good for the viewer to see and what not. And they are applauded in the networks at the stroke of retweet. Y is completely confused, to perverse limits, which is a fiction. Is the neo-censorship of the offense. They even try to condemn series written at another time, portraying us how we were in their time. It has happened with the masterful ‘Friends’ or, in Spain, they have tried ‘Verano Azul’ for, for example, putting a nickname ‘Piranha’ because he ate a lot of ice cream. Error, because society perfectly understands the contexts in which those productions were shot. What’s more, he understands the fusion of sensitivity and slyness that Antonio Mercero handled so well knowing how to look at the truth of his time. Turning off or making recordings invisible because they do not conform to political correctness is nothing more than a veto that impoverishes us. It eliminates nuances, does not take into account the relevance of the contexts in each situation and therefore favors a highly simplified system in which everyone and everything is easier to manipulate.

Fiction is not dogmatizing. It is to investigate realities or fantasies based on the creative freedom of the author and the daring of the production company and / or chain. You can educate yourself with fiction, yes, but being exemplary is not your obligation. In fact, it is healthy that manners fiction, like the same ‘Verano Azul’, ‘El Ministerio del Tiempo’, ‘Cuéntame’ or that ‘Pepa y Pepe’, show society with its imperfections. Even with his Machiavellian decisions that often help him progress without making the same mistakes.

The only thing missing is that the screenwriters can no longer get out of the pattern of the “exemplary” or create negative characters or reflect the worst of the human being. Then fiction would not be free, it would not be portraying reality, it would not be believing in the viewer’s intelligence.

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