“Someone to Watch Over Me” is an inspirational television drama series that captured the hearts of many Filipinos since its premiere last September 5. The story is about the unconditional love Joanna Mercado has for his husband, TJ Chavez, who suffers from Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
Eventually, as TJ’s condition becomes severe, he starts to forget his present and remembers only his past. This led him seeking his first love and ex-girlfriend, Irene Montenegro. Whenever he sees Irene, he forgets about his wife and son. Lovi Poe, Tom Rodriguez, and Max Collins give life to Joanna’s, TJ’s, and Irene’s characters respectively.
So what makes this teleserye worth watching? Well, there are lots of reasons why this is worth 45 minutes of our time.
The show airs every Monday-Friday night at GMA Network. Because of the unique storyline and exceptional portrayal by the Tom-Lovi tandem, there is no doubt the show receives generally positive feedbacks and higher ratings compared to its rival shows on other networks.
Lovi Poe amazes the viewers with the way she genuinely acts Joanna’s character. You can feel how much agony she went through when she discovered her husband suffering from the rare disease, how much she endured when TJ started having fall outs and losses his memories, and how much tears she cried when she found out he is unconsciously seeing Irene. Most of all, she made us feel through her acting that Joanna’s love for her husband and family is faithful and unconditional, willing to sacrifice everything without asking anything in return. Lovi once again proved us she is not just beauty and brains; she’s definitely an excellent actress.
On the other hand, Tom Rodriguez is also a superb actor, which he had already proven in the controversial teleserye “My Husband’s Lover.” His role as TJ simply shows how flexible he is as an actor. He performs very effectively that we all realize Alzheimer’s disease is not a joke and everybody should be aware of it whether they are young or old. His portrayal should indeed be praised.
The Tom-Lovi loveteam is clearly a success. They have this natural chemistry between them that would make you think they are a real-life couple. Every scene seems a little less like act and more likely it’s real. With every intimate scene together, you can feel the extraordinary love Joanna and TJ have for each other despite what they’re going through.
Supporting cast members include Edu Manzano as TJ’s father, Jackie Lou Blanco as TJ’s stepmother, Isay Alvarez-Sena as Joanna’s mom, Ronnie Lazaro as Joanna’s dad, Boy2 Quizon as TJ’s best friend, etc. Every cast has significant parts on the show that makes it more and more exciting to watch.
“Someone to Watch Over Me” is one unpredictable show in a way that you’ll never know what will happen next, when will TJ remember his present, how are they going to cure him, or is he going to be healed ever? Probably the reason why many prefer to watch this heavy drama teleserye instead of the show with a lighter theme on the other network is because of that “breath of fresh air” feeling. No clichés, just drama. No fakes, just natural on-cam chemistry.