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Victor Magtanggol Completes Mission This Friday

“’Victor Magtanggol’ has completed its full intended run.

This is exactly what GMA Vice President for Drama Productions Redgie Magno told Pep about the fate of ‘Victor Magtanggol’, the primetime action/fantasy series starring Alden Richards. The series will officially bow down after its 80th episode on Friday, but while ‘Victor Magtanggol’ had a decent run, it still failed to deliver.

‘Victor Magtanggol’ first premiered on July 30, 2018, but before the series even began, it was littered with controversy over its supposed similarities with Marvel’s Thor. Much like ‘Alyas Robin Hood’, ‘Victor Magtanggol’ failed to escape the wrath of the critics for allegedly plagiarizing another Marvel character.

In response, GMA executives defended the series saying that it was inspired from millenia-old Norse mythology. Still, a negative light had been cast on ‘Victor Magtanggol’, no matter what the executives say.

As expected, GMA placed ‘Victor Magtanggol’ opposite ‘Ang Probinsyano’, and the results did not look good for the former from the get-go. Much like the previous nine opponents that took on ‘Ang Probinsyano’, ‘Victor Magtanggol’ fell victim to Cardo Dalisay’s (Coco Martin) onslaught, losing by around 30% in most of its episodes.

Not even the supposed star power of Alden Richards helped ‘Victor Magtanggol’. In many ways, the series seemed to have taken a hit in Alden’s popularity, and it did not help that it went up against Coco Martin, by far the most popular star in primetime right now.

In Alden’s defense, he was still satisfied with how ‘Victor Magtanggol’ turned out. Not even its shortcomings prevented Alden from being thankful to the producers for giving him a project that expands his range of skill and physical will.

Still, it would have helped Alden if ‘Victor Magtanggol’ enjoyed a few wins. But regardless, it was worth a try.

On Friday, ‘Victor Magtanggol’ will take its last ride. Unfortunately for GMA, the series will only be remembered as yet another addition to ‘Ang Probinsyano”s list of victims.

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12 thoughts on “Victor Magtanggol Completes Mission This Friday

  1. Anonymous says:

    Ito nanaman, yung mga fantard, puro nanaman excuse at contradictory statement. Sabi nila “hanggang doon lang ang story” o “kaya tatapusin kasi hindi nagpapahaba ang GMA ng palabas”, never mind IANU or TSD. At never mind na sinabi pa nga ng GMA na inextend pa si VM ng dalawang buwan para mabigyan siya ng chance. Of all the GMA shows that went against FPJAP, siguro sa VM na ang may pinakamaraming excuse.

      • Anonymous says:

        Not really, even the AlDub fans seemed to accept its fate. It’s mostly the actual GMA fantards who couldn’t seem to accept. Mukhang ito na ang pinaka-epic fail ng GMA; puro sabi na ito raw ang tatalo kay Cardo, eh wala rin.

  2. I don’t watch VM, not even an AlDub fan, but VM is not that bad. For me, it’s just as OK as Super Ma’am & a number of superhero adaptations (form Mars Ravelo, Carlo J. Caparas & the likes) they made. I’m impressed with the graphics & storyline. I could say the same for Bagani, despite that the 2 have different flaws from each other.

    50/50 ako sa mga negative response. Victor getting the hammer from the ground is quite similar to King Arthur pulling the Excalibur from the rock. Though I’m not a fan of any network, I believe the GMA executives are right. “Hammerman”‘s identity is distant from Thor’s. There are a couple of things in the show which annoy me:
    1. The snake looked more like half-human, half snake. Mas OK pa ang itsura ng ahas na pumatay kay Marikit sa Daddy’s Gurl.
    2. The name “Hammerman” sounds redundant, just like “Alyas Robin Hood”. Pwede nilang gamitin ang salitang “martilyo” and tweak it a bit to serve as Victor’s alternate name. In other words, tagalugin na lang nila yan.

    On the other hand, Alden & his team didn’t care about the ratings. Methinks they were just having fun, just like Coco & his team. They didn’t even know when they’d be ending, until the finale announcement came. Parang biglaan lang. Based from what I read in PEP, VM could’ve been extended for the sake of his fans who liked his show. But there are factors affecting it, including his family vacation. Pwede silang gumawa ng Season 2; it’s up to Alden & team.

    • Well, you’re probably right. GMA has conceded that AP is too superior, so they just focused on making their viewers happy regardless of the result. That’s also what Dingdong Dantes said noong presscon ng Cain at Abel. Ibang liga ika nga ang show ni Cardo.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Kawawa naman ang VM, kahit katapusan niya naging meme. Sa basketball court ginawa yung “heroic finale” niya, yan tuloy, maraming nadisappoint. Even La Luna Sanggre’s finale seemed more epic than this.

      • That finale is already laughable and the Internet even mocked it. Puro short-term ang inatupag ng GMA. Walang long-term plan. TV5 already gave up. GMA still sticks to mostly short-term plans (fantaseryes) na successful at first, pero may negative impact talaga. ABS have clear long-term plans, despite having to sacrifice the operations of some of its provincial stations for the sake of digitalization.

        The writers and directors of VM should be ashamed of themselves for having to resort to that finale na nasa basketball court lang. Wala na. Tipid sa pera, pero pinagtatawanan. I am dismayed on that finale.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Wow, turns out things were even worse than I thought. Even on GMA’s own fanpage, almost all the comments on the finale teaser were negative, with many mocking how “cheap” the production was. They even compared the finale to “cosplayers” or “high school plays”. And apparently it wasn’t even the first time the series had fights in a basketball court, as if the posts I read online are accurate (not sure since I never watched the series), the basketball court was actually a regular venue for fights in the series, meaning it wasn’t a one-off for the last episode.

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