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17 October 2009 @ 11:57 am
'Ugly Betty' -- Could it be back?  
Okay, I pretty much figured that I was done with Ugly Betty. Last season started out with great promise, but just went so drastically downhill, there were no words. It became almost a chore to watch it, but I held on because I love the chemistry between America Ferrera and Eric Mabius (Betty and Daniel) and love, love, love their relationship and Matt and Molly seemed obvious stand-ins for Daniel and Betty as signs that the originals were getting closer to being ready for one another. Then exec producer Silvio Horta flat-out, categorically stated that Daniel and Betty would NEVER get together. So, yeah, I was done because the quality of the show sure wasn't keeping me around. But, I didn't take it off of my DVR, the two-hour premiere was last night and I thought, eh, why not? This will be my deciding factor once and for all. So I watched it and .... wait, first, I found out AFTER watching it that Horta changed his tune a wee bit. In an interview he was asked to clarify the Daniel/Betty remark and his response was:

TVGuide.com: Can you confirm your previous statement that Betty and Daniel will not end up together?
Horta: Every other version has [had them end up together]. At this point, I actually know what's going to happen. I thought I knew when I made that quote, but you re-evaluate and reassess. What I said before may or may not still be true.

There are rumors that ABC was not happy with Horta's statement and thus he's just appeasing the masses, however ...

it sure doesn't look like that's the case after watching the premiere. It all but screamed BETTY AND DANIEL WILL BE!! Anvils, nuggets galore.

- Betty's joy at seeing/hearing from Daniel.
- Betty was the only one who could really help him, calm him down.
- Daniel attempting to help Betty (even if he royally screwed things up).
- Betty -- once again -- choosing Daniel over everything else.
- Betty getting Daniel to sleep.
- Matt suggesting that Betty and Daniel are sleeping around which ...
a) Has never really been suggested seriously before.
b) Was not scoffed or 'ewwed' by anyone, but rather.
c) Led to Daniel punching Matt out
- Daniel telling every single person at that shoot that to mess with Betty is to mess with him.
- Betty getting Daniel to back down and leave with her.
- Betty telling Daniel he was wrong to hit Matt, but at the same time, but showing that she appreciated him doing so for her.
- Daniel telling Betty she was wrong to choose him over her job, but showing that he appreciated her doing so for him.
- The recall to the Bridge scene from s1 (there's no way that every single D/B shipper did NOT flashback to that scene).
- Betty and Daniel clearly defining they are no longer boss/assistant, but friends so taking that squick factor out.

So, yeah, LOADS of Daniel/Betty potential. I LOVED IT!

However, even better, was that overall the show itself was season-one awesome, so good! I liked all of the characters, they were all season-one in character. I didn't hate Hilda -- who I pretty much loathed through all of season three; I liked Ignacio, I LIKED Betty and she's been an insufferable, holier-than-thou, immature child for much too long. Not last night. I loved the fact that we got the hint of the braces coming off, the make-over itself was wonderful at the end. Seeing Betty witness herself through the eyes of others (including Daniel) and her horrid outfits was a lovely way of showing why Betty finally kind a wake-up call. And it was about damn time too. Also, the butterfly/caterpillar parallel earlier with the lovely Lynn Redgrave wasn't too over the top, but instead helped plant the seed.

So, except for being a little meh on the Willi/recast-Nico storyline, I loved everything. The characters, the heart, the humor, the quotes, the quips, the storyline, THIS was the Ugly Betty I fell in love with. YAY!

Oh, show, please, please keep it up and don't fall apart on me like last season!
Mia: All Judging Butterflymusing_mia on October 17th, 2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
I'd pretty dropped this show after S1. The finale just depressed me and moved the show into territory I didn't like. Glad to hear Horto's had a change of heart because Daniel & Betty are fated.
Arabian: A/J -Squee!arabian on October 17th, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
Sorry, you dropped it. S2 ranged between okay and good, but season three was pretty dreadful. The hope of Daniel/Betty is the only thing that kept me hanging on. I'm glad I watched it last night despite not knowing that Horta took back what he said, though, because it was so much closer to s1 overall.
Mia: Personalitymusing_mia on October 17th, 2009 07:27 pm (UTC)
I was looking for camp and it went so serious with all the death. I'm glad Betty & Daniel's relationship has stayed true. She really is his best friend. Daniel & Betty have amazing chemistry. They believe in each other when no one else will.
Shane: Halloween Snoopyhavemy_heart on October 17th, 2009 06:28 pm (UTC)
I gave up on this show awhile back. I was getting bored with it. I had it on with the sound turned off while I was on my laptop, and every once in awhile I would glance up. I did notice another actress was playing Nico, and thought that was lame. Was Jowharah Jones not available, I wonder?

I've never been a Daniel/Betty shipper, as I like them as friends, but it looks like you have plenty of reasons to be hopeful :)

What made me really happy was you mentioning that she might finally get her braces off. I know having braces is part of her being "ugly", but most people only wear them for two years, so it's way past time for her to have them taken off.

Anyway, I'm glad that you enjoyed it. It's sad when a great show just dies, and I hope that it does turn itself around and become a great show once again.
Arabian: ATttD - Sorryarabian on October 17th, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
If you still have it, you might want to actually watch it with the sound. It was so s1 like. All of the characters were fabulous, the quips were fast and flying. It was so, so good.

I don't know why they recast Nico.
Shane: Halloween candyhavemy_heart on October 17th, 2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
I didn't record it, it was just on. I'm not sure I want to watch it even if it has gotten better. I already decided to stop watching Dollhouse, and a couple more shows might be on the chopping block. I watch too much TV!
sunnytyler001: Ugly bettysunnytyler001 on October 17th, 2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
Ooohhh!! Squuueee!!! That episode sounds awesome!
Arabian: Betty & Danielarabian on October 17th, 2009 09:19 pm (UTC)
It really was. :)
S.: dw; the christmas invasionartic_fox on October 17th, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
I admit, I used to ship Betty/Daniel. And if I still watched the show, I probably still would! I don't know why I stopped but just did part way through S3. Probably the moving country thing and all. Nevertheless, I'm glad that Horta has backtracked on his previous words: the pairings in the US incarnation had a lot of potential.
Arabian: Dr Who (9) - BTarabian on October 17th, 2009 09:20 pm (UTC)
As crappy as the show has been at various times, Daniel and Betty (and Eric and America) have never not failed to be awesome together.

OMG! You're a Doctor/Rose shipper?!?!? How did I not know this!?!!??!?!

Edited at 2009-10-17 09:21 pm (UTC)
S.: dw; where it all began: in cardiffartic_fox on October 17th, 2009 10:20 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, I love Doctor Who, and Doctor/Rose are totally my OTP ♥
Arabian: Dr Whoarabian on October 17th, 2009 10:49 pm (UTC)
SQUEE! I love "The Quiet Undead." It's in my top 5 favorite episodes. I do these write-ups (SO HAVE TO GET BACK TO THAT) and I just went on and on about that episode.
S.: dw; a sixpence in old london townartic_fox on October 18th, 2009 11:12 am (UTC)
Hehe, you like doing write-ups for episodes? :D That's cool. I really liked that episode as well.
Irrelirrel on October 18th, 2009 04:29 am (UTC)
YES YES YES! I loved Ugly Betty's premiere so much! Because I've known this story since the first novela, I'm sure that D/B will happen eventually. Screw whatever they say, it NEEDS to happen!

I loved how believable Betty's makeover was. And Mark's statement at the end about Betty's clothes "Huh, it's not so funny" (or something...) And I LOVED the Mark+Justin storyline and OMG... I loved that Daniel punched Matt and that Matt was JEALOUS of DANIEL... So much good stuff! :D

Nico's plot will bore me to tears, though...