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This series will look at the possibility of finding love through Findr, a dating app. (Source: JACE TV Youtube Channel) Edit Translation
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UNHOOKEDPreachy and inconsistent. It is a low budget series - and it was pretty obvious.
1. The writer thinks he created intelligent characters and an intelligent banter but what we actually have are long, boring, unnatural and preachy conversations. The flow of thought from all the characters are way too similar that it feels like a single person talking to his split personality.
2. The story. You met up on a dating app, met and hooked up once and next thing you were already 'inlove'? Really?
2. Camera work and editing. Lets forgive them for poor camera quality, but the editing is just horrendous, you dont even feel like they are really talking to each other (but it can also attributed to the bad script).
If there is any good, it is the fact that they tried to cover a lot of current gay issues. Also, i would credit it as positive that the 2 leads didnt necessarily end up togehter.
I do appreciate companies still trying to produce content during the pandemic, however, the big question is, is it worth it? Did they succeed? I dont know how you'd feel about it but for me, for a series called Hook Up i am always unhooked, what i know is i hated myself for wasting my time watching this series.
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Hook Up (2020): A Daring Pinoy BL SeriesIn a lot of ways, “Hook Up” was an upgrade of its prequel “Truly Very Yours.” “Hook Up” had a more daring plot/storyline, improved acting performance, and better overall production value. But while there were improvements, “Hook Up” suffered from inconsistent quality all throughout its run.
“Hook Up” had a brave plot/storyline about finding romantic and sexual relationships through a fictional dating app called Findr. It covered bold topics such as gender identities and sexual orientations, one night stand, and even prostitution. It also discussed about relatable issues concerning family ties -- how we love them and how we also hate them at times. It also tackled how the youth especially students navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to these, “Hook Up” didn’t shy away from progressive themes. After the pardon of murderer Joseph Scott Pemberton, “Hook Up” even featured the message #TransLivesMatter #JusticeForJenniferLaude #NoToGenderRelatedViolence. Notwithstanding these commendable subject matters, the plot/storyline overall wasn’t fully developed. Maybe because there’s another related upcoming series from J.ACE (production company), some questions remained unanswered on “Hook Up.”
There were funny, sexy, and witty dialogues. I particularly liked when Mark self-identified as bisexual with no queerness denial and when Henry and Mark paid homage to the different Filipino (Pinoy) boys' love (BL) series through title shout outs. But I didn’t like the screenplay whenever Mark and Henry argue. On such instances, script was long and preachy.
Acting was largely uneven but there was a marked improvement in Marky’s performance. He has gone a long way since his “Truly Very Yours” days. JC's acting needed improvement but for a newbie, he was alright. Niko was relatively good. Wex was ok but I was quite upset with how his character was treated on this series. The rest of the supporting cast members were either overacting or underwhelming (unfortunately, while I love Tita Cassie, Tita Baby belonged to this group).
Production design, camera work, and editing were up and down all throughout the series. But when these aspects were good, some of the better episodes were produced. A good example of this was the camera work on Henry and Mark’s shirtless scenes alluding to some sort of virtual sex. Another good example was the editing of scenes when the title of the series, “Hook Up,” was finally actualized. Mark and Henry’s kissing and love/sex scenes were sexy and steamy yet tastefully done. The song “I Think” by Jean Kent was better than his soundtrack “Summer Promises” for “Truly Very Yours.”
All in all, even with the inconsistencies in quality, I would still recommend rewatching “Hook Up.” If you’re looking for a daring Pinoy BL series with a fearless plot/storyline, “Hook Up” would be a nice series for you. You might also need to watch “Hook Up” and its prequel “Truly Very Yours” if you plan to watch J.ACE’s upcoming Pinoy BL series, “One Night Stand บางกอก (Bangkok).”
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