La Doña: I just finished this telenovela this morning. This was definitely the best telenovela I have watched. I am excluding short series as it is hard to compare this 120 episode telenovela to an action packed 8 or 10 episode series. Anyway, what I liked about this telenovela:
The writing was, by far, the best of any telenovela. It was very well weaved together. The story line was interesting and developed methodically incorporating a number of relevant and interesting sub plots. I never got confused with "who is this guy again?" type of things. They never threw too much at you.
The general plot is about a hugely successful real estate developer in Mexico City named Altagracia (La Doña). She is ruthless. But, you quickly learn that she has an inner rage that controls and dominates her. When she was a young teenager in Veracruz she watched her parents and boyfriend get killed by a gang and then the gang raped her. She is a very conflicted character. You feel for her because of what happened to her when she was an innocent young woman but she sets out on a life of crime for vengeance! She hates men. One by one she hunts down the gang members and kills them.
As all of this is developing there is a too good to be true "super hero", handsome, smart lawyer who has dedicated his life to helping abused women. Also, Altagracia became pregnant from the rape and she gave birth to a girl who she abandoned. Her daughter, now 20-ish years old, moves from Veracruz to Mexico City to help her adoptive father get medical treatment. Of course, everyone's paths cross and worlds collide in a spectacular way! There is a basic love triangle between these three main characters the entire way.
Other than the writing and plot, I commend the acting. It was very realistic and there was nothing I'd classify as bad acting that I often see in telenovelas. The Spanish was very easy for me to understand. When the young 20-ish girls would chit chat and use slang I'd occasionally have a hard time understanding one of them. There was nothing "stupid" like an evil twin or some ridiculous side plot that we often see in telenovelas. There was a mini-subplot where one character had visions of the future and could talk with her dead sister but that was not really a problem as it was necessary for developing the story in a certain way and was well-done.
The best thing about the show was that there was nothing to do with narcotraficantes. No narcos! Nada!
What did I not like so much? Really nothing. Some very minor things were the fact that there were a couple too many "one in a million" coincidences. One or two is ok, but when it starts happening too often it is too much. This was not a problem, but was noticeable in the course of about 10 episodes near the beginning where there were just way too many coincidences. The other thing that annoyed me a bit was that La Doña's daughter and the child of one the rapists were about the same age. That would have been impossible under the way the story developed around that rapist and his wife and family. It was no big deal but it just annoyed me.
Anyway, I highly recommend this telenovela.