Darna (2009 TV series)

Darna is a Philippine television drama action fantasy series broadcast by GMA Network. The series is based from Mars Ravelo's fictional superheroine of the same title. Directed by Dominic Zapata and Don Michael Perez, it stars Marian Rivera in the title role. It premiered on August 10, 2009 on the network's Telebabad line up replacing Zorro and worldwide on GMA Pinoy TV. The series concluded on February 19, 2010 with a total of 140 episodes. It was replaced by Panday Kids in its timeslot.

Mars Ravelo's Darna
Title card
Genre
Based onMars Ravelo's Darna
Developed byJun Lana
Written by
Directed by
Creative director(s)Jun Lana
StarringMarian Rivera
Opening theme"Narda" by Kamikazee
Composer(s)Jay Contreras
Country of originPhilippines
Original language(s)Tagalog
No. of episodes140
Production
Executive producer(s)Edlyn Tallada-Abuel
Production location(s)Manila, Philippines
Cinematography
  • Roman Theodossis
  • Rhino Vidanes
Camera setupMultiple-camera setup
Running time30-45 minutes
Production company(s)GMA Entertainment TV
Release
Original networkGMA Network
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Original releaseAugust 10, 2009 (2009-08-10) 
February 19, 2010 (2010-02-19)
Chronology
Related showsDarna (2005)

Cast and characters

Marian Rivera portrays Narda.
Dennis Trillo portrays Pancho.
Iwa Moto portrays Valentina.
Nadine Samonte (left) portrays Roma.
Maggie Wilson portrays Octavia Moran.
Jackie Rice portrays Helena.
Katrina Halili portrays Serpina.
Main cast
Guest cast

Reception

Ratings

According to AGB Nielsen Philippines' Mega Manila household television ratings, the pilot episode of Darna earned a 44.1% rating.[3] While the final episode scored a 32.9% rating.[4]

Critical response

Darna opened with positive reviews, writer Nestor Torre of Philippine Daily Inquirer said the pilot episode is "loud and livid". Torre continues to mention "...two performances stand out because they’re 'different'. The first is Janice de Belen’s portrayal of Consuelo, the mother of Valentina. De Belen’s characterization is outstanding, because it’s deeply felt, while not being over-the-top..." and "the other interesting performance thus far is turned in by Iwa Moto as Valentina. With some help from creative scripting, her character is more tragic and conflicted than past versions of the story had it".[5]

Jun Lana's script was also praised by Torre for creating "Valentina’s terrible secret initially pains her rather than turns her into a vengeful monster, and the ostracism she suffers adds enormously to her loneliness and grief, which are alleviated only by her only friend, Narda. Of course, the ironic twist to all this is that Narda will eventually morph into superheroine Darna, with whom Valentina must fight to the death." Lana told Manila Bulletin that this version of Darna will be "totally different" especially with the characters, he mentions "what if Narda doesn't want to become Darna?" - a subject never touched upon in other versions of the graphic novel.[6]

References

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