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DOAQ: Farewell to Malorro, Grace ,Punie and co

Written by tha - bang from the blog blah blah blah on 03 Sep 2008
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All good things come to an end and unfortunately last night was the very last episode of DOAQ. I was hoping for at least one more episode, but 15 minutes into the finale I could see there won’t be one last savouring. DOAQ ended last night.Giving way to a second season of Thisa , on the same timeslot next week. So what does this mean, the King came, he saw and he was conquered by the young Punie (hehehehe).Poor Grace final bites the dust, but I felt there was an over whelming sense of emptiness to last night episode. I felt that too much was happening at the same time, from the death of Grace to the final mutiny, to Maloro’s death and we won’t given enough time to absorb everything in. The epic-ness and grandeur of the story was somehow short changed so as to make the story fit into the predetermined running time and budget, the final battle defineatly needed more extras and clashing of spears. 


The dethroning of Maloro needed a huge battle of some sorts not a wimp out stabbing of Kgosi senase pula by a feeble old lady.With a gigantic sword that she could’nt even hold it up herself. Maloro deserved some great amano- amano battle ala Tony Mantana in Scareface. He needed to go down with all gun blazing.He deserved what Spartans in 300 call a “glorius death”. Maloro was too much of a bad-a$$ just to be killed so easily. Or is this a case of me liking the man too much, I don’t know? 


But last night episode was not all bad though, Shoki as usual delivered with her final breakdown of Grace. I can’t remember the last time I saw such convincing “zombie” acting than when poor Grace was spewing her truth to the astonished Dr. and nurse. She deserves an oscar for her little monologue, as we saw the two shades of the old vile Grace being intersected with the new feeble and worn out Grace.Drama students,eat yor heart out. It was a stunning performance and a bit sad, cause it just showed how much the character had weakened. If theres any justice in this JZ world please give Shoki the SAFTA for best leading lady in the drama. Other than that I thought her death really needed more screen time, or even more mourning from Maloro. Cause the man lost his child and wife all in one episode, that’s quite a lot but it was just handled as a single beat and the story continued.

Then there was Maloro who continued to be the one and only bad-a$$ to the end, since Grace had wimped out from the strain of a guilty conscious and too much blood. King Maloro seemed to thrive on the anarchy, even when everyone was deserting him. He never decided to call it quits, and cash in on the badness and at least try to be nice so he may receive some mercy. No,not Maloro, instead he kills off his one and only minion,who choose to stand by him. Slaps around a man whose old enough to be his father. Plays dodge the bullet with the nurse. How bada$$ is that, you got to love the guy. But I loved how the actor handled Maloro’s desperation and unflenching resolve that nothing is going to happen to him, he was a proof that people actually go drunk on power. They can’t even see the writing when it’s on the wall.

I found it interesting that the writers decided to reveal that poor Maloro is not actually of the royal bloodline. This made his poor hold on power and need of it, a sign of corruption within the man and not just the ancestors being spiteful towards him. The man never had no right to be a king but he longed for it nonetheless. So being a king turned into a curse than a blessing for him. But I liked how poor Puno at the end seemed to be a merger of the two dynasties of kings and queens by swallowing both the black and the white stone. The reign, of just the dynasty of the Kings or Queens seems to be at an end. Puno seems to work as the messianic figure who reconciles both the two different lineages that has been at war looking for supremacy. She is starting a new dynasty and lineage,I hope that it will become a sequel,won’t that be cool ( hey a man can dream, can’t he?)

Overall DOAQ will sadly be missed, I think the series can stand shoulder to shoulder with some of the best South African shows we’ve seen such as Yizo Yizo, the first Season of the Lab, HardCopy and Tsha tsha. As a testimony that South Africans can tell good local stories with local talent and that there is more to our stories than just the kasi gangster genre ( and I am not dissing the genre at all). I think some will remember DOAQ for being a pioneer in the sense that ,it took of our own modes, beliefs and superstition and used them to a kick-s story with epic and mythical qualities. Dikgoshi dina dia busha ko motseng wa Mallowmetseng




36 Comments

Mathaz
03 Sep 2008 02:31

or even more mourning from Maloro. Cause the man lost his child and wife all in one episode, that’s quite a lot but it was just handled as a single beat and the story continued.  True that Thabang, maybe they should have added 2 more episodes of Maloro mourning.  I will surely miss DOAQ.

tha - bang
03 Sep 2008 02:41

Mathaz at least give yesterday for him to mourn,ag,i'll miss senase pula sa ko mallowmetseng

Golden Star
03 Sep 2008 02:41

It is indeed sad tha-bang. I didn't see even a single episode of Tshisa 1 so I don't know if I should look forward to it or not.

monchooza
03 Sep 2008 02:50

yah Tuesday will never be the same again....

carino
03 Sep 2008 02:51

Dikgoshi diile tsa busha.. mo motseng wa Mollowametseng...

Yesterday's episode was just too hasty for me... and quite empty too.. There was nothing to put you on the edge of your seat.. nothing to be excited about...

I felt they put everything together...some scenes were just more about filling us in and explaining things to us...and i really expected more that that... 

Maloro deserved some great amano- amano battle ala Tony Montana in Scarface
hehehehehe...you can say that again... And i actually thought if Al Pacino too...

But all in all... DOAQ was a great drama... it will surely be missed.... but it ended on a njee.. note...

Centrepiece
03 Sep 2008 02:54

Good re-cap tha-bang as usual, thanx!!!!!!!!!!! I agree with you that they gave us little time to process all that was happening at once and in that time not giving the actors much of time to show us what they made of! I liked Shoki's acting very much, she was the best of all in DOAQ.
Seen that time when she knelt on her knees and scrabbed *icansi(somebody translate pls)*  talking saying she needs power and understanding as to how the ancestors can take her son before he was even born? I LIKED THAT VERY MUCH!!!

tha - bang
03 Sep 2008 02:56

Tshisa is ok ,the first season was not grounbreaking for me.hopefully the guys would improve on what they learned the first time around.
but "everythng with a begining has an end"to quote the oraclefrom the matrix,so it is with DOAQ.i wonder if they will get a new season.That would be great

Simmone
03 Sep 2008 03:00

Nice recap, Tha-Bang, I feel robbed and DOAQ was robbed of an exhilarating anti-climax. Something about last night episode left with an uneasy feeling of too much content and less conviction.

The reappearance of Puno’s grandmother was a bit foible and her activist rise wasn’t convincing.

The extras were bit overwhelmed about their task and the journalist woman who the gran spoke to about Maloro’s genetics was a bit raw.

Grace, Shoki was excellent she delivered the best deranged zombie portrayal ever in SA

The rain was just awful, seemed like someone was standing on the roof with a faulty hosepipe.

King Maloro deserved to die with malevolence and precision.

tha - bang
03 Sep 2008 03:02

Nah we were shortchanged the series needed more episodes to conclude properly at least two more.

tha - bang
03 Sep 2008 03:11

King Maloro deserved to die with malevolence and precision. check how much respect with hae for this bad man.he did deserve to die like a mugodoi ( a two legged dog) in the street like that

myname
03 Sep 2008 03:12

Flames to dust, Lovers to freinds, Why do all good things come to an end from Nelly Furtado.....Ke a leboga bro waka & the last episode was not that appetizing maar thanks 2 Shoki. She deserves an SA Oscar. She can do her own thing man & she is gud. And i thought little Punie is the 1 who's going 2 kill his uncle maar no, Gogo killed the king. I can say that was weak 4 me coz i wanted something evilish lol. But shame with all these Shakespears' story this one was the best 4 mwaaa & i really enjoyed it & thanks for recaps T.....Dikgoshi dina dia busha (My flatmate always laugh whenever i try 2 say this part u re ke a Xhosalazer & vele my tswana/sepedi is terrible maar ketla setse ke se bue)

Snoopy68
03 Sep 2008 03:16

Great recap Tha-bang!  Stirling performance by Shoki (Grace).    

"The dethroning of Maloro needed a huge battle of some sorts not a wimp out stabbing of Kgosi senase pula by a feeble old lady.With a gigantic sword that she could’nt even hold it up herself."
Totally agree with you there....uGogo was struggling to lift the sword, let alone plung it into the militant Maloro.  Why the crowd of spear welding subjects spent the whole day crafting and sharpening their weapons - only to stand there transfixed and gorking at Maloro, beats me.  There should have been a mini bloodbath.  A person of the likes of Maloro deserved to go out in style!

monchooza
03 Sep 2008 03:18

The Location was the best......

molibelis
03 Sep 2008 03:31

I only read the headlines,but i trully love the ending of it, thes is the Happy ending,Maloro totaly decerved to die like that,and he accepted his death by gaving away that black Stone,

tha - bang
03 Sep 2008 03:48

Why the crowd of spear welding subjects spent the whole day crafting and sharpening their weapons - only to stand there transfixed and gorking at Maloro, beats me. There should have been a mini bloodbath. A person of the likes of Maloro deserved to go out in style! my sentiments exactly snoopy, i think they didnt have enough money to pay for a mini carnage or it was just handled badly.but maloro deserved one.early one in the series they were able to deliver on the action i dont know why the skimped on it last night

NashM
03 Sep 2008 04:11

This thing of the rain queen ke dilo tsa Balobedu. The Balobedu tripe, in Ga-Modjadji, Limpopo are ruled by woman. Puno is acting as Queen Masalanabo whose mother Makobo Modjadji died. Maloro is Prince Mpapatla Modjadji

Centrepiece
03 Sep 2008 04:16

Go on NashM................................... you can't just leave us hanging like that and where do you get that info from?

Mathaz
03 Sep 2008 05:16

@NashM - is it really true that Queen Makobo Modjajdi was poisoned by the royal council?

PY
03 Sep 2008 06:32

@NashM...what u said above is very interesting i did'nt even know that there is a tribe which is ruled by women, and about the Balobedu tribe... are they Pedi or Tswana's?pls carry on....when it comes to cultures I bcome very curious...

 From "Ukufa kwe-Kumkanikazi (Death of a Queen)...I'm gona mic these 2 phrases....Dikgoshi diile tsa busha.. mo motseng wa Mollowametseng... and......A ine Pula/Vula (sp)...

what does this word means 'Mollowametseng'
Thanx Tha-bang

tha - bang
03 Sep 2008 06:42

i think its the name of the village but i dont know what the word "mollowametseng'mean

grobdan
03 Sep 2008 07:48

Many thanks  Tha-bang for your possitive reviews and the same to everyone who posted remarks.
Unfortunately the last episode was not as big a bang as we all wanted and I am not making excuses, but here are  some facts.Due to budgetary constraints, DoaQ was shot in 23 shooting days. Candy Moloi's mother died in the third week and we had to swop the schedule around.....and then the freeky weather started. It rained for days on end and we had wind like the Cape South-Easter. The big upmarch was planned with 120 extras, to walk from behind a hill to look like the upcoming sun. We had them all on location. Busses full of them, just to call a wrap because it would have been suicide to to light a torch in that wind in 1 meter tall dry bushveld grass.
Half of the last episode was shot in one night.Puno worked untill 3 in the morning. WHAT A BRAVE LITTLE GIRL!!! We could not stay at our accommodation any longer as it was booked out .We could not make as much rain as we want to. It was 8 degrees. BUT never did we skimp deliberately. I worked 3 months without salary and so did other members of Mud Hut. We have not been paid our last payment as yet and will be gratefull if we only break even.But thanks to a great script and actors and team who was willing to walk the second mile, it was all worth my while. 
Pieter Grobbelaar (director and co-producer)

tha - bang
03 Sep 2008 08:24

Cool to hear from you Grobdan, great job none the less and thanks for the clarification. The work, passion and dedication you guys put into the production speaks for itself. Good Job,do you guys think you could swinggle SABC into funding a second season.

Segololo
03 Sep 2008 10:33

thanks tha-bang 4 the recap. doaq was watching me more than i cud watch it last nite. is there a repeat? but i mos defs agree that shoki deserves all the msanzi awards 4 best actress

Segololo
03 Sep 2008 10:41

grobdan, gr8 2 read ur reply + thank u. damn! tvsa is tha bang with involved industry players reading our view points. eat ur heart out, smokey letsatsantsa! in ur face!

grobdan
03 Sep 2008 13:07

tha-bang, not so easy to swingle the SABC. 
But all the good actors are dead now. Only Puno and Mamodumedi left. I suppose the others could come back as ghosts!!! 
I think Puno ha sthe potential to become a real big name. She is very intelligent and a natural. And the nice thing about her is that she has her feet flat on the ground.  Unspoilt. I simply love that child. We had a real father/daughter relationship and we do keep contact. I hope that she will get plenty of chances so that she can grow as an actress.

tha - bang
04 Sep 2008 05:21

All good things come to an end i guess.it will b cool to c what doors does DOAQ open for both u guys,the producers and the cast.best of luck with future productions grobdan.

carino
04 Sep 2008 05:31

wow... so surely Dr. Mfundi Vundla blogs as well... and reads our opinions.

Mr Grobbellaar... thank you, thank you, thank you... for  a great show...

jay 01
04 Sep 2008 05:42

i really liked puno too and the role was a bit overwhelming for a young actress but she managed to do it all so gracefully. grace was the star of the night and she delivered just as we had expected, no wonder shoki said it was the one role she just enjoyed playing

Simmone
04 Sep 2008 05:46

************************STANDING OVATION***************************

To the Cast and Crew of DOAQ, thank you for a great show

TVSA, I think we have more than a handful of sabc peeps blogging here.

Tembi Seete made a comment about the criticism of their “advice, guest judge comment” and tried some slurp of an excuse to defend it.

Kuli Roberts definitely bloggs here.

carino
04 Sep 2008 05:54

I will echo Sego's comment..... Letsatsantsa.... you see??? I told you! TVSA is THE SOUTH AFRICAN TV AUTHORITY...

Segololo
05 Sep 2008 08:03

puno must neva take a job on genrubbish. they will kill her career. i would like 2 c her on shows that will give her even more exposure.

carino
05 Sep 2008 08:28

Hello, Sego..

Segololo
05 Sep 2008 08:03

puno must neva take a job on genrubbish. they will kill her career. i would like 2 c her on shows that will give her even more exposure.

carino
05 Sep 2008 08:28

Hello, Sego..

belgafric
03 Dec 2008 05:25

I am looking for information about the Queen of Senase. How long does She have this title, what's Her name, Who old is She and if posible some pics. It's verry importent to Me. mr.de.clippeleir-yeboah@hotmail.com

belgafric
03 Dec 2008 05:25

I am looking for information about the Queen of Senase. How long does She have this title, what's Her name, Who old is She and if posible some pics. It's verry importent to Me. mr.de.clippeleir-yeboah@hotmail.com

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