She doesn’t say much and what she does say, we can’t understand (unless you speak Spanish). Last week, we got a chance to see what The River was all about and believe it or not, the most important character to follow might be Jahel, played by 19-year-old Paulina Gaitan. Equipped with the powers of a medium to talk with the dead, Gaitan hinted that we should keep our eyes peeled to her at all times, as she is almost always dead-on about what is going to happen next. Well, Gaitan busted out her translator (no joke) and we grabbed some insider info on tonight’s episode “Los Ciegos,” where the crew does its best to deal with going blind, hence the title of the episode. The legend of the Morcegos is also introduced and let’s just say Justin Bieber doesn’t get stalked as much as the crew does on tonight's episode.
In a recent interview, Joe Anderson (Lincoln) said whatever you think it is, it definitely is not?
That’s the interesting thing about the show because when you think something is going to happen, it always changes. When you think you are going to resolve something, you have to wait and you don’t resolve it to the next episode.
Your character is a medium and seems vital to the show. At the end of last week’s show, Emmet uses Jahel to talk to his wife Tess.
My character is a medium between this world and the spirit world, and the people won’t want to take their eyes off her because what she says and what she thinks is the most accurate to the truth.
She always seems like she knows more than the rest of the crew, even her father Emilio. Why is she so scared?
In the beginning she knows it is not a good idea to go into the river and she tells them, but they don’t listen. She knows what’s going to happen but they don’t care; they don’t listen because she is the youngest and she doesn’t speak English. It’s really hard for her not speaking English because it is a barrier between them.
What can you tell us about tonight’s episode “Los Ciegos”?
As the name of the episode says, it is something that is going to happen and it's full of action.
What does the name “Los Ciegos” mean in Spanish?
The blind people.
Your character mentioned Corpo-Seco in the pilot (the unseen monster attacking the crew), what other legends come up in future episodes?
There are a bunch of legends and there is one in episode two about a girl...in the river and then in the “Los Ciegos” episode [tonight], there is a legend about the Los Morcegos [a local tribe that might be stalking and watching the crew].
You shot in Hawaii, in the jungle, how did that add to the creepiness?
The first couple of weeks it was hard to sleep because usually we spent the entire night in the boat. So, most of the time when everyone was quiet, you could hear loud sounds, you could hear things going into the water and it was not little things like fish or something, they were heavy things, so everyone was really tense...it was really scary.
The River airs at 9 p.m. ET/PT Tuesdays on ABC. You can find Mike Rothman on Twitter @TheRealRothman.
More than 10 000 people are smuggled into the United States for sexual exploitation per the nonprofit organization Free the Slaves. Inspired by a New York Times Magazine article Trade focuses on the attempts of traffickers to smuggle a group of women and children across the U.S.-Mexican border. Director Marco Kreuzpaintner wastes no time introducing us to the two victims he intends to follow from their kidnapping in Mexico to their auctioning off in the United States. Adriana (Paulina Gaitan) is snatched from the street as she rides the bicycle she just received from her brother Jorge (Cesar Ramos) for her 13th birthday. Single mother Veronica (Alicja Bachleda) arrives in Mexico City from Poland believing she’s there to meet with the people she’s paid to arrange her with safe and legal passage to the United States. Only she’s been duped by the traffickers. Adriana Veronica and a handful of other abductees then begin their terrifying journey to the United States under the watchful eye of trafficker Manuelo (Marco Perez). On their trail is Jorge who feels responsible for Adriana’s kidnapping. He risks life and limb to follow the abductees across the border. Once on U.S. soil Jorge crosses paths with Ray (Kevin Kline) a Texas cop who’s trying to break up the trafficking ring for personal reasons. Ray reluctantly pairs up with Jorge to track down Adriana before she and Veronica are sold off to the highest bidder via the Internet. More gentleman than action hero Kevin Kline’s not the obvious choice to portray a police officer hailing from the Lone Star State. Ray’s the kind of law-enforcement bloodhound Tommy Lee Jones can play in his sleep. Heck Kline only halfheartedly attempts a Texas drawl and even then he drops it minutes after his late entrance. This could be overlooked if Kline lent Ray some intensity. For someone on a crusade Kline strolls through Trade without a care in the world. As Trade reaches its inevitable showdown between the traffickers and their pursuers Ray’s faced with a life-or-death choice that would compromise all he stands for. Kline though looks about as conflicted as someone trying to decide what he wants for lunch. Luckily Kline’s presence doesn’t negate the fine work done by Ramos Gaitan and Bachleda. Ramos perfectly captures the guilt of a troubled young man—one embarking on a life of crime—whose ill-gotten gains has cost him dearly. If Ramos offers a study in redemption Bachleda goes to great pains to show the ease with which someone with so much grit and determination can bend and break under the most extreme of circumstances. Gaitan doesn’t endure as much abuse but she’s still one tough cookie. Perez refuses to allow Manuelo to be a mere profit-minded monster—he provides Manuelo with a conscience or what passes for one in his business. Trade is a tale of two countries. While in Mexico director Marco Kreuzpaintner examines the sex-slave trade in an incisive and uncompromising manner. He sheds light on how these trafficking rings acquire their slaves and smuggle them across the border. He puts us on edge the moment Adriana and Veronica fall in their captors’ hands. We’re never sure as to what will happen to them. We know they need to be kept alive. But in what condition? Many of the abductees are drugged beaten and raped. The violence isn’t exploitative—Kreuzpaintner just needs to show the cruelty inflicted upon these victims of the modern-day slave trade. And it only makes us fear more for Adrian and Veronica’s safety. Once Trade reaches the United States Kreuzpaintner and screenwriter Jose Rivera start pulling their punches. Yes there are some moments that make you sick to your stomach. But the moment Kline arrives on the scene Trade gets weak at the knees. There are too many coincidences for Trade’s own good. The sudden death of one character is forced and absurd. And Kreuzpaintner doesn’t know how to extricate Kline from the untenable situation he’s placed in during Trade’s climax. This all leads up to a pat ending one that even the Lifetime TV crowd would find unbelievably spineless.