'Selena: The Series' Episode 7 'Fideo': Did Chris Perez and Selena fall in love like that? Here's what's wrong
Sparks fly between Selena and Chris. The two meet on a beach and confess what they feel for each other, but is that how it really happened?
Spoilers for ‘Selena: The Series’ Episode 7 ‘Fideo’
Every real love story has a deep tragedy to it. ‘Fideo’ brings Chris Pérez and Selena Quintanilla's love story to light, but does it get it right? It's 1989 and Chris joins Selena y Los Dinos after one guitarist leaves the band. Right from the beginning, Abraham has a bad feeling about him. Nonetheless, sparks fly between Selena and Chris. The two meet on a beach and confess what they feel for each other.
After a performance, Selena (Christian Serratos) says she has missed him and kisses him. The two lock lips. All of a sudden, Abraham's (Ricardo Chavira) anger over a spliff on the bus startles them. The next day, Selena meets Chris (Jesse Posey) and tells him she doesn’t want to lie to her father or get him fired. “So just friends?” Chris asks her and she says yes. Can the two stay friends for long? More importantly, does the Netflix show get their love story right? Here's what's wrong with the depiction.
Christopher Gilbert Pérez, as he was baptized, was the guitarist for the Tejano queen's band Selena y Los Dinos. Raised in San Antonio, Texas, he is of Mexican-American ancestry. His parents divorced when he was four, and his mother later remarried. Growing up, he learned to play the French horn with his mother's support and also played in his school band. His heart, however, was set on the electric guitar. But because of the common misconception in those days about rock and roll being a bad influence on young kids, his mother did not encourage his wishes.
Pérez and Selena met when he joined the band and sparks flew. The two fell madly in love, much to the chagrin of the Quintanilla family and hence began a clandestine relationship. Soon after, they eloped and got married in April 1992. The Quintanillas, particularly Selena's father, had inexplicable resentment towards Pérez and were heavily against his relationship with the singer. Her father once told him that he “was like a cancer to his family”.
Pérez began to harbor feelings for the 'Bidi Bidi Bom Bom' singer months after he joined the band, but thought he would be better off distancing himself from her. That proved wrong when he realized it was impossible to subdue his feelings for Selena and chose to pursue her. They confessed to each other at a local Pizza Hut and became exclusive shortly after, but kept it secret from her father. Not a beach, but the two went to Pizza Hut and it was there that they confessed their feelings.
Jennifer Lopez-starrer 'Selena' got that scene right but it was shockingly changed in the series. Why was the new storyline written for the two lovebirds? Moreover, the series doesn't have the same passion as the pair must have had in those days. In fact, both Serratos and Posey's chemistry falls flat in their intimate scenes. Sigh!
‘Selena: The Series’ starts streaming all nine new episodes on Netflix this December 4, 2020.