I Can’t Do It!

Okay, let’s begin with a statement of fact. I don’t watch a lot of TV. I do read, but that being said I’d have to admit I haven’t found an unsung hero in any of the books I’ve read recently. I’ve wracked my brain trying to think of something, but I finally gave up. The only way to do this post is to tell you about a character that I thought was exceeding well done. He was unlikely to have a major role in the show, but he did.

I’m referring to the Netflix TV show El Barco. It’s a Spanish show, and since it is, I had to turn on the subtitles to watch it. I’ve never learned Spanish, but believe it or not, I started to recognize some of the phrases and words I heard. Here’s a blurb from Wikipedia that tells you what the show is all about.


A global cataclysm, caused by a fatal accident in GenevaSwitzerland, during the implementation of a particle accelerator, leaves the crew and students of the barque school-ship Estrella Polar (Polar Star) isolated in a post-apocalyptic world where most of the world’s land mass is now under water. The ship becomes their home in this isolated world. However, apart from the isolation, they also discover they are not alone, and must face “the others”.


The character I referred to was named Roberto, but everyone called him Bubble. He almost drowned, but he was saved at the last minute. He was a genius with a super high IQ, but after the drowning he ‘had a bubble’ on his brain and functioned as a mentally challenged man.

I’ve never seen an actor do such a good job in a role. There were a few flashbacks to the time before ‘the bubble’, and after seeing him as a normal man you had great appreciation for his acting skills. His total demeanor was different after the drowning, including the look in his eyes.

He had flashes of memory and could figure out problems no one else could. He saved the ship (where the show took place) more than once, and often offered advice that people followed. Still, he was easily manipulated and kept secrets that should have been told.

His best friend was the captain’s five year old daughter, but he didn’t remember that the man who tried to drown him was actually on the ship.

He knew that he was different, but he came to the conclusion that he liked being Bubble more than he did Roberto. He remembered enough to know that Roberto had done some bad things, but Bubble had friends who loved him and was happy.

I watched all the episodes of El Barco, and if you have Netflix I recommend it.


The actor’s name is Iván Massagué

About Elaine Cantrell

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina. She has a Master’s Degree in Personnel Services from Clemson University and is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary sorority for women educators. She is also a member of Romance Writers of America. Her first novel A New Leaf was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest and was published in 2004 by Oak Tree Press. When she isn't writing you can find Elaine playing with her dog or maybe collecting more vintage Christmas ornaments
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6 Responses to I Can’t Do It!

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    What a fascinating story! Bubble sounds like a really complex character. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this re-done in English someday.


  2. Jeff Salter says:

    I’m not at all familiar with that show you cited, but I love your description of that particular actor’s performance. So refreshing to watch someone who can deliver a range of expressions and emotions… rather than the Johnny One-Notes who seem (to me) so prevalent these days on the large and small screen.
    One of my favorite actors — who has played such a variety of diverse roles — is Anthony Hopkins. He’s played everything from Hannibal Lector to the reserved butler in “Remains of the Day.” Brilliant actor.


  3. Sounds like an incredible actor to be able to pull that off.


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