(lit. meaning Almost Angels
) is an Argentine live-action TV series about a group of orphans
who are exploited and forced into robbery by the orphanage director, Bartolomé Bedoya Aguero
. However, Bartolomé is running low on cash and in order to receive the inheritance of his dead aunt there are two conditions he must meet: keep the orphanage running and make his younger sister Malvina
get married. Her current boyfriend, Nicolas Bauer
, arrives to the Bedoya Aguero mansion after getting engaged to her, accompanied by his son Cristobal and a savage named Mogli.
Around the same time, a young circus performer named Cielo Mágico
finds one of the girls from the orphanage, Alelí
, stealing at her circus. She's able to save her from the man she robbed and gets her back to the orphanage, but on their way they find other kids from the orphanage putting up a show to steal. Alelí takes advantage of the occasion to steal from a man, but Cielo catches her and takes the wallet she stole from her. However, the man (who happens to be Bauer) finds them and accuses Cielo of being a theif. Cielo runs away... with the wallet. She later returns it to Bauer, who realizes she isn't a bad person after all, and gets her a job as maid in the Bedoya Aguero mansion... much to Malvina's dismay, who (unlike the other two) notices a Love Triangle
The series had a total of four seasons. The first has Nicolás struggling on his search for the Eudamon Island as well as resolving the mystery of the missing heirs of the Inchausti family. At the end of the first season, Cielo is saved from Bartolomé's attack by a time portal, which opens and saves her just in time.
The second season takes place some time later, with Nicolas trying to find her while other main characters such as Thiago or Jazmín find identical keys, as well as a strange book with a total of seven locks. This season introduces Corporación Cruz (Cruz Corporation), commonly abbreviated as CC, which is the main antagonist of the season. The third season takes place after the teenager cast -plus Lleca and Justina- are teleported to the future in the season 2 finale.
Finally, the fourth season is called La Resistencia (The Resistance), and has the main characters divided and some of them (like Mar or Lleca) with their memories erased and modified.
"Casi Ángeles" includes examples of:
- Abduction Is Love: Ibarlucía seriously believed that by kidnapping Cristobal and Carla they'd love him again.
- Abusive Parents: Bartolome and Malvina's father is mentioned to have been abusive, specially towards him.
- Adventurer Archaeologist: Nicolas Bauer.
- His father Luis was one too, and his mother is currently one as well.
- All Love Is Unrequited: And how! Let's count: Malvina for Bauer, Rama for Mar, Alelí for Lleca, Salvador for Cielo, Tefi for Thiago, Ibarlucía for Cielo, Tefi for Simón, Melody for Thiago, and the list goes on and on...
- All There in the Manual: The "Team Angels" section at the end of every season two episode often provided background on some characters, aside from interviews that often broke the fourth wall and funny moments.
- Alone Among the Couples: Towards the end of season 1, Thiago was with Mar and Tacho with Jazmin, leaving Rama as the only one in their five-people band that was alone (plus, his love interest had been recently Put on a Bus).
- And in the second season, Tefi suffers from this. Hard.
- Alpha Bitch: Tefi.
- Melody takes it even further, to the point that Tefi (who was the main Alpha Bitch in season 1) becomes her Girl Posse.
- Dolores, who appeared briefly in the first season, was this as well. However, while the previous two later become lovable alpha bitches, Dolores... is never heard of again.
- Juliette, Simón's french ex-girlfriend, has some traces of it as well.
- Already Met Everyone: In episode 141, season 2, it is revealed that Caridad and Nacho had already exchanged glances at a young age, while Melody and Valeria had argued once.
- Ascended Extra: Tefi was initially just Thiago's girl of the week, but after being revealed to be Mar's step-sister, she becomes more important to the plot. By the second season she is already a main character.
- Becoming the Mask: In the second season, Justina becomes really fond of replacing Felicitas, to the point where she actually warms up to those whom she used to hate in the previous seasons, like Lleca or Aleli.
- Luca too. He was denied love during his life until Franca saved his life, and with the others he finally feels at home and part of a family.
- Bittersweet Ending: In the end, the main characters are able to go back to their original time and reunite with Cielo, Bauer and the others, having a happy ending as they also stop Luz's kidnapping to prevent the villains from making her the Big Bad. However, it's not as happy as it sounds; Simón and Vale were left in the future, and in the last episode are heavily implied to have died on a massive explosion in 2030.
- Bodyguard Crush: Justina on Bartolomé.
- Cassandra Truth: Hope spends the entire first half of season four unsuccessfully trying to persuade the others living in the NE that they're being controlled by the evil Government, which had previously brainwashed them.
- Cast Full of Pretty Boys
- Catch Phrase: And how.
“Hey, cat, it’s not like I use the word cat that much, you cat!”
- Malvina and Esperanza share “There’s no crisis!” and “The curl always comes back”.
- Nacho: “What's up, man?”
- Torito: “That’s life, buddy.”
- Cheerful Child: Alelí and Monito. Cristobal too, to some extend.
- Child Prodigy: Cristobal.
- Creepy Child: Luz, specially in the first season.
- Alelí for some time in season 2 as well, while she was being drugged by Justina.
- The Dragon: Justina was this to Big Bad Bartolomé.
- Luca was this to Franca as well, and Franca herself is later revealed to be The Dragon of CC boss, Juan Cruz.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Melody and Tefi.
- Justina as well.
- Malvina too, although she may be more of a Fallen Princess type.
- Disappeared Dad: Rama and Alelí's bilogical father is never seen or heard of.
- The Ditz: Malvina.
- Don't Split Us Up: While under Bartolomé's care, Rama and Alelí are often threatened to be sent to different orphanages.
- Drives Like Crazy: Poor Rama has experienced Valeria's driving during a chase scene with the Police, and is not willing to do it again.
- Dysfunctional Family: The orphanage on season two. Probably the best example is early in that season, on the first day of school (clip's not subtitled though).
- Encyclopaedic Knowledge: In season two, after her stay in Eudamón, Cielo becomes acquainted with pretty much everything, thus unfortunately losing her memory.
- Ensemble Cast: At the beginning, Cielo and Nico were obviously the protagonists, but as the series went on, it leaned more and more towards this trope (although characters like Mar or Thiago were usually given more screen time than others anyway).
- Evil Uncle: Jazmin's uncle, who is also the murderer of her parents.
- Extranormal Institute: At Mandalay, the high school attended by the kids in the future, you're more likely to hear about Lateral Thought, Nonviolence and Riddles, rather than mainstream subjects such as Maths, English or Spanish.
- Face-Heel Turn: Luz, who is the Big Bad of season 4. However, it's not really like she voluntarily did the turn, she was kidnapped while all the others were in the future (including Justina, the only one who could protect her) and forced into becoming evil, so it isn't like she was Evil All Along. Plus, by the end of the season, the main characters return to their original time and save her from being kidnapped.
- Thiago pulled this off for some episodes in the second season, during which he looks and acts scarily like his father, after Mar leaves him for Simon.
- Five-Man Band:
- Government Conspiracy: Played for laughs in episode 88, season 2, when the kids wrongfully assume that the Argentine president is the head of CC.
- The Great Wall: Built by the Government in order to separate the ones living in the NE from the so-called savages.
- Gypsy Curse: In the first season, Jazmín curses Bartolomé in a fit of rage.
- Heartwarming Orphan: Pretty much everyone in the orphanage ( Mar becomes the exception when she's taken in by her birth mother by the end of season 1, but she later returns to live with them when her mother moves to Spain).
- Heel-Face Turn: Malvina towards the end of the first season. She turns against her brother and Justina, siding with Bauer and Cielo, feeling deeply sorry for her actions. She redeems herself completely when she speaks against Bartolome in the trial.
Malvina : I heard screams every night. And that wasn't the worst; I covered my ears with the pillow so that I wouldn't hear.
- Justina goes through this in the second season.
- Franca as well. Unfortunately, it isn't enough to save her.
- Luca qualifies too, although he never was truly evil, he just didn't have much of a choice.
- Hot Gypsy Woman: Jazmín Romero.
- Her mother, who briefly appears in flashbacks, was one as well.
- Hot Teacher: Matt.
- Bauer can count too, given his brief period as teacher in the orphanage.
- In-Series Nickname: Every character has got at least one nickname, but they tend to be many, from funny ones to ones which actually sound a bit offensive.
- Incest Subtext: In one episode, a drunk Malvina kisses her nephew Thiago.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: At first, the main characters are exploited by a powerful man. They later get involved in the fight against Juan Cruz and are eventually sent to the future without previous warning, and aren't happy about it.
- Kick the Dog: Juan Cruz just loves to do it. A glaring example can be found in episode 124, season 3, where he gleefully reminds all the characters the hell they've been going through thanks to him.
- Lamarck Was Right: Paz has inherited Cielo’s abilities.
- Love Theme: Recurring; usually a song from the series (averted in Cielo and Salvador’s case, since their theme, Silencio, is taken from another show).
- Luke, I Am Your Father: The reveal that Ibarlucía is actually Cristobal's biological dad.
- A similar case happens in season 2 when Mar's Disappeared Dad is revealed to be her boxing instructor, Terremoto.
- Missing Mom: Thiago's mother, who is mentioned more than once through the first season and finally appears in the second season.
- Carla, Cristobal's mother, who was in Africa getting treated for an unknown disease in season 1. This, it is later revealed, was a lie Bauer told Cris to avoid hurting him, since Carla abandoned both of them for her lover Ibarlucía.
- Rama and Alelí's mother abandoned them to get a job in the United States and raise money. However, once there, she remarries and starts a complete new life.
- Modern Stasis
- Morality Pet: Luz has been this for Justina for ten years. She claims Luz is the only thing that makes her feel human.
- Never the Selves Shall Meet: One of the main rules in the third season, while much of the cast is in the future
- The Nicknamer: Malvina. Due to her tendancy to sometimes talk in English instead of Spanish like the rest of the cast, she often nicknames other characters by translading their names literally. The most common nickname she uses in the series is "Sky" for Cielo, but she also has nicknames for Cristobal (Christ), Justina (Justine), Nicolas (Nicky), and Luz (Light), among various others.
- Justina is this too, but her nicknames tend to be... er, less sweet.
- No New Fashions in the Future
- Open Door Opening: The series begins with the director of the orphanage in which Mar was then living opening the gateway of the aforementioned to let Bartolomé and Justina in.
- Our Angels Are Different: This troper has never heard of an angel who is super fast or possesses Super Hearing like Cielo Mágico does.
- Our Time Machine Is Different: During the four season, the main characters have travelled in time through a magical, golden book, some teas and also a perfume. Mar hilariously points this out in the third season, wondering if it wouldn’t have been easier to come up with a travel machine once and for all.
- Passing Notes in Class: In her entrance test to high school, Mar gets stuck in her english exam, where she was supposed to translate the song "Let It Be", and asks Jazmin for help through a note. However, she doesn't know either, but the guy who sat behind her did and, as he left to deliver his test, he left Mar a note with the song completely translated.
- Perfect Pacifist People: The guys in Mandalay are expected to be this; not all the characters completely agree, particularly in season four, when the Evil Government has brainwashed everyone who had been caught and the ones who are still free are continually chased after by the so-called Hunters .
- Posthumous Character: Amparo, Jazmín's mother, who appears to her daughter in a dream and as they dance together, she warns her of the dangers to come.
- Jazmín's father appears as this too in the second season.
- Product Placement: Obnoxiously done on season 3 with brands like 47Street, Sweet Victorian and Coca Cola. Luckily, it was toned down in season 4.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Mar gives one to Nacho in episode 55, season 2, after he has tried to frame her by putting a substance similar to cocaine in her bag.
- La Résistance: In season 4.
- Robinsonade: In the first episodes of season two, a pregnant Malvina and Cristóbal show off their survival skills while stuck in the forest after a plane crash.
- Satellite Character: Jero was built specially regarding this trope. We only get to know him from his interactions with Nacho and Melody, as well as his confrontations with Thiago and the others, but he never gets a scene for himself.
- Satellite Love Interest: All we know about Ciro, Malvina's husband by the end of the series, is that he owns a convinience store and lives near her. Period.
- Separated by the Wall: Happens to many couples in season four, but Mar and Thiago are the clearest example.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend: Played straight in the third season with Valeria and Simon. They end up together anyway.
- Talent Shows: La Bestia Pop ("The Pop Beast") on season 2, and La Nueva Ola ("The New Wave") on season 3.
- Teacher/Student Romance: Jazmin and Matt at the beginning of season 2.
- Also Valeria and Juan/Victor in season 3.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Mar is the tomboy to Jazmín's girly girl.
- Curiously, Caridad (girly girl) and Vale (tomboy) have a similar relationship.
- Twin Switch: A rare example that doesn't involve twins, but identical cousins (which are treated like twins by every character). In the first episode of season 2, CC kidnaps Felicitas (Justina's identical cousin and new maid in the mansion) and exchanges her with Justina, who is in prison, in order to get Justina into the mansion and have an internal agent.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: Cielo and Paz, mother and daughter, are both played by Emilia Attias.
- Same goes for Big Bad Juan Cruz and his son Camilo, played by Mariano Torre.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Bartolomé.
- Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Cielo Mágico literally means "Magical Sky"... it's pretty much impossible to be named like that in real life.
- Ultimately subverted when it's revealed that she made up her name. Her real name is Angeles.
- Yandere: Malvina was this in the first season, willing to kill Cielo if that helped her win Nicolas back. She gets better.
- You Are Number Six: Non-dehumanizing case. Nico, for reasons never made clear throughout the series thought that by giving a number to all the kids living in the Magic House (although he remembered their names perfectly) it would have been easier to control the situation.
: Recite your numbers, now.
[each of the kids says his/her number]
Nico: This is the question... WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?!
- Becomes a running gag with Rama, who gets called 8 more often than not.
- You Can't Fight Fate: At least, not always. But, well, if you can come back in time we can talk about it.