Netflix has released another stellar crime-drama series named ‘Narcos’ based on the events of famous drug kingpin Pablo Escobar during the 80s. The TV show is narrated by a DEA agent as they attempt to capture him. The narration is laid back as the escalation chain of events ensues climactically. Narcos has assimilated both real life photos and events into its storyline. The protagonist is Pablo Escobar, as entire America is wrapped into a massive drug war with lives lost on both sides of the law.

Cocaine is the new market selling commodity with a huge demand in Miami. The TV series bounces between Pablo Escobar, his cronies along with law enforcement operatives. Jose Padilha is the executive producer with the trio creators of:

  • Carlo Bernard
  • Chris Brancato
  • Doug Miro

Netflix delivers ten solid episodes with each scene simply enthralling and distillation of quality over quantity. The TV series has largely an international cast owing to subject content since it’s set in Reagan Administration.  

After setting the story up in the premier, the tv show is set to shakedown the TV with America’s infamous drug wars.

Narcos: the protagonist

Wagner Moura plays Pablo Escobar with calm, composure and relative ease. He’s humble owing dismissing his riches by saying, “I am a poor person with a lot of money”. It puts the viewer into a perceptive trance of whether he’s that humble or just his way of looking at life.

Pablo Escobar plays by the rules stringently. His personality has an extreme bent since he demands respect for his wife and from his colleagues.

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The TV series begins with Pablo ensuring law enforcement authorities goodwill which he brings to the business. His major claim to fame is cocaine yet he is well-versed about people. It’s reminiscent of Boardwalk Empire a bit.  

At Netflix

Netflix is currently working with basic guidelines, taking elements from other TV shows, drops in mixed amounts of each in careful amounts and the final product is a well-measured and half-convoluted.

The recipe is working since Narcos emerges from such a diversified formula. It’s quite realistic with its contradicting dualities, mixed pacing and set characters. The TV show is violent but tends to keep it less bloody as events unfolds.

Narcos: the antagonist

As the DEA agent narrates, ‘Bad guys get lucky all the time but the good guys just need luck once’ as he marvels at the unfolding chain of events and the zenith at which drug trade rose in Miami.

They pays homage to countless lives lost in ensuing drug trade as Columbia brought drugs and violence to Miami. The show avoids bloodbath scenes with a mishmash of slow music. Narcos feels as a Goodfellas style-lined TV show with elements of urgency, restlessness and moving emotions. The police have gone into elimination-mode cleaning the streets from weapons, dead bodies and drugs.

Narcos: should you watch it?

Totally.

The hustle-bustle and restlessness makes Narcos entertaining in discrete parts, instead of all-out-glory style. Netflix believes in a binge watching model which works in favor of Narcos since its perceptive, action-packed and retelling of 80ish events. The names, places and events have been changed to keep anonymity of the actual events with the voiceover helping viewers along. It encapsulates the entire history lesson in just ten hours. The characters are just one-dimensional having no room to expand their capacity. The storytelling is riveting and engaging.

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