Narcos: Mexico – Review of the Netflix TV series

Narcos is back in a new guise, the series that brought to the small screen the story of one of the best known and richest cocaine traffickers in …

Back under a new guise Narcosthe series that brought to the small screen the story of one of the best known and richest cocaine traffickers of all time, namely Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria. Narcos: Mexico is a spin-off that, as the title suggests, is set in Mexico in the 1980s and narrates the rise to power of Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo founder of the Guadalajara cartel and undisputed leader of Mexican drug trafficking of that period. The series, directed and created by Carlo Bernard And Doug Mirois made up of 10 episodes visible starting from November 16 on the digital platform Netflix.

Change the cast but not the substance

The story unfolds over a five-year narrative arc and simultaneously with what we have seen in past seasons of Narcos. The agent of the DEA Kiki Camarena interpreted by Michael Peña (actor who we have had the opportunity to appreciate recently in the series “From Dusk Till Dawn”) is at the center of the plot of this “fourth” season. The Mexican drug traffickers, led by “The godfather” that is to say Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo, actually organize for the first time in an attempt to create a solid criminal structure with the task of producing and selling *********. In a short time El godfather and his closest collaborators Rafael Cara Quintero And Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo they become the undisputed kings of drug dealing, sweeping away all competition from the country. All this was partly possible thanks to the support of the local police, which are extremely corruptible. Over time, the Guadalajara cartel’s thirst for power and money grows so much that the distribution of ********* alone begins to hold tight.

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For this Félix Gallardo and associates decide to start trading Colombian cocaine and to manage its transport to the United States. The series has the great merit of capturing the viewer from the very first bars thanks to a cast full of talent where all the interpretations of Michael Peña and of Diego Luna (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) as Kiki Camarena and Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo respectively. The plot is complex but at the same time smooth and well structured, which made many fans think again about the “controversy” of some time ago, where it was said that after the death of Pablo Escobar in the past seasons, the following series would lose their bite. and it would not have been as successful. Instead, what Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro offer us is a series that is extremely consistent with what we have seen in the past seasons, but also unpredictable and well narrated. Yes, it’s true: interpreters and settings change, but the substance doesn’t. Narcos: Mexico is the confirmation that this brand can exist regardless of whether or not Pablo Escobar is present in the series. A note of merit goes to the splendid photography, to which the magnificent landscapes and colors that distinguish Mexico have contributed significantly.

The real enemy? A corrupt system

Looking at the series from another perspective, we can see that the real “enemy” of the DEA agents is not the Mexican drug traffickers of the Guadalajara cartel but rather a deeply corrupt system that will prevent agent Kiki and his men from carrying out the best own investigations. In a historical context like that of Mexico in the 1980s where every man has a price and every single police officer was on the payroll of some powerful, crime has had the opportunity to organize itself better and proliferate undisturbed for years. In history corruption is an element that is often highlighted, just think how Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo you go from being a policeman, also corrupt, to becoming one of the undisputed leaders of Mexican drug trafficking. In 1980s Mexico, good and evil are divided by a very fine line.

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