So I don’t get the opportunity to watch as much TV as I used to but a few weeks ago I took the time over 3 days to watch the awesomeness that is Narcos.
Apart from learning what “Hijo de Puta” means, I was hooked partially because it’s just a well put together show and partially because I find true crime stories fascinating. After doing my own research (beyond Wikipedia of course) I realised that Pablo Escobar put most other persons involved in organised crime to shame.
No, but seriously, “La Catedral”???? I cannot. Could a modern day drug kingpin get away with something similar now? I really don’t know. I was surprised but not surprised but the escape of “El Chapo” recently but still… Mr. Escobar took the cake. Geez.
I cannot imagine how the Colombian Government and people who would have been affected during the 80s and early 90s managed. I almost wouldn’t have believed it if I didn’t know a bit of the story myself and if they hadn’t interspersed actual footage in the show.
All in all, it’s a well put together series with sincere acting but I’m curious to see how they will tell the final stages of the story as the bulk of it was told in Season 1. I also found interesting that the actor playing Pablo Escobar, Wagner Moura, is Brazilian and had to learn to speak Spanish in order to play the role. In an interview with Vulture Magazine, he talks about the challenges and the excitement that came along with playing a character that everyone knows or thinks they know.
This show also showed me, yet again, that really smart people don’t always end up working for Google or becoming astronauts, they can bring entire countries to their knees. They also take the time time have a few drinks…
Anyway, if you don’t know now you know. Go watch it, even if drugs and gangsters and lots of violence aren’t necessarily your thing. It really happened. You’ll have to see it to believe it. Season 2, I am waiting patiently…