Narcos | Season One

My series review of “Narcos | Season One ” created by Carlo Bernard, Doug Miro and Chris Brancato.

In my view…

From some friends I heard that Narcos is a good series based on the life of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. A true-life story, that attracts my attention. I did not know what to expect because I had not heard from Pablo Escobar before. This series can be seen on Netflix.

In this series is Pablo Escobar a man who at one day has a genius idea about setting up a business for making money by growing weed and selling it to the people. He earns even more money when he transports it to the United States and Mexico because there are more people who like to try and use the product.

After a while Pablo Escobar decides to try something in politics. He starts up a campaign to be a candidate for a seat in the government of Colombia. He is very smart and it looks like he maybe will win the election. Pablo is a man who loves his country and his family. He works close for a long time with some friends but some people also become his enemy. This is the cause for a lot of action. And even some real footage of happenings and events is sometimes used in the series.

The main character Pablo Escobar is played by Wagner Moura who is born in Salvador, Brazil and grew up in Rodelas, Bahia. In Brazil the main language is Brazilian Portuguese, but in Colombia they speak Colombian Spanish. The actor had to learn Spanish for the series and I think he is quite good at it for Spanish not being his mother tongue.

For this series you have to resist sometimes the brutal action scenes; I mean you must not be afraid of blood and sometimes some cruelty and women being in a different position than nowadays sometimes. I would say it is definitely a series for the 18+ age. The series is good in the way that you can see how a few decades ago the world was in Colombia and how it had impact in other parts of the world. This happened mostly for real because it is based on the true-life story of Pablo Escobar.

The series episodes vary from 45 minutes to an hour and the first season lasts only for 10 episodes. There is a lot of action, intrigues and complot theories where people talk about. The end of the first season is an open end so you really want to start with the second season. Even a third and fourth season are planned to be released in 2017 and 2018.

What do you think of Narcos?

I am not telling too  much about the story – never do in my reviews – you have to see the series yourself and make your own opinion. 

Greetings by Sophie

Series Facts:

Title: Narcos
Genre: Biography / Crime / Drama
Director: Andrés Baiz / Jose Kubota Wladyka / Gerardo Naranjo / Fernando Coimbra / Guillermo Navarro / José Padilha / Batan Silva
Screenwriter: Carlo Bernard / Doug Miro / Chris Brancato
Country: United States of America
Language spoken: English / Spanish
Release Date: 28 August 2015
Time: ~49 minutes each episode
Production Companies: Dynamo / Gaumont International Television / Netflix
IMDb rating: 8,9 / 10
Rating: 7 / 10

The overview of the episodes:
  • Episode 1: Descendo
  • Episode 2: The Sword of Simón Bolivar
  • Episode 3: The Men of Always
  • Episode 4: The Palace in Flames
  • Episode 5: There Will Be a Future
  • Episode 6: Explosivos
  • Episode 7: You Will Cry Tears of Blood
  • Episode 8: La Gran Mentira
  • Episode 9: La Catedral
  • Episode 10: Despegue
Top 25 cast:
  1. Wagner Moura / Pablo Escobar
  2. Boyd Holbrook / Steve Murphy
  3. Pedro Pascal / Javier Peña
  4. Paulina Gaitan / Tata Escobar
  5. Juan Murcia / Juan Pablo Escobar
  6. Raul Méndez / César Gaviria
  7. Jorge Monterrosa / Trujillo
  8. Paulina García / Hermilda Gaviria
  9. Diego Cataño / La Quica
  10. Julián Díaz / Blackie
  11. Joanna Christie / Connie Murphy
  12. María José Sanchez Real / Manuela
  13. Maurice Compte / Horacio Carrillo
  14. Alberto Ammann / Pacho Herrera
  15. Stephanie Sigman / Valeria Velez
  16. Manolo Cardona / Eduardo Sandoval
  17. Bruno Bichir / Fernando Duque
  18. Leynar Gomez / Limon
  19. Juan Pablo Raba / Gustavo Gaviria
  20. Richard T. Jones / Agent DEA
  21. Jason Chad Roth / Technician
  22. Jorge A. Jimenez / Poison
  23. Danielle Kennedy / Ambassador Noonan
  24. Juan Sebastián Calero / Navegante
  25. Mauricio Cujar / Don Berna

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