Release Date: June 21, 2017
Starring: Pedro Pascal, Damian Alcazaseas, Michael Stahlward, Matias Varela etc.
Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5
With the death of Pablo Escobar at the end of Narcos season 2, many thought Narcos was done; ‘What more is there to act?’ Many asked. But Narcos returned with another intriguing and thoroughly captivating season that sets things up for at least one more season: You want to know more, continue reading.
The Cali Cartel, led by Gilberto Rodriguez-Orejuela, had Miguel Rodrigeuz-Orejuela, Helma ‘Pacho’ Herrera, and Jose ‘Chepe’ Santacruz-Londono, to make up a four man power squad running the whole of Cali in Columbia.
Though dreadful, I’d like to state here that the Cali gentlemen had nothing on Pablo Escobar. See, Escobar was a boss, he lived and fought like the chairman he was, only to die as a rat though. The Cali Cartel were brought down by their man helping the DEA, his name was Jorge Salcedo, he was their head of security, also my favorite character this season.
Every scene with him was a must watch; suffice it enough for me to be invested in actor, Matias Varela, future works.
Based on true life stories on the era of cocaine boom from Columbia to the world (particularly The US), Narcos works almost like an anthology. The story this season felt a little bit disconnected from where we stopped at season 2 finale, and it’s for good reasons. This season’s story was told from Agent Pena’s POV.
After his success nailing Pablo Escobar with Agent Murphy (who’s missing throughout this season), life wasn’t all rosy from there; infact, he had more of bad days that good ones, up until he found his mojo again working with two fellow agents, Chris Feistl and Daniel Van Ness, to bring down the Cali Cartel against the American and Columbian government’s wishes. As Pena would find out the hard way, compromises in work places are a necessary evil for greater goods to be acheieved. This line of reasoning didn’t go well with Pena, who saw it better to resign than work in such an unhealthy environment.
At least, something good came out from all tgose trouble, we’re going to Mexico next season (if there’s going to be one).
I feel the move to Mexico is a good thing: the Columbia story is already fatigued, it’s time to move forward.
The Cali gentlemen playes it safe, they were smarter than Escobar, had too many dramas in their lives that seemed to interfere with their business. I liked their leader, Gilberto, he was very smart; definitely the brains of the organization.
I liked Miguel his brother too, more hotheaded, but still sane when compared to Escobar. Pacho Herrera was a delight to watch: I feel his character could have beem better improved on had more time been imvested in him. Chepe was the only one I couldn’t really connect with; too bad.
In all, I believed the Cali gentlemen were trying too hard to not make the same mistakes Escobar did, but ended up seeming like a cheap imitation. Too bad. Do not get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed the season, it was captivating, but didn’t come close to the terror Escobar was (especially in the first season).
I will not end this review without mentioning some minor characters who helped this season. Remember: David, Miguel’s annoying son, who met a very satisfying end? Pallomeri, the annoyingly funny accountant for the Cali cartel? Maria Salazar who kept doing what was necessary to protect her snd her son? Franklin Jurado who made me miss Sense 8 some more? And many more I can’t rememebr now.
I do hope Narcos gets a new season order, I really do.