By: Luke Feliciano ~Staff Writer~
Netflix original show Narcos features the story of American DEA agents Steve Murphy (Boyd Holbrook) and Javier Pena (Pedro Pascal). It follows their combined effort with the Colombian government to hunt down notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar.
If you were hooked on season one, you best fasten your seatbelt for season two, because it’s going to leave you in complete and utter suspense.
Wagner Moura reprises his role portraying Escobar and does a phenomenal job. The double-sided storyline told from the perspectives of both the DEA agents/ Colombian government and Escobar, along with his criminal cronies, gives the show a taste of what truly happened in Colombia during the early 1990s.
Season two shows major shifts on both sides of the plot. For the good guys, we can see the gravity of the situation and the subsequent desperation that ensues. There is no more playing the negotiation game.
On the other hand, for Pablo, we see the rapid collapse of his empire as his friends turn against him, making for an even more thrilling and complex counterpart to the first season.
If there’s one takeaway from the show, it’s how terrible Pablo Escobar really was. In the first season, we clearly recognize that Escobar was up to no good. Trafficking billions of dollars of cocaine a year, not to mention taking countless lives either by his own hand or by his orders, will certainly make you feel that Escobar is the villain.
In a strange sense, we also witnessed in season one Escobar’s compassionate side. He grew up poor and underprivileged. As a result, he gives back to those in similar situations. To some degree, he did some good because he basically made himself out to be a kind of Robin Hood by giving away portions of his profits to the poor.
I have concluded that there’s the good, the bad and the Pablo Escobar. Escobar does everything in his fleeting attempt to save his empire. We can see that Escobar creates a war zone that takes countless civilian lives, and the hero of Colombia becomes the most wanted man on the face of the Earth.
Despite Escobar’s being a monster, he was actually very smart, and this show captures his intelligence. Yes, he had wealth and power, but he was cunning and meticulous about how he ran his operation. He deceived and intimidated the Colombian government for years.
This show is a must-see if you are sick of watching all of the pathetic cop television shows complete with personal drama and predictable outcomes.
Narcos is uncensored, violent, action-packed and even a little bit scandalous. At the end of the day, you will realize the scary reality that some people in this world are ruthless and Pablo Escobar was one of them.