If you haven’t watched Narcos, run, don’t walk to your nearest Netflix accessible device and watch it. I’m serious. With all the hype around Game of Thrones and Stranger Things, Narcos almost flies under the radar when it comes to new popular series. I’m here to tell you that it is the best series you possibly haven’t been aware of.
The drug business in Latin America has been booming since the 70s with different cartels from Mexico to Chile, all the way through Brazil and Belize. Of course, Narcos starts off with arguably (more like definitely) the most infamous drug lord of all time. Pablo Escobar basically ran the drug business with the Medellín Cartel in Colombia from mid-80s to the 90s and is by far the richest drug lord of all time. I believe Narcos does a fantastic job utilizing the “dramatized-documentary” genre, even if that isn’t officially what it’s called. But that’s exactly what it is.
(Pablo Escobar smoking outside one of his heavily secured residences.)
Wagner Moura, a Brazilian actor who plays Pablo Escobar, does an absolutely fantastic job in the role. Moura’s delivery of Escobar’s emotions is brilliant. You can almost feel those emotions yourself when Escobar has any sort of reaction to a situation or event. He emulates what someone would think a drug lord would act like, let alone one as big as Escobar was. The lingo and antics truly make you feel as if you know exactly who Escobar was and how he acted in person. Moura simply does a superb job in the role.
Steve Murphy (Boyd Holbrook) is an agent with the DEA along with Javier Peña who fight to take down the cartels and influx of cocaine coming from Colombia to the United States. Murphy narrates the story from his point of view through the show and really explains to someone what they need to know, especially if they had missed something through the episode. His partner and friend Javier Peña (Pedro Pascal) helps him and the Colombian government try to catch and bring to justice those in the Medellín Cartel. Peña is interesting with his ability to gather information in a plethora of smart yet creative ways.
(Left to right. Horacio Carrillo, Steve Murphy, and Javier Peña all watch operations at a checkpoint)
My favorite character, Horacio Carrillo (Maurice Compte), is a total badass in the series. A leader in the military’s operation to take down Escobar’s cartel, he has a take no prisoners attitude with zero tolerance for any BS. His tone, aggressiveness, and determination rubs off on you . It makes you want to be out there fighting side by side with Carrillo.
(President Gaviria ponders as he looks out the window of his presidential motorcade.)
I’ll finish characters with Colombian president César Gaviria (Raúl Méndez). Gaviria is probably one of the most intriguing people on the show due to his position in the Colombian government. Having to keep the government, economy, and Colombia’s image afloat while doing anything he can to help take down the cartels puts in Gaviria in some puzzling situations and tight spots. It makes for an extremely interesting subplot and is someone I always found myself rooting for.
Enough with characters. There’s no spoilers here so I can’t go into too much of meat of things. I will tell you that the show has anything you want. Suspense, drama, great storyline, and some amazing acting to be tagged along with it. Plus if you have any interest in the drug cartels, the show will get and keep your attention fairly quickly.
If you’re looking for a show to watch that isn’t the typical ones people hype up all the time, give Narcos a shot. I love it and think anybody can thoroughly enjoy it. Narcos is easily binge worthy.