Alec Ematrudo-A&L Editor
It seems like Netflix has several hit television shows premiere each year. They can’t be stopped and if you’re like me, all the options can be quite overwhelming. I’ve been searching for a show to watch on Netflix for some time now but couldn’t quite land on one. Recently, I decided that I finally needed to choose and landed on “Narcos.” The show has been on Netflix for the last three years and I’ve always heard great things about it. After binging the show’s three seasons, I can say, with a grin on my face, that “Narcos” is in fact phenomenal.
The show is centered around the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar as he navigated his way through the drug trade in Colombia during the eighties and early nineties. While the show does have fictionalized elements, it is based heavily on the very real and often horrific events that took place in Colombia during that time period.
What I really love about the show is that while the show’s two main characters are Drug Enforcement Agents tasked with catching Escobar, the show often spends a large portion, if not most of the episodes centered on Escobar and it really gives the viewer an intimate look into how the man worked and his relationship with his family. That angle is incredibly interesting from a narrative perspective, and I really appreciated those scenes.
While the show does have some extremely intense and nail biting scenes, it is more of a slow burn for most of its runtime. The show also doesn’t shy away from violence and features several graphic scenes per episode. Those of you who aren’t into shows with lots of realistic violence may not be too into this one. That being said, the acting is superb from the entire cast, and especially from Wagner Moura who portrays Pablo Escobar.
All in all, I definitely recommend checking out Narcos if you haven’t already. Season Four has already cast Michael Pena and Diego Luna, who are both big actors, so that should be interesting to see how they factor into the story.
Rating: 4.5/5 Alec Heads