"First they got the coke. Then they got the money. Now the Colombian cartels want the power. Let the drug wars begin"
With this tagline, Netflix has us hooked onto Narcos, the 10-episode series on controversial Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. A crisp show, with fast-paced references to fill in anyone who is unaware about Escobar's reign, coupled with enough drama to keep you hooked and almost binge watch the whole show in one day — that's Narcos season one for you.
A gripping TV thriller, Narcos is told to us from DEA agent Steve Murphy's point of view, and it follows the turbulent times and real-life capturing of the drug lord. Almost 50 percent of the show's dialogues is in Spanish, and the episodes are shot in a realistic, vérité style while still giving you the sense of an edge-of-your-seat viewing.
With Netflix announcing that season two of Narcos is going to premiere in September, here's all you need to know about the show.
What happened in season one
Narcos is a show rich in production values, as it doesn't shy away from showing you the glory and beauty of Colombia. While it can be argued that the season favours the sense of drama more than historical accuracy, director José Padilha makes no bones in showing the good and the bad sides of Escobar equally. Played by the delicious Wagner Moura, Escobar is shown to be a Robin Hood figure for local Colombians, but also a menace for American DEA agents.
The first season largely focuses on the rise of Escobar. Interspersed with real-live archival footage of Colombia and the US, in the 70s and 80s, the narrative shifts between years, and also includes stylised action, with impactful voiceovers as factual fillers.
After being an accomplished dealer in his home country, Escobar and his men — from being small-time thugs — evolve into a well-oiled machinery providing kilos of cocaine to the US. Through it all, we also get glimpses of America's war on drugs.
However, inspite of the glorification of Escobar, the season ends with showing the trouble of leading such a double life. From being detained at the airport, and being chased by police officials, you can see the very image the show created in the first few episodes, dropping like free fall. In this cat-and-mouse rise-and-fall structure, lies the true beauty of Narcos: teeth-grittingly addictive and best suited for a TV episodic treatment.
What to expect in season two
Season two will continue with its docu-series feel, and it has been confirmed that it will end with Pablo Escobar's death (it was inevitable). Moura tells Entertainment Weekly that, "It’s all about Pablo on the run. It’s from the day Pablo escapes to his death."
However unlike season one, Narcos season two will cover only one month in the life of Escobar. The teaser for season two has the date 12.03.93 written on it, which is the date he dies.
Watch the teaser here: