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The Life of Pablo

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be in the shoes of a Colombian drug lord and leader of the Medellín Cartel? If so then the Netflix Original “Narcos” is perfect for you. This show tells the story of Pablo Escobar (played by Wagner Moura) and his ventures in politics and the cocaine industry in Colombia. And this Friday, September 2nd, “Narcos” will be back to continue Pablo Escobar’s journey to becoming one of the world’s biggest drug kingpins and potentially president of Colombia with the premiere of their second season.

What’s interesting about “Narcos” is it also shows the perspective of the DEA who are fighting to take down Pablo Escobar and his operation. Usually with these types of crime shows, they only give a one-sided plot line with little to no explanation of other matters that have an equal contribution to the story. By adding people such as DEA agents Steve Murphy (played by Boyd Holbrook) and Javier Peña (played by Pedro Pascal) it adds another important aspect to Pablo Escobar’s life. With both sides of the story being depicted, it gives the viewer an immersive experience that is necessary in a show based on real life events.

Something else I appreciate about “Narcos” is the fact that it’s set and filmed in Colombia. This is something that I like about the TV shows that I watch these days. If a show is based in a particular city or country it’s only fitting to film in said location. It adds more to the atmosphere of the show as opposed to filming it in some studio. And since the story of Pablo Escobar’s political and drug ventures were based in Colombia I can appreciate Netflix’s decision in making that the location to do their filming.

Another thing to keep in mind when watching “Narcos” is about half if not most of the dialogue will be spoken in spanish with english subtitles. I don’t understand why shows that are based in a predominantly non-english speaking country but yet the script is completely in the english language. The only thing is does it take me away from those types of show leaving it hard for me to fully engage. I really appreciate “Narcos” taking this leap to being as accurate as possible and at least having the spanish language that the people of Colombia are known for speaking.

The story of Pablo Escobar may be problematic for some people because of the impact he had on not only Colombia but also the world. I do think it’s an important part of history to be aware of because it is something that is relatable today. There is still a heavy presents of drug wars going on in the world so it’s interesting to see it being documented on platforms like TV shows. If anything here has peaked your interest, I would high recommend giving this show a watch. I would suggest catching up by watching season 1 which is available now. Season 2 of “Narcos” will premiere on Friday, September 2nd, only on Netflix.

 

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