“I’m going to tell you a story. But I’ll be honest. It doesn’t have a happy ending.”
These are the opening words of the narrator for this newest season of Narcos. Narcos: Mexico isn’t so much a new season. It’s a brand new series.
This new series takes place right around the time Pablo Escobar and the Cali Cartel were gaining power and making billions of dollars in Colombia. So calling it season four is slightly misleading. It’s more like a fourth installment.
Either way, let’s take a look and what’s going on as The Digital Worm hands you our official Narcos: Mexico review.
There are two main characters of this show. Michael Pena is playing DEA agent Kiki Camarena and Diego Luna is playing the leader of the cartel, Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo. Miguel’s old friend, Rafael Caro Quintero aka “Rafa”, played by Tenoch Huerta, creates a strain of marijuana with no stems or seeds. This allows them to ship out more product as it takes up less space.
Rafa may have a brilliant mind as far as the botany goes, but Miguel is the brains of the operation.
Kiki is a DEA agent that’s is always looking to prove himself and find some action.
As the cartel grows in power, they also have plenty of enemies. To top it off, the DEA is hot on their trail, despite being set up to fail.
What We Liked
The acting was top notch. The talent Netflix finds for this show is always impressive.
The story follows a decent pace. It’s not too slow, but it is slow enough for them to set up a lot of major plot twists and turns.
The supporting cast is nothing short of impressive. We have to give props to Joaquín Cosio, who plays Ernesto ‘Don Neto’ Fonseca Carrillo as well as the rest of the members of the cartel.
They almost did too good of a job. Until the last couple of episodes, we weren’t sure who we should be rooting for, the cartel or the DEA. There are also a couple of scenes where Miguel goes to Colombia to meet with the Cali Cartel and ends up meeting up with Pablo Escobar as well. Seeing the members of the first couple of seasons was a really nice treat.
What We Didn’t Like
In the real world, good and evil are not as concrete as we would like them to be. The show makes heroes out of the cartel and makes the Mexican government appear to be the true evil south of the border.
This could very well be the case. But the cartel did plenty of nasty things back in the day. In fact, they’re still doing horrible things in both Mexico and the US. We felt like this season, the cartel was romanticized a bit too much. They are human. But they definitely aren’t the good guys.
Final Thoughts – Narcos: Mexico Review
The show was really good. We enjoyed the story, even though we knew how it would end.
The acting, as mentioned above, was incredible.
As far as the story itself, it’s neverending, but the ending from this season is something that’s well documented. Even though we knew what was going to happen, it was still sad. Overall, the show is solid. However, it’s not quite as good as the first three seasons in our opinion.
Still. If you liked the previous seasons, we definitely recommend giving this one a shot.
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