Tuesday, December 18, 2018

What I’m Watching: Narcos: Mexico

Narcos: Mexico: Season 1, Episode 4 “Rafa, Rafa, Rafa!” (B+)

It’s easy when watching a show like this to start rooting for the bad guys since their operations have been running so smoothly and impressively thus far, reminiscent of “The Sopranos” towards the end of its run. It was very disconcerting to see Miguel out of his element, forced to go on an international plane ride and then tortured for information that he doesn’t seem to have. He’s done an incredible job of building things up, and naturally those with power want to remind him that he’s still not the top dog. Saving Rafa was no easy task, and the way that he was so nearly apprehended and within sight of Kiki when the mission got called off reminded me of when Miguel was hiding in the wall in the third season of the original “Narcos” and almost got drilled into before lawyers saved him from the other side. Neto nearly got himself killed driving drunk, but the reaction of that police officer when he realized just who he had punched says volumes about how influential and untouchable he really is. Kiki had more success than he had expected with getting this latest operation off the ground, though his newest partner had a considerably more aggressive style. Knowing just how much the strings are pulled and the criminals are protected here is sure to only encourage Kiki to continue pressing and try to make some progress in the war on drugs, an extraordinarily uphill battle with so much stacked against them.

Congratulations to star Diego Luna on a very deserved Critics Choice nomination for Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series!

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