Wednesday, January 9, 2019

What I’m Watching: Narcos: Mexico

Narcos: Mexico: Season 1, Episode 7 “Jefe de Jefes” (B+)

I keep wondering how long Rafa is going to be around before Miguel has to make the decision that he’s much more trouble than he’s worth, especially with his shifted focus into cocaine that no longer relies on Rafa’s skills to be profitable. This episode focused more, however, on Miguel becoming increasingly untouchable until he pissed off the wrong people by delegating responsibilities and assignments as he saw fit, while Rafa, in his paranoia and violent rage, took out those poor American writers who were wandering around for the course of the entire episode and got mistaken for DEA agents because they were watching the locals. Miguel got to express the anger that he’s been carrying for a while with others doubting him, and now he’s going to be even more of a boss that no one wants to mess with, lest they end up with their head smashed in. Kiki’s desire to have Miguel understand just how close he came to catching him resulted in a near-confrontation, but one that Miguel was able to simply drive away from and ignore. Mika looking for a house in San Diego and seriously expecting that they could pick up and leave was a classic instance akin to a detective in a movie staying on for one last case that will obviously alter their life forever. Don Neto has been a very worthwhile supporting character, and this episode saw him grieving in a way that we haven’t before, determined to do what he felt was just even after telling his son’s friend that he forgave him for accidentally killing him.

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