As a former enemy of the United States, the notorious Pablo Escobar has earned his own show, which illustrates the violent money-making industry behind cocaine.
The original series has recently earned its spot on the Netflix popular page.
“Narcos,” explores Colombia’s war on drugs in the 1980s, recreating the infamous life of Escobar, who was one of the richest drug lords in the world.
Based on true events, the series captures the political, personal, historical and cultural aspects of the time period.
The creators of “Narcos” directly worked with those in the Drug Enforcement Agency.
Javier Pena and Steve Murphy worked with Netflix to help reconstruct actual events and experiences.
As technical consultants, the former DEA agents would tell their story and answer any questions creators encountered throughout filming.
The show is not without its flaws.
Despite being one of the most dangerous drug lords in the world, Escobar is portrayed more as a teddy bear than a power-hungry murderer.
Actor Wagner Maura lacks a threatening demeanor during his performance, depicting Escobar as something of a family man.
However, while Wagner’s portrayal may not induce fear, his power is clearly intimidating.
Throughout the series, Escobar is practically worshipped by the people around him and is commonly referred to as “el Patrón,” which translates to “boss” in Spanish.
Even those that were not a part of his organization feared to speak his name.
For Escobar, one phone call could mean someone paying the ultimate price.
Pedro Pascal, who recently portrayed Prince Oberyn in “Game of Thrones,” plays Javier Peña, a Colombian DEA agent who will stop at nothing to bring Escobar down.
The series also succeeds in capturing the corruption and violence that was present during this time.
While Escobar maintained control over the Medellín Cartel, he also had influence within Colombia’s political system.
Despite threats and bribes, Escobar was able to build his own extravagant prison, avoid extradition and continue with his drug empire.
“The show is mentally exhilarating and makes me want to live a fast paced life,” junior Gus Warner said.
“I find the show captivating because it’s based off actual events. It’s crazy to think how his extensive net worth and vicious attitude gave him the power to do whatever he wanted,” Warner said.
Overall, the series leaves viewers awestruck as Escobar is simultaneously shown as a hero to the poor, a loving father, and a threat to both the U.S. and Colombia.
“Narcos” is a suspenseful drama that allows viewers to ruminate on what the “King of Cocaine” was able to get away with.
Although the series leaves off on a cliffhanger, Netflix has recently approved a second season of the series.