You may have heard of Narcos, the series produced by Netflix and created by José Padilha. The second season was released a few months ago. The first season was released in 2015. Each season is made up of ten 52-minute episodes.
The story follows Pablo Escobar, a Columbian narco trafficker, at the head of the Medellin cartel, the biggest cartel in the world during the 1980’s. The story has been fictionalized. Through the episodes we can see his ascent before his fall, but also his personal life and the rivalry with other cartels. We also follow two agents of the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) who are investigating on Pablo Escobar in order to stop him.
The series helps us to have a better understanding of the current situation in Columbia, which is torn between the extreme left wing FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia) and the right wing ELN (Ejército de Liberacion Nacional) which is a partisan of the Castro regime.
The huge power of the drug cartels destabilized and challenged the authority of the state, which had to face kidnappings, assassinations of political figures, terrorist attempts and the pressure of the United States who aimed at dismantling the cartels. Indeed, the United States was the first destination for the cocaine of the Medellin cartel, which represented 90% of the cocaine market in the US, with several tons of cocaine sent everyday in the US. In the face of this problem, the United States sent some agents of the DEA in Columbia to cooperate with the local police in order to arrest Pablo Escobar and his cartel.
The series incorporates some archival images in the episodes, and the voice over of one of the DEA agents explains to us some aspects of the situation thus helping us to understand the situation, the chain of events and the reactions of the different characters.
The story is captivating thanks to the suspense and all the twists and turns of Escobar’s life who managed to strike it rich through his cartel and to deal with the local authority with corruption and violence.
Fans are waiting eagerly for the third season to be released.