If you want to get technical about it, Chris Brancato, Carlo Bernard, Doug Miro, and Annab Khan are all listed as creators of the Netflix original series, Narcos. At least, that’s what Wikipedia tells me. And while I’m hesitant to trust Wikipedia for the time of day, that’s because time is a detail that matters to me. I can’t say I’m nearly as invested in who the creators of this show truly were.
So, with formalities out of the way, I can talk about the show now. It was phenomenal. Period. My wife and I ended up binge-watching it for the most part, as neither of us knew much about the story of Pablo Escobar and were fascinated to learn more. To be honest, I’m not sure if half of it was even true, but that would only make me applaud louder for those who created it.
Now, when the story began, I have to admit that I was a little turned off by the constant narration. I was worried it was an info dump of sorts, and I was hesitant. But that changed pretty quickly. By the end of the first episode, I was drawn into the story, and I got hooked soon after.
As it turns out, the narration adds a slightly different feel to this type of drama. That element made it feel like some sort of drama-documentary hybrid. I know the concept has been done before in this genre, but it really worked with Narcos.
Another aspect that worked incredibly well was the use of Hispanic actors and the heavy dependence on Spanish dialogue. Of course, I understand that many people don’t like to read subtitles, and if that’s you, then this might not be the show for you. But if you’re like me where you value realism over all else, you get your fix from the dialogue being in Spanish for more than half of the series (estimate).
And then you have the actors. This series had some great acting and some brilliant acting. I couldn’t get enough of Wagner Moura as Pablo Escobar. Someone should give him an Oscar (marking, of course, the first time an actor in a television series received the coveted film award). His performance alone is worth the trip.
5 stars out of 5