Narcos S02E05: The Enemies of My Enemy

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David, HeatherAdam and Javier have a drink with Judy, blackmail a colonel, squeeze a butt, and talk Jimmy Carter during the recap and review of Episode 5 of Narcos Season Two!

 

The Enemies of My Enemy

The seduction of Pena

Murphy and the widow Carillo

Colonel Hugo Martinez

The cat that ate the canary

Young Pablo

By any means necessary

Velasco

The Lion

Enter Los Pepes

Winners and Losers

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Narcos S02E04: The Good, the Bad, and the Dead

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David, HeatherAdam and Javier get lost in an alley, take a nap with the Prisco brothers, and return a gift covering Episode 4 of Narcos Season Two! (Audio’s a little rough on this one, sorry guys!)

 

The Good, the Bad and the Dead

Keeping your hands clean

The Streets of Medellin

The Castano Brothers

Life after Pablo

One hell of a death squad

Morale among the Sicarios

The Children of Never vs the Men of Always

Tata’s got a gun

Carillo’s downfall

Domestic bliss

Sandoval

Limon and Maritza

Montecasino

Winners and Losers

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The Get Down S01E06: Raise Your Words, Not Your Voice

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HeatherAdam and Javier take a cockroach out for dinner, kiss a boy and broadcast their Episode 6 recap and review on the biggest damn speakers they can find!

 

Raise Your Words, Not Your Voice

Leslie Lesgold

Dinner with Gunn

Little Wolf will howl no more

Dizzee and Thor go clubbing

The Koch rally

Shaolin is handling concessions at the battle

The DJ Rumble

Lydia and Francisco and Mylene

What’s to come in Part 2

…and as always we give away our Who Dat and Series MVP awards!

 

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Narcos S02E03: Our Man in Madrid

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David, HeatherAdam and Javier fly in from Spain, pee on a mural, pet some horses and get invited for a helicopter ride with Colonel Carrillo!  Can’t wait!

 

Our Man in Madrid

A policeman’s life in Colombia

Carrillo’s back

Pablo and Judy

Interrogating the Moncada Men

Cali

Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela

Sending Pablo a message

Dealing with the spotters

The effect on Pablo

The Cat and the Snake

Murphy wants in

The Helicopter Ride

Valeria’s back!

Winners and Losers

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The Get Down S01E05: You Have Wings, Learn to Fly

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David, HeatherAdam and Javier grab a hot dog with mustard and onions, write a song on the fly, blow smoke in people’s faces and talk in double-time about Episode Five of The Get Down!

 

You Have Wings, Learn to Fly

Cisco hands Ramon his ass

Jackie improvises

My Big, Fat, Awkward Family Dinner

How to get your record on the air

Mustard and Onions

Zeke saves the day… again

Flash tells Shao how it is

Cadillac is not down with the Get Down

Shaolin’s Nightmare

Caught red-handed

The Rehearsal

The Internship

Mylene and Shaolin

Napoleon

Winners and Losers

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Narcos S02E02: Cambalache

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David, HeatherAdam and Javier get a call from George H.W. Bush to review and recap the second episode Narcos Season 2, while dancing a sexy Argentinian tango!

 

Cambalache

Singing in the shower

The U.S. brings in some new blood

Duque and the Attorney-General

The Medellin Plan

Getting in over their head

Tata

The head-on approach

The dance

Winners and Losers

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Narcos S02E01: Free at Last

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David, HeatherAdam and Javier crawl through a tunnel, light a joint, get into the trunk of a car and review the first episode of Narcos Season 2!

 

Free at last

A look back on Season 1

Our predictions for Season 2

Picking up right after the escape from La Catedral

One family is reunited, another split apart

Colonel Pinzon

The gangs that make up the Medillin Cartel

Limon and Maritza

La Quica

Pablo’s proposal and Gaviria’s response

Winners and Losers

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The Get Down S01E04: Forget Safety, Be Notorious

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David, HeatherAdam and Javier buy a sword cane, a Pierre Cardin suit and end up at a house party on the wrong side of town as we cover Episode Four of The Get Down!

 

Forget Safety, Be Notorious

The Blackout

Grandmaster Flash finds out the truth

Getting Zeke a job

Cisco falls out with the Mayor

Meet the Notorious Three

Shaolin is shut out

Rah Rah fesses up

Rumi meets Thor

Ed Koch and Herbert Gunns

Jackie’s creative process

Mr. Fantastic is on the case

An interview with Papa Fuerte

A second chance to make the right decision

Mylene visits Jackie

In the house of the Founder

Jackie and Francisco

The Fantastic Four vs the King of Cassettes

Winners and Losers

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‘Narcos’ Season Two Review

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A tighter focus ratchets up the intensity of Pablo Escobar’s final chapters.  10/10

The first season of Narcos was a sprawling historical drama, taking viewers on a journey that began with the birth of the Columbian cocaine trade in the 1970’s, through the heights of Pablo Escobar’s campaign of terror during the first Bush Administration, and finally, his mock imprisonment and subsequent escape from his personally designed luxury prison.  Covering almost 15 years of history in 10 episodes provided no shortage of dramatic twists and turns with which to hook viewers on to the story of a mid-level thug who would become one of the world’s richest men.

That said, with this incredible wealth of material, it was surprising that the writers from the first season, led by showrunner Chris Brancato, allowed the story to reach all the way to Escobar’s escape from La Catedral in 1992, a mere 17 months before his story ends.  After experiencing the rise of Escobar, the pursuit and slaughter of some of his closest (and most colorful) associates, as well as a campaign of narco-terrorism that will hopefully never be matched, would there be enough story left to be told for Season Two to keep our attention?  Was Brancato leaving the cupboard bare for new Executive Producers Jose Padilha and Eric Newman?

The answer is a resounding no.  One of the few faults to be found in the first season was that, with so much history to cover and minutiae to explain, it suffered from the weight of Murphy’s narrative exposition which was necessary to keep viewers from getting completely lost.  With Season Two, the shorter timeline actually works in the show’s favor, allowing for a more intimate study of the drug lord on the run and the rippling effects of the chase on both those who aided and pursued him.  Once you’ve viewed all 20 episodes of Narcos, it will seem as though the first 10 are merely the prologue to the real story the series is telling, which is that of a man who is feeling the past close in on him from every direction.

Boyd Holbrook and Pedro Pascal return as DEA agents Steve Murphy and Javier Pena but, with the U.S. Government prioritizing the capture of Escobar in an election year, are now just part of a larger team that includes a new ambassador to Columbia, a DEA superior to keep them in line, and a CIA presence, delightfully portrayed by Eric Lange as agent Bill Stechner.  One definitive improvement made this year is that by minimizing Murphy’s family life that had earlier been such a large part of his arc, the spotlight is shared more equally between the two agents. Viewers are left to wonder how many of their principles will be left by the time they get their man.

Rounding out what are nominally the ‘good guys’ (though even Pena questions this at times) are the Colombian President, Cesar Gaviria (Raul Mendez), Vice-Minister Eduardo Sandoval (Manolo Cardona) and an increasingly obsessed Colonel Horacio Carrillo (Maurice Compte).

Still, all of the law enforcement forces arrayed against him may not even be the biggest threat to the renegade drug kingpin.  On the other side of the law, the Cali Cartel, which was only hinted at in the first season, can smell blood and begins to move around the pieces necessary to eliminate their rivals in Medillin once and for all.  They’re aided by the Judy Moncada, the widow of Escobar victim Kiko and a narco in her own right, as well as some very unlikely allies who will eventually become the bloodiest thorns in Pablo’s side.

Wagner Moura continues to be fantastic in the role of Escobar, a constantly simmering stew of cunning and rage, always keeping one step ahead of all his enemies.  After his experience in La Catedral, he is newly committed to his wife, Tata (Paulina Gaitan), his children and his mother Hermilda, which permits us to feel a sliver of sympathy for an otherwise monstrous human being.  Though his empire has shrunk, he is still aided by a loyal group of sicarios, among them familiar faces such as Blackie, La Quica and Velasco, and, as always, the people of Medillin who continue to regard him as a hero for the common man.

Where the tighter focus really pays off is the time spent with taxi driver Limon (Leynar Gomez) and his friend Maritza (Martina Garcia).  Whereas before we had only fleeting glimpses of this war’s effect on the average Colombian, now there is time to explore how two heretofore innocents can have their lives upended by even minimal contact with a man like Pablo Escobar.

In our review last season the biggest outstanding question was whether or not this manhunt could keep us interested for another whole season.  Not only do these 10 episodes provide a relentless buildup of tension and suspense that, despite the inevitability of its ending, will keep any fan of the first season enthralled, but they also allow for more depth to the show’s characters, increasing the stakes for all.

We will be reviewing each episode of Narcos Season 2 on our podcast beginning September 4th.

The Get Down S01E03: Darkness Is Your Candle

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David, HeatherAdam and Javier find a dead body in a trunk and get friendly with Fat Annie (or was it the other way around) covering Episode 3 of The Get Down!

 

Darkness is Your Candle

Jackie’s sales pitch

Ezekiel the handyman

Shaolin has to dump a car

Mylene’s out of the house

Francisco gets into the music business

The Fantastic Four throw a party that goes downhill fast

Oogie Boogie Disco Biscuit

Mylene and Shaolin finally meet

Something in the trunk

All Jackie wants is civility

The Blackout

Zeke opens up to Mylene

 

Winners and Losers

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