Narcos Season Two Part 2

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David, HeatherAdam and Javier wrap up our coverage of Narcos Season Two by covering episodes 6-10 and the downfall of Pablo Escobar!

 

Los Pepes

Pablo’s Parents

Tata and the Escobar Family

Valeria

Judy Moncada and Don Berna

Pena

Murphy

Cali Cartel

Pablo’s crew

Limon and Maritza

The end of Pablo

Final thoughts on Season Two

Looking ahead to Season Three

… and of course we award our Who Dat and Series MVP awards!

 

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Music: Extreme Parkour by Alex Grey

Narcos S02E05: The Enemies of My Enemy

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David, HeatherAdam and Javier have a drink with Judy 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

One word description of the episode

 

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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

One word description of the episode

 

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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

One word description of the episode

 

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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

One word description of the episode

 

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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

One word description of the episode

 

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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.

NetFreaks Podcast Episode 9: Narcos – Ep 9 “La Catedral” and Ep 10 “Despegue”

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David, Heather and Adam pay a visit to Pablo in his custom-designed prison and discuss the ending of Season One, where they see the series going and who they felt was the Series MVP of Netflix’s Original Series, Narcos

 

Episode 9: La Catedral

What the gang’s prison would look like

Did Pablo’s lieutenant’s really steal that $3 Million?

Are Murphy and Pena doing the right thing going to the press?

 

Episode 10: Despegue

Why was Murphy kidnapped?

Talking about the raid on the prison

Was there a better way to end the first season?

 

Series Wrap Up

Which actor did we watch for the first time that we want to see more of in the future

Series MVP goes down to the wire

Our thoughts on Season Two

 

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Intro Music: Extreme Parkour by Alex Grey

Outro Music: Chilean Flamenco by Andrea Bellina

An Interview with Narcos’ Zach Calig

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We are thrilled to have a chance to talk to Zach Calig, part of the creative team that brought you the hit Netflix Original Series, Narcos.  Skype was a little choppy the day we recorded, but the insights Zach gave us more than made up for the audio challenges.

We talk about the process of writing a show based on real life characters and events, how binge watching Narcos is like doing lines of cocaine, and what prompts the decisions to streamline historical events for an hourly serialized drama.

Zach gives us a view on what it was like writing Episode 7 “You Will Cry Tears of Blood”, the true impact of Pablo Escobar’s Avianca bombing, the kidnapping of Diana Turbay and why we don’t meet the Cali Cartel at the beginning of the story.

In addition, Zach gives us a preview of an upcoming project he’s working on “Of Kings and Prophets” for ABC and his experience writing for Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales comic.

Zach can be reached on twitter @zachcalig

For more information on Of Kings and Prophets, visit the ABC website

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NetFreaks Podcast Episode 8: Narcos Ep 6 “Explosivos”, Ep 7 “You Will Cry Tears of Blood” and Ep 8 “La Gran Mentira”

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David, Heather and Adam continue to ride the Roller Coaster that is the story of the Medillin Cartel; Heather critiques Adam and David’s microaggressions.

 

Episode 6: Explosivos

The end of the M-19 subplot (Thankfully)

Adam discusses Le Pays Basque

Gacha gets got

 

Episode 7: You Will Cry Tears of Blood

Everyone is moved by the Avianca disaster

Heather is going back to Cali

The story of Diana Turbay

 

Episode 8: La Gran Mentira

The gang investigates the Monaco car bombing

Retrospective on the Ochoa Brothers

Gustavo goes out a bandido

 

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Intro Music: Extreme Parkour by Alex Grey

Outro Music: Chilean Flamenco by Andrea Bellina

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