6 Reasons Why Netflix's Show Narcos Is Majorly Addictive

6 Reasons Why Netflix's Show Narcos Is Majorly Addictive

It's the Netflix show that has us hooked. Here's why...

 

1. It's a history lesson without feeling like a history lessson...

Narcos documents the rise of Escobar (Wagner Moura), a notorious Colombian drug lord, from his first foray into the cocaine trade all the way to the height of his power in the 70s, 80s and early 90s. Narrated by American DEA agent Steve Murphy (Boyd Holbrook), who alongside his colleague Javier Pena (Pedro Pascal) has been assigned by the US government to take Escobar and the Medellin Cartel down. The most intriguing thing about Narcos is that it's based on true events. There's even real archive footage of Escobar in the 80s to emphasise that what you're watching actually happened, which sometimes you really can't believe. Yes his approach to the police was "plata o plomo" (silver or lead) meaning if you couldn't be bribed you'd be killed instead, yes at its peak Escobar's Medellin cartel smuggled 15 tonnes of cocaine PER DAY to the USA, the equivalent of 15,000 packets of flour, making the cartel $60 million PER DAY and yes at one point Escobar has so much money he has to bury it in the jungle.

 

 

2. The voiceover...

Narrated by American DEA agent Steve Murphy played by Boyd Holbrook of Gone Girl and MILK fame, Holbrook's voice is like caramel to our headphone blasted ears. Sure, it's slightly monotonous and he often ends on a huge dramatic sweeping statement like;  “but the war was only beginning,” however, you can't helped but be soothed. 

 

 

3. It's actually filmed in Colombia...

How many films or TV shows have you watched set in Colombia that are actually filmed in Colombia? Although Mr. & Mrs Smith was meant to depict Latin America it was actually shot in California showing Bogotá as a palm-tree lined town when it's actually a city of over 7 million people half way up the Andés. So the fact that Narcos is actually filmed in real life Bogotá alongside Medellin and other parts of Colombia using locals as extras is a pretty big deal. 

 

 

4. It won't allow you to 'second screen' 

Much of the show features subtitled Spanish dialogue, meaning that "second screening" i.e. whatsapping your mates about it, scrolling through Instagram or swiping on Tinder is a no-go. Seriously, even a quick glance at Snapchat mid-show means you'll miss out on a key moment. However, turns out it's a good thing. How many times are we told to focus on one thing at a time. Narcos makes you do this.  

 

 

 

5. It will mess with your moral compass...

Somehow Narcos manages to show both sides of Escobar's story meaning that it's not just the good guys catching the bad guys. Wagner Moura's Escobar is the 2015 equivalent of Tony Soprano or Don Draper, the bad guy who at some points in the series you can't help but kind of like no matter how wrong it is. Somehow, Moura manages to glamorise his character Escobar - it's all "Mi Amor" to his wife (he's also cheating on her,) cuddles with his children, and handing out donations to the poor - while still revealing the horrific things he did or instructed others to do. In an interview Moura explains; “I didn’t want to be one of those shows where the good American cops come to South America and clean up the mess,” he says. “If that had been the concept I wouldn’t have done it. What is made clear from the start is the the normal concepts of good and bad go out the window. It is very complicated.” 

 

 

6. Wagner Moura and Pedro Pascal...

We are forever grateful to Narcos for giving us 10 hours of screen time with Brazillian actor Wagner Moura and Chilean actor Pedro Pascal. Let's start with Moura. Sure, it's a slightly strange to be crushing on a violent drug lord but somehow Moura manages to reel us in. Even when he's pudgy (Moura gained 40lbs to play him), wearing dodgy tight shorts and an even dodgier printed shirt one whisper of "Mi Amor" and we're smitten. Then there's Pedro Pascal who plays DEA agent Javier Pena. You may think he looks familiar, you're right he played Oberyn Martell on the fourth season of Game of Thrones but in Narcos he's way hotter - in a Miami Vice detective way. Who knew handlebar moustaches and yellow tinted aviators could be such a turn on? 

 

 

Watch the trailer below for series one, available on Netflix now 

 

 
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