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“Narcos” is an addicted, must-see show

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“Narcos” is another TV original from Netflix: and it’s possibly their best yet. Created and produced by Chris Brancato, Carlo Bernard, and Doug Miro, “Narcos” is centered around the Narcotics business that was based in Columbia during the 80s. Specifically, the show focuses on the Medellin Cartel run by the “King of Cocaine” Pablo Escobar. “Narcos” is another TV original from Netflix: and it’s possibly their best yet. Created and produced by Chris Brancato, Carlo Bernard, and Doug Miro, “Narcos” is centered around the Narcotics business that was based in Columbia during the 80s. Specifically, the show focuses on the Medellin Cartel run by the “King of Cocaine” Pablo Escobar.  Escobar is played so perfectly by Brazilian actor Wagner Moura, that his performance endears the audience to the villainous Escobar. The show tries its best to be as factual as it can, but producers tweak some things to make the show flow more naturally.  The audience gets to see the events unfold through the eyes of DEA agent, Steve Murphy, played by Boyd Holbrook, and his partner, Javier Pena, played by Pedro Pascal. Even though the show is mainly from the perspective of the American DEA, the audience still gets to experience many other perspectives surrounding these real life events. They get to see Escobar’s view of things, how he felt as he became the world’s biggest drug lord, to how he fell from the throne.  It also provides some great insight into the Colombian government’s conflicted feelings about capturing Escobar, as well as the influence Escobar had over the political offices. The audience even experiences the split feelings of the Colombian citizens towards Escobar, how some see him as a hero, a savior, and a man of the people, while others view him as the malicious, power hungry criminal that we see him as today.  What makes the show so great is that it takes its time developing the plot, the characters, and the emotions behind every event, leaving the audience to feel as if it is in that world, living that experience, leaving the viewers in awe of the power of Escobar, while at the same time making them despise him for his heartless actions.  What is also very prominent is how the show makes sure that the audience gets invested in every single character who is introduced, creating a greater sense of appreciation for the show’s effort and its unbelievable ability to develop the story and characters so well. Seeing so many dynamic personalities come together really makes the show that much better.   This show has it all, action, violence, drama, sprinkles of comedy here and there–it’s a rollercoaster of emotions where some scenes are driven with revenge and hatred, while others are full of cruelty and mercilessness, all the way to ones being full of sympathy for one of history’s worst criminals. Netflix’s very own “Narcos” is possibly their best show produced, and there is no doubt that it is a must see: not only will it be extremely entertaining, but you will also learn a history lesson from it as well.

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“Narcos” is an addicted, must-see show