#watched #NARCOS Season 1 (Ep1-10) on Netflix
WHAT-IS "NAROCS": "A chronicled look at the criminal exploits of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar." (IMDb)Essentially, NAROCS is a partially fictionalized "re-enactment" mixed in with actual visual image and footage of the real life characters the producers have decided to make a series out of, along with drool-sounding voice-over from actor Boyd Holbrook (playing DEA Agent "Steve Murphy"), this was a history lesson made interesting, for someone like myself, halfway around the world, who was/and still is not necessarily interested about said history of drugs in the United States of America.
But, hell, I enjoyed the series immensely, and cannot wait for Season Two to begin!
I had chanced across the series, initially not too particularly keen to watchit, but for the faint rumblings I'd read online of it's trailer … but having both Dark Matter and Killjoys ending their runs, I was looking to start a new series, and NARCO turned out to be an eventful and somewhat enriching one!
I had watched the series not as "rushed", and did not binge until the last half of the series.
I'd liked that actor Wagner Moura had done a more than decent job as the charismatic-ish "Pablo Escobar", and as well Boyd and his Columbian counterpart "Javier Peña", played by Pedro Pascal had equipped themselves well … and once you get past the bell-bottoms and period clothes and settings, the "era" in which they are based on, does not seem as visually important anymore …
One thing I have to mention though, was the splendid casting, in which no spectacularly overt visual gratification was to be had, instead featuring "regular" folks doing regular and sometimes extremely "irregular" things and setting, make for a good viewing, without the normal grimace of "star additions" as media projects (both Film and TV) are wont to take. Kudos.
With this being a Netflix production, expect a decent amount of bare breasts sprinkled liberally throughout the series, nothing too titillating, I suppose.
Good production values throughout, done with a focus on "realism" and not too much aplomb, save for specific scenes so overtly colored and lit, they scream "FICTIONAL" hahaha … otherwise, was suitably impressed with a lot of scenes where realistic lighting of sets and talents was encouraging, IMHO.
I would heartily recommend this series for folks out to see some semblance of period action (well, at least for retro 70-80s), and for decent story and drama - not too high-handed although sometimes preachy but not overt, and for a slice of history. Jumping on the retro-bandwagon is not necessarily a "bad thing:, as it as well offers something a bit different, especially in this day and age.
I think it was a good watch, although not on the list of "must-watches".
Interestingly for me personally, was that I'd watch the above episode around the time of Singapore's National Elections, with voting for a new government being on the cusp of everyone's lips :p
"Narcos is an American crime drama television series that debuted on August 28, 2015, on Netflix. The series was created by Chris Brancato, Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro, and directed by Brazilian filmmaker José Padilha. It is a serialized take on drug kingpin Pablo Escobar and the Medellín Cartel, as well as United States DEA agents. The first season consists of 10 episodes. The series was renewed for a second season on September 3, 2015." ()