Narcos: Mexico

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Narcos: Mexico
Narcos, Mexico - Title card.png
Genre
Created by
Starring
Narrated by
Theme music composerRodrigo Amarante
Opening theme"Tuyo"
Composer(s)
Country of originUnited States
Mexico
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Production location(s)
  • Mexico
  • United States
Running time55–69 minutes
Production company(s)Gaumont International Television
DistributorNetflix
Release
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseNovember 16, 2018 –
present
Chronology
Preceded byNarcos
External links
Website

Narcos: Mexico is an American crime drama web television series created and produced by Chris Brancato, Carlo Bernard, and Doug Miro that premiered on Netflix on November 16, 2018. It was originally intended to be the fourth season of the Netflix series Narcos, but it was ultimately developed as a companion series. It focuses on the illegal drug trade in Mexico, whereas the parent series centered on the illegal drug trade in Colombia. On December 5, 2018, Netflix renewed the series for a second season,[1] which is expected to air on February 13, 2020.[2]

Premise[edit]

Narcos: Mexico explores the origin of the modern war on drugs, beginning at the time when Mexican traffickers were a loose and disorganized confederation of small-time independent cannabis growers and dealers. The series dramatizes the rise of the Guadalajara Cartel in the 1980s as Félix Gallardo (Diego Luna) unifies the traffickers in order to build an empire. DEA agent Kiki Camarena (Michael Peña) moves his wife and young son from California to Guadalajara to take on a new post, and he quickly learns that his assignment will be more challenging than he ever could have imagined.[3]

Cast and characters[edit]

Michael Peña and Diego Luna play the lead roles in Narcos: Mexico.
Narcos cast at 2017 Fénix Awards

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Camelot"Josef Kubota WladykaEric Newman & Clayton TrussellNovember 16, 2018 (2018-11-16)
In 1985, when the army pillages Sinaloa, an ambitious farmer Félix Gallardo decides to create a drug empire in Guadalajara. A young DEA agent Kiki Camarena is transferred to Mexico.
2"The Plaza System"Josef Kubota WladykaCarlo Bernard & Doug MiroNovember 16, 2018 (2018-11-16)
Rafa studies a new type of marijuana which can only be grown in the desert. Problems arise when there appears to be a lack of water for cultivation leading Rafa to confront and threaten the geology professor who helped to locate the land. Frustrated and drunk, Rafa eventually turns to throwing explosives in dug-out holes, happening to discover a source of water. Félix continues his meetings to reach an agreement with the plazas but a humiliated and stubborn Avilés refuses to make amends with Acosta and condemns Félix to death after the deal falls apart. As they both are travelling back to Sinaloa, they are intercepted by the police, who kill Avilés, putting Félix at the head of the Sinaloa cartel.
3"El Padrino"Andrés BaizAshley Lyle & Bart NickersonNovember 16, 2018 (2018-11-16)
Kiki, after realizing the high level of corruption, undertakes a dangerous undercover operation on his own in the plantation camps. After reaching the desired agreement, Félix, Rafa and Don Neto become the bosses of a drug empire. Félix organizes a wedding party for one of his best friends, a son of the Governor, at which he forces an end to the conflict between Nava and the Arellano brothers.
4"Rafa, Rafa, Rafa!"Andrés BaizScott TeemsNovember 16, 2018 (2018-11-16)
After months, Kiki and his men try to arrest the narcos without success. Félix remains in an unsafe position for the reckless actions of Rafa who conspired with Sofia, his lover, to organize a fake kidnapping, unleashing a manhunt by his Sofia's father, a very important political figure in Mexico City. To ensure Rafa's safety, Félix agrees to do a favor for Nava, whom he had previously refused. After following through with the favor, Félix is beaten by Nava's men to make clear who's in charge.
5"The Colombian Connection"Amat EscalanteAndy BlackNovember 16, 2018 (2018-11-16)
The investigations endanger Kiki's wife but he's convinced to continue his job. Kiki infiltrates in the office of Miguel Ángel Félix in order to obtain financial documents and with his men plan to arrest him in the United States. After the route of the cocaine was blocked by the United States in the Bahamas, Félix makes contact with the Colombian cartels and reach an agreement with the Cali Cartel of the Orejuela brothers. Following the meeting, Pablo Escobar warns Miguel Ángel and proposes another deal, half and half with him and Cali.
6"La Última Frontera"Amat EscalanteJessie Nickson-Lopez & Clayton TrussellNovember 16, 2018 (2018-11-16)
In Mexico, the war of marijuana trafficking between Rafa and Falcón continues. The pressure on Félix is increased after the deal with politics isn't closed. The DEA set up a trap using one of Félix's American associates to make contact and lure him to the US on the pretence of signing documents to protect his financial interests. Isabella is able to reach an agreement with Falcón before she finds that decisions have already been made regarding his fate. When Félix is ready to cross the Mexican border, he receives a call from Zuno, a high-ranking political figure warning him of the trap. Kiki cannot intervene and returns home frustrated and disillusioned.
7"Jefe de Jefes"Alonzo RuizspalaciosStory by : Ashley Lyle & Bart Nickerson and Clayton Trussell
Teleplay by : Ashley Lyle & Bart Nickerson
November 16, 2018 (2018-11-16)
Rafa is out of control as his cocaine use continues. He begins to attract attention when one night in a club, shots are fired after seeing Sofia with Amado. Don Neto is grieving his son, who is killed in an altercation outside a disco. Paranoia starts to get to Rafa leading him and others to brutally murder two American tourists, convinced the DEA had sent them to spy on him. Félix organizes a reunion to place new orders and territories excluding Isabella who doesn't take it well. Afterwards, Nava attempts to intimidate Félix before the latter murders him as Azul watches.
8"Just Say No"Alonzo RuizspalaciosDoug MiroNovember 16, 2018 (2018-11-16)
The DEA agents and the Mexican army penetrate the marijuana plantation, confiscating and burning the enitre crop, making it one of the greatest drug busts of all time. In doing so, it begins a war with Rafa, who manages to escape with the help of Chapo and his men. A confused Félix goes to Mexico City to seek guidance on the how to deal with Kiki, all the while Azul persuades Rafa to order his kidnap and Don Neto is too late to intervene.
9"881 Lope de Vega"Andrés BaizClayton TrussellNovember 16, 2018 (2018-11-16)
As Kiki is interrogated and tortured, Mika reports his disappearance to Jaime. Knowing there will be a manhunt for Rafa, Félix tells him to flee the country and so he leaves with Sofia for Costa Rica. Jaime is sent in circles by the Mexican police system and an angry Mika confronts Ed Heath. A new police chief is appointed to the operation but, after intercepting Rafa at the airport runway, allows his escape. Elsewhere, Félix manages to escape arrest after being informed by Azul on an imminent raid. An anonymous tip to the DEA regarding Rafa's whereabouts leads to his arrest and information on Kiki's location. Don Neto visits Félix and it is revealed that, knowing his empire was in danger, Félix made the anonymous tip.
10"Leyenda"Andrés BaizCarlo BernardNovember 16, 2018 (2018-11-16)
After a week Jaime and the DEA agents find the body of Kiki Camarena in a ranch. Félix and Neto decides to hide but the latter was sell out by his friend and arrested by the authorities. Miguel Ángel tries to take refuge by the Governor but is achieved by the police officers and he can escape after a new agreement with the commander. Azul informs Félix of a new meeting at the Ensenada to restored the leadership and Miguel Ángel presents the new deal with politics and police officers to retake the lead and kicked out Isabella on the business. The DEA begins the Operation Legend in Mexico for destroy the Guadalajara Cartel.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

Netflix renewed Narcos for two more seasons on September 6, 2016, a few days after the release of the second season.[4] Production on the fourth season began in Mexico in late 2017, following the release of the third season. On July 18, 2018, Netflix announced that the fourth season would instead "reset" with almost an entirely new cast as a new Netflix original series titled Narcos: Mexico.[3]

The first season was released on November 16, 2018,[5] and Netflix renewed it for a second season on December 5, 2018.[6]

Cast and crew[edit]

In December 2017, Michael Peña and Diego Luna were announced to star in the upcoming series.[7] A few days later, Matt Letscher joined the cast in a regular role.[8] Other key cast members revealed by showrunner Eric Newman include Tenoch Huerta, Joaquín Cosío, Teresa Ruiz, Alyssa Diaz, and José María Yazpik (reprising his role from the third season of Narcos).[9]

Newly enlisted Mexicans Amat Escalante and Alonso Ruizpalacios directed episodes for the upcoming series, while Colombian Andi Baiz, director of several episodes for the first three seasons of Narcos, also directed for Narcos: Mexico.[9]

Murder of location scout[edit]

Carlos Muñoz Portal was one of the show's location scouts, but he was found murdered with multiple gunshot wounds on September 15, 2017 in central Mexico near the town of Temascalapa.[10][11] A spokesman for the attorney general in Mexico said that there were no witnesses due to the remote location, but the authorities would continue to investigate.[12] Authorities are considering the possibility of narco gang involvement,[13] but the murder has not been solved.[9]

Factual differences[edit]

Although many of the events and characters are based on true history, some liberties were taken to streamline the story of the Mexican drug war into a cohesive narrative. Unlike in the television series, Mexican police say that Félix Gallardo personally ordered the capture of Kiki Camarena. The murders of John Clay Walker and Albert Radelat were real, however it's reportedly stated that they were tortured and interrogated beforehand. The character of Sofia Conesa, portrayed as the love interest of Rafael Caro Quintero, was named Sara Cosio in real life.[14]

Critical reception[edit]

The first season of Narcos: Mexico has a score of 89% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 35 reviews with an average rating of 7.43/10, with the critics consensus stating "Dangerous, thrilling, and highly addictive, Narcos: Mexico's first season expertly expands the franchise by exploring new territory in the drug war's grim history and showcasing electric performances from Diego Luna and Michael Peña."[15] On Metacritic, season one holds a weighted average score of 80 out of 100, based on 7 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[16]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2019 9th Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actor in a Drama Series Diego Luna Nominated
6th Platino Awards Best Ibero-American Miniseries or TV series Narcos: Mexico Nominated
Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV series Diego Luna Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "#NarcosMexico has been renewed for Season 2". Twitter. December 5, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
  2. ^ "'Narcos: Mexico' Season 2 looks set to hit Netflix in February 2020". Entertainment.ie. December 7, 2019. Retrieved December 8, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Strause, Jackie (July 18, 2018). "Netflix Releases First Look at Reset 'Narcos: Mexico'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  4. ^ Hibberd, James (September 6, 2016). "Narcos Renewed for Two More Seasons". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 7, 2016.
  5. ^ Russell, Scott (September 6, 2018). "A New Empire Rises in First Teaser for Narcos: Mexico, Coming to Netflix in November". Paste. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  6. ^ Ramon, Dino-Ray (December 5, 2018). "'Narcos: Mexico' Renewed For Season 2 By Netflix". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  7. ^ Otterson, Joe (December 19, 2017). "'Narcos' Season 4 to Star Michael Peña, Diego Luna". Variety. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 3, 2018). "'Narcos': Matt Letscher Joins Netflix Drama As Series Regular For Season 4". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  9. ^ a b c De la Fuente, Anna Marie (May 17, 2018). "'Narcos' Showrunner Reveals Key Cast Members Joining Season 4 (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  10. ^ "La violencia en México supera a la ficción". El País. September 11, 2017.
  11. ^ "Narcos filmmaker shot dead scouting for locations in rural Mexico". The Telegraph. September 17, 2017.
  12. ^ Collins, Pádraig (September 17, 2017). "Netflix scout for Narcos TV show found shot dead in Mexico". The Guardian. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  13. ^ "Narcos location scout shot dead in Mexico". BBC News. September 17, 2017.
  14. ^ "Two Bodies Unearthed in Mexico Forest". Los Angeles Times. United Press International. June 18, 1985. Retrieved November 21, 2018.
  15. ^ "Narcos: Mexico: Season 1 (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  16. ^ "Narcos: Mexico : Season 1 (2018)". Metacritic. Retrieved January 3, 2019.

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