Narcos: The Story of Pablo





Pablo Escobar will forever be known as one of the most deadly, gruesome criminals in history. Throughout the past two decades, there has been countless documentaries that have attempted to tell Escobar’s tale. However, nobody has covered the life of this super criminal, the way Netflix’s original series Narcos has. Narcos is an action packed television show that follows the life of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, and the American DEA agent in charge of his capture. Season one of this series premiered August 28th 2015, and concluded its series with it’s 2nd season which aired September 2 2016. Although this series only has 2 seasons under it’s belt, the producers were able to successfully tell the magnificent tale of how Pablo Escobar was able to make billions through the production and distribution of cocaine. Throughout the show, Narcos follows the lives of both Pablo and DEA agent Steve Murphy who is in charge of the case leading to Pablo’s arrest. The inserting twist that Narcos does, is they show real footage of Pablo and the horrible acts that him and his cartel had committed in between scenes. After something very important had happened during the show, the voice of Steve Murphy would narrate over real footage back during the 1980s and 1990s. This not only makes the story seem more authentic but it also backs up the facts that this show is trying to dramatically recreate. The only issue that I see by doing this, is that without playing actual footage after every scene and only after some, it starts to get difficult to tell what dramatic scenes actually happened in history, and what scenes were added to the script in order to spice up the show. Many scenes are added for dramatic effect and didn’t actual occur. At least the show gives us fair warning at the beginning of every episode stating, “This dramatization is inspired by true events. However, certain scenes, characters, names, businesses, incidents, locations and events have been fictionalized for dramatic purposes”. Despite making the audience aware of this, they do make it difficult to tell what real and what is fake. In a perfect world everything that is depicted in this series would be real. But that would be too good to be true. The only way to know for sure if events, characters, ect, were true is to do some research on this incredible story. Also, despite this somewhat annoying hiccup in the credibility of the show, everything else this show does is very good. All the way from the acting, to the cinematography. The series was set and filmed in the slums and jungles of Columbia. Producers do a very good job making it feel like the year 1980. Subtitles are used frequently due to the amount of spanish dialogued that happen through many of the conversations. The show would not be the same or have that authentic Colombian feel, if English was spoken by every character.  In terms of Netflix originals this one in my eyes feels superior to most others. Although this series is very bloody and full of death, it puts into perspective how life in a third world drug run country was, in the 1980s (and in someway, how life in these countries are today).











2 thoughts on “Narcos: The Story of Pablo

  1. This show does a great job of depicting what actually happened back in the 1980s. Pablo Escobar’s life was portrayed just as how he lived it. Netflix did a great job of using cinematography to capture the feel of the 80s. The storyline is great too it may be intense at times but the reality is that Pablo really did kill a great deal of people. He had complete control over the country and basically was untouchable. It really does give a great perspective of what third world drug countries were like and how they are today. -Derek Lawton


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